is a moderated forum for bulletins of action taken against net abuse. Appropriate subjects include cancellation notices (EMP/ECP, spew, binary, and others), status reports from individual systems concerning action taken against abusers, results of tracking campaigns, "rogue site" declarations, and the like. is moderated by a team of moderators. Followups will be set to the appropriate* groups. Dave the Resurrector (or a similar program) will be run on the group, forged approvals will be automatically cancelled, and other programs may be run at the discretion of the moderators.

The moderators will approve messages based on the following criteria:

  1. The message is a report of actions taken relating to and against net abuse.
  2. The message is formatted for 78 or fewer characters per line, and is easily human readable.
  3. The message is not determined to directly violate the charter of the group.

The moderators may auto-approve posts from certain individuals, at their own discretion.

At any time, moderators can be added or removed by a majority vote of the then-current moderators. Messages with forged Approval: lines not approved by the moderators will be cancelled.

The* hierarchy is for discussion of abuse of Usenet and/or the Internet; it is not for discussion of abuse of groups or individuals on such networks, such as flames, personal attacks, or off- topic messages.

Binaries are specifically prohibited from all groups in the news.admin.* hierarchy, except as examples of other abuse. All messages removed by unauthorized cancels in the hierarchy will be automatically reposted by Dave the Resurrector or a similar program, at the discretion of the group moderator or, for the unmoderated groups, the operator of the resurrector program. Spams, gateway spews, and other attacks on the system itself will be removed as appropriate, following standard Usenet guidelines.


  • Moderator: Dave Barr
  • Moderator: Tim Skirvin

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