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The news.announce.important newsgroup is intended to be a VERY LOW
 
The news.announce.important newsgroup is intended to be a VERY LOW
VOLUME newsgroup for general announcements that are so important
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VOLUME newsgroup for general announcements that are so important that
that nearly everyone on Usenet should read them.  While
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nearly everyone on Usenet should read them.  While announcements about
announcements about Usenet, UUCPnet, or the Internet are certainly
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Usenet, UUCPnet, or the Internet are certainly within the scope of the
within the scope of the newsgroup, in rare cases, announcements
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newsgroup, in rare cases, announcements about other topics that are of
about other topics that are of great interest to the readers of the
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great interest to the readers of the newsgroup may be accepted.
newsgroup may be accepted.
 
  
news.announce.important exists for the benefit of its readers, not
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news.announce.important exists for the benefit of its readers, not for
for the benefit of the author of an announcement.  No announcement
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the benefit of the author of an announcement.  No announcement will be
will be accepted unless reading the announcement will be of primary
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accepted unless reading the announcement will be of primary benefit to
benefit to the reader.  In particular, this means that commercial
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the reader.  In particular, this means that commercial advertisements,
advertisements, announcements of new programs, and other
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announcements of new programs, and other announcements whose primary
announcements whose primary purpose is to benefit the poster will be
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purpose is to benefit the poster will be rejected.
rejected.
 
  
Postings to this newsgroup must conform to these rules.  Exceptions
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Postings to this newsgroup must conform to these rules.  Exceptions to
to the rules are at the sole discretion of the moderator.
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the rules are at the sole discretion of the moderator.
  
(1) Announcements must be short.  The target length is 20
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(1) Announcements must be short.  The target length is 20 lines,
lines, so that the posting plus headers fits in a single display
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so that the posting plus headers fits in a single display screen.  All
screen.  All extra text, such as .signature files, should be trimmed
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extra text, such as .signature files, should be trimmed before
before submission.  Long announcements (especially those over 60
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submission.  Long announcements (especially those over 60 lines) will
lines) will generally be refused, although if they are posted
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generally be refused, although if they are posted elsewhere, a short
elsewhere, a short pointer article giving the newsgroup, date, and
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pointer article giving the newsgroup, date, and Message-ID of the full
Message-ID of the full article might be accepted if it meets all
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article might be accepted if it meets all other criteria.
other criteria.
 
  
 
(2) News.announce.important is a worldwide newsgroup.  Postings
 
(2) News.announce.important is a worldwide newsgroup.  Postings
must be of worldwide interest.  There is no way to make a local
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must be of worldwide interest.  There is no way to make a local posting
posting in this newsgroup: find a local announcement or general
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in this newsgroup: find a local announcement or general newsgroup for
newsgroup for local postings.
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local postings.
  
(3) Cross-posting is generally disallowed.  If the announcement
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(3) Cross-posting is generally disallowed.  If the announcement is
is to be accepted for news.announce.important, it should stand
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to be accepted for news.announce.important, it should stand alone.  The
alone.  The quarterly posting of this charter, crossposted to
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quarterly posting of this charter, crossposted to news.answers, is an
news.answers, is an exception to this rule.
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exception to this rule.
  
(4) All articles must be approved by the moderator before
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(4) All articles must be approved by the moderator before posting.
posting. In some cases, the moderator may ask the advice of a panel
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In some cases, the moderator may ask the advice of a panel of other
of other moderators, but the final decision rests with the
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moderators, but the final decision rests with the moderator.
moderator.
 
  
 
(5) Only articles of general interest to most of those using
 
(5) Only articles of general interest to most of those using
newsgroups are acceptable.  Specialized articles should be posted to
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newsgroups are acceptable.  Specialized articles should be posted to an
an appropriate special interest newsgroup.
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appropriate special interest newsgroup.
  
(6) Discussions in this newsgroup are not permitted.  Second
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(6) Discussions in this newsgroup are not permitted.  Second and
and subsequent submissions on the same subject will be rejected.  If
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subsequent submissions on the same subject will be rejected.  If a
a discussion is anticipated, include a Followup-To: header line to
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discussion is anticipated, include a Followup-To: header line to another
another appropriate newsgroup.  (It is suggested that the same
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appropriate newsgroup.  (It is suggested that the same message or a
message or a pointer to the message in news.announce.important be
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pointer to the message in news.announce.important be separately posted
separately posted to that other newsgroup.)  If a Followup-To:
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to that other newsgroup.)  If a Followup-To: header line is not provided
header line is not provided and the original submitter has not
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and the original submitter has not provided a valid E-mail address,
provided a valid E-mail address, feedback to the posting will likely
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feedback to the posting will likely be lost.
be lost.
 
