Unwritten Rules of Posting to Newsgroups
There are certain unwritten rules about newsgroup posting that we would like to write here and make you aware of so you can learn how to post responsibly. Many users (especially new Usenet users) do not know what is appropriate when posting and what isn’t. That is why they often end up violating those “unspoken rules” and making people angry. There are a few common reasons for that. First, many users try to spam different newsgroups, pretending to be marketing a product or service.
There is a big difference between spamming and marketing. Whereas marketing is promoting and selling a product, spamming is the unauthorized flooding of a mailbox or a newsgroup with irrelevant messages that the user(s) of that mailbox or newsgroup have not requested or signed up for.
Do not spam – if the material you are posting is not relevant to the newsgroup you are posting it in, this is considered spam. While most users can filter through and ignore spam postings, you will soon be stripped off your Usenet posting privileges because spammers are easily detected by administrators (often after they have been reported by other users) and kicked out of the system.
Posting In The Wrong Position
Another common mistake is posting you answer at the top of the quoted posting. Because most users read from top to bottom, they can easily miss the context of the discussion if they read you answer before they read the message you were replying to.
Don’t Post Personal Information
Furthermore, do not post your personal information or anyone else’s personal information in Usenet. You wouldn’t like anyone to do that to you, would you? In addition to that, do not make offensive remarks about other users of the Usenet community – it does not speak well of you plus you may invoke retaliatory action which is probably not something you are looking for.
A rule of thumb in newsgroup posting is to follow your common sense and not to do anything that you would not do outside of Usenet. The fact that Usenet is an electronic community and can be anonymous does not give anyone the right to abuse it.