Crossposting

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 Crossposting
 
The Newsgroups: line isn't limited to just one group---an
article can be posted in a list of groups.  For instance, the line
 
      Newsgroups: sci.space,comp.simulation
 
posts the article to both the groups sci.space and
comp.simulation. It's usually safe to crosspost to up to three
or four groups.  To list more than that is considered ``excessive
noise.''
 
It's also suggested that if an article is crossposted a
Followup-To: header be included.  It should name the group to
which all additional discussion should be directed to.  For the above
example a possible Followup-To: would be
 
      Followup-To: sci.space
 
which would make all followups automatically be posted to just
sci.space, rather than both sci.space and comp.simulation.  If every
response made with a newsreader's ``followup'' command should go to
the person posting the article no matter what, there's also a
mechanism worked in to accommodate.  The Followup-To: header should
contain the single word poster:
 
      Followup-To: poster
 
Certain newsreaders will use this to sense that a reply should never
be posted back onto The Net.  This is often used with questions that
will yield a summary of information later, a vote, or an
advertisement.