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APAS Anonymous Remailer Use [FAQ 2/8]: alt.privacy.anon-server

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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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   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 reliable delivery. 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 need. ------------------------------ End of faq.2 Digest *******************

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