News articles posted to moderated newsgroups first travel as e-mail messages to a moderation address. Most news server software will send messages posted to a moderated newsgroup to the appropriate moderation address automatically, but if you need it, <email@example.com> is the moderation address for NNQ.
Messages arriving at the NNQ moderation address are scanned by a software package (or "robot moderator"), designed to allow messages appropriate for NNQ to be posted and to try to return other messages to their sender.
If your message is returned to you by the robot moderator, there are several possibilities:
If the overall content of your message is NOT appropriate for NNQ, then do not try to post it to NNQ again, but consider sending it to a more appropriate newsgroup, or by direct e-mail to an individual correspondent.
If the overall content of your message IS appropriate for NNQ, and you want to edit the message and re-send it to the robot moderator, be sure to delete anything "extra" such as any quoted text that is not part of a question or answer, or that is not needed to make the question or answer understandable, any text sent by the robot, and any copies of the NNQ "footer," and re-send the message to the NNQ robot moderator, at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If the robot moderator continues to return your message to you, and you think that the message that was returned is appropriate for NNQ, and should have been approved by the robot, then send your message to the appeal address <email@example.com> for a volunteer human moderator to review, and allow a day or two to get a result.
To find an appropriate newsgroup, use:
http://www.dejanews.com/ Deja News
or post a query to news:news.groups.questions
To find an appropriate mailing list, use: XXX
Explore the newsgroups and mailing lists you find. "Explore" means: read the FAQ for the medium if there is one, and either read a few weeks of recent news posts from an archive like Deja News or AltaVista, or read the medium for at least a week or two before trying to post to it.
Also look for resources local to your Internet connection - information from your on-line service, or Internet service provider, or educational institution.
See if you have a local news hierarchy, <local>.*, perhaps called <isp>.* or <school>.* or <region>.* or <iso>.* depending on what your ISP, or school, or region, or ISO country code is. Look for an FAQ for your <local>.* hierarchy(ies), and explore.
The rest of this article should help you learn what is on-topic and appropriate for news.newusers.questions, and learn about some other restrictions that the newsgroup charter places on the form of messages.
>CHARTER: news.newusers.questions >NEWS.NEWUSERS.QUESTIONS (n.n.q) is for questions, answers and advice >about using Usenet news and other Internet newsgroups and services. >Articles which do not contribute to educating or informing new users >about Usenet are inappropriate for this newsgroup.
The complete charter and moderation policy for NNQ are at:
http://cs1.presby.edu/~jtbell/usenet/charter.html NNQ Charter http://cs1.presby.edu/~jtbell/usenet/admin.html NNQ Admin Statement
In the items below, "relevant" means "contributes to educating or informing new users."
People reading a "thread" of articles will see the previous message before they see your reply, so you do not need to quote the entire previous message. Delete the sections you aren't directly responding to.
Due to the nature of moderation, your message has to travel to the robot-moderator by e-mail and back to your site by news transport - allow from a few hours to a day for this trip.
If the duplicate article(s) were returned to you, the first article you sent may have already been posted - look for it in news:news.newusers.questions before sending an article again.
You should explore other newsgroups and mailing lists to discuss any topics which are not appropriate for NNQ, or use direct e-mail or IRC (Internet Relay Chat) to carry on personal conversations.
Keep in mind that every message posted to worldwide net newsgroups is stored on tens of thousands of machines, and may be archived for years at some sites. So, if you are simply "making conversation" in a message then you should probably be sending it in a direct e-mail or on IRC instead of transmitting it to sites around the world as a news article.
Explore the unmoderated news:soc.misc newsgroup for miscellaneous socializing.
Explore the news:soc.penpals newsgroup - but read the group for a week or two before posting a penpal request.
If you are looking for a relationship that involves more than exchanging e-mail with a penpal, read the FAQ for the news:soc.singles.moderated newsgroup, and perhaps explore the news:soc.personals newsgroup and the alt.personals.* hierarchy or a <local>.personals newsgroup if one exists.
If the site covers the same topics as a newsgroup or mailing list, you may want to post the URL and a brief description of the site to an appropriate newsgroup or mailing list. Post the URL to NNQ only if the content is appropriate for NNQ.
If the content is something that might already be available on the Web, search for it and post a pointer to the sites that make it available rather than copying the content to your site.
Anything posted to newsgroups should be plainly readable by anyone who reads news, regardless of what software or hardware they have.
This means: don't attach or include HTML, word-processing, picture, or sound files in messages, since many people can't read them.
To reach the widest possible audience, use plain text formatted to 72 columns or less, in ASCII text in NNQ and most other Usenet 8 newsgroups, or in Latin1 (ISO-8859-1) and similar character sets in language-based or national news hierarchies (de.*, fr.*, ru.*, etc.) to be compatible with whatever character sets the people in those hierarchies use.
Handle binaries like long articles - don't post the binary (picture, gif, jpeg, jpg, audio, etc.), but make the content available on a Web page or ftp site, and announce the URL of that site to the Web.
If an article is cross-posted to many newsgroups, and you are angered by the article, consider that it may have been cross-posted deliberately in hopes of provoking many angry responses.
Don't fall into the trap of replying angrily to such a "troll" - instead learn to spot them and ignore them, instead of giving the poster the satisfaction of seeing angry replies.
Configure your newsreading software to display the Newsgroups: and Followup-To headers.
To learn which newsgroups are most appropriate for your topic, see:
http://www.dejanews.com/ Deja News
Try to post to only one newsgroup, or, if you must, cross-post only to the smallest possible set of *appropriate* newsgroups, and use a "Followup-To:" header to suggest that responses to your posted article should be mailed to you or posted to just one newsgroup.
If you want to suggest that responses to your posted article should be e-mailed to you, add to your message headers:
Or, if you want want to suggest that responses be posted to just one newsgroup, supply that newsgroup name, such as:
For services or items only available locally, explore your local hierarchy. Look for a newsgroup called <local>.forsale or a similar name, and post appropriately.
Other newsgroup groups/hierarchies to explore include:
Businesses that offer products or services over a large area generally find that announcing their offerings on a Web page is more effective over the long run than posting to newsgroups.
Create a Web page or site and then use a web site announcement method, such as: