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Subject: ba.broadcast.moderated Posting Guidelines

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Changes followed by "|". ba.broadcast.moderated Posting Guidelines | Last updated 5/22/2011 | Welcome to ba.broadcast.moderated! This is a moderated Usenet newsgroup open to anyone who has an interest in broadcast media in the San Francisco Bay Area, both radio and television. The posting guidelines for ba.broadcast.moderated are divided into the following sections: 1. Introduction | 1.1 Invitation to participate | 1.2 Charter | 1.3 How to submit articles | 2. Acceptable and Unacceptable Topics 2.1 Geographical focus 2.2 Programming discussions 2.3 Pirate broadcasting 2.4 Moderation policies 3. Netiquette 3.1 Introduction to Usenet netiquette 3.2 Civility 3.3 Posting form 3.4 Excessive quoting 3.5 Pseudonyms 3.6 Signature files 3.7 Use of copyrighted material 3.8 Pointers to outside sources 4. Technical and Administrative Issues 4.1 Crossposting 4.2 Valid "From" address 4.3 Lost or rejected postings This is a living document and will be updated as needed to meet the needs of this group. -------------------------------------------------------------- 1. INTRODUCTION | 1.1 Invitation to participate | Welcome! The moderators of ba.broadcast.moderated invite the participation of broadcast professionals and non-professionals alike. Both the people who create radio/TV news and entertainment in the Bay Area, and the people who watch or listen to it, have valuable insights into the art and science of broadcasting. 1.2 Charter | ba.broadcast.moderated is dedicated to discussions of radio and | television broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area. Other | Usenet groups are available for discussing broadcast services | in other areas. | 1.3 How to submit articles | You can use your newsreading software to submit an article to | ba.broadcast.moderated as you would to any other newsgroup. The | only difference is that your news server will automatically | forward your article to the moderation team instead of posting it | directly to the group. Alternatively, you can email submissions | to ba-broadcast-moderated@panix.com. We generally turn around | articles at least the same day, usually much faster. | -------------------------------------------------------------- 2. ACCEPTABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE TOPICS 2.1 Geographical focus The focus of this group is broadcast radio and TV in the San Francisco Bay Area. Discussions of stations in markets adjacent to the Bay Area are also acceptable. TV and radio network, cable and satellite television, and satellite radio are also on topic when they relate to the Bay Area. Examples: On topic: "DirecTV has added KRCB to its Bay Area lineup." Off topic: "DirecTV has added BBC America to its lineup." On topic: "Fox says it's going to start charging affiliates (such as KTVU) for prime-time programming." Off topic: "Fox has announced three new dramas for the fall season." In the case of extraordinary events that affect broadcasters in other areas, references to those other areas will be permitted. Examples: the loss of broadcasting capabilities from the World Trade Center on 9/11, the KFI tower collapse, and the Mount Wilson fires. Such postings must still adhere to the other guidelines in this document. 2.2 Programming discussions We welcome our industry participants and other interested parties to post brief notices about upcoming program guests, fill-in hosts, etc. Similarly, reviews of the performance of on-air personalities are fine. However, ba.broadcast.moderated is not the place to continue discussions of general-interest topics that have been discussed on local radio or TV stations. The only exception to this guideline might be a local radio or TV show that conducted a discussion of topics directly related to Bay Area broadcasting. Example: | On topic: "KTVU is in the middle of a terrific five-part series on | Bay Area transportation. You can catch the rest of it on their | newscasts this week." | Off topic: "I think we need another bridge across the Bay. Don't | you?" | Postings about broadcasters' off-air activities should be confined to activities that are broadcasting-related, such as personal appearances on behalf of their station. 2.3 Pirate broadcasting Postings about unlicensed radio or television operations should be | limited to notices of enforcement actions, discussions of conflicts | between licensed and unlicensed stations, or strictly informational | messages (such as, "A new pirate station has been heard in Oakland | on 104.9"). Postings that seek to support pirate stations (such as | by drawing personnel, money, equipment, or listeners) will not be | approved. | 2.4 Moderation policies Questions or complaints about moderation decisions or policies will not be permitted in the newsgroup itself. Please direct any such feedback to the moderators by sending us a message at ba- broadcast-moderated-request@panix.com. If you see an obviously inappropriate article in our newsgroup, please assume that it was a mistake or a direct forgery, and