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Civic-minded Capitol Hill residents were dismayed this month to see spam delivered to them by the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A electronic bulletin board. Along with notices of upcoming meetings and events, subscribers received an e-mail invitation to join an out-of-town nudist camp. Tame though that may be by unsolicited e-mail standards, commissioners promptly began drawing up standards to regulate the list’s content. Users, in turn, began worried discussions about the prospect of having their electronic forum censored. Commissioner Michael Musante says that any potential rules would patrol the boundaries of geography, not those of free speech. “If everybody who uses and checks the listserv for neighborhood information wants nude pictures on the listserv, then by all means, have at it,” Musante says. “My only point would be, shouldn’t the nude pictures have something to do with 6A?”—Chris Shott