Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What is the GOTH.NET Announcements list?
A: The GOTH.NET Announcements list is a mailing list through which we let people know of major changes to the site and services. It is a very low volume list, so you won't get a lot of email from it.
Q: How do I get Announcements from GOTH.NET?
A: You can sign up for the GOTH.NET Announcements list through this link. You may also ubsubscribe from the announcements list on the same page. This list is a read-only list.
Q: I like the site, how can I contribute?
A: GOTH.NET is a non-profit site which is paid for out of the pocket of the Admins, so donations are more than welcome! For those of you with access to credit/debit cards, we take PayPal donations (click the PayPal button in the menu). We also take donations via US Money Orders (or International Money Orders in US$) or checks drawn on US banks. You may send concealed cash at your own risk!
Send donations to:
Preston A. Elder
P.O. Box 215,
Thornwood, NY, 10594
United States of America
Q: What does GOTH.NET Membership Offer?
A: GOTH.NET membership means at the minimum, you will have a cool firstname.lastname@example.org account. We also offer webspace for those who meet the requirements.
All webspace accounts on GOTH.NET are offered with a no forced advertising guarantee. This means you will NOT be forced to advertise for us. We also guarantee that we will not spam our users. All announcements (except those strictly for administrative purposes) GOTH.NET sends are done so on a opt-in only basis. We also provide our own spam flagging service. This allows you to simply move suspected spam elsewhere, or simply delete it. GOTH.NET also will NOT sell or pass on email addresses to third parties for ANY reason other than legal ones.
Subdomains (ie. www.something.goth.net) are also available for people who offer a site that contributes back to the gothic community. Best of all everything GOTH.NET offers is free.
Of course, we DO put limits on how much disk space you may use on the GOTH.NET servers for free (and we offer subscription for those who wish to use more than the free amount). However the limits are quite reasonable (and designed so most users will not need to subscribe, only higher-end users), and we will never force you to subscribe. GOTH.NET is here to provide a service to the worldwide gothic community for free. Subscriptions are just a way to help us cover costs.
Q: How do I become a GOTH.NET Member?
A: First, you should read the GOTH.NET Privacy and Content policy, and Terms and Conditions of use. Once you have read, and agree to both of these documents, you may click here to get to the membership application form. Please note, that if you are applying for webspace, you MUST have an existing webpage, and you must meet the requirements put forth for GOTH.NET webspace as put forth here.
Q: Does GOTH.NET really need my real details?
A: Yes. For legal reasons, we require that you provide us with your full, real name. We do not ask any more details about you (such as your address or phone number), however for legal reasons, we must know the real name of all our users. If the name you provide in your membership application turns out to be false, we will cancel your account immediately.
GOTH.NET provides a display name field for those who do not want the general public to see their real name. Only the GOTH.NET administration team will have access to your real name information.
Q: What is a Password Verification question/answer?
A: The password verification question and answer are very important. If you lose or forget your password, or want certain administrative tasks done (such as re-naming your account, etc), this question will be asked of you. You must have the correct answer to get the administrative task you require performed.
Your password verification question/answer should be something that only you could answer - or at the very least, someone who knows you very well could possibly answer. Noone besides the GOTH.NET administration will be able to see your password verification question/answer. Having an invalid password verification question/answer is the #1 thing users are rejected on membership applications for.
Example questions are things such as:
What is your mothers maiden name?
What was the name of your first cat/dog?
What was your teachers name in 3rd grade?
There are many different questions you could use. Please do not use questions such as "What is my social security number?", or other details like this. This kind of information should be kept private, and the GOTH.NET administration team will NEVER ask these kinds of questions.
Q: How do I obtain a www.something.goth.net address?
A: GOTH.NET subdomains are reserved for users who offer a page that contributes something back to the gothic community. For example a gothic band, zine, radio station, community site, art gallery, etc.
If you believe you have something of this nature and would like to host it on GOTH.NET, you will need to go through two steps.
First, you will need to be approved for a GOTH.NET member account. To find out how to become a GOTH.NET member, click here.
Second, you will need to apply for a GOTH.NET subdomain account. Subdomains must meet extra requirements on top of the membership requirements. A list of these requirements is here. If you meet all of these requirements, and have a GOTH.NET member account, you may apply for a GOTH.NET subdomain .
Q: Do memberships expire?
A: Yes, memberships can expire. Every so often we check to see which accounts are inactive for long periods of time. If these are webspace accounts that have remained unused for several months they are first converted back to email only accounts. If email accounts remain unused/unchecked, and all manners of contacting the account holder fail, we delete the account.
Q: Do I need to be a GOTH.NET member to use the Art/Writings?
A: No. Submissions of Art and/or Writings are open to both members and visitors of the site.
Q: Do I need to be a GOTH.NET member to use the Chat?
A: No. The Chat is open to both members and visitors of the site. For more information on the Chat, see the Chat section. For more details about the network please visit the DarkerNet website.
Q: Do I need to be a GOTH.NET member to use the Forums?
A: No. The Forums are open to both members and visitors of the site. It runs on its own database and you will have to sign up for them seperately.
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