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2.3 What are appropriate messages for the various Emacs newsgroups?

The Emacs mailing lists are described at the Emacs Savannah page. Some of them are gatewayed to newsgroups.

The newsgroup news:comp.emacs is for discussion of Emacs programs in general. The newsgroup is specifically for GNU Emacs. It therefore makes no sense to cross-post to both groups, since only one can be appropriate to any question.

Messages advocating “non-free” software are considered unacceptable on any of the gnu.* newsgroups except for news:gnu.misc.discuss, which was created to hold the extensive flame-wars on the subject. “Non-free” software includes any software for which the end user can't freely modify the source code and exchange enhancements. Be careful to remove the gnu.* groups from the ‘Newsgroups:’ line when posting a followup that recommends such software.

news:gnu.emacs.bug is a place where bug reports appear, but avoid posting bug reports to this newsgroup directly (see Reporting bugs).