Copyright 2002-2005, Brian Edmonds
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Any inquiries, comments or suggestions should be sent to the group moderators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rec.pets.ferrets newsgroup was created in October 1995. The group originally had a panel of moderators who oversaw all postings. In June of 2000 the moderation server experienced an extended outage and the group never recovered.
In April 2002 moderation of the group was passed to Brian Edmonds. The team consisting of Brian Edmonds and Pam Greene are running the group and a companion, gated mailing list with the assistance of Brian's robomoderation software.
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.
The group is for discussion of domestic ferrets (Mustela putorius furo). Examples of appropriate topics include, but are not limited to, ferret care, behavior, history, and legal status, as well as fictional works involving ferrets, announcements of ferret-related events or resources, and peripherally related discussions between members of the "ferret community".
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. 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
Submissions from non-registered addresses will be held for human moderation. The moderators may at their discretion register addresses for auto-approval, or revert them to hand moderated status.
At a correctly configured site you should simply be able to post to rec.pets.ferrets 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 email@example.com.
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.
All postings to rec.pets.ferrets are also distributed to the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org, which is available in both regular and digest format. For subscription information, send email to email@example.com or visit the list webpage at http://www.robomod.net/mailman/listinfo/ferrets.
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.