In Telecom Digest and comp.dcom.telecom my specific guidelines are
We receive dozens of messages from readers each day. I try to
print as many as possible, which sometimes means that I allow
controversial opinions and slightly-off-topic threads. The salary they
pay me for doing this doesn't require me to work more than three hours
per day on telecom discussions.
When several messages appear from various people saying almost the
same thing, I will limit the traffic to those with the most
interesting views, the most original content, and/or whatever seems to
me the best balance of opinion and content.
A Moderator is not required to print all submissions received and is
in fact encouraged not to do so. It comes down many times to simply a
judgment call by the Moderator to accept one and not accept another.
Based on the number of messages I publish per day (depending on the
time I can devote that day) versus the number I actually receive, I'm
not able to publish every submission.
In the past, submissions were automatically sent a reply. That was
discontinued some time ago, since so many submitters obfuscate their
email addresses to prevent them being harvested by spambots. If you
submit something to the Digest, and it doesn't appear within a week,
then it has been rejected and you didn't get the notice, or it was
marked as "spam" by the spamassassin software, and I never saw it.
If I do not wish to use your submission I attempt to do one of two
things: If it is a lengthy piece and obviously required work to
prepare it, I will attempt to return it. If it bounces once, then I
will discard it. If your article was a short piece -- just a few lines
of response or similar -- I will often times simply discard it and
answer you with a note of my own. Again, if it bounces, I have no
resources or time to track down your address ... not and publish
the Digest every day as well.
Yes, I can lose things, but my record is pretty good for not losing
submissions. Any large moderated group will have technical problems
from time to time, but I am trying my best on this end to make the
Digest and comp.dcom.telecom one of the best groups on the net.
I cannot -- will not -- publish messages which in my
estimation are intended only as flames, deliberate attacks on myself
or other users, or which are calculated to throw the Digest up for
grabs and cause a big backlog of meta-discussions about the operation
of the Digest itself. I trust none of the long-time readers here will
ever claim that I refuse to publish all sides of an issue, or that I
refuse to publish opinions contrary to my own. If anything, I permit
too many rebuttal messages; but I want all sides to be aired here,
save my few 'blind spots' if you wish to call them that: I won't
publish phreak/cracker messages which jeopardize the security of this
net or the telephone network; anonymous messages will be a rarity
here; persons abusing network hospitality and/or lacking basic 'net
etiquette' by sending messages with fake names and addresses or by
forging the required headers to break into comp.dcom.telecom will find
no kinship with me. I do not acknowledge or respond to the individuals
who send such messages.
The Digest is 'wide-open' for conversation on all aspects of
telephony: there is no practical way these days to separate the
technical aspects from the politics involved, or vice-versa. Both
telecom 'heavyweights' and inexperienced users are welcome here
subject to the few rules of courtesy which should apply in any forum.
Comp.dcom.telecom is not 'just another Usenet group' ... it is
intended to be one of the best, and I sincerely thank all of you who
have helped to make it that way.
Messages are frequently interchanged, or cross posted between the
Digest and other mailing lists, many of which also appear in their
own 'Usenet' groups.