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History of Alt.Religion.Wicca

To: alt.magick,alt.pagan,alt.religion.wicca
From: Rain 
Subject: History of Alt.Religion.Wicca (was Re: Wiccans and alt.magick)
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 1995 20:23:39 -0800

In article <49v617$>,
Lorax  wrote:

>ARW was intended as a focussing move to excise non-Wiccan discussion
>and settle into a more limited forum.  Rain a few others instigated it
>and then set about creating a 'FAQ' right away (mistake?).
>Lorax the evul wikkun

Hmmmm.  If the FAQ was a mistake or not I'm not sure.  I hope not, but 
some FAQ was being written, and I thought it best to see it was done with 
as much input as possible (and an even-handed sense of history, I hope; 
it is always such a delicate balance to write about one's religion.)  I 
would hope folks would publish more follow-up comments on it, but I 
imagine its tenacity is some substitute for virtue. ;)  Alternative 
(on-topic) realities are of course always welcome.

For the record, although I was here at the beginning I was not in on the
creation of ARW in December, 1994. I understand from some that it was
created as a rogue group (no discussion on alt.config), some claiming this
was done by a few on alt.pagan who felt things were too hot and critical
there.  Since I didn't create it and don't remember who did, I won't say
much more. (I wonder sometimes if they even read it anymore.)

Being not yet a year old, it seems odd that ARW is spoken of 
"historically."  Certainly many folks have appreciated the separate 
forum, for the specificity and small-pond feel, if nothing else.

                            a big fish?

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