  
(7) Postings must be of primary benefit to the readers, not to
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(7) Postings must be of primary benefit to the readers, not to the
the poster.
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poster.
  
(8) All postings must be in English.  At the moderators'
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(8) All postings must be in English.  At the moderators' discretion,
discretion, however, the English content may be followed in the same
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however, the English content may be followed in the same posting by
posting by content expressed in another language with the same
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content expressed in another language with the same meaning and sense
meaning and sense as the English content.
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as the English content.
  
Examples of acceptable and unacceptable postings:  
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Examples of acceptable and unacceptable postings:
  
 
"A new type of message will be posted to Usenet that will break any
 
"A new type of message will be posted to Usenet that will break any
 
software older than 3 years, effective in 2 months.  Please upgrade
 
software older than 3 years, effective in 2 months.  Please upgrade
 
your software by then or disconnect the machine from the net".  This
 
your software by then or disconnect the machine from the net".  This
would likely be approved.
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would likely be approved.
  
 
"The Internet is running out of IP addresses, please conserve your
 
"The Internet is running out of IP addresses, please conserve your
 
addresses and give any you are not using back to the NIC."  This
 
addresses and give any you are not using back to the NIC."  This
would likely be approved.
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would likely be approved.
  
"Please do not send any more cards to Craig Shergold, he got into
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"Please do not send any more cards to Craig Shergold, he got into the
the Guinness Book of Records years ago and no longer needs them, the
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Guinness Book of Records years ago and no longer needs them, the cards
cards are causing problems in the Post Office."  This would likely
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are causing problems in the Post Office."  This would likely be
be approved.
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approved.
  
"We have a new wonderful spiffy product for sale."  This would
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"We have a new wonderful spiffy product for sale."  This would likely
likely be rejected as being commercial.
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be rejected as being commercial.
  
 
"Call for Papers for the Computers in Astrology Conference".  This
 
"Call for Papers for the Computers in Astrology Conference".  This
would likely be rejected as not of general interest; it should
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would likely be rejected as not of general interest; it should instead
instead be submitted to news.announce.conferences.
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be submitted to news.announce.conferences.
  
"The Australian Internet is in trouble - write your legislator".
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"The Australian Internet is in trouble - write your legislator". This
This would likely be rejected as of only regional interest; it
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would likely be rejected as of only regional interest; it should
should instead be submitted to a regional newsgroup.  
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instead be submitted to a regional newsgroup.
  
"Dinette Set for Sale in Denver".  This would likely be rejected as
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"Dinette Set for Sale in Denver".  This would likely be rejected as it
it violates most of the policies.
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violates most of the policies.
  
"The Former Soviet Union is announcing the sale of mining and
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"The Former Soviet Union is announcing the sale of mining and mineral
mineral rights at bargain prices."  This would likely be rejected as
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rights at bargain prices."  This would likely be rejected as being
being too commercial.
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too commercial.
  
 
"There will be a showing of the movie 'The Graduate' at the Student
 
"There will be a showing of the movie 'The Graduate' at the Student
 
Union at 7 PM Saturday night."  This would likely be rejected as of
 
Union at 7 PM Saturday night."  This would likely be rejected as of
only local interest.
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only local interest.
  
This charter will be posted to news.announce.important quarterly.
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This charter will be posted to news.announce.important quarterly.
  
  
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MODERATOR INFO:
  
MODERATOR INFO:   
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All moderators are selected from the membership of the Usenet Big-8
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Management Board.  The members of the Board are listed at
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<https://www.big-8.org/wiki/Board_members>. The Board may be reached
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via e-mail at <board@big-8.org>.
  
All moderators are selected from the membership of the Big8-Usenet
 
Management Board.  The members of the Management Board are listed at
 
<http://www.big-8.org/wiki/Big-8_Management_Board>.  The Management
 
Board may be reached via E-mail at <board@big-8.org>.
 
