uk.gay-lesbian-bi provides a forum for the discussion of lesbian, gay
and bisexual related issues from a UK viewpoint, but not the morality of
uk.gay-lesbian-bi is intended as a safe space for lesbians, gay men,
bisexuals, their friends and those interested in matters of sexuality.
All posters are requested to respect this.
The newsgroup is moderated and operates under the moderation guidelines
listed in the moderation policy statement contained within this charter.
Announcements of relevant events are allowed. Long announcements belong
Personal advertisements must not be posted to uk.gay-lesbian-bi; use
uk.adverts.personals.gay-lesbian-bi or one of the many other personal
Commercial advertising is forbidden.
Pointers to commercial sites fall under the rule about commercial
advertising other than statements in .sig files four lines or under in
Test postings should be sent to appropriate test groups.
Excessive cross-posting is inappropriate. Posters are requested to
restrict cross-posting to no more than two other newsgroups and all
such articles must meet the requirements of the charters of all groups
involved. All cross-posts with other moderated groups, except those
for uk.net.news.announce and signed by Control, may be rejected unless
sequential approval rights have been established.
Encoded binaries e.g. pictures, compressed files, etc. are forbidden.
Such material belongs on a web or FTP site to which a pointer may be
posted. Cryptographic signatures e.g. PGP may be used where
authentication is important and should be as short as possible and under
All articles must be readable in plain text; no HTML, RTF, or similar,
or attachments are allowed. To see how to make your newsreader comply
with this, please read <http://www.usenet.org.uk/ukpost.html>.
Please do not top post; when quoting parts of a previous post please
retain the author's name and quote only enough to give context and place
your reply beneath the quoted section.
Anyone posting contrary to this charter may be reported to their
'postmaster' and, or, Service Provider.
Moderation Policy Statement
Moderation will be by a pre-approved system: a semi-automatic moderation
bot running STUMP system or similar will receive all postings to the
Individuals who have made one approved posting will automatically be
added to the pre-approved posters list, unless posting using a shared
non-individual generic '
From' address in which case all such articles
shall be approved individually.
All pre-approved posters will have their articles automatically accepted
and forwarded on to the group unless contrary to the auto-reject
software. Their pre-approved status can only be revoked by the
moderators if they violate the moderation policy and this action must be
supported by a two thirds majority of the moderation panel and reported
immediately to the group.
Withdrawal of pre-approved status will be for a period of one calendar
month, during which the poster shall be removed from the pre-approved
and added to the manual list and have articles manually moderated; upon
expiry of the withdrawal period they shall be removed from the manual
list and pre-approved status shall be restored on the same terms as
first time posters i.e. following their next posting of an approved
article. A record will be kept of all withdrawals of pre-approved
status for a period of twelve months from the date of withdrawal.
Pre-approved posters who have inadvertently breached the moderation
rules can apply to the moderators to be restored to the pre-approved
list sooner than one month and the moderators can do so if they are
satisfied that the offending post was genuinely made in error.
All encoded binaries, HTML and other non-plain posts identified by the
moderation software will be rejected by the moderation bot.
The remaining posts from people not on the pre-approved list will be
sent to the moderators.
The moderators will approve all postings regardless of content unless
The moderators will return these rejected posts to the sender, if one
can be identified, with an appropriate standard e-mail of explanation:
- a personal ad.
- a commercial article, including those aimed at overcoming the ban on
commercials e.g. by generating commercial URLs or pop-up windows for
the sole purpose of advertising or by including a time-delayed
subscription requirement or silent dialler.
- an encoded binary, HTML or non-plain text article that has escaped
the automatic software, or any article not readable as plain text;
no HTML, RTF or similarly formatted or word processor formats or any
attachments are allowed.
- an article cross-posted to more than four groups in total including
uk.gay-lesbian-bi; or an article cross-posted to another moderated
group unless a group where sequential approval rights have been
established; or unless to uk.net.news.announce and signed by
Control; cross-posted articles must meet the charter requirements
of all the groups involved.
- a test post, except from a moderator or one of their Admins; all
zero content articles, random character or randomized text and
incomprehensible articles shall be deemed to be test posts.
