This Charter for uk.media.tv.sf.babylon5 has an unusual provenance. Originally just a section of the then current FAQ, it received a formal ammendment to its Spoiler Policy in December 1996, together with further formal additions in May 1998.
Whilst it is clear that the adoption of these formal ammendments serves also to establish the legitimacy of the whole, it must be said that the 1998 ammendments were so badly drafted as to render it almost impossible to determine where the additional texts were to be inserted, and what original texts they were intended to replace. The following, prepared by Robert Irvine with assistance from Charles Lindsey, represents the best interpratation that seems to be possible.
Advertising is only acceptable when it is short, when it is relevant to the primary topic of the newsgroup (ie Babylon 5), & when what is advertised is reasonably available to the UK readership of the group.
Discussion of all B5 televisual material that has been broadcast by an analogue terrestrial UK broadcaster is encouraged. In the event that the material airs in one part of the UK and not another protection in the form of tagging & courtesy space - see below - must be used.
Discussion of B5 televisual material (eg episodes/films) that has not been transmitted by an analogue terrestrial broadcaster is prohibited, unless it has been released in the UK on commercial video. If the material has been released in this form, it may ONLY be discussed with the use of protection, in the form of tagging & courtesy space, as discussed below.
NOTE: In effect this specifically prohibits using material from illegal pirate videos as a source of information.Non-Televisual (specifically printed) material that is commercially available throughout the UK may only be used as a REFERENCE. It is not to be used as the starting point of a discussion.
N.B. (i) A "commercially available" item is defined as an item that is published in the UK or one that is widely available in the UK through a number of companies or locales.A REFERENCE is only acceptable when it is RELEVANT to an on-going discussion of the TV series, and is suitably protected, by including tagging & courtesy space for all such material; see below.
N.B. (ii) Any information which would act as a spoiler to unbroadcast episodes of the TV series is obviously banned.
N.B. (iii) Common sense must be used to decide which parts of the material are considered "REFERENCE" and therefore allowed. As a guide, large chunks of plotline are definitely not considered reference whereas minor details of characters (such as names) definitely are.
ANY Item which contains references to ANY B5 TV programme (for instance, the novelisation of any B5 TV Movie) which has not been transmitted by a terrestrial broadcaster is prohibited, unless it has been released in the UK on commercial video. If the material has been released in this form, it may ONLY be discussed with the use of protection, in the form of tagging & courtesy space.
25 lines of text, where each line contains a single non-blank character and a carriage return, followed by a singleNOTE: courtesy space may be used at any time, and is wise to use when you go near the limits of the Charter to avoid upsetting anyone, and especially if you think that any member of the news group will find your post contentious.
^L(page break character) where possible.
Erring on the side of CAUTION is recommended under ALL circumstances.
The brackets are important, as this clearly defines where the tag ends and the Subject: line begins.
Subject: (S4C!) 404 Squids!
The ratified set of tags is as follows:
uk.media.tv.sf.babylon5 Discussion of Babylon-5 relevant to the UK