  
 
(Adapted from the original News.Announce.Important Policy, last modified
 
(Adapted from the original News.Announce.Important Policy, last modified
 
September 28, 1993, by the previous moderator, Mark Horton.)
 
September 28, 1993, by the previous moderator, Mark Horton.)

Latest revision as of 16:15, 10 November 2020

Moderated Group news.announce.important

CHARTER:

The news.announce.important newsgroup is intended to be a VERY LOW VOLUME newsgroup for general announcements that are so important that nearly everyone on Usenet should read them. While announcements about Usenet, UUCPnet, or the Internet are certainly within the scope of the newsgroup, in rare cases, announcements about other topics that are of great interest to the readers of the newsgroup may be accepted.

news.announce.important exists for the benefit of its readers, not for the benefit of the author of an announcement. No announcement will be accepted unless reading the announcement will be of primary benefit to the reader. In particular, this means that commercial advertisements, announcements of new programs, and other announcements whose primary purpose is to benefit the poster will be rejected.

Postings to this newsgroup must conform to these rules. Exceptions to the rules are at the sole discretion of the moderator.

(1) Announcements must be short. The target length is 20 lines, so that the posting plus headers fits in a single display screen. All extra text, such as .signature files, should be trimmed before submission. Long announcements (especially those over 60 lines) will generally be refused, although if they are posted elsewhere, a short pointer article giving the newsgroup, date, and Message-ID of the full article might be accepted if it meets all other criteria.

(2) News.announce.important is a worldwide newsgroup. Postings must be of worldwide interest. There is no way to make a local posting in this newsgroup: find a local announcement or general newsgroup for local postings.

(3) Cross-posting is generally disallowed. If the announcement is to be accepted for news.announce.important, it should stand alone. The quarterly posting of this charter, crossposted to news.answers, is an exception to this rule.

(4) All articles must be approved by the moderator before posting. In some cases, the moderator may ask the advice of a panel of other moderators, but the final decision rests with the moderator.

(5) Only articles of general interest to most of those using newsgroups are acceptable. Specialized articles should be posted to an appropriate special interest newsgroup.

(6) Discussions in this newsgroup are not permitted. Second and subsequent submissions on the same subject will be rejected. If a discussion is anticipated, include a Followup-To: header line to another appropriate newsgroup. (It is suggested that the same message or a pointer to the message in news.announce.important be separately posted to that other newsgroup.) If a Followup-To: header line is not provided and the original submitter has not provided a valid E-mail address, feedback to the posting will likely be lost.

(7) Postings must be of primary benefit to the readers, not to the poster.

(8) All postings must be in English. At the moderators' discretion, however, the English content may be followed in the same posting by content expressed in another language with the same meaning and sense as the English content.

Examples of acceptable and unacceptable postings:

"A new type of message will be posted to Usenet that will break any software older than 3 years, effective in 2 months. Please upgrade your software by then or disconnect the machine from the net". This would likely be approved.

"The Internet is running out of IP addresses, please conserve your addresses and give any you are not using back to the NIC." This would likely be approved.

"Please do not send any more cards to Craig Shergold, he got into the Guinness Book of Records years ago and no longer needs them, the cards are causing problems in the Post Office." This would likely be approved.

"We have a new wonderful spiffy product for sale." This would likely be rejected as being commercial.

"Call for Papers for the Computers in Astrology Conference". This would likely be rejected as not of general interest; it should instead be submitted to news.announce.conferences.

"The Australian Internet is in trouble - write your legislator". This would likely be rejected as of only regional interest; it should instead be submitted to a regional newsgroup.

"Dinette Set for Sale in Denver". This would likely be rejected as it violates most of the policies.

"The Former Soviet Union is announcing the sale of mining and mineral rights at bargain prices." This would likely be rejected as being too commercial.

"There will be a showing of the movie 'The Graduate' at the Student Union at 7 PM Saturday night." This would likely be rejected as of only local interest.

This charter will be posted to news.announce.important quarterly.


MODERATION POLICY:

The moderators shall operate in a manner that enforces the charter.


MODERATOR INFO:

All moderators are selected from the membership of the Usenet Big-8 Management Board. The members of the Board are listed at <https://www.big-8.org/wiki/Board_members>. The Board may be reached via e-mail at <board@big-8.org>.


(Adapted from the original News.Announce.Important Policy, last modified September 28, 1993, by the previous moderator, Mark Horton.)