Ned Latham posing as Pigdogsmasher...
Rest assured you'll be reported to your service provider each and every
time you attempt faking nyms and commit the offence of sporgery.
Giganews Acceptable Use Policy
"The Giganews Acceptable Use Policy outlines acceptable usage of your
Giganews account, describes what we consider to be abuse of our services,
and details the procedures we follow in investigating reports of abuse.
Although we wish to extend every possible consideration to our members,
Giganews will deal quickly and decisively with instances of clear abuse
of our service, to include suspension of posting or account termination.
By signing up and/or using your Giganews account, you agree to abide by
this policy and to keep updated on changes, since this policy may change
at any time. This Acceptable Use Policy should be considered as part of
the Terms of Service for your Giganews account.
Reasonable Use Policy
Giganews would like for all of its members to have reasonable use of its
service. To that end, Giganews may curtail unreasonable usage of
Unlimited accounts in order to ensure the best possible service for all
members. Giganews' Unlimited account does not constitute a dedicated
connection. If a member appears to be unable to maintain a reasonable use
of the service, Giganews may cancel, suspend, or decline to renew service
for that member without notice. It is within Giganews' sole discretion to
determine what comprises unreasonable use.
Giganews accounts are for individual use only. Any non-individual use, or
any use that is indistinguishable from non-individual use, is prohibited.
For example, the following uses are prohibited:
Sharing a login between people
Simultaneous logins from multiple IP addresses
Connecting from a proxy of any kind
Using DNEWS, NetCache, or any other multi-access caching system
Net Etiquette and Abuse
Each newsgroup can be considered as a separate "community", where those
who regularly use the newsgroup have standards for what is appropriate
and what is not. These standards can vary from one group to the next.
Many groups have written charters and FAQs that reflect a consensus of
those who regularly use the newsgroup. You should always read posts in a
newsgroup to learn what is considered appropriate before posting to that
newsgroup. For a listing of charters and FAQs on various subjects, be
sure to check out www.usenetfaqguides.com.
At Giganews, we would like every member to have the best experience
possible with the newsgroups. We do not, however, wish that to be at the
expense of others. The newsgroups are comprised of people from diverse
backgrounds. When communicating with people on the newsgroups, it is best
to keep in mind that there are many other people that read what you post.
Please consider the views and feelings of everyone who might read your
posts and give them the same consideration and respect as you would like
to receive yourself.
When Giganews receives complaints of improper or abusive posting from our
servers, we consider the following guidelines as we investigate the
posting. Improper or abusive posting may result in temporary or permanent
suspension of posting on the account, or in account termination.
Almost every country has copyright laws. Giganews cannot and does not
review the information flowing through or stored on our system. When you
become a Giganews member, you are agreeing not to transfer or store
copyrighted works on our system without the permission of the copyright
Although there is no single, precise definition of spam, and there are
differing opinions on what constitutes spam, we will consider the
following when reviewing complaints:
Posting the same thing repeatedly in one or more newsgroups will
usually be considered spam, regardless of the content.
Commercial posts are frowned upon in nearly every newsgroup. Most
groups do not welcome contributions from a business or commercial website.
Promoting a business, a website, or an organization will usually be
considered as spam, in nearly every newsgroup. This can even include
inviting visitors to a 'personal', 'public service', or charitable
'For Sale' Groups
Most groups with 'forsale' in the group name are meant for
individuals to exchange information about items they are selling or wish
to purchase. Many of these groups are 'local' to a geographical area.
Most of these groups do not welcome posts from businesses or about items
for sale on an auction site, such as eBay. Be certain that your posts to
these groups will be welcomed by those who use these newsgroups.
Chain Letters/Pyramid Schemes
According to United States law, chain letters and pyramid schemes are
illegal. Almost all "make money fast", "get rich quick", and "multilevel
marketing" offers fall into this category. If you are found to be posting
these to the newsgroups, your account will be terminated.
A few binary newsgroups, such as certain music groups, encourage
posting to more than one group at the same time, as long as the content
is appropriate to each newsgroup. The majority of binary groups and
almost all text groups, however, discourage any form of crossposting.
Please consider that a thread in a text group may begin as appropriate to
two newsgroups, but followups may soon become "off topic" in one of the
Nearly every newsgroup has a stated topic or acceptable range of
topics for posting or discussion. Blatant disregard of the intended
subject matter in a newsgroup will be treated as abusive posting. Posting
off topic material in large volume or with apparent malicious intent will
lead to immediate account termination.
Trolling is the practice of maliciously trying to incite others that
use a newsgroup, to deviate from the stated topic of the group. In other
words, trolling is an attempt to anger others to the point of drawing
them into an argument or an off topic debate. Giganews does not tolerate
trolling and will terminate service of those who abuse the service in
Falsifying header lines to obscure the originating server, to
attribute a post to someone else, to falsely indicate moderator approval,
or to make an original post look like a followup are serious abuses of
our service and will result in immediate account termination.
Other Abuse Situations
The Giganews abuse staff has a great deal of experience with
newsgroups, as individual users, ourselves. That extensive experience
will allow us to reach an equitable determination in situations that do
not fall into any of the explicit categories detailed above.
Giganews is very strict about spamming. You agree to not spam, and you
agree to avoid any form of posting that may look like spam. If it is
determined that you have posted spam through the Giganews servers, you
will be charged a $50 cleanup fee per spam message that you posted, and
your account will be terminated.
Retention and Completion
Giganews does not guarantee any retention or completion rates. Retention
and completion rates displayed on Giganews' website are approximations
based on then current data. As the posting volume on Usenet increases and
decreases Giganews' retention may increase and decrease accordingly
Reports of abuse can be sent to ***@giganews.com
We cannot address incidents of spam or other abuse unless it was posted
through the Giganews servers. We will need full article headers in order
to investigate any report of abuse originating on our servers.
When we receive a valid abuse report about a Giganews member, our staff
will take immediate action, as we feel necessary to ensure posting of the
abusive material will cease. This may include suspension of posting on
the account where the posts originated, pending investigation of the
If it is clear to our staff that someone has signed up for Giganews
service for the sole purpose of abusing our service, the account will be
terminated immediately without notice or refund.
Other complaints will be reviewed by our abuse staff. Each member of our
abuse staff will consider the circumstances of the posting, the newsgroup
to which it was posted, and the number of complaints received about the
posting. In certain cases, we may consider whether there was a malicious
intent apparent in the abusive posting. In addition to other factors, our
staff will evaluate whether the subject posting is consistent with the
kind of service we have chosen to offer to consumers. Our abuse staff
almost always operates on a consensus basis.
Giganews wishes to offer a flexible service that will meet the needs of
our members. We do not wish to regulate or censor our members in any way.
We do feel an obligation, however, to encourage appropriate use of our
service and proper use of the newsgroups, to the mutual benefit of
everyone that uses them."
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