| C'mon Doug, "..you need to be very careful here." sounds like a | warning you have no right to send.
I disagree. I'm doing Tony a favor, warning him of the danger. Everything I said was true and appropriate.
| IMHO, we are all pilots and probably interested in all aspects of | aviation otherwise we wouldn't be involved in the hobby.
Yes, many people who are interested in models are also interested in general aviation. That doesn't mean stuff related to GA (and not models) should be posted here -- the GA groups are over there ---->
And rec.models.rc.air was the group that he posted to that was
to on-topic ...
We're *not* all pilots. rec.models.scale and rec.models.rockets (the other groups he posted to) are probably full of people who aren't pilots. (Are people who fly rockets called pilots?)
| While OT may have been included in the subject line, I don't think it's a | big deal.
Well, I think it could become a big deal if he continues. You have no more right to say it's not a big deal than I do to warn him of the dangers.
As for OT, it just tells us that you know your post doesn't belong here, and yet you posted it anyways. It's a little better if you're a regular in the group in question, but Tony isn't even that.
| There is a great deal of flexibility in Usenet and it's | there because we, the users, want it there.
And if the Users don't want it there, they will retaliate. He posted to three unrelated newsgroups, and he doesn't appear to ever have posted to Usenet before (at least not under that name or address.)
It often starts out like that - a company (or just a salesman) posts an advertisement to a few groups that are maybe marginally appropriate, nobody complains, and so then they post to hundreds of groups, totally unrelated groups -- then people complain. In large numbers. The company gets a reputation for spamming ...
He even used (probably unintentionally) spammer words -- `Disregard if not interested'. Yes, all the spammers would like us to disregard their spam if we're not interested -- they'd much prefer that to us actually complaining about it.
I don't think his intent was to get labeled as a spammer, so I felt it was important to warn him that it could very easily happen.
| What we don't need/want is self appointed moderators
Now who's being the self appointed moderator? I warned Tony (via email too, because I'll bet he doesn't read this group) that here be dragons (and not specifically on this group) but now you're telling me that I `have no right to send' that ? Nuh-uh.
I never told him he can't or even shouldn't post. I told him to be careful. And he should.
| Enjoy life instead of critiquing it!
What if you enjoy critiquing life?
Quit trying to moderate the group. It's not going to work. Instead, go out and fly. Here in Austin, TX it's partly cloudy with 20 mph SE winds -- just the thing for sloping at Mansfield dam. I even have my plane in the car, ready to go, but work was too busy to sneak away ... argh!