Service description


  1. General information
  2. Service
  3. Restrictions on use
  4. Privacy
  5. How to connect

 

1. General Information

Aioe.org hosts a large public news server which doesn’t require registration or authentication to be used. This service is mostly designed for sporadic USENET readers which don’t need a premium service and for those who can’t get a more expensive service to read news. Since this site doesn’t require any kind of registration, no clients’ personal data are collected or detained by us. All services are provided for free by a group of volunteers who spend time and money in this project without earning anything.

 

2. Service

This site provides a standard USENET server which can be accessed without authentication from any IP address. Both Transport Layer Security (TLS) and SSL are fully supported. Due the lack of any authentication mechanism, the users’ ability to post articles is subjected to several limits which prevent the site from being abused. At the same time, all messages sent through Aioe.org hide the sender's IP address which is stored only inside our systems logs. See our terms of use for detailed information.

 

3. Restrictions on use

Each IP address is authorized to post maximum 40 messages per day and the posting rights are suspended for the following 24 hours if more than three messages are rejected in a day. Each post must be sent to less than three groups (crosspost) and each one can include at most three followup groups. Maximum allowed size is 32 KB per article and 2KB per header. Only four concurrent connections per IP address on nntp.aioe.org and 2 ones on news.aioe.org are allowed and 400 connections per day are accepted from each IP address. Aioe.org is a text only USENET site: binary groups are not carried because they consume too much bandwidth and are often sources of illegal material. Currently, this server makes available almost all text groups which are publicy fed through USENET plus some local hierarchies but many of these groups are empty because nobody uses them and they’re mostly kept for future references.

 

4. Privacy

Aioe.org neither collects nor harvests personal data. As required by german law the system logs are kept for 12 months, then deleted. These logs report only the sender’s IP address of each locally posted article and some information about the groups read by each user. Aioe.org strives to keep these data reserved and to avoid any disclosure of clients’ personal information to third parties. Those who need to know what exactly is logged by our servers should read the logging policy.

 

5. How to connect

The main server address is nntp.aioe.org and several ports can be used to query the server : 119 and 80 without encryption or with TLS, 563, 443 and 22 with the SSL layer. Non-standard ports are useful for those who are behind a fascist firewall configured to close every port execept the HHTP/HTTPS/SSH ones. Aioe.org hosts also a secondary NNTP site news.aioe.org in order to assure the service even if the main host goes offline. The two servers have identical article numbers and USENET database content, so if those who need to switch to the backup server and can use port 119 or 563, merely changing the server name in their configuration may suffice.