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Name: alt.ql.creative
Date(s): December 1992
Fandom: Quantum Leap
URL: here
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alt.ql.creative is a Usenet community for Quantum Leap fans and was specifically for the posting of fanfiction. It was later replaced by

The group was originally created by Edward Chen during the first week of December 1992.

Messages, however, only go back to January 1993.

In April 1993, a fan posted:

DISCLAIMER: I am merely *borrowing* this account, with permission. Any views expressed in this post do not reflect the views of M.K. Kwong or the Argonne Nat'l Lab.

Lately, I've been considering the re-creation of alt.ql.creative. Since so many sites don't receive this group, re-creating it will possibly allow more sites to get it.

When this group was originally created, nothing was ever posted alt.config regarding its proposal/creation. This has led more than one sysadmin to complain that they can't even pick up a.q.c. because it was never announced properly in the first place.

And while the archive does allow those without access to pick up the posted stories, they cannot post themselves, nor comment.

Does this seem a good idea? I could post on alt.config with a modified copy of the a.q.c. Charter, and explain the reasons for its re-creation (I still do not know how to actually *create* the group, myself, but we'll deal with that when we come to it). A.q.c. has been getting decent traffic so far, which is a point in our favor.

Would this be helpful, or merely a waste of effort? Please let me know what you think.

Robin C. Kwong ("er) [1]

USENET Newsgroup alt.ql.creative Charter (Version 1.4)

[Please note that this is an unofficial/informal stating of the alt.ql.creative Charter, as I do not have the authority or jurisdiction to proclaim any strict rules. Rather, this is a more-coherent statement of the basic ways in which this group was intended to function when I first proposed its creation (ways which, to this point, no one has yet raised any objections to).]

This group is alt.ql.creative.

The *sole* purpose of this group is for stories and any other bits of creative stuff people may come up with in connection to the TV series "Quantum Leap." It is based primarily on the group alt.startrek.creative, which is for the same purpose (when dealing with "Star Trek"-related works). No infringement upon Belisarius Productions, Universal, NBC or anyone else connected with "Quantum Leap" is intended.

All rights to posted material belong to the author.

The group is not, I repeat, NOT for discussion of QL. Any and all discussion of QL not directly related to the .creative group will be immediately shunted back to its proper place, or, again following the precedent set by a.s.c.

Discussion of posted material, writing concepts, and of other topics related to fan-produced media (zines, etc.) is welcome. Many writers appreciate feedback; at the very least, if you read something of theirs and enjoyed it, drop them a note and let them know.

Background: I had first informally brought up the idea of a QL .creative group on November 19 or 20, 1992, in the groups,, and alt.startrek.creative. Reasons given:

(1) QL is an apparent fertile ground for creative works, as evidenced by the number of fanzines published, and the various parodies, filks, and other bits of writing that have been showing up on rec.arts.(sf.)tv recently. (2) A separate group was proposed due to the fact that stories often take up a considerable amount of bandwidth. The group alt.startrek.creative has been known to cause considerable lag-time when accessed during prime hours, due to the size of its files. Also, creative pieces are much more particular to QL than normal discussions, and their posting on may not be appreciated by those who don't watch QL. (3) One specific group makes it much easier to locate works, and also easier to receive comments (if wished), as well as inspiration.

On December 1, 1992, after receiving a number of positive responses (and no negative ones), I posted again, asking for volunteers to help get the group started, since I did not know the proper formal procedures myself.

Credit for the actual creation of a.q.c. goes to Edward Chen ([email protected]), who created the group during the first week of December 1992.

Posting: The group itself is unmoderated, so post what you may wish. There are no restrictions against more..."risque'" works except for the author's own judgment and sense of taste. In general, if you feel that the contents of your work may be potentially considered inappropriate or offensive to some people, please kindly use warnings before posting the piece. (If net.policies say any different, please let me know!)

Publishing: Those writers who are planning to later publish their posted works (or, conversely, planning to post something they want to publish later) may wish to consult their respective editors. Different zine editors have different policies regarding material that has previously appeared in an electronic forum.

Misc: Once again, alt.ql.creative is for QL creative stuff ONLY, and NOT for discussion, unless the topic relates to the area of creative works. I urge anyone with a creative bent (a creative bent what?) to use the group for whatever may come to mind...And for those of you who just prefer to read, do so, by all means! Perhaps you'll be inspired to come up with something, too.

Please note I'm not the spokesperson for the group or anything; I'm just somebody who tried to get things rolling.

Robin C. Kwong ("er)

end Charter 1.4 [2]


  1. ^ See more of this conversation at re-creation of alt.ql.creative
  2. ^ a.q.c. Charter v.1.4 (February 9, 1994)