of this Guide is provide posting and behavioral guidelines within the
ALT.BINARIES.PICTURES.AVIATION newsgroup (ABPA). It is NOT LAW. Because this NG is self-moderated,users who ignore this Guide can expect comments from other users. Serial defaulters may attract stronger comments and/or be "kill filtered" or "Plonked" by regular users. Therefore, if you wish your aviation pictures to be appreciated by visitors, and regulars in this newsgroup, it is to your advantage to follow these guidelines.
The purpose of the ABPA is to share photos of aircraft, information regarding aviation related events, stories about
aircraft that are featured in this Newsgroup and, above all, to share our passion for aircraft with like-minded people
regardless of nationality, race or religion.
The ABPA is entirely self moderated, and there is no formal membership criteria, or governing board. Members are free
to come and go as they wish - to contribute, or not, is entirely voluntary. No one should feel forced to contribute to the
group, and no one should feel intimidated by the group.
Users of the ABPA are legally and personally responsible for any images they post, particularly regarding copyright
issues and suitability. As many members of the group post images that they have taken themselves, they do occasionally
get rather upset when others post their images either without permission, or with copyright logos removed. All
photographers have their
own ideas regarding the usage of their images, and if in doubt about the use of in image we request that you please ask
before either posting or reusing an original image.
This Guide will be amended as the need arises. Suggestions for any changes should be posted to the Newsgroup. Any
changes receiving general agreement following a discussion will then be included.
The ABPA is dedicated to aviation orientated subjects. However, there are no restrictions upon the specific types of
aircraft images that can be posted to the group. Given that non aviation subjects frequently appear at air shows and in
museums, we ask that you use the following example of an acceptable posting... That really cool looking restored tank
featured at the
annual air show is a credit to everyone involved. So in the context of a series of 30 or more aviation related images
regarding an air show, with 2 or 3 featuring the really cool tank are acceptable. On the other hand posting a series of 30
images of non aviation subjects at the air show with only 1 or 2 aircraft is not acceptable.
NO Blatantly Obvious Pornography...
Posters are STRONGLY REQUESTED TO REFRAIN FROM POSTING OBVIOUSLY pornographic images. A simple
nude standing in front of an airplane is one thing, seeing a girl playing with her #$% is another. Images featuring nudes
in a non-pornographic way, and STILL IN THE CONTEXT OF AVIATION, are acceptable and will be referred to as
Nude-Hangar Queens (or Kings).
Therefore, the group would appreciate the wording Nude-Hangar Queen (or King) within the image's description. The
only exceptions to this would something like the nose art on say a WWII bomber which can be a touch racy.
No Multimedia or Multi-Part files....
As the name implies, this Newsgroup is for posting "Binaries Pictures Aviation", that is, photos, and artworks relating
to aviation. Multimedia, video clips and sound files are not welcome here, mainly due to bandwidth requirements. However
references to multimedia aviation related postings in the NG alt.binaries.multimedia.aviation, and other newsgroups, or
on a website are acceptable in this Newsgroup. The reason Multi-part attachments are discouraged is that some news
servers may lose a portion of the messages, and some news readers are not able to assemble the parts properly.
Many visitors and posters have slow dial-up internet connections and/or are download limited, which makes it difficult to
view large attachments (400Kb plus). File sizes in the range 100 to 300Kb in JPEG format generally give adequate
resolution. If viewers would like a picture at higher resolution they should check with the poster by email.
Image Descriptions are strongly encouraged for ALL IMAGES.
Large numbers of files (plus 10) without a description of what the image is, or index image displaying the images in the
series, is not considered an acceptable posting. If your favorite aviation subject is civil airliners for example, few things
will match the frustration you feel when you unknowingly download 30 images of some WWII warbirds. Granted the
logical thing to do is
grab a couple first, but if it was an event where both types of aircraft are featured what then? For this reason the use of
one of the very popular freeware image index programs is encouraged, failing that at the very least please include a
reasonable description of the image. This also has the added advantage of making it easier to track comments made about
your images, and identifying a particular series of images to the group.
