2. News Feed, Newsgroups

2.1. Where does the news feed come from?

Oxford takes its news feeds from a variety of other news providers. You can see the route a given message took to reach us via the Path header.

Newsgroups which are regarded as offensive, or containing material which may contravene legislation, are excluded from the feed.

2.2. The newsgroup I want doesn't exist on the local server. Who should I contact?

To request a newsgroup, send an email to the Newsmaster. Please note that reasonable requests for genuine newsgroups are likely to be approved, but that we do not carry alt.binaries groups.

2.3. How do I cancel a message I've posted?

Most news programs allow you to cancel a message you've posted. Cancelling a message not only removes it from the local server, but eventually also from the whole network (it takes time to propagate the cancel message through the network).

If you want to cancel a message you have posted, and you are unable to do so, please mail a request to the Newsmaster.

2.4. How do I get a new local newgroup set up?

  • Club/Society Newsgroup

    A University club or society approved by the Proctors may have a newsgroup in the ox.clubs hierarchy. A request for the creation of such a group must come from an official of the club or society (preferably the Secretary).

  • College Newsgroup

    Colleges and Permanent private Halls may have a newsgroup in the ox.colleges hierarchy. A request for the creation of such a group must come from a registered ITSS of the College or PPH.

  • Departmental Newsgroup

    Departments may have a newsgroup (eg ox.{dept}), or a newsgroup hierarchy (eg ox.{dept}.{group}). Requests should come from a registered ITSS of the department.

  • Other Newsgroups

    If you think that a new local newsgroup is required (other than in the above categories), start a discussion in ox.general. If a consensus is reached, the group has a good chance of being created.

All newsgroup creation requests should be mailed to the Newsmaster

2.5. Can I post to a newsgroup via email?

There is no mechanism at Oxford to allow posting to newsgroups via mail messages.

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