- an identical debut article; or an article with identical content or
an article with similar content but different headers which has been
sent to the group more than twice in any 24 hour period; or an
identical or similar article which has been sent to the group more
than twice in any 24 hour period and which in the opinion of a
moderator forms part of a mail-bomb attack on the group and a
moderator's vote shall be obtained to ratify the action taken in the
interests of accountability.
- an article of spam or velveeta, defined as one which has been multi-
posted across usenet and, or, posted simultaneously or separately to
each of several other groups unless a request for help or advice
when consideration will be given since uk.gay-lesbian-bi provides
both and the article may be relevant to several other groups.
- an article where the follow-up has been set by the author as part
of a flood to another hierarchy or group.
- an article intended for the moderators or their Admins including all
automatic responder messages; or a repetitive robot generated reply
to formal reject notifications and after 12 or more similar replies
auto-reject software will be activated to drop any recurrences.
- an article intended to scam or to acquire passwords or money, or
to request money or donations unless by an appropriate registered
community charity, or a robot or worm generated article.
If a moderator doubts that a post falls within one of these categories
then they should seek clarification from the poster whenever possible,
or guidance by simple majority from the moderation panel, before action
is taken; the panel are also guided by FAQ3. If a reasonable doubt
still exists then the moderators will approve the article.
- Personal ads, and suggest that future ads should be sent to
uk.adverts.personals.gay-lesbian-bi or other personals newsgroups,
mailing lists or websites. A personal ad is an article with no other
content such as could be sent to a personals newsgroup or appear in a
lonely hearts column, or one which is aimed at someone more or less
unknown. Where the poster appears to need guidance or help a personal
e-mail from a moderator will also be sent to offer appropriate advice.
All personals sites will be rejected as personals (or, sometimes, as
commercial and all subscription sites will be rejected as commercial).
- A posting that exceeds the cross-posted limit of four groups; or a
posting that includes another moderated group unless necessary
sequential approval rights have been established.
- Multiple or identical postings.
- Test posts.
- Commercial posts.
- A posting in other than readable plain text.
- Encoded binary posts, and scam, robot and worm articles will be
rejected but not returned.
Unless on notified leave a moderator will have been deemed to have
abstained from any website or e-mail discussion if no response is made
within three days of the matter first being flagged or raised. A quorum
for all panel decisions where a majority or two-thirds is required shall
comprise at least four moderators.
The moderation software will make a monthly report to the group stating
the number of articles received, approved and rejected by robot and
human moderators, the total number of human moderator articles processed
and the total of new posters pre-approved. Logs of the moderators'
actions are available on a web page maintained on the moderation server.
Rejected articles (other than binaries, for which only the headers will
be kept) will be held on the server for public inspection for one month
after they have been rejected. Excessively long articles may be
truncated to 60 lines before storing them in the archive.
Action to withdraw pre-approved status and commence manual moderation
of an individual will immediately be communicated to the group.
The moderators will be subject to annual election and recall as set out
Housekeeping the pre-approved list
After notice on the group, the contents of the pre-approved posters list
shall be reviewed on a rolling monthly basis with any inactive address
older than six months to be automatically dropped. A record of one
year's worth of names shall be maintained and once a Votetaker has been
requested all names added to the pre-approved list before close of
voting shall be added to it, and this will used by the Votetaker to
determine voting eligibility in matters regarding the moderators.
The server Admins shall carry out appropriate housekeeping on the
pre-approved list only in the interests of security and integrity and
as and when necessary and agreed with the moderation panel.
Requests for removal of pre-approved listing
Anyone who wishes to have their name removed from the pre-approved list
may e-mail their request direct to the moderators' list.
The moderators or their Admins may issue cancels for any articles not
authorized or approved by the moderation system, e.g. where forged
headers or similarly non-approved articles have eluded the moderation
1. There shall be a panel of not less than 4 and not more than 12
2. Initially moderators shall be the panel elected as part of the
charter change process.
3. Then each year thereafter elections will be held for the posts of
- 11 months after moderation comes into effect (and every twelve
months subsequently) the moderation panel will appoint a neutral
party to conduct the election as votetaker. The votetaker will
issue a call for nominations for a new moderation panel.
