Posting Guidelines

Copyright (c) 2002-3, Brian Edmonds
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The newsgroup was created in May 1995. The group originally had a panel of moderators who oversaw all postings. The group ran normally for a couple of years, then the moderators' interests shifted to other areas and service lapsed.

In April 2002 the previous head moderator, Dr. Ian Dickey, passed control of the group to 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.


This moderated newsgroup will be used for the discussion of Orthopedic Surgery and related issues. Topics appropriate to this newsgroup will include but are not limited to:

  1. Technical and practical issues relating to surgical procedures.
  2. Information requests on various orthopaedic pathologies and processes.
  3. Journal and reference requests related to orthopedic surgery research.
  4. Postings of announcements of meetings, symposia, confrences etc.
  5. It would serve as a means for rapid dissemination of information that may be of interest to orthopaedists.
  6. It would serve as a forum for discussing and sharing not only research, but also clinical ideas.
  7. It would allow the user to post information regarding training and career opportunities in Orthopaedics

Seeking of medical advice, solicitation of services, or personal treatment advice is not acceptable on this forum. It is to be used by professionals, researchers and paraprofessional staff to discuss and advance the practice of orthopedics.

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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