This article is from the Aquaria Newsgroup Topics and Conversion Tables FAQ, by Todd Zebert and Erik Olson with numerous contributions by others.
A: If you are an aquarium-related business, as of the March 1996
re-organization, you may post to rec.aquaria.marketplace without
guilt. Beware, though, that non-advertisement posts from companies and
their representatives may be subject to scrutiny by wary rec.aquaria.*
readers. General guidelines for acceptable advertising on usenet can
be found in the ADVERTISEMENT FAQ posted to news.announce.newusers.
Here are some tips for keeping a friendly commercial presence on the
* Do not post or cross-post your advertisement to any of the
rec.aquaria.* groups except for rec.aquaria.marketplace.
* Retailers who are active participants of rec.aquaria.* can include
a reference to their business in their message signature (or
better yet, a reference to a WWW page). People can contact you or
your web page directly if interested in your business. Netters
generally do not get angry about this sort of advertisement.
* If you respond to a post with a recommendation for your business,
make sure to be clear that you are associated with that business
(otherwise you are likely to get a bad reputation when your
connection is discovered). It also goes without saying that your
response should be relevant to the original post. :-)
* E-mail advertising is never acceptable unless explicitly
requested. If a reader didn't specifically ask for your
advertisement, do not send it.