is a moderated forum for discussion of policy and site-management issues related to net abuse. Possible topics include Acceptable Use Policies, what actions should be taken against abusers, discussion of third-party cancel messages, possible actions against abusive sites such as rogue site declarations, discussion of what is and is not net abuse, and so forth. is a moderated forum. The robomoderator of the group will disallow any and all crossposted messages, message spews, binary messages, and any possible attacks on the group as required. Dave the Resurrector (or a similar program) will be run on the group, forged approvals will be automatically cancelled, and other programs may be used as circumstances require. is moderated by a robot moderator, run by a team of operators. The robot will automatically approve and post messages that:

  1. Are not crossposted.
  2. Contain only text formatted for <78 columns, excepting quoted material.
  3. Cannot be determined to directly violate the charter of the group by the robot moderator alone (for which the criterion will be published.)

Messages not approved by the robot moderator will be sent back to the sender with a copy of the charter, though at most one copy of the information will be sent per week. Changes to the robot moderator can only be enacted by a majority vote of the then-current operators; similarly, operators can be added or removed by a majority vote of the then-current operators.

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: Tim Skirvin
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