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backchannel

Backchannel is the term used to describe the correspondence between two members of a newsgroup, when the correspondence is conducted in private (off the newsgroup). While members often use this as a way to comment to each other in private, newsgroup moderators may also backchannel members to tell the poster their comments or post is inappropriate. By using backchanneling, the number of unrelated messages posted to the newsgroup is limited.






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