soc.politics Posting Guidelines

Copyright 2003-2005, Brian Edmonds
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Any inquiries, comments or suggestions should be sent to the group moderation coordinator at



The soc.politics newsgroup was created in the mists of history, and was previously moderated by Charles McGrew. He disappeared from the group sometime in the mid 1990s.

In March 2003 moderation of the group was passed to Brian Edmonds. The team of Brian Edmonds and Graham Drabble 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 dates from before the time of formal charters, so the best official description of the group is its original tagline: Political problems, systems, solutions.

In practice the group appears to have been used for discussions of political science, including posting and analysis of the campain platforms put forward by political candidates. The group is not for the posting of political ranting and railing, though impassioned (but civil) debate is obviously to be expected.

Currently the group is open for unfettered posting, apart from the conditions listed in the policies below. This means that there will be occasional spam that slips through the filters. At some future point when a community is well established, moderation may change to utilize poster registration, whereby submissions from new posters are held for manual approval and address whitelisting.

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

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 soc.politics 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 soc.politics 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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