- Nominations will be open for 10 days and to be valid each nominee
will have to be proposed and seconded by pre-approved posters
(self-nomination is permitted). All pre-approved posters shall have
the right to vote, regardless as to whether they were pre-approved
before or after the opening of nominations.
- At the end of 10 days a list of candidates (including their
proposers/seconders) will be published.
- A five day period of hustings will be held during which the
candidates will answer questions from posters to the group.
- The votetaker will issue the first call for votes, to be followed
by a second call for votes five days later, the voting period
lasting in all for 10 days, votes shall only be valid if submitted
on official ballot forms.
- Voting will be by the Single Transferable Vote method, with a
reopen nominations candidate (RON) added to the ballot. If RON
passes the quota then all the then unfilled places are void
requiring a new election for those vacancies.
- Each voter shall receive an acknowledgement from the votetaker.
They will be given a unique identification as part of their
acknowledgement, this will enable them to verify their vote when
the result is published while protecting their identity from other
- The votetaker will publish the result and a voting list comprising
voter identifiers and their vote.
- In the event of less than 4 moderators being elected or RON passing
quota the votetaker will issue a second request for nominations no
later than 1 month after the close of ballot and hold elections for
the remaining vacancies. Those elected at this election shall serve
until the annual round of elections are held.
- In the event of the resignation, removal or death of a moderator
the next highest candidate (if they are still willing) from the
previous election will be appointed for the remainder of the term.
- If the number of moderators falls below 4 or if the moderators
consider it necessary due to excessive workload, they will appoint
such temporary moderators as are necessary (the total number of
moderators not to exceed 12) to efficiently moderate
uk.gay-lesbian-bi. Their appointment to be confirmed by a vote of
the pre-approved posters within 21 days. They will serve until the
annual round of elections are held.
Leave of Absence and Removal
4. Moderators should inform the moderating team of periods when they
will be inactive. The moderation panel may appoint a temporary
moderator to stand in during this period, the position being offered
first to the highest loser from the last election, or failing that a
person of their choice.
Other than such periods any moderator that does not take part in
moderation activity for 21 consecutive days shall automatically be
removed from the moderation team.
5. Moderators who either approve excluded posts or decline to approve
non-excluded posts may be removed by a two thirds decision of the other
6. Any moderator may be removed by a vote of no confidence.
- Such a vote may be proposed by any pre-approved poster and will
need to be supported by 9 other pre-approved posters.
- People on the pre-approved list at the time when the vote of no
confidence is tabled shall be eligible to vote on such a proposal
i.e. people added to the pre-approved list after the formal request
for a no confidence vote will not be permitted to vote on this
- A ballot should be held within 10 days of a formal request for a
vote of no confidence. A neutral person will be asked by the
moderation panel to conduct the ballot.
The question shall be:-
"Do you have confidence in X as a moderator of uk.gay-lesbian-bi
- For the purposes of calculating a majority only votes yes or no
will count. A simple majority of votes cast for no shall indicate
that the group has no confidence in the moderator and s/he shall
immediately be removed from the moderation panel.
- A vote of no confidence in the whole moderation panel will not be
permitted, only a vote for each individual moderator.
- The votetaker shall use the same anonymising method as outlined
for the annual election of moderators and shall publish the result
with the anonymous identifiers and how they voted.
- After the conclusion of a vote of no confidence which fails no such
similar motion shall be brought against the same person for a
period of three calendar months.
Moderation Software and Location
The moderation software shall be the STUMP system or similar, and shall
be located on a server as agreed by the Admins and moderation team.
STUMP (Secure Team-based Usenet Moderation Program) logs all decisions
automatically on a website, and is fully described at:
The moderators will arrange a back up server and in the event of the
loss of the moderation server will ensure the back up server provides
Changes to Moderation Policy
All changes to moderation policy will be treated as a formal charter change
requiring a full RFD and CFV in uk.net.news.announce cross-posted to
uk.net.news.config and uk.gay-lesbian-bi.
The names of current moderators are published regularly on the newsgroup
and on the newsgroup's web page.
Stephen M Baines
Moderation submission address
The moderators themselves may be contacted at
or, for purely administrative matters
uk.gay-lesbian-bi For bisexuals, lesbians and gays in the UK (Moderated)