I am now looking for a group of people to Alpha test some (mostly)
perl code that implements the NoCeM standard. I am interested in
* System portability / lack thereof.
* How the code itself functions.
* The usefulness of what it does.
* The integrity of the algorithms used.
* The use of perl/ the programming style (be gentle!)
* The clarity of the documentation.
* The legality / enforcability of the Copyright notice.
* How the distribution system itself goes.
* To have PGP (without it you can't even read the package).
* To have a copy of Cancelmoose's public key (it's in the servers).
* To be able read and post to alt.nocem.misc.
* To be willing and able to supply feedback on one or more of the above.
If you are interested, please send a digitally signed note to
na4...@anon.penet.fi stating that you meet the requirements and
listing which facets you'd be interested in looking at.
To get PGP (from within the US) see:
To get PGP (outside the US) see:
To get PGP keys (from all over the world) see:
A bit about NoCeM ("No See 'Em"):
More and more people are getting onto Usenet and the signal to noise
ratio continues its downward spiral. The onslaught of spams, ads,
scams, and just plain drivel threatens to drown out any meaningful use
left to the net. Cancels are a very limited and highly controversial
solution, at best.
Now, anyone can indicate which messages (via a NoCeM notice) that they
think you should, or should not read. You can decide if you like the
criteria that person uses-- if you agree, you can accept their
notices. If not, the notice has no effect on you.
* Automates notice collection and action.
* Allow you to specify whose notices you accept. Furthermore, you can
subspecify what kinds of notices a given person can issue.
* Checks the digital signature on all notices. No signature, or a bad
signature and the notice has no effect.
* Allow you to specify a number of methods of obtaining notices- news,
email, web, or anything else you like.
* Removes "bad" messages from your newsrc-- thus it is not newsreader
dependant. What to do with "good" messages is implemented, though
* It is optimized to concentrate only on subscribed groups, so it
works fairly quickly, unless you subscribe to hundreds of newsgroups.
(And in that case, you need it all the more..)
* Will continue to function after abuse causes admins to turn off
message cancelling ability.
* Has strong copyright wording that forbids non-voluntary use of
NoCeM. To quote the notice: "...If a third party is compelling you to run
this software or to issue notices, you may not do so..." This project
is intended allow people to control what their own eyes see - this is not
a mechanism to ease legislated censorship.
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