The onslaught of trolls on Usenet, coupled with the rise of web-based discussion groups, mean that uk.r.b is not nearly as active as it used to be, and I now rarely update the FAQs. But many of the topics are still relevant, so I still keep them here. There may well quite a few broken external links - my apologies.
|The main FAQ||Speaks for itself.|
|Field Guide FAQ||Kindly contributed by Gordon Hamlett, based on responses given by members of the group.|
|Scientific bird names explained||An explanation of those curious and apparently unpronounceable bits of italicised text that one finds in all the best field guides.|
|Pronunciation of English bird names||A guide to the recommended pronunciation of those bird names that not infrequently give rise to discussion.|
|Tips for beginners||A few, hopefully helpful, suggestions.|
|Infrequently Given Answers||The wit and wisdom of uk.r.b (apart from the wisdom).|
|Downloadable British and European Lists||Lists of names of birds which have occurred in Britain/Europe, for people who want to start their own database or spreadsheet.|
|Usenet||Using Usenet; what to do if you have problems reading the newsgroup; commonly-used abbreviations; strange denizens of Usenet; “killing” unwanted posts.|
|Members’ Portraits||Get to know the contributors to the group.|
|Miscellany||Pages dealing with a variety of topics that have popped up in uk.r.b at various times.|
|What’s new||Recent additions to the FAQs|
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