Introduction to Social Sciences (03.100)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Carleton University

Introduction to Electronic Communities - CHAT

Note: It is best if you print this document to use it for the assignment although you can toggle between the web and the CHAT system to complete the assignment.

Working alone or in pairs, please complete the following questions and email your answers to your teaching assistant (this information is provided on our web site as well). Although you may work in pairs to complete the assignment, each student must submit his or her own copy of the assignment to the teaching assistant. Each student must also subscribe to his or her own newsgroups as outlined in the assignment. Collaboration with a partner is to facilitate success, not to cut the assignment work in half.

Note: You will learn how to use email in order to submit your assignment as you work through the exercises. For now, keep track of your answers on the back of this assignment sheet. Assignment to be submitted by midnight October 24, 1997 (or anytime before).

To begin, logon to your CHAT account. If you have any questions or difficulties, please ask the professor or teaching assistant for assistance.

CHAT System


  1. How many options are available to the user from the CHAT Main Menu?

  2. Enter the "About CHAT" option and select the "practise tutorial". Complete the tutorial. What 4 options are available to the user from the Practise Menu? What is a hypertext link? Give an example of one on the practice menu.

  3. Return to the Main Menu and select the "Golden Rules" option. What is the first rule that is listed? How many "Golden Rules" are there?

  4. What is the "most general rule" in email etiquette? Provide three examples of "smilies" from the Unofficial Smilie Dictionary.


  5. Return to the Main Menu by typing: "m". The system will prompt you with the following message: "Do you really want to go to the main screen? (y/n)" Type: 'y' or press enter for YES. Select the "Electronic Mail" option. Read the "About Electronic Mail" files. According to the documentation, what is an email alias?

  6. Return to the Electronic Mail Menu. Select the "Signature" option. Read the "About Signature" documentation and follow the outlined steps to create your own personalized (i.e., customize it) signature file. This signature will appear on all of your email and is a required part of the assignment.

  7. Return to the Electronic Mail Menu. Select the "Read/Send Electronic Mail" option. If you see an "Incoming Mail" folder, press return. Otherwise, type: "m" to select the MAIL option. You will be given a "MAIL TO" prompt. You must type in the FULL E-Mail address of the person to whom you wish to send mail (unless he/she has a CHAT account, in which case you only need to type in the user name). You will be sending a note to Professor Pychyl. Type in his address as follows:

    In the subject line, type: "Question # 7". Type a short note to Tim explaining what you like most about the workshops so far, and what you think should be changed. When you have finished the note, issue the command: ^X (hold down the CTRL key and press X). You will then be prompted with several options. Edit the message if required, otherwise, send it.

  8. Get the e-mail address for the person seated beside you. Repeat the E-Mail process and send him or her a brief message. Send a copy (i.e., RccS) to (this is part of the assignment, it must reach Brian's account).

  9. Return to the email main menu. Use the "Staff Directory" to find the address for Professor Brook. What is his department? Where is his office?


  10. Exit the Electronic Mail section and return to the Main Menu. Select the "Newsgroups" option. What are the types of Newsgroups that are available?

  11. Read the "About Newsgroups" documentation then return to the Newsgroups Menu. Select the "Course Newsgroups" option. Type: "y" to YANK in all the available Newsgroups. Type: "/" to initiate a search and enter the following pattern: "03100". Notice that there is a "u" beside all of the newsgroups. This indicates that they are currently unsubscribed. Type: "s" to subscribe to the 03.100 Newsgroup. Once you have done this, type: "y" again to YANK out all of the remaining unsubscribed groups.

  12. Read the first message for our course newsgroup (and any follow-up postings in the discussion group if you want). Post a follow-up reply to Tim's (i.e., Professor Pychyl's) question. Be sure it is a follow-up message and not a new thread.

  13. Return to the Newsgroups Menu. Select the "Carleton Newsgroups" option. Type: "y" to YANK in all of the available Newsgroups. Use your cursor to move through the list. Repeat the "subscribe" process outlined in Question # 11 and add 2 new groups to your list. Note which newsgroups you have selected as your answer to this question. What are the last two postings in these newsgroups about?

  14. Return to the Newsgroups Menu. Select the "Search for Internet Newsgroups" option. Search for a topic of interest to you and press enter/return. A list of related Newsgroup will be displayed. Highlight one of interest and press enter/return. Type: "s" to subscribe to it. KEEP A LIST OF THE GROUPS THAT YOU HAVE SUBSCRIBED TO-- You will be required to submit these titles as part of this assignment. What are the last two postings in these newsgroups about?

  15. Return to the Newsgroups Menu. Select the "Internet Newsgroups". Repeat the steps outlined in Question #11. By YANKING in all the Newsgroups, this provides you with another way to search and select Newsgroups of interest to you. Subscribe to 2 other Newsgroups. What are the last two postings in these newsgroups about?


  16. Return to the Main Menu. Select the "Carleton Information" option. Read the "About Carleton Information documentation. What are the Internet client programs?

  17. Select the "Carleton University Library (CUBE)" option. Enter the Library system. Once you reach the "OPTION:" prompt, search for the title: Introduction to the Social Sciences. To do this, type: " t Introduction to the Social Sciences". To display the results, type: "di 3". Who is the author of this book? Find a more current title related to the social sciences. What is the call number and on what floor in the library would you find it?

  18. Quit the CUBE session by typing: "q" or "end". Return to the "Carleton Information" section. Select the "Gopher" option. From the list of gophers available, select the one that provides access to faculty information (hint: directories). What information is provided about Dr. William (Bill) Jones? Do the same for Dr. Roger Wells. What leadership roles do these people play in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences?

    Use 'Control G' to quit this menu. Return to the main gopher menu. Choose the gopher that provides information about upcoming events. Using this gopher find out what's happening on campus today and give an example in your assignment. Return to the main CHAT menu.

  19. Using the "General Facilities" menu item, find out what your current printer is.

  20. Return to the main menu. What does "File Management" do? How many directories do you have in your account? What are the names of these directories?

  21. Quit CHAT and return to the Novell network. Run windows. Once windows has installed, select "CHAT GUI - Internet-" from the available icons (double click this icon with the mouse to open this window). Double click on the "CHAT Authentication Program" to activate this program.

    This will provide you with access to the Graphic User Interface (GUI) interface of CHAT. Access you email through this interface and send another message to Professor Pychyl explaining what you liked most about this assignment and what you would change. Do you like the GUI version of CHAT?

    Find your course list from this CHAT interface. Go to the web page for 03.100. What information is available at our course web page? (Note: You may want to read the next assignment, it's available from the course web site. If you have time, you can begin this today. We will begin our work on this at the next workshop - the week of October 20, 1997.)

  22. Before quitting, if there is time, send a complete set of your answers to your teaching assistant. If there is not time, log on later today or this week and complete the assignment.

Reading for next workshop: Chapters 4, 9 and 12 of
The Online Student
(Reddick and King)


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