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Subject: APAS Anonymous Remailer Use [FAQ 2/8]: alt.privacy.anon-server
This is the second of eight parts of a list of frequently-asked
questions (FAQ) and their answers regarding anonymous remailer use.
The newsgroup containing the most discussion of anonymous remailers is
<alt.privacy.anon-server> (APAS). This part of the FAQ welcomes
newcomers to that newsgroup.
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The following topics are in this FAQ:
1: [FAQ 2.1] What is this newsgroup about?
2: [FAQ 2.2] Are there any rules I should know about?
Subject: [FAQ 2.1] What is this newsgroup about?
APAS is an unmoderated, non binary, low volume newsgroup for the
discussion of all things related to anonymity on the 'Net but
especially related to anonymous remailers. In the past year or so
discussions have widened to include those relating to new anonymizing
services that exist outside of the traditional anonymous remailer
network. I am speaking of services like Zero Knowledge's Freedom
software, COTSE, Hushmail and Anonymizer to name a few.
Incidentally, there are also newsgroups called alt.anon-server and
alt.privacy.anon.server (a dot instead of a dash). 'Not much to see in
those groups. This is where you want to be if you're interested in
anonymous email and newsgroup posts.
This is also the place where the authors of anonymous remailer
software (QuickSilver author Richard Christman, for example) can
provide advice and support for their products.
Subject: [FAQ 2.2] Are there any rules I should know about?
Be aware that many here will post anonymously. But it certainly is not
a requirement. Be forgiving of repeat anonymous posts. This results
from remailer clients that have been configured to deliver messages
through two (or more) mail-to-news gateways (see #4.1) so as to ensure
Don't send test messages to APAS.
(Indulge me for a second while I repeat that one.)
Don't send test messages to APAS!
Try alt.test or misc.test instead please. These tests groups can also
provide valuable information since many others will test remailer
chains (see #4.3) there!
Finally, Usenet etiquette is always appreciated here: Lurk before you
post. No binary attachments. No HTML. Don't type in all caps. Don't
give a troll a thread. And one I'm still working on: pause before
hitting that send button. Posting an angry, hurried response will
often leave you wishing you hadn't said what you said.
Furthermore, an increasing number of news servers will not accept
cancels. So cool off, sleep on it, and THEN post if you still feel the
End of faq.2 Digest