UseNet News can
be a wonderful communications tool - a medium of promoting group
discussions between people from around the world on any of 10,000+
diverse topics! It can also be offensive and sometimes dangerous.
These policies must conform to our backbone providers' policies
to ensure that our news service is maintained for all to use and
enjoy. Please read carefully and understand this policy to protect
your access to this optional service.
(and its subscribers) can not be part of the problem, and enforcement
action will be taken seriously to ensure that we are not part
of the problem.
Use - Common Sense
Imagining again that conversation carried out over a period of hours
and days, by people leaving messages and responses on a bulletin board
- for all to read! An electronic radio talk show where everybody can
put their two cents in and no one is ever on hold.
a minimum of guidelines, it is wonderful - when those guidelines
are followed by everyone - and the few bad apples that exist will
be dealt with, UseNet will again be a good place to be.
into a Usenet discussion can be a liberating experience. Nobody
knows what you look or sound like, how old you are, what your background
is. You're judged solely on your words, your ability to make a point.
... interruptions with off-topic postings, advertisements, and personal
derogatory remarks do not enhance communication, just destroy it!
Although there is a proper time and place for it, even humor and
insults can be severely lost by the medium.
the posting feature seldom, and in a considered manner. Consider
whether you would say what you are attempting to one person in a
group of 100 or 1,000 in person after considering the possible consequences!
in doubt, don't post!
Use - Volume
Technically, Usenet messages are shipped around the world, from host
system to host system, using one of several specific Net protocols.
Each host system stores a copy of all received Usenet messages
which everybody with access to the system can access. They contact
other hosts to ensure that they also have all of the messages. A hundred
thousand messages per day - on a slow day!
day, Usenet users worldwide pump over 2 Billion characters a day
into the system.
can keep UseNet content-rich (also called the signal-to-noise ratio)
before you post! and edit as below:
your posting further the conversation on your chosen topic?
you read all existing replies to ensure you are not duplicating
what has already been said?
all extraneous quoted text from your post or reply?
the Newsgroups line to include only relevant groups?
about whether your post is even necessary - or should be sent
instead via e-mail to the original poster?
the "Follow ups" line to a specific single newsgroup?
in doubt, don't post!
over 30,000 copies of this message will be stored on computer systems
worldwide, and excessive posting of garbage only slows down the
content that everyone does want to read! It is an unnecessary waste
of resources. And, close to 30,000,000 people will have to determine
whether to read this message, and may decide to never read anything
else that you ever have to say!
Use - Newsgroups
is a mechanism to allow a single message to be transported, yet appear
in multiple newsgroups. It is a benefit to the entire net when used
correctly. Simply list the 2 or 3
relevant newsgroups in the newsgroups line. Your message
will appear in each group properly, and be seen by a larger audience.
the groups carefully, and remember to set the follow ups line to
a single specific group. Do not attempt to post the same message
to a number of groups - in addition to wasting resources, you will
get a large number of people very angry at you! Cross-posting to
more than a very select few groups is also bad form and will generate
more hate-mail than you will want to see!
have a place, when there is a specific need. A better method is
to place it on your personal web page, so that those people who
want it can download it directly. ONLY if there is a large audience
for this binary should it be posted, and then, ensure that it is
posted in as few pieces as possible - One is best, but keep the
message under 30,000 lines. Smaller pieces can get lost, and only
the entire set of messages is of any use to anyone! Also ensure
you are posting to a binary group. This group will have the word:
"binaries" as part of its name. Do not post or
cross-post binaries to non-binary groups!
Laws cover every printed medium, whether text, sound or picture.
These laws normally prohibit distribution by any means by anyone
other than the copyright holder. UseNet is a method of distribution
and may not be used to post materials that are Copyright.
(of any type) is not normally welcomed on UseNet. There are
a tiny number of groups that do allow advertising. The better way
is to use your personal web pages to advertise. Then an announcement
to the relevant groups of the existence of your page may be of interest.
Never post this type of notice more than twice per month - and ONLY
to the 2 or 3 newsgroups that may be relevant.
in doubt, don't post!
FINAL COMMUNICATION support and technical staff can advise whether
a particular posting is likely to be acceptable to the AUP and to
the net in general. Contact our news support staff if you have further
of the policy above will result in our contacting you to discuss
proper procedures. Repeated abuse will result in service charges
for time spent by our administrators in dealing with the situation,
or termination of your account without refund, or both.
of messages, harassment of others, and postings that generate warranted
complaints will result in service charges for time spent by our
administrators in dealing with the situation, including tracing
the postings to an account, or termination of your account without
refund or both.
is a sharing of information between most major providers regarding
the above abuses, which may result in you being unable to acquire
accounts on other providers as well!
UseNet News is a distributed shared service that is not determined
on the basis of content - we do not censor on the basis of content.
Complaints against FINAL COMMUNICATION Server users are investigated
if warranted, however FINAL COMMUNICATION is not responsible for any
content posted by any UseNet News User, here or elsewhere on the global
is content within UseNet News that you will not be interested
in, and that you will find offensive. Ignore it and do not
read that newsgroup in the future. Don't bother complaining about
it - even though you may find a sympathetic ear somewhere - there
are many other newsgroups that you won't find offensive. If you
want to filter out the offensive bits, there are commercial programs
that will pre-read and censor the news for you, and provide you
a digested version. Research and buy one of those if you feel you