Nan:2007-05-11-comp.windows.news-result

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From: The Big-8 Management Board <board@big-8.org>
Subject: RESULT: comp.windows.news will be removed
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups.proposals,
 comp.windows.news, comp.windows.misc
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 13:12:05 -0500
Organization: http://www.big-8.org/

                                 RESULT
                   comp.windows.news will be removed

The Last Call for Comments (LCC) on 03 May 2007 initiated a five-day period
for final comments.  Following the comment period, the Big-8 Management
Board has decided by consensus to remove the newsgroup comp.windows.news.

This group will be removed on 15 May 2007.


RATIONALE: remove comp.windows.news

The last approved article was in March 2000.  Sun Microsystems
announced the end of life for the Network extensible Window System
(NeWS) in the early 1990's.

During the early 1990's, traffic in the then unmoderated
comp.windows.news was fairly light, less than 10 articles per week. In
December 1995, the group was moderated in place in order to exclude
misplaced articles related to "news" about MS-Windows.  After the
moderation, fewer than 20 articles were approved to the newsgroup.

Because of its name, conversion to an unmoderated status is not
practical.  An unmoderated newsgrooup would be overrun by MS-Windows
traffic (see comp.windows.misc).


HISTORY: 

The unmoderated newsgroup comp.windows.news was created in April 1987,
soon after the Great Renaming.  comp.windows.misc and comp.windows.x
are of similar vintage.

The newsgroup comp.windows.ms was created in November 1988 for
discussion of early versions of MS-Windows.  Because of continued off
topic posting to the other newsgroups in the comp.windows.* hierarchy,
comp.windows.ms was re-organized into comp.os.ms-windows.* in 1992.

Despite creation of an entire hierarchy dedicated to MS-Windows,
off-topic posting continued in the comp.windows.* hierarchy.  The
newsgroup comp.windows.news had the additional burden of a name that
suggested it was for "news" about (MS)-Windows, rather than being
about the NeWS.

In December 1995, comp.windows.news was converted to a moderated group
in order to exclude off-topic discussion, as well as "debate" about
the group name.

Over the next 5 years less than 20 articles were approved.  The last
approval was in March 2000.


DISTRIBUTION:

This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:

  news.announce.newgroups
  news.groups.proposals
  comp.windows.news
  comp.windows.misc


PROPONENT: 

Jim Riley <jimrtex@pipeline.com>


CHANGE HISTORY: 

2007-04-19     1st RFD
2007-05-03     2nd RFD/LCC
2007-05-11     Results (passes)
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