5. Control

Every administrator controls his own site. No one has any control over any site but his own.

Sites are not entirely without influence on their neighbors, however. There is a vague notion of "upstream" and "downstream" related to the direction of high-volume news flow. To the extent that "upstream" sites decide what traffic they will carry for their "downstream" neighbors, those "upstream" sites have some influence on their neighbors' participation in Netnews. But such influence is usually easy to circumvent; and heavy-handed manipulation typically results in a backlash of resentment.

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