Large binary posts do not belong in unmoderated discussion groups.
I run a program that searches for, and issues advisory cancels for,
large binaries in the akr, biz, comp, misc, news, rec, and sci
I have issued 27 cancels for large binary files (average size 199,077
characters - total size 5,375,078 characters) posted to 25 different
unmoderated discussion groups in the biz, comp, misc, news, rec, and
sci hierarchies (with cross-posts into alt, bionet, ca, conn, dc, dod,
eng, fj, jobs, la, md, ne, ny, nyc, oh, prg, talk, us, and va groups)
The cancels in non-targeted groups are a consequence of the way
cross-posts work. A cross-posted article has only one Message-ID.
When it is canceled from one group it is canceled from all groups.
This pointer is being posted to each affected group listed above.
Follow-ups are directed to news.admin.net-abuse.misc.
If you want to see exactly which file was deleted from a particular
group, read the full report in news.admin.net-abuse.announce. The
full report can also be found in alt.nocem.misc and alt.retromod.
Look for AR678 in the subject, or, if your reader supports it, use
this <URL:news:ARMM-Report-678 at redpoll.mrfs.oh.us>
The criteria used to search for this batch of large binaries were:
NEWSGROUPS: Unmoderated akr, biz, comp, misc, news, rec, or sci
(except for comp.binaries.apple2, comp.bugs.2bsd,
BINARY: base64, binhex, uuencode, and xbtoa encoded files, etc.
SIZE: > 100,000 characters [(size * (# of parts - .5)), if multi-part]
If you must post a binary to Usenet, please post it *only* to an
appropriate binaries newsgroup such as alt.binaries.misc, and do *not*
crosspost it to non-binaries groups. Then, if you like, post something
in the appropriate discussion group telling people where to find the
binary in the binaries group (a pointer to the binary). This will
permit news administrators and users to decide for themselves whether
to receive the binary files.
For more information about binary cancels, see the bincancel FAQ,
Please direct public feedback to news.admin.net-abuse.misc and private
feedback to red at redpoll.mrfs.oh.us. In the interests of preventing
cross-posted flame wars, please honor the followup-to header and do
*not* cross-post your reply to multiple groups. Thanks for your
Richard E. Depew, Munroe Falls, OH red at redpoll.mrfs.oh.us (home)
It's over, and can't be helped, and that's one consolation, as they
always say in Turkey, when they cut the wrong man's head off''
-- Charles Dickens, _The Pickwick Papers_