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So how would one rewrite the entry so it makes sense (or am I just not understanding what it says?)

Newsgroup Posts that violate a Newsgroup Charter but have BI<20

"BI<20" means "multiple and/or cross-posting of the same topic which is not, technically, spammy". So, in context, the phrase is talking about posts which breach the local standards only - such as "SC" NGs and forums which have zero tolerance and define *any* advertizing (with or without multiple or cross posts) as spamming - though exactly how the NGs enforce that is something I do not know. There again, I never heard of the BI before either. It is not necessarily talking about advertizing only - excessive pushing of any point of view is covered by the concept. The SC venues have little (NGs)/no (forums) tolerance in that regard either. HTH, I've missed my first bus, gotta go.

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OK (caught the second bus, shoelaces undone, hair uncombed, unshaven and dishevelled - just like always :D ).

Maybe from

Newsgroup Posts that violate a Newsgroup Charter but have BI<20

to

Newsgroup Posts that violate a Newsgroup Charter but are not technically "spammy" - see Breidbart Index

New entry

Breidbart Index (BI)

A weighted measure of posting and cross posting of an article in newsgroups in which an index of 20 or greater is taken by some administrators to be a spamming violation and the posts liable to cancellation.

The Breidbart Index is defined as the sum of the square roots of n (n is the number of newsgroups each copy was posted to).

Example: If two copies of a posting are made, one to 9 groups, and one to 16, the Breidbart Index is 1*sqrt(9)+1*sqrt(16) = 3+4 = 7

Example: 10 copies of an article are posted, each cross-posted to 4 groups, the BI is 10*sqrt(4) = 20

External reference: The Breidbart Index Definition & spam Threshold FAQ

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Thank you Farelf

Now I finally see (eyes open)

BI<20 = Breidbart Index less than 20

Now I can make the necessary edits.

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Entry reformatted for insertion into the Glossary:

<a name="BI"></a>Breidbart Index (BI)

A weighted measure of posting and cross posting of an article in newsgroups in which an index of 20 or greater is taken by some administrators to be a spamming violation and the posts liable to cancellation.

The Breidbart Index is defined as the sum of the square roots of n (n is the number of newsgroups each copy was posted to).

Example: If two copies of a posting are made, one to 9 groups, and one to 16, the Breidbart Index is 1*sqrt(9)+1*sqrt(16) = 3+4 = 7

Example: 10 copies of an article are posted, each cross-posted to 4 groups, the BI is 10*sqrt(4) = 20

External reference: The Breidbart Index Definition & spam Threshold FAQ

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<a name="NOC"></a>NOC

A Network Operations Center or NOC (pronounced "nock") is one or more locations from which control is exercised over a computer or telecommunications network, or part thereof.

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fastflux

Alternative (somewhat overlapping but complementary) definitions:

  • A situation wherein a server is "hosted" on some sort of a botnet of disparate (and undoubtedly unknowing) machines. This makes it difficult to resolve and, once it does resolve, the SpamCop parser usually only picks on the first of the rotating roster of addresses.
  • Generally, the spammer hosts DNS records on compromised computers using a very short time-to-live number. The SpamCop parser may hit one time when there is something actually found at the IP Address found at the time of its DNS look-up, other times it will hit a cached record but the actual payload has already moved.

Moderator note: the above entry has been added to the master glossary.

This entry will be archive in about one week to allow for any possible requested edits.

Also merged "NOC" into mater glossary and archive the entry

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