do not send follow-up postings. You may submit feedback to the administrative address regarding such articles, although it is likely that our monitoring software and procedures have already detected the problem and we are actively handling it. -------------------------------------------------------------- 3. NETIQUETTE 3.1 Introduction to Usenet netiquette Participants who are new to Usenet should familiarize themselves with the "netiquette" of Usenet as well as the particular posting guidelines for this group. Several useful posts for "newbies" can be found on the newsgroup news.announce.newusers or on the World Wide Web at: http://www.faqs.org/faqs/by- newsgroup/news/news.announce.newusers.html Particularly helpful articles are: Welcome to Usenet! Rules for posting to Usenet Hints on writing style for Usenet A Primer on How to Work With the Usenet Community Emily Postnews Answers Your Questions on Netiquette Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Usenet 3.2 Civility Participants in ba.broadcast.moderated are encouraged to state their own views and share their experiences enthusiastically. However, in doing so, you should maintain a civil tone in all postings and treat other people respectfully. You are welcome to criticize someone else's actions, but such criticism must not degrade into a personal attack or name-calling. To be safe, refrain from making assumptions about the motivations of other people. For example, "That's a lie" implies an intentional prevarication, and "So-and-so is a liar" is name- calling. Instead, say "That's not true, because...," or "I think that So-and-so is wrong because..." Making fun of someone's name or refusing to refer to them by their proper name is also a violation of this guideline. In cases where someone uses a different on-air name, please use that name unless they have specifically said that it's all right to refer to them publicly by their real name. Note that this guideline covers everyone you talk about in your postings, whether they are participants in this group or not. 3.3 Posting form Any article that falls into any of the following categories will be automatically rejected: A) Articles that contain original text of more than 75 characters per line (except for URLs; see sections 3.7 and 3.8) B) Articles that are crossposted other than as described in | section 4.1 | C) Articles that contain more than 400 lines D) Postings that contain attachments (except short .sig files; see section 3.6) E) Postings that include encoded binary files (except PGP and other short digital signatures) F) Articles containing obscene language G) Articles from individuals who have been suspended or banned from the newsgroup H) Articles that consist mostly of direct quotation from copyrighted sources (also see section 3.7) 3.4 Excessive quoting Posters must show a reasonable effort to trim the post they are replying to. Replies should include just enough of the original material to establish a context for your own comments. Posts more than 20 lines long that have more than 50% quoted text will be carefully reviewed by a moderator to determine whether that degree of quoting is warranted. Posts with excessive quoted text may be rejected. IMPORTANT: If you use a newsreader (such as Google Groups) that allows you to hide the posting to which you are replying, you must unhide the quoted text and trim it appropriately. Also be certain that your newsreader is not configured to automatically append the previous article to the bottom of your postings. All participants in ba.broadcast.moderated are responsible for using their news- | readers properly to comply with the group's posting guidelines. | "Me too!" posts are discouraged. If you do post such a message, you must edit the quoted material significantly. 3.5 Pseudonyms Contributors to ba.broadcast.moderated are encouraged to use their real (given or on-air) names. This not only creates a greater sense of community in the newsgroup, it also lends credibility to posters' opinions. However, as a pragmatic concession to the realities of the present-day Internet, and consistent with the practices of other moderated newsgroups, pseudonyms and unroutable email address are permitted with some restrictions. We ask that the From: lines of submitted articles not misrepresent your identity, not be changed often, and not match a user or domain name other than your own (spoofing). Please also realize that if you use an unroutable email address, you will not be able to receive acknowledgment or rejection messages for your submitted articles. 3.6 Signature files Many people close each article they write with a few lines of common text. This may be a clever quote, contact information, or disclaimer required by their employer. Signature (.sig) files attached to ba.broadcast.moderated postings must be no longer than four lines plus a standard delimiter (such as two dashes). The content of a poster's signature need not be relevant to broadcasting, but it must not violate any of the other posting guidelines. (For example, name-calling that would not be acceptable in the body of a message is also unacceptable in a signature.) Posters may include Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and business addresses in signature files, provided they comply with all the other guidelines regarding signatures. 