Well, *someone's* regulating it - I frequently see replies to spam where the
original spam has been deleted before I read.
I also see messages with the title crossed through where the content has
been suppressed before I download.
Must be the pixies.
That's because people EDIT their replies and remove the spam before
replying. Editing replies, something lots of people should learn to do.
Never seen that. Newsgroups also automatically strip attachments and photos
from non binary groups.
Na, they've all been eliminated by the spam traps.
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There is no formal regulation of this newsgroup (at least if there is, it
crept in without me noticing...*). There is a charter, and custom&practise
says that participants should stick by the charter. But, ultimately
newsgroups are dependent on people's good will and self-control in what they
What you're seeing is automated deletion of spam. Some news feeds accept
the deletions, others do not, some accept some deletions, etc, so users of
different news servers will see different results (some of us see the
original spam, others do not).
Decisions to delete spam are taken on a variety of indexes which indicate
the spam content of a message. The automatic processes (often called a
robot) operate over many newsgroup heirarchies, not particularly targetting
Then there are binary attachements, which many servers will just delete,
though some do take binaries (and often run to specifically allow the
transfer of software/data; sometimes legally, and sometimes ilicit copies).
That's probably the news server catching up with itself at the ISP. Chances
are the message will appear later.
- Nigel (* who wrote this newsgroup's charter a long time ago).
Mike, to jump straight to the point (as someone who's sold stuff
through u.r.m.r before), non-trade ads are fine as long as it's made
clear in the thread (i.e. For Sale/Wanted at start of subject line).
eBay ads are - based on experience of a few ng's - fine, as long as the
subject line starts "For Auction" or similar. Hope this is of use.
when we wrote the charter for this group private ads were OK and are still
are OK. The rise of ebay had hardly, if indeed it was founded. started. So
on line auctions were not mentioned but my opinion, for what it is worth, is
that they are OK for personal purposes providing they are on topic.
As others have said there is no moderation of this group, only peer group
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