Company firewalls that feed NNTP into the company bump into
similar issues ... issues that are apart from the technical,
security, firewall arena. These are the touchy subjects:
policy, censorship, acceptable newsgroups, etc.
I was involved in those things at the last job ... and I
know what we did there. Being in the gateway group, I saw
those rules/policies in action. I also saw how the folks-
who-wish-to-choose-each-newsgroup-for-the-company and the
matured in this area as their understanding how the
(Internet) world works ... and things changed.
I'd like to save my company some of this struggle :)
I'd like to find a couple Information Administrators for
companies out there ... and have them relate what works and
doesn't to the Information folks in here.
In any case, it'd be nice to hear what other companies do
in those respects from the firewall folks anyway.
To put my info in the pot (from my experiences, colored through
- At PreviousCompany, there were separate gateway and netnews
groups. The netnews group was dedicated to the netnews feed and
support of netnews reading within the company.
- started off feeding in most of the "obvious" choices in the
not alt.sex.* (too racy),
not alt.binaries.* (too big),
- the netnews group had a netnews policy (basic philosophy
was 'you're representing Company whenever you post, so
behave properly') that had escalation procedures for bad
behaviour (warning, supervisor warning, ... firing)
- an "ad hoc" group gave OK or VETO to proposed netnews
additions ... over time that faded away (I think) to
a default 'add, unless blatantly scandalous'.