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From: Ken
Subject: News Server Acceptable Use Policy
Date: 4 Aug 2003 23:56:26
Message: <3F2F2C40.91C72C69@pacbell.net>
Posted August 5, 2003

  POVRAY.ORG News Server Acceptable Use Policy

  First we would like to remind all of our visitors that this news
server exists first and foremost to offer online support for the
users of POV-Ray. We do this by allowing peer support between users
of the program,  sometimes through direct support from POV-Team
members themselves, or by way of the POV-Ray Technical Assistance
Group. Any other use of this news server is secondary to this goal.

  An added benefit of this news server is that it promotes a sense
of community for our users and we encourage this. We want everyone
who visits here to enjoy themselves. Most of all we want you to be
able to visit the various news groups to learn how to get the most
from using POV-Ray. We enjoy seeing what you people are doing with
our program and it makes it worth our efforts to continue developing

  Below you will find some basic guidelines on how we expect visitors
to this news server to conduct themselves. We are not trying to place
ourselves in a position to tell you what to think, or what to do, but
we do expect you to maintain a reasonable level of acceptable social
conduct when posting messages on this news server.

1.) This has been mentioned before in other announcements on this
    news server but we would appreciate it if you do not post your
    messages in HTML format. Many of our visitors do not have HTML
    compliant news readers. Also, HTML messages consume more server
    resources than do plain text messages. We do not expire messages
    in every group on this server and HTML posts are a luxury we
    cannot support.

2.) We have a number of young people that visit this server. Because
    of this we ask that you keep this in mind before posting messages
    or images of an explicit sexual nature. While nudity is commonly
    used as a form of artistic expression we ask that you present it
    as tastefully as possible if you post images of this type. Use good
    judgment where this is concerned and be aware that children may
    be watching as their parents download images posted on this server.

    You might consider uploading images of a controversial nature to
    your personal web page and provide a link to it from a message
    posted here. This gives people the opportunity to decide if they
    wish to view material of this type at their own discretion.

3.) Please remember that POV-Ray appeals to a wide range of users
    from a global community. These people come from many different
    cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and religious beliefs that may
    differ from your own. We ask that you try to keep this in mind
    and not to post messages that may be considered inflammatory,
    critical, or abusive where others beliefs are concerned.

    Users of this news server may not post messages that could
    reasonably be expected, by today's standards, to cause another
    reasonable person to not want to use or visit this server due
    to a feeling of harassment. Personal attacks, exhibiting
    insulting or abusive behavior, are not an acceptable activity
    on this news server. Likewise, the use of profanity is also
    considered unacceptable.

    Violation of these rules may result in corrective action by
    the News Server Administration. Such action may be a written
    warning, removal of offensive messages at our discretion, or
    for repeat violations, the banishment of the person or persons
    responsible for said violations.

    For the purposes of this news server the News Server Admin.
    is any current member of the POV-Team, and the members of
    the POV-Ray Technical Assistance Group, who have full authority
    to act on behalf of the owner of this news server.

4.) We do not allow SPAM on this news server. We will allow you to
    post announcements of your POV-Ray related web page, utilities,
    or programs that POV-Ray users may find useful. Advertising of
    commercial products or services not related to POV-Ray or the
    3D graphics industry is not allowed under any circumstances.

    The articles on this server are intended to be local. No news
    servers may take a feed from news.povray.org.    The POV-Team
    claims collection copyright on the contents of our news data-
    base. This is not for any commercial purpose,  but to protect
    the quality of peer support offered here. If posts from  this
    server are fed to USENET,  users on USENET will start attemp-
    ting to join in discussions there. However, as news.povray.org
    does not take a feed from USENET, such postings will never be
    seen on this server. We will not take a feed from USENET since
    doing so would cause us to have to take all of the accompanying
    baggage - namely, spam, spam, and more spam.  At no time has
    this server ever accepted a feed for any of the povray groups
    from anywhere else. They are purely local and will remain that

5.) Do not attempt to intentionally distribute software containing
    a virus or trojan on this news server. Visitors doing so will
    be expelled. We do realize that some trojans attach themselves
    undetected to a message. We have made every attempt to remove
    them from this server as soon as they were discovered. However,
    intentional distribution of malicious software will not be
    tolerated under any circumstances.

    USE AT YOUR OWN RISK any software, program source code, or POV-Ray
    file you find posted here by visitors to this server. The POV-Team
    cannot assume liability in this regard but will take action to see
    that harmful software is removed in a timely manner once made aware
    of it's presence. We recommend that you run a virus checking utility
    on every executable program you download from this server for your
    own protection.

6.) The views and opinions expressed by visitors to this news server are
    those of the person posting them and do not necessarily reflect the 
    views and opinions of the POV-Team or the News Server Administration.
    Under no circumstances will the POV-Team or the News Server Adminis-
    tration be held accountable for any harm, emotional or physical, to
    anyone caused by the views or opinions expressed by it's visitors.

    You may see individual members of the POV-Team and the POV-Ray TAG
    participating in discussions on this news server. At these times
    their views and opinions are their own unless they officially sign
    their messages otherwise.

7.) Cross-Posting Guidelines

    What is the difference between cross-posting and multi-posting ?

    CROSS-POSTING is when you post a new message to several groups on this
    server at one time by adding additional groups to the message header.
    This method stores one copy of the message on the server and references
    this message for each group it is posted to.

    MULTI-POSTING is when you post a separate message to different groups
    on the news server which have the same message content. This method
    has the disadvantage that it consumes more server space and is not
    considered acceptable by the News Server Administration.

    For the purposes of this server we ask that if you must post the same
    message to more than one group that you use cross-posting as opposed
    to multi-posting. We also ask that if you do find that you must cross-
    post to this server that you do so with moderation. Try to find the
    groups that best fit the content of your message and restrict them to
    just a couple of relevant groups. Additionally, if your news program
    supports it, use the Followup-To: header of your program to restrict
    any replies to your cross-posted message to a single group. This will
    help reduce the clutter on the news server and keep any discussions
    of your message localized to a single group.

    An example would be if you are announcing a new Windows utility that
    you think the POV-Ray community would be interested in. In this case
    it would be acceptable for you to post a cross-posted message in the
    povray.windows group because it is a Windows application and you might
    also announce it in the povray.binaries.utilities group because you
    are announcing a binary executable utility. Cross-posting additionally
    to povray.text.scene-files would *NOT* be appropriate because your
    announcement has no content related to that group.

    The News Server Administration will delete any messages that they
    feel are excessively cross-posted without warning to discourage this
    type of activity. Excessive cross-posting may be considered messages
    that are posted to more than 4 groups at one time and/or they are
    cross-posted to groups that have no bearing on the content of the
    message that is being cross-posted. Multi-posted messages that exceed
    more than 2 groups will not be tolerated and may also be subject to
    immediate deletion.

Except where otherwise noted these are general guidelines and we will
allow for a liberal interpretation of them. We also wish to remind you
that this is a privately owned news server and as such you are considered
an invited guest. By connecting to this news server you are bound to
accept the terms and conditions we set forth. Please act accordingly.

Have fun and thank you for your participation,

POVRAY.ORG News Server Administration.

Posted August 5, 2003

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