Large Floods of images...
Floods of images should be restricted to approx. 50 images per day. We as a group would prefer to see them over several
days, rather than all at one time. Doing so, and keeping the images to a size of about 300k, or less enables other posters
to post groups of images. Part of the reason for this is that many local servers have a limited retention based upon size.
For example; if you post a flood of 300 or more images all in the 500k range at 1:00am, and then at 10:00am someone
else does the same thing, and yet a third person posts at 10:00pm. On some of the smaller servers someone is either not
going to see their images posted until the next day, or possibly have images bounced off of the NG. For people using
independent newsgroup servers this is not a problem, however for many of the smaller servers it can be.
NO Political, social, or religious discussions of ANY sort...
We all have our opinions regarding religion, social issues, and politics. However given the strong emotions that these
types of discussion frequent cause IT IS STRONGLY preferred that members DO NOT engage in these types of debates
with the newsgroup ABPA. Besides if you check the title of this Newsgroup there is not a mention of politics, social
issues, or religion within it. Wishing someone a well meaning nationalistic or religious message such as Happy 4th of
July, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah etc. is however considered acceptable...
YENC - is NOT Acceptable.
Yenc encoding is not yet standardized, so there are different versions in use and many news readers do not recognize any
of them. The same applies to any other non-standard posting formats. To avoid upset, please use only the standard
UU-Encoding when posting your pictures. Besides, if you are looking for discussion, or conversation regarding an image,
you are far more likely obtain it with a standard format posting, rather than a non-standard one. To
be fair about it, if Yenc or some other method does become a recognized standard then this will quickly be amended.
No HTML within postings...
The Usenet service (newsgroups) has traditionally been text-based, and most dedicated news readers still are. However,
since Outlook Express and the major browsers have been able to access newsgroups, and their format of choice is HTML,
many users are posting to the newsgroups in HTML format. Unfortunately, this means that all the cool looking fancy
backgrounds, special characters, bold or multi-colored fonts, inserted lines or other effects appear as dozens of lines of
seemingly unintelligible characters interspaced with a few lines of text to those who still use text-based readers. As a
courtesy to these people it is suggested that you refrain from posting in HTML if possible.
NO Inflammatory Remarks (Flaming)
Deliberately making derogatory or inflammatory remarks (often referred to as "flaming") about people posting to the
ABPA, and/or any aspect of their postings, WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
This does NOT include comments such as:
criticisms or suggestions as to how to improve someone's images (however,
saying a person's posting is
nothing but crap is not acceptable),
(b) Corrections to miss-identification of aircraft, pilots etc...
(c) Corrections to obviously innocent mistakes.
insulting criticism about simple mistakes, or a less-than professional
picture, when not deserved, can be
particularly disturbing to newbies who may never return to the Group. Let us try to maintain the friendly atmosphere that
has been established in ABPA over many years.
When responding to a LONG posting....
It is requested that you restrict the reposted text to only those parts that are pertinent to your response. Reposting an
entire message when responding to a long posting not only clutters the system up but is also a discourtesy to those trying
to read your contribution. We all make this mistake now and again, however if, and when you do, please don't be offended if you receive a GENTLE Chastisement from the other members of the group.
the group are encouraged to "lurk" for a few days BEFORE posting images...
Doing this will help you get a
feel for how the group operates, and what is considered acceptable behavior. Above all else though if you have a question,
or are unsure about an issue PLEASE ASK!!! You will find that most members of the group are reasonably friendly, and very eager to help new posters.
None of these
rules are chiseled in stone, and there will always be exceptions. This
guide intended to be just a guide and
nothing more.. The group at large asks that the spirit of this text be adhered to. This Guide is applicable ONLY TO THE
NEWSGROUP alt.binaries.aviation.pictures, other newsgroups may OR MAY NOT have similar guidelines.
else we encourage everyone who enjoys the subject of aviation to participate,
and use the guide to everyone's
of the newsgroup
Questions or comments about this
guide should be submitted to the newsgroup