Nan:2010-01-23-rfd-comp.infosystems.www.announce

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From: Alexander Bartolich <alexander.bartolich@gmx.at>
Subject: 1st RFD: comp.infosystems.www.announce moderated (remove)
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 21:27:16 EST
Message-ID: <hjg3us$noc$1@news.albasani.net>


              REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
              moderated group comp.infosystems.www.announce

This is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) to remove moderated
newsgroup comp.infosystems.www.announce.

RATIONALE:

Probe posts to this group resulted in bounces.

  www-announce@boutell.com
    (generