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(collected by "JumpJet",
"At one time I operated a large public NetNews
server, unusually focussed on serving those residing
in the Southern Hemisphere. If you have visited a NetNews
newsgroup on the Internet recently, you will notice that
it has changed from being an online discussion forum
to being a file-sharing network under the alt.binaries.*
hierarchy. A lot of great newsgroups are in their death
stages; traffic on such newsgroups is either all-spam,
or is non-existent.
"A few newsgroups have attempted to slow the spam
by switching to being a "moderated" newsgroup.
As a news server administrator, I was mystified why most
of these newsgroups didn't make their Charters or FAQs
more readily available (users cannot effectively participate
in group discussions unless they are familiar with the
rules of conduct for the discussion group). To make it
easier on my patrons, I collected together in one place
all of the Charters or Faqs that I could find for all
of the moderated newsgroups I was carrying (a surprisingly
difficult task I was to discover).
"Although I no longer run a NetNews server, I feel
that the collection of Moderated Newsgrops Charters or
Faqs I made is still helpful, and so I offer this (frozen-in-time)
collection for your edification. Charters or Faqs are
in folders labled with the name of the newsgroup hierarchy
in which they reside, and each Charter or Faq is labled
using the full name of the newsgroup they represent.
Each text document was written by the authorized spokespersons
for their discussion group." - JumpJet, about.txt
Moderated newsgroup charters and FAQs: