A Charter of Usenet - newsgroup sets along with the tagline (brief description) Determine which content belong there, and may be in some newsgroups as they posted (published).
Charters not only regulate a thematic structure of the newsgroups. Some charters require certain parts of Usenet to put ads, discussions, and binaries in separate newsgroups.
The charters of the Big Eight (their names begin with comp., Humanities., Misc., News., Rec., Sci., Soc. And talk.) And the German-speaking de-hierarchy are decided by a majority vote based on grassroots democracy . This is often connected with the decision whether a certain newsgroup should be created, or sometimes also whether and how a part of the Usenet should be divided up differently into individual newsgroups. First of all, a Request for Discussion (RfD) discusses what should be voted on. A call for vote (CfV) is then sent to the vote by email. A charter can consist of parts that are voted on individually so that no one knows what the overall charter will look like before the vote.
In contrast to charters, netiquette is not a rule, but a recommendation. A FAQ (frequently asked questions), if available, is also not a rule, but provides information about which question you do not need to ask again because it has long been answered in the FAQ.
As an example, the charter of the newsgroup de.rec.sf.perry-rhodan , which specifies content and form:
"For discussions and exchange of information on all aspects of Perry Rhodan : the series itself, descendants and sister series in the PR universe (Atlan series, PR paperbacks), products based on it (computer, role-playing games, film), the associated fandom, etc. .
Participants are encouraged to design the subject lines of their contributions in such a way that they do not anticipate any surprises in the series.
FALSE: Volume 2312: Perry Rhodan died !!!
CORRECT: Commentary on Volume 2312
It is also recommended that when discussing current topics in the series, at the beginning of the message, indicate the status (volume number) the reader should assume. "
- Charters of the individual German-language newsgroups: the charter archive of the dana moderation
- Charters of other newsgroups partly contained in: Archive of new newsgroup setups