Stupid Embarassing Newbie-Like Problem with the Approved: Line


James Messer (
Thu, 8 May 1997 21:18:10 -0400

Ok, I've written a FAQ, sent it for approval, waited for a reply, and
finally received the approval from the *.answers demi-gods (or are they
_real_ gods?)!

And, although I've worked with newsgroups and the 'net in general for
years, a single procedure has brought me to a screeching halt. In the
approval e-mail, this statement was found:

> You must also add the following line to the MAIN HEADER of each of
>your postings -- the same place as the Subject and Newsgroups lines --
>so that they actually get posted rather than mailed again to the
>*.answers moderators:
>Approved: news-answers-request@MIT.EDU

Here's the embaressing part; I have no idea how to get this onto the main
header of my newsreader. My main header looks like this:

Newsgroups: comp.dcom.lans.token-ring,comp.answers,news.answers
Subject: comp.dcom.lans.token-ring FAQ
Followup-To: comp.dcom.lans.token-ring
Approved: news-answers-request@MIT.EDU

Every line in this main header 'fits' into my Microsoft Internet Explorer
News application _except_ the Approved: line. I can't figure out how it
would fit into any other newsreader application, either. I just don't 'get'
it. Trust me, it's not the first time and it's hardly the last.

I'm tempted to make a stab at what _might_ work, but I don't want to make
this harder on the *.answers folks than it already is. My apologies if this
is blatently explained in some FAQ that I haven't been able to find. Your
help is greatly appreciated, especially if it's explained at a third grade
level. Be kind.