Also: Algebra, History of Algebra.
STUMP means Secure Team-based Usenet Moderation Program. STUMP is currently working in production and is stable. The robomoderator code is portable and configurable and is publicly available for moderator teams on USENET for free.
I developed STUMP before starting work on my site with Algebra homework help.
If you want to propose a newsgroup, click here.
Even though STUMP is FREE, and there is a unrestricted mailing
list for STUMP support, we offer commercial site
hosting. It means that if you do not want to deal with Unix-based
stuff, we'll set it up for you on a centrally managed server. We
provide you with a service guarantee and give you an easy to use web
interface for moderation.
Click here for more information
There is a List of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
STUMP can submit approved articles through many ISPS, such as this fine Newsgroup Provider, as well as other news servers.STUMP is currently used by the following newsgroups:
Here's an interesting story:
was created at the exactly the astrologically correct time, 12:04am
on November 8th. I could do it so precisely because my computer
is connected to an atomic clock via NTP protocol.
Web-based moderation ( Test Drive It) is also possible. It can be done by moderators even without knowledge of CGI or access to a CGI-enabled Web server -- a centrally managed server is available as well as the ability to set up your own webservers if you want to.
Documentation is available in WWW form. (see Instructions below)User support available through stump-users mailing list. Extremely versatile but easy configuration management. Support for group moderation -- multiple human moderators, which are randomly chosen for every incoming message that needs to be reviewed.
Automatic rejection of nonconforming messages, for example megacrossposts and encoded binaries are rejected automatically without human intervention.
Support of a preapproved list of posters whose posts are presumed to be good and do not need human review. It can help the moderator team to save their time and speed up posts by frequent posters. In practice, about 80% of moderators' time can be saved with this feature.
Everything is archived. Achives may be presented as WWW Pages like this.
Exchange between human moderators and robomod program is secured by PGP encryption and signatures. It prevents any "spoofing" of the robomoderator, when malicious users try to simulate fake moderators' approvals. This security is provided internally by perl scripts, and human moderators need not bother - everything is done for them.
Acknowledgments of receipt, rejection messages with explanations (standardized or supplied by human moderators) are sent back to posters.
approved articles are digitally signed by PMApp program by Greg Rose.
It provides positive and reliable identification of forgeries and
unapproved posts. A daemon program is provided that looks for all
unauthorized posts and deletes them automatically.
Note that these signatures are placed in the header of the post and they do not clutter the actual text of the messages. These scripts also provide protectin from subtle impersonation attacks described by Dr. Vulis.
Some posters may request additional protection from forgeries.
Support for a moderators'-only mailing list. This is nice for newsgroups that have more than one moderator.
This configuration is good for a technical newsgroup suffering from a small number of net abusers. For example, it could be useful for sci.physics or comp.lang.ada.
This configuration is good for a small cultural or religious newsgroup that offers freedom of speech but does not want any crossposted flames.
We shall note that the configurations above can be easily changed by changing contents of certain data files, and elements of these configurations can be intermixed (i.e., any newsgroup may restrict the number of crossposts or choose to send FAQ to posters).