Post by Steve Goldfield Post by Billl Martin
Isn't there some way to clean the crap out this newsgroup? I know, I'll pray
to Jeezuz to quit throwing bolts of lightning at innocent folk and start
barbequeing some of these spammers. He'll probably throw bolts of nice
cotton print instead - He's a Democrat after all.
When I created this newsgroup, I had the option of moderating it or
leaving it unmoderated.
At that time, it was very busy and moderating it would have slowed
down the discussions
and been a lot of work for me. So, I made it unmoderated. Now, it
would make sense to
convert it to moderated, but that would also probably be a lot of
work. I'll look into it, though,
and see what's possible.
OK, I found out from those who control newsgroups that it is virtually
impossible to switch from unmoderated to moderated. If people feel
strongly, then it seems the best way would be to create a moderated
companion group. That's a lot of work so I would only embark on it
if I hear from a lot of people. Here is the gist of what I was told:
Changing a group from unmoderated to moderated is "strongly
- which, in practice, means "practically impossible."
o There are many News Service Providers who would not make the
change. Some people would see a moderated group, others with different
NSPs would see the moderated version.
o Such changes in the past have cultivated massive resentments.
Leaving the original group intact and creating a companion moderated
group allows group members to have a choice between the two different
kinds of newsgroups on the same topic.
o In all likelihood, the board won't even publish an RFD to change a
group from unmoderated to moderated. A proposal for such a change
not be submitted unless the group finds a way to demonstrate virtual
unanimity. We strongly recommend that you instead spend your effort on
learning how to use filters or how to create a moderated companion to
the original group.