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4. Role of a moderator

Moderating a newsgroup is a volunteer effort but it carries certain responsibilities. The role of a moderator is to review, approve and post articles relevant to a newsgroup according to the group's charter or guidelines.

If an article does not qualify for posting, it is to be sent back to the author with an explanation of why it is not suitable for posting.

Depending on the nature of the group, acceptable turnaround time can range from a few days to a few weeks. If posts accepted for the group have a long delay before being actually posted, as happens with moderated net magazines, it is a good idea to let the submitter know that the post was accepted, and what the approximate posting date will be.


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