Ah, looking at an old explaination from the hockey RCD dust-up from
ages ago. (1998)

--Carlos V.


Well... here's how it works.... Each RC_DISTRESS compatible client can make
the distress call appear as whatever you like through their .xtrekrc...
If you DONT have a new enough client the server will do a default parsing
of the distress call and you will see it like that. Also if the server is
old then the distress call sent out by each client will appear the way
_the sender_ likes to have them displayed.

Let me summarize with an example:
F0 likes 'F' to say 'Carrying 4 maggots.'
F1 likes 'F' to say 'Carrying 4 armies.'
F2 likes 'F' to say 'Carrying 4 lawyers. 20% fuel'
The server default is 'Carrying 4.'
Advanced RC_DISTRESS users should note that 'F' can be remapped easily in
at least 2 different ways. For example throught .xtrekrc

dist.(.carrying: %T%c: Carrying %a maggots.
singleMacro: (
(this will make 'X(' or '(' be the same as 'F' used to be)
There will be more documentation on this coming later but basically the
syntax is the same as SMARTMACRO and NEWMACRO.

On a NEW server:
Case 1: All of them are using a new client.
F1 will ALWAYS see 'Carrying x armies.' No matter who sent it.

Case 2: Only F1 is using an old client.
F1 will see the _server_ set defaults for the carrying call from everybody.
Note that the calls from F0 and F2 will appear in the same format to him on
this server (but may appear in a different format on different servers).
F2 and F0 will see F1's client-defined distress calls.

On an old server:
F1 will see whatever the sender likes to see (in this case the sender sends
the pre-formatted text instead of the RC_DISTRESS short-hand).
So a 'F' from F2 will appear to everybody as:
'Carrying 4 lawyers. 20% fuel'
a 'F' from F0 will appear to everybody as:
'Carrying 4 maggots.'