Charter for news.admin.moderation
From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
news.admin.moderation (NAM) is a newsgroup dedicated to the discussion of newsgroup moderation on Usenet - what it is, how it works, and how it affects Usenet administration as a whole. news.admin.moderation is itself a moderated newsgroup, watched over by a combination of a moderation team and a robot moderator; this moderation is primarily intended to stop flamewars and ongoing arguments on divisive and never-ending topics such as "moderation in general: good or bad?". How To Post =========== (This section assumes that you already know how to post to Usenet newsgroups in general.) All messages must pass through the moderation bot before they hit they are sent to the moderation team for approval. Articles that do not match the following criteria will be automatically rejected: o Crossposting is allowed, but restricted; specifically, all crossposted and followed-up-to newsgroups must be pre-approved (see below), and no more than three groups (and one followup) may be included at any rate. o Followups must be set to no more than two groups, all of which must be on the crossposting whitelist. If followups are not set and the message is crossposted to more than two groups, then the 'bot will set followups to just news.admin.moderation. o Postings should be formatted within 80 characters in width (limiting your lines to 76 characters is recommended). o Postings must be in plain text. In particular no HTML or mixed text and HTML posts will be allowed, nor will binary messages (with the exception of small cryptographic signatures, such as GPG or S/MIME). o All submissions will be subjected to a number of anti-spam filters; messages that are found to be spam will be silently dropped. o Specific threads and/or posters may be blocked by the moderation team, offering the ability to close threads and block posters that regularly violate the group charter. In general, messages that pass through the above criteria are queued for approval or rejection by the moderation team. However, after a small number (typically 1-5) of approved posts, users may be added by the moderators to a group whitelist. Users on the whitelist are still subject to the above tests, but their posts may be automatically approved by the robot moderator, without the need for human intervention. By default, notification of the message receipt, approval, and/or rejection are automatically sent to the poster. If you wish to turn off approval and receipt notifications, please include this line in your headers (or first line of your message): X-No-Confirm: yes If you wish to similarly turn off rejection notices, please include this line: X-No-Reject: yes If you want to do either of these things on a permanent basis, please contact the moderation team directly. (Note that these notices will not arrive if the return address is faked; as such, the use of non-replyable/munged addresses is strongly discouraged. Posters who feel that they must use a munged address are encouraged to append ".invalid" to the end of the email address, to indicate that the address is not deliverable.) Submissions to the group may also be made by mailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. How To Read =========== If your news server already carries NAM, simply add the group to your list of active newsgroups. If your news server doesn't carry NAM, it might be a bit more of a challenge; just ask your news administrator (politely!) to add it. Include the following detail: Moderation Address: email@example.com Once this is done, messages should automatically appear on your system, and you can post as you would to any normal newsgroup; if you have questions about how to do this, ask your local news administrator. Crossposting Whitelist ====================== Crossposting is currently allowed to: o news.admin.moderation More groups will be added at the moderator's discretion. If you would like to suggest a newsgroup to add to the crossposting whitelist, please contact the moderation team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Charter ======= news.admin.moderation is a moderated newsgroup for discussion of newsgroup moderation. Some suitable topics for discussion include: * how to be a good moderator * moderation "best practices" - for example, how/whether articles should be edited before approval; should articles be re-directed to other newsgroups; how should article rejections be handled * developing appropriate moderation policies and implementations * methods for filling vacancies in a moderation team * moderation software and moderation hosting services * whether moderation is appropriate for a specific topic * what to do if the moderator of a group you use disappears, and other problems with specific moderated groups * whether it would be appropriate to propose demoderating a specific group (the actual proposal, if made, would be to the appropriate configuration newsgroup) Unsuitable topics include: * discussion of moderation of web forums, mail lists, etc, except in as much as they pertain to newsgroup moderation * actual proposals for a new moderated newsgroup (such discussion should occur in news.groups.proposals or other configuration newsgroups) * "moderation in general: good or bad?" * flames, attacks and derogatory comments or nicknames Minimal crossposts may be allowed at the discretion of the moderators.