This webpage explains the operation of uk.rec.cycling.moderated, a newsgroup within the UK hierarchy.

uk.rec.cycling.moderated is, as its name suggests, a moderated newsgroup. Postings made to the group are reviewed against the moderation policy before they appear on the newsgroup. This is to ensure that discussions stay within the charter and moderation policy, creating a newsgroup which is civil, pleasant and of interest to cyclists. Some of the moderation mechanisms are automated, others require human intervention. Details of how to contact the moderation team, and the list of messages pending, accepted and rejected are shown below.

Further general information on the UK hierarchy is available at:


Charter for uk.rec.cycling.moderated

( This is a copy of the official charter published at )

This group is for the discussion of all matters relating to cycling and the UK. Recreational cycling, cycling for transport, racing, and other forms of cycling are all on-topic.

Moderation will be used to ensure that the group remains civil, pleasant, and of interest to cyclists.

The moderators may use whatever tools and processes they collectively feel appropriate to ensure the smooth running of the group.

Binaries and Formatting

Encoded binaries (eg pictures, compressed files, etc.) are forbidden. Such material belongs on a web or FTP site to which a pointer may be posted. Cryptographic signatures (eg PGP) may be used where authentication is important and should be as short as possible.

Posts must be readable as plain text. HTML, RTF and similarly formatted messages are prohibited. To see how to make some common news readers comply with this, read


Moderation Policy

(Last revised July 2009)

The following are on-topic and encouraged:

The following are prohibited:

Crossposting is at present generally not permitted. Brief and constructive discussion of the moderation policy is permitted in the newsgroup itself.

The moderators operate a passlist system, so that messages from regular on-topic posters can be posted promptly and automatically. Threads which have descended into repetition or abuse may be closed by the moderators.

Decisions by individual moderators to approve or reject a posting, or to close a thread, may be appealed by private email to the whole moderation panel.

This policy may be updated by the moderation panel as they see fit.

The moderators can be reached at

If there are problems contacting the moderators, then you may contact the moderators via postmaster (at)

A summary of approved and rejected posts is available at

The moderators will make a regular posting to uk.rec.cycling, advertising the moderated group and inviting readers and posters.



(Last revised, July 2009)



[ Page last edited on 8th August 2009 ]