Who controls Usenet?
Newsgroups are autonomous forums and
as such, there are no "all-powerful owners"
to control what gets posted. Instead, users of Usenet
newsgroups are responsible for their actions. But
don't confuse this as a free-for-all; continuing
postings of SPAM,
threats, off-topic posts (and anything else considered
illegal) will get you booted by your ISP and/or
A few guidelines that will keep
you from making mistakes
Read the newsgroup without posting
for a few weeks (also known as "lurking").
it will give you an idea of what the newsgroup is
Read the Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ). Find and read the newsgroup's FAQ, which
can sometimes be found posted within the newsgroup,
or you can try searching
for it.. This may be the quickest way to learn
about a particular newsgroup.
Keep posts on-topic. If you're not
sure what's allowed to be posted within a newsgroup,
see the FAQ and try lurking (see above). Don't reply
to SPAM either; it's still considered off-topic
and does nothing to prevent the spammer from posting
again (do you think he/she would really read a reply?).
As with any form of communication
on the internet, don't use ALL CAPS in posts AS
IT'S CONSIDERED SHOUTING (unless you mean it).
Don't send posts advertising your
business or website. It may be considered SPAM,
ticks people-off, and is a good way to get kicked
Don't respond to "trolls."
You'll know them when you see them -- they're the
folks who are posting really obnoxious messages
meant to agitate and annoy. If they continue harassing
you, contact their newsgroup provider through the
"abuse" email address (usually found in
the "headers" of their posts).