[ih] Usenet query

Mark Goodge mark at good-stuff.co.uk
Mon Jul 13 13:21:52 PDT 2020

On 13/07/2020 18:01, John Levine wrote:
> In article <e7b37bdb-e411-c22e-81e6-e28066e6637d at good-stuff.co.uk> you write:
>> To give some background, it's fairly common these days for Usenet
>> providers to insert their own Organization header where one isn't
>> already set by the user. ...
> I'm a relative newcomer, only started using usenet in about 1983.
> I'm fairly sure that news servers always added the Organization header
> to messages that didn't have it. At the time, every little (or not so
> little) organization ran its own news server, so the user and the
> server were invariably at the same organization, so automatically
> adding the header did the right thing.

Yes, that seems to be the general consensus of how things were in the 
early(ish) days. And in those circumstances, it's clearly correct that 
the server adds the header if absent. It's when the user and the server 
are not at the same organisation where things become a little more murky.


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