Copyright (c) 2003, Brian Edmonds
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Any inquiries, comments or suggestions should be sent to the group moderation coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rec.skiing.announce newsgroup was created on March 15, 1994. The group was originally moderated by Glen Baker, who retired on April 3rd, 2000. A search was made for a new moderator, but no suitable volunteers stepped forward at that time.
In March 2003 moderation of the group was passed to Brian Edmonds, who is running the group and a companion, gated mailing list with the assistance of his robomoderation software. In September 2003, Jim Strohm joined the moderation team.
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.
Consistent with present net-practice, this is the low-volume, moderated group for announcements. It will carry the periodic posting of the FAQ, race & other competition results, and possibly some selected automated snow reports.
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
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.skiing.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 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.skiing.announce 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://lists.gweep.ca/listinfo.cgi/rec-skiing-announce.
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.