Terms of use


Table of contents

  1. Access rules
  2. Posting rules
  3. TOR Network
  4. Suck feeds
  5. Content related rules

 

1. Access rules

Main server is news://nntp.aioe.org and all people should choose this one unless those who perfectly know what they're doing. Another site, news://news.aioe.org, which is much slower, is provided as backup host. Both servers identify articles in each group with the same serial number so it's possible with every newsreader to switch site without rebuilding a news accounts from scratch.

Each IP address has the right to establish four concurrent connections per time with 'news://nntp.aioe.org' or two connections with 'news://news.aioe.org' which is slower. All IP addresses which make some attempt to establish more than some dozen of concurrent connections are banned forever.

Perpetual TCP connections are forbidden because they're expansive in terms of system resources. All IP addresses which keep alive a TCP connections with our server for more than 86400 seconds (a day) are banned. Each IP address has got the right to establish about 400 connections per day even if the exact number of allowed connections changes depending on the system load.

 

2. Posting rules

Each IP address - whether it’s your client, or your whole network - has the right to post no more than 25 messages per day; accepted and rejected messages are counted together. If an IP address sends more than five articles that are rejected by the server, it looses the right to post for the next 24 hours. Those who need to post an higher number of articles should choose a server which uses some sort of authentication, like eternal-september.org or Albasani.

Each article posted through our server must be smaller than 32KiB. Aioe.org does not carry binary groups so this limit is very resonable for probably all text articles. Headers must be smaller than 2KiB; large headers are useless and waste system resources. We strongly recommend our users to avoid the X-Faces header.

Articles which include a Content-type header which is not "text/plain" are refused, so HTML and multipart posts are forbidden. Those who need to sign their messages with a GPG/PGP key have to include the digital sign in the body of the article without adding a special multipart section.

Each body line of an article must be shorter than 160 characters. Quoted, blank and empty lines must be less than 80% of total body. A quoted line begins with ">" or "|", a blank line contains only spaces an empty one includes only a single newline ("\n") character. The argument of the Date header must be correct. Often spammers send messages with a future date in order to become visible in the top of article list on clients which sort their groups by date; this implies that sender's system clock has to be properly configured.

Articles can be posted to no more than five groups at once. There are weak reasons to post to more than five groups at once and this is often done by spammers. Articles that do not have a follow-up-to header cannot be posted to more than three groups. Articles that do have a follow-up-to header cannot have more than three groups in that header.

Control articles are always forbidden because many people use them as an easy way to damage the server. Cancel articles are forbidden. If you think before you post, you don’t need to cancel. Sporadic accidents are usually tolerated by people s there's no need to cancel.

HTML articles of any sort are forbidden even if sent to groups that allow the users to post HTML articles.

The ’From’ header must include a syntactically correct email address (user@domain.tld). It’s not mandatory to use a real name or email address.

 

3. TOR Network

TOR is a system intended to enable online anonymity, composed of client software and a network of servers which can hide information about users' locations and other factors which might identify them. Use of this system makes it more difficult to trace internet traffic to the user, including visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms. Each time that an user requests to establish a connection with an internet site through TOR, the network assigns him a different IP which replaces the original client's address when the remote server is queried. On a side, this strategy makes each user anonymous because the remote site can't know which real client is using that IP address in that time. On the other side, this behaviour makes also impossible for a site which doesn't use any authentication method to ban a specific TOR user from his host because TOR clients change IP address each time that establish a connection and a server without authentication can ban IP addresses only.

Due past large abuses which were impossible to block without banning the whole network, currently TOR users can't post messages through Aioe.org but they're still allowed to read the news through this site.

 

4. Suck feeds

Public news servers have got the main disadvantage to be slower than commercial sites when a huge number of article is requested. Those who need more speed often set up a local news server and configure an external program to download the articles from a real remote news server. This process is usually called suck feed. Aioe.org allows and encourages this behaviour with the only limit of 400 connections per day.

 

5. Content related rules

Our rules are simply: no abuses are tolerated. Some good guides about USENET abuses are the news.admin.net-abuse.email links, the USENET Spam FAQ and a Wikipedia page about USENET Spam. Before writing, everybody should understand what is forbidden.

All users must must follow the USENET netiquette, a set of social conventions that facilitate interaction over USENET. Many documents, like Newsreaders.com netiquette explanation or USENET and Mailing List posting netiquette or The Zen and the art of Internet chapter about USENET, explain which behaviours are polite or unpolite when one writes a USENET post. All users must read them before starting to post their articles.

Everybody should also consider that defamations and personal data disclosures are crimes which are punished by criminal law. Freedom of speech and user's privacy don't protect criminals from being punished because system logs keep the sender's IP address of each message posted through our site for 12 months and police departments can legally obtain them in case of crimes.