comp.sys.amiga.announce Posting Guidelines

Copyright (c) 2002-3, Brian Edmonds
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The comp.sys.amiga.announce newsgroup was created in December 1990. The original moderator, Dan Zerkle, ran out of time for the group in 1998, and two attempts he made at bringing in a new moderator failed, resulting in the group falling dormant.

In June 2002 moderation of the group was passed to Brian Edmonds, who is running the group and a companion, gated mailing list.

Since its creation a number of control messages have been sent which at some sites appear to have erroneously changed the status of the group to unmoderated. If this is the case at your site, you should bring it to the attention of your news admin, as any postings you make to a moderated group which is not properly recognized as such at your site will be silently discarded at any site where the group is correctly carried as moderated.


This is the group that everybody can read quickly to keep up with developments in the Amiga computing community. The traffic is purposely kept low so that users can quickly find important information without wading through an excessive amount of traffic on other issues.

This is not an advertising forum. Product announcements should list only the features or improvements of a product, with no sales hype, comments about competing products, or instructions on how to buy. They may list a website, telephone number or postal address to contact for further information. Any product announcements should include an availability date. Subsequent announcements about any product or event may only include corrections to earlier errors.

It is preferred that announcements be from official representatives. Articles from magazines or newspapers are copyrighted and are not acceptable. Questionable sources are verified and confirmed before posting.

No discussion of announcements is permitted in this group, as this group is intended to be short and easy to read. Followups for discussion are redirected to the appropriate other groups. For example, followups to an announcement of a new memory card are directed to comp.sys.amiga.hardware.

Rejected postings are returned by the moderator with an explanation of the problem and possible suggestions on how to fix it. There is a backup moderator to resolve disputes between the moderator and submitters, and to run the group at times when the primary moderator is unavailable.

Miscellaneous Policies

The moderation software may (now or possibly in the future) enforce the following policies:

All posts (with a working return address) will either be returned with a rejection notice, or posted to the newsgroup and mailing list. One exception is that rejection notices for the same error are suppressed for a few minutes after the first one is sent to reduce the danger of the robomoderator being used as a mailbombing agent.

Posting with a non-replyable address is strongly discouraged. If you feel you must post with such an address, please make sure you are not using one in a valid mail domain; appending .invalid to the address is the recommended way to ensure this.


The robomoderation software (robomod) enforces various anti-spam and text formatting requirements, as well as optionally allowing posters to register their addresses. Note that in order to receive rejection notices or other information from robomod it must have a valid email address for you. More information on the registration process, including how to use munged addreses, can be found at

How To Submit a Post

At a correctly configured site you should simply be able to post to comp.sys.amiga.announce and everything will be managed for you behind the scenes. If you find this does not work for you, you can submit directly to the submission agent by mailing your posting to

Please try the newsgroup first, and be sure to bring any problems to the attention of your local news administrator so that they can be dealt with.

The Mailing List

All postings to comp.sys.amiga.announce are also distributed to the mailing list, which is available in both regular and digest format. For subscription information, send email to or visit the list webpage at

Likewise, all postings to the mailing list are also distributed to the newsgroup, so subscribers can use whichever of the newsgroup, list, or digest formats is most comfortable.

Brian Edmonds
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