Teen Programmers Unite
Teen Programmers Unite was formed in the summer of 1996 by and for teenaged computer programmers worldwide. The organization's goal is to help people who fit into this growing category socialize, exchange ideas, perhaps work together on something, and learn.
Why TPU doesn't have message boards
TPU is dedicated to social interaction and the advancement of coding among teenagers - though TPU has had various forms of message boards for many years, recent trends suggested that it was time for a change. Message boards have very little value in achieving any of our main goals, and can even be detrimental to users by providing an excuse for not programming. The mailing list and IRC channel should provide all the functionality of message boards and more, satisfying the need for both instantaneous communication (IRC) and asynchronous communication (the mailing list).
The Mailing List
The mailing list is designed to be reserved for more on-topic discussion. Whilst there is plenty of room for interpretation as to what consitutes "on-topic", as a courtesy to other users, restricting entirely irrelevant communication to IRC would be appreciated. You can sign up for the mailing list by using the "Mailing List" link to the left.
The mailing list usage policy is fairly loose - it is meant to be a place for discussion. That said, there are a few rules/guidelines which you should follow:
The IRC channel is a fun hangout for TPUers. It allows you to communicate in real time with people from all around the world. IRC is very informal, but please try to make sure that people can at least understand what you are trying to say. The general rule of thumb with IRC is that you should treat people exactly the same as if they were in front of you - be polite and you will get a lot further.
TPU Interest Groups
Interests Groups are programming-related groups which center around a particular aspect of programming. If you would like to form an interest group, post to the mailing list (or ask on IRC) about interested people, and then contact an admin.
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