rec.pets.ferrets Posting Guidelines

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                    rec.pets.ferrets Posting Guidelines

                     Copyright 2002-2005, Brian Edmonds
               $Revision: 1.10 $ $Date: 2005/01/16 00:36:39 $

   The latest version of this document can be found at
     * http://www.robomod.net/rec.pets.ferrets/
     * post to the newsgroup or mailing list with the following text in
       the subject (without the quotes): "send file: guidelines.txt"

   Any inquiries, comments or suggestions should be sent to the group
   moderators at rec-pets-ferr...@robomod.net.
     _________________________________________________________________

Contents

     * Introduction
     * Charter
          + Miscellaneous Policies
          + Robomoderation
     * How To Submit a Post
     * The Mailing List
     _________________________________________________________________

Introduction

   The rec.pets.ferrets newsgroup was created in October 1995. The group
   originally had a panel of moderators who oversaw all postings. In June
   of 2000 the moderation server experienced an extended outage and the
   group never recovered.

   In April 2002 moderation of the group was passed to Brian Edmonds. The
   team consisting of Brian Edmonds and Pam Greene are running the group
   and a companion, gated mailing list with the assistance of Brian's
   robomoderation software.

   Since its creation a number of control messages have been sent which
   at some sites appear to have erroneously changed the status of the
   group to unmoderated. If this is the case at your site, you should
   bring it to the attention of your news admin, as any postings you make
   to a moderated group which is not properly recognized as such at your
   site will be silently discarded at any site where the group is
   correctly carried as moderated.
     _________________________________________________________________

Charter

   The group is for discussion of domestic ferrets (Mustela putorius
   furo). Examples of appropriate topics include, but are not limited to,
   ferret care, behavior, history, and legal status, as well as fictional
   works involving ferrets, announcements of ferret-related events or
   resources, and peripherally related discussions between members of the
   "ferret community".

  Miscellaneous Policies

   The moderation software may (now or possibly in the future) enforce
   the following policies:

     * Postings must be in plain text. In particular no HTML or mixed
       text and HTML posts will be allowed. Excessive quoting and large
       sigs are also not allowed. Any post with more than 70% quoted
       material or a sig in excess of 512 bytes will be rejected.
     * Postings must be formatted within 80 characters in width (limiting
       your lines to 72 characters is recommended), and also must not
       exhibit the long/short/long/short/etc misformatting that some
       posting agents can produce when misconfigured.
     * No binary postings of any sort will be accepted. Exceptions will
       be made for cryptographic signatures and such. S/MIME signatures
       are usually far too bulky and will probably not be accepted.
     * Crossposting is not allowed to more than three newsgroups, except
       through manual intervention by the moderator. Contact the
       moderator if you feel you need to crosspost to more than two other
       groups.
     * Followups can be to no more than two groups, or to poster.
     * Mail address blacklisting and whitelisting may be implemented as
       deemed necessary. In addition a number of anti-spam filters are in
       place, and will be expanded as needed.

   All posts (with a working return address) will either be returned with
   a rejection notice, or posted to the newsgroup and mailing list. One
   exception is that rejection notices for the same error are suppressed
   for a few minutes after the first one is sent to reduce the danger of
   the robomoderator being used as a mailbombing agent.

   Posting with a non-replyable address is strongly discouraged. If you
   feel you must post with such an address, please make sure you are not
   using one in a valid mail domain; appending .invalid to the address is
   the recommended way to ensure this.

  Robomoderation

   The robomoderation software (robomod) enforces various anti-spam and
   text formatting requirements. Note that in order to receive rejection
   notices or other information from robomod it must have a valid email
   address for you. More information on the registration process,
   including how to use munged addreses, can be found at
     * http://www.robomod.net/register.html
     * post to the newsgroup or mailing list with the following text in
       the subject (without the quotes): "send file: register.txt"

   Submissions from non-registered addresses will be held for human
   moderation. The moderators may at their discretion register addresses
   for auto-approval, or revert them to hand moderated status.
     _________________________________________________________________

How To Submit a Post

   At a correctly configured site you should simply be able to post to
   rec.pets.ferrets and everything will be managed for you behind the
   scenes. If you find this does not work for you, you can submit
   directly to the submission agent by mailing your posting to
   rec-pets...@robomod.net.

   Please try the newsgroup first, and be sure to bring any problems to
   the attention of your local news administrator so that they can be
   dealt with.
     _________________________________________________________________

The Mailing List

   All postings to rec.pets.ferrets are also distributed to the mailing
   list rec-pets...@robomod.net, which is available in both regular
   and digest format. For subscription information, send email to
   rec-pets-fer...@robomod.net or visit the list webpage at
   http://www.robomod.net/mailman/listinfo/ferrets.

   Likewise, all postings to the mailing list are also distributed to the
   newsgroup, so subscribers can use whichever of the newsgroup, list, or
   digest formats is most comfortable.
     _________________________________________________________________

   Brian Edmonds
   $Date: 2005/01/16 00:36:39 $