This is a collection of text files, many of which were originally posted on AOL message boards at various times over the years.
These files have been gathered together and added to over time into this D/s "newbie pack" and similar versions that have been widely distributed to those seeking information.
This "newbie pack" was first posted on this site in 1997. Since then it's been updated and revised, and hundreds of web sites have posted similar versions (or just copied from here, often snipping author credits for some reason...) While this isn't proprietary content, it is protected by copyright of the respective authors and Wizdomme Pages. Please feel free to link to this site, but don't take stuff without asking, thanks.
Many of these posts are written using male or female terminology, but the concepts apply to all genders and orientations equally.
Some "newbie packs" being distributed recently contain up to 120 files! but this version has always kept a broader scope that covers general areas and basic safety information. There are plenty of sites and other resources out there to find out more about any particular topic... do your homework.
These files are presented for general information only and are not meant to be a "how-to" guide. As with anything, what works for someone else may or may not work for you. Use common sense when exploring new relationships of any type.