3.7 Use of copyrighted material Unless you own the copyright yourself or have the written permission of the copyright owner (either of which must be so stated), do not post copyrighted material such as newspaper articles to ba.broadcast.moderated. Instead, post a synopsis of the material with a link to the full article. If you are posting a link to a blog or other site where information changes frequently, please use a "permalink" to the exact article you're citing. Quoting of public domain information, such as TV or radio station information from the FCC database, is fine. 3.8 Pointers to outside sources Unsolicited announcements and pointers to web sites that are strictly advertisements or other public relations campaigns are not permitted. However, a pointer to a website or other external source of information is permitted and encouraged in cases where it is relevant to an existing thread, with appropriate context being given in the post. A URL with no information about what a user should expect to find there will be rejected. If you are posting a link to a blog or other site where information changes frequently, please use a "permalink" to the exact article you're citing. Also, we prefer full URLs instead of (or in addition to) ones that have been modified by a link shortener so that readers of the posting will know which website they are actually going to. If you do use a | link shortener, please also indicate the full name of the website | to which you are linking. | A pointer to information that is off-charter for ba.broadcast.moderated will be rejected, as will a pointer which itself does not meet the ba.broadcast.moderated guidelines (such as a URL containing name-calling). Moderators are not responsible for verifying the contents of any external information source. -------------------------------------------------------------- 4. TECHNICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES 4.1 Crossposting Appropriate simultaneous crossposting will be permitted at the | discretion of the moderation team. Appropriate crossposted | newsgroups could include rec.radio.broadcasting or ba.broadcast. | In fact, in order to minimize duplication of articles and promote | wider awareness of the moderated newsgroup, crossposting between | ba.broadcast and ba.broadcast.moderated is encouraged. | We also encourage the use of the Followup-To line in your | posting's headers to direct responses to the appropriate group. | For example, a thread in BABM that starts off talking about Bay | Area radio but drifts into a discussion of U.S. stations in | general could be gently guided to a more appropriate venue by | putting rec.radio.broadcasting in the Followup-To line. | Currently, a limit of 3 newsgroups total is enforced by our | moderation software. | Please note that, because of the way moderated Usenet groups | work, any posting submitted to a moderated group will not be | forwarded to any other groups until it is accepted by the initial | group. For example, if you submit a posting to both BABM and BAB, | and we reject it, it will never appear on BAB. | 4.2 Valid "From" address Participants in ba.broadcast.moderated may, if they wish, use an invalid or "munged" email address in their "From" header line. However, please be aware that if you do so, you will be unable to receive messages from the moderators, such as requests to revise submitted postings or explanations of why postings were rejected. Also, we want ba.broadcast.moderated to promote interaction among participants, and in some cases, information is more appropriately relayed off-list. If you do not provide a valid email address, other posters will not be able to send you information, ask questions, etc. Therefore, if you are considering using an invalid From address in order to avoid spam email, we recommend that you instead (1) find an ISP with robust spam-filtering for incoming email, and/or (2) obtain an email address just for your Usenet postings (e.g. from Yahoo or Gmail). 4.3 Lost or rejected postings We never reject anything in silence, and we make a point to answer all our mail. However, newsgroup postings can and do get lost every now and again. If you send us a posting and you neither see it in ba.broadcast.moderated nor hear from us directly within two or three days, you can be pretty sure that either your mail never reached us, or that our answer never reached you. (See section 4.2 for why the latter might happen.) In that case, please submit your article again. (We will filter out duplicates.) You're also welcome to send a note to ba-broadcast-moderated-request@panix.com if you have any concerns about your submissions not being received. -------------------------------------------------------------- If you have any questions or comments about these guidelines, please send a message to ba-broadcast-moderated-request@panix.com. (Adapted, with permission, from the rec.radio.amateur.moderated posting guidelines.)