Who We Are
Dueling Modems started out as a joint effort on the part of the staff of the old
Genie Science Fiction RoundTables #1 and 4, with technical support provided
by some highly skilled fellow-travelers. Over the course of development,
we've been joined by a number of sysops from various other online services, each
bringing their own interests and communities to the party.
We originally established this service in response to changes on the old, text-based Genie.
It rapidly evolved into a larger plan to provide a
secondary home for the online communities that made their home
in some of Genie's various RTs. Now, with the demise of the old Genie,
Dueling Modems has evolved into a full-fledged online service on its own.
How We're Organized
The DM universe is organized into dozens of "Forums" or content areas, each one a
virtual community corresponding to the traditional RoundTable or Forum.
DM's various Forums host bulletin board-style Discussion Groups based on non-propagated
NNTP newsgroup hierarchies. "Non-propagated" newsgroups remain resident on
DM's server only, and are not broadcast to the Usenet community.
DM's Discussion Groups are a closed environment. Altogether, our
Forums offer you hundreds of Discussion Groups to play in.
What We Offer - Membership Features
Your low monthly Dueling Modems membership provides you with the following
- Unlimited access to the Forum Discussion Groups
You can read and post to DM's Discussion Groups using your web browser or
using your internet newsreader (more information).
Within each Forum, individual
Discussion Groups handle topic-specific discussions. Each individual Group can contain
an unlimited number of conversational threads.
Also, members of professional associations or other qualifying organizations
will have access to private areas within the service.
- Your own personal Discussion Group (newsgroup) in the dm.members.* area
A "virtual living room" for use as you see fit, subject to the
minimal restrictions listed in the DM
Terms and Conditions Agreement.
- Access to the DM websites
DM Forums also sponsor web pages, offering access to file
libraries, displays of member's works, links to related web sites, and other
information of interest to Forum members.
- A 3MB website of your own
DM will assert minimal content-control over these pages, but will retain
the right to request changes for legal reasons. What restrictions DM will
require will be to protect DM, our members, and DM's Service Provider
from legal action. Content restrictions are
clearly spelled out in
the DM Terms and Conditions Agreement.
- Access to DM's web graphics library
DM provides resource libraries of web page icons, buttons,
lines, and clip art for your use.
- Discount web page design consultation
Our HTML Team can help you build your home page by working
through specific problems and
answering general questions in our dm.html.* Discussion Groups.
We can also design, construct, and even maintain a web site
for you at substantial discounts from our usual commercial
- Access to the DM IRC Chat server
DM provides real-time Chat services via an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server.
Many Forums host regularly scheduled Chats, and the Chat staff hosts a variety of
general-interest and special-interest Chats every week. Our staff is
available to answer questions about your Chat software and help you get
started in the
dm.chat.* Discussion Groups.
(More about Chat!)
- One POP3 Email account
Each member gets one POP3 Email account, with an easy to
remember email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). These accounts can be set up
to be purely local, meaning you'd need to log into the DM mail server to
fetch the messages, or they can be set up to automatically forward your messages
to another email address entirely. For instance, messages sent to
email@example.com can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Additional features as they're implemented
Internet phone support, multimedia presentations, MPEG-based real-time video, etc.
So, that's who we are and what we're up to. We hope you join us and make Dueling Modems your home on the 'net.