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Subject: Compuserve Releases new AUP Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 11:47:20 -0500 Newsgroups: alt.online-service.compuserve,compuserve.general,news.admin.net-abuse.usenet,news.admin.use net-abuse.policy CompuServe Incorporated Newsgroup Policy December 1997 INTRODUCTION This document explains how the CompuServe Incorporated Member Agreement is applied to USENET and local newsgroups. It outlines the procedures that CompuServe members or other newsgroup participants can use to handle newsgroup abuses. It also gives pointers to other resources available to learn about newsgroup culture. GUIDELINES It is important for members to make themselves aware of the various conventions, guidelines and local culture in newsgroups before becoming an active participant. If you have questions visit the Usenet Help Forum (USEHELP) for general Usenet Guidelines. NEWSGROUP TERMS OF SERVICE VIOLATIONS CompuServe Usenet newsgroups are subject to CompuServe's Member Agreement. Members should familiarize themselves with CompuServe's Member Agreement by visiting the CompuServe Rates and Rules area (GO RULES) before posting any articles to Usenet newsgroups. Participating successfully in newsgroups is a matter of common sense and courtesy. Most CompuServe members are able to use their own sense of what is appropriate to guide their behavior. But there will always be some inappropriate postings - whether innocent and inadvertent or malicious and intentional. While it is not always clear which is the case, certain activities can result in posted articles being removed, a member receiving a warning, or more severe actions including termination of a member's account. Postings that can result in a warning or other appropriate action include but are not limited to the following: 1. FORGERY/FRAUD. Posting articles with headers that misrepresent who or where the article is from or what organization it represents is a violation of the CompuServe Member Agreement. Report instances of a CompuServe member posting such articles or of articles forged under your name to CompuServe at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2. CHAIN LETTERS. Chain letters are prohibited on CompuServe and the Internet. Posting a chain letter or other pyramid-type articles to newsgroups (or via e-mail) is inappropriate and can result in your account being terminated. If you receive a chain letter from a CompuServe member, report it to email@example.com immediately. If you receive a chain letter from someone on the Internet, contact the postmaster at their site (using firstname.lastname@example.org). 3. EXCESSIVE POSTING. Posting the same article many times, either to a single or multiple groups is generally considered an inappropriate use of Usenet and the servers that support it. For a set of articles to be considered inappropriate, they need not be exactly alike, but substantively identical. For example, posting multiple articles advertising the same service or Web site even if they use different wording each time is an inappropriate use of Usenet. Cross-posting a single article to several groups is also generally an inappropriate use of Usenet. This is acceptable only in a very few special cases. Before you decide to cross-post an article, you must make sure that the article is acceptable and relevant in every single group included in the cross-post. Posting patterns that exceed generally recognized Usenet thresholds for multi-posting or cross-posting are considered inappropriate and such articles will be automatically discarded. 4. COMMERCIAL ARTICLES. The vast majority of newsgroups are NOT commercial and participants in those newsgroups will object to commercial traffic. Commercial articles or solicitations should be posted to a newsgroup only when consistent with the newsgroup's subject matter. In addition, commercial articles and solicitations should be clearly identified as such and should disclose the sender's identity. If you have any questions about a commercial article or solicitation, you should review the newsgroup's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) or charter document. If you cannot find a FAQ or charter document, contact email@example.com for clarification. 5. INAPPROPRIATE POSTS. Each newsgroup focuses on a particular set of topics. Posts not related to these topics are not appreciated by the participants. Similarly, you should not post binary information like picture files or executables in a newsgroup unless such postings are permitted by the newsgroup's charter. It is important that CompuServe members become familiar with the culture and guidelines of a particular Newsgroup BEFORE posting. Doing so will make your experience with newsgroups much more pleasant. BLOCKING INAPPROPRIATE ARTICLES CompuServe reserves the right to selectively filter Usenet articles that it deems inappropriate. Such articles may be deleted by CompuServe from their original target newsgroups(s) and/or moved to a special newsgroup. These actions may be applied to both articles coming into CompuServe from the Internet as well as to articles posted by CompuServe members. SUBMITTING COMPLAINTS To report a violation of CompuServe's Newsgroup Policy or Member Agreement or any other objectionable Usenet behavior by a CompuServe member, send a complete copy of the article or e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org. MODIFICATION OF THIS POLICY. Upon notice, CompuServe may at any time modify this Newsgroup Policy. It is each member's responsibility to review from time to time and stay familiar with this Newsgroup Policy. QUESTIONS If you have questions about newsgroups or an article you would like to post, you have several avenues you can pursue, including: - the Usenet Help Forum (GO USEHELP) - the Usenet Newsreader Forum (GO NEWSREADER) - the news.newusers.questions newsgroup - the *.answers newsgroups (soc.answers, news.answers, etc.). - checking for FAQs and Charters in a given Newsgroup.