Motion for a new POST NSF AUP

I support the notion of a non-binding AUP, on the grounds that it
    wouldn't be _that_ much work to do, but would give us (Internet
    denizens) something to point to when our respective governments give
    us the "clean up your act before we do it for you" number again.
    I don't expect such a non-binding AUP to have any short-term or
    dramatic effect on end-user behaviour, however.
    Thus, I also support the idea of PGP/listserv and PGP/news-server
    integration. At present, I can allow or disallow posting on our news
    servers by IP address or range, and by FQDN or domain name. I think
    it might be useful to allow PGP-authenticated validated users to post
    from any location or host. The creation of a user-list based
    permissions scheme would also clear the way for automatic invalidation
    of individual users who post to too many newsgroups within too short a
    period of time, a la deactivating user accounts after too many
    successive failed logins. I disagree with the proposition that this
    would place too great a burden on servers... authentication need be
    done only at the time the posting is introduced into the Usenet system
    or onto the listserv... If someone wants to go to the trouble of
    spoofing a whole listserv, perhaps that should be recognized as a
    whole we don't feel like dealing with in an initial implementation...
    News servers obviously support a limited number of inter-server
    connections, which could be easily validated themselves, so they're a
    more easily closed system.
                         -Bill Woodcock

The AUP won't have much effect, but the after-effects will. Once the AUP
is announced we will get press coverage about it, any new Internet books
and articles will point out the rules of conduct on the Internet and
mention that breaking the rules could get you kicked out. All this will
make people aware that there ARE rules and that spam is not liked.
Publicity, publicity and more publicity.

Besides, I believe ISOC has been working on a code of conduct for almost
a year. I recall reading about it last fall somewhere at

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