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The following types of articles will be rejected:

1. FORMAT PROBLEMS
   Posts rejected for these reasons will be returned with a note
   explaining why. For the time being, the moderators will lean on 
   the side of leniency.
   A. Post does not quote enough of the previous post to provide 
      an understandable level of context. 
   B. Post quotes a long previous post in its entirety and does not 
      provide any new content. "I agree" posts fall into this category.
   C. Post quotes text without proper attribution.
   D. Post includes an attribution line for a previous post, without 
      including any of material to be quoted.
   E. Post has a "nospam" return address where the "nospam" appears in
      the hostname part of the e-mail address.  For example:
         joe.nospam@realsite.com  is legitimate, but
         joe@nospam.realsite.com  will be rejected, possibly without any
                                  indication from the moderator.
   F. Followup postings that do not have an adequate "References:" 
      header. The "References:" header allows threaded news readers to 
      place the post in its appropriate sequence, along with other 
      articles on that subject. Without the "References:" header, news 
      readers treat the post as if it starts a new thread. If this 
      happens to your posts, please complain to your local system
      administrator to provide better news posting software.
   G. Posts not written in English (unless a particular audience is
      targeted).


2. COMMERCIAL POSTS
   Any post that involves the intent to sell or buy something directly
   [but see the interim note about the m-t-ai classifieds posts above].
   These types of posts will be returned to the poster with a pointer
   toward rec.travel.marketplace and/or rec.aviation.marketplace:

   Examples: Tickets for sale, frequent-flyer coupons for sale or 
             trade, looking for tickets, become-a-travel-agent-and-
             get-free-travel-that-isn't-really-free, cheap calling card
             offers, pyramid schemes, scams.

   Hyped-up press releases will also be rejected.

   In addition, off-topic posts selling things NOT related to travel
   will also be automatically rejected. These include spams and other
   cross-posted messages (usually on how to make money).


3. MISDIRECTED QUESTIONS OR ANNOUNCEMENTS
   The following types of posts will be returned to the poster with a
   pointer toward rec.travel.air. The general rule of thumb is that
   misc.transport.air-industry is a forum for discussions about the
   industry in general, while discussions about personal travel 
   belong on rec.travel.air.
   * "What is the 800 number for Air Foobar?"
   * "What is the cheapest fare between Podunk and Peadum?"
   * "Please suggest a good travel agent in Peoria."
   * "How do I do courier travel?"
   * "Does anyone have experience with Air Foobar?" or
   * "Let me tell you my recent horror story with Air Foobar!"
   * "I want to blow up Air Foobar's corporate headquarters because 
      my luggage got lost, so what would be the best explosive?"
   *  Announcements of new web sites that pertain to air travel.
   * "Which is more comfortable, Air Foobar or Air Barfoo?"

   The moderators will accept the above types of posts *IF* they are 
   related to the industry. Example: 
   * "Airfares between Podunk and Peadum have systematically risen ever 
      since Air Foobar pulled out of the market."
   * "Will travel agents be able to survive after the commission cap?" 
   * "Courier travel is being declared illegal."
   * "Is Air Foobar's service deteriorating?"
   * "How well is the XYZ baggage system working?"
   *  New web pages linking to airlines.
   * "Has Air Foobar's tight seat pitch prevented them from attracting
      business travelers to buy high-yield, full-fare tickets."


4. MISCELLANY

   Misc.transport.air-industry has a large (and growing) readership,
   which includes professionals from several airlines and other
   industry-related companies.  In an effort to maintain a professional
   and interesting level of discussion, the moderators will reject posts
   for the following reasons:
   *  Posts that contain profanity, particularly when the article offers
      little other redeeming content.
   *  Duplicate posts (from the same poster) or identical posts on the 
      same topic (from the same or different posters).

   As the newsgroup readership grows, the amount of traffic is starting
   to increase.  The following suggestions will make the group easier to
   read:
   *  Use an appropriate subject line on your posting.  If a thread
      moves to a new area, be sure to change the subject line.
   *  Be sure to edit down quoted text to the minimum possible.

   To keep the level of discussion as professional as possible:
   *  If you are quoting text from a printed source, please explicitly 
      state the title, country of publication, date, and page number so
      that others who wish to investigate further may try to do so.
      Similar information would be helpful even for non-printed sources
      such as television documentaries or news programs.

   And finally,
   *  Be careful to avoid posting proprietary business information or
      other confidential matter.  Most companies, including airlines,
      will take severe action (including termination) if they discover
      that you did leak information.


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