Posting Guidelines

Copyright 2002-2005, Brian Edmonds
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Any inquiries, comments or suggestions should be sent to the group moderator at



The newsgroup was created in September 1995. The group originally had a panel of moderators who oversaw all postings. Over time these moderators burned out or moved on to other things, and the last approved posts known to Google were in April 2000.

In April 2002 the group was revived by Brian Edmonds, who is running the group and a companion, gated mailing list under full robomoderation.

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.

Charter is a moderated discussion forum on all aspects of phytopathology and plant health including pests. Following topics (among others) should be covered by the group: diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses; pests caused by insects and other organisms; epidemiology, modeling plant disease epidemics; host-parasite interactions; pest management; biological control; integrated crop protection and production; molecular biology, genetics and ecological aspects of diseases and resistance;detection of pathogens; resistance mechanisms; acquired resistance in plants; stress resistance and tolerance; yield losses due to diseases and pests; use of transgenic plants in phytopathology; model systems in phytopathology; biotechnology in plant protection.

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. 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.

How To Submit a Post

At a correctly configured site you should simply be able to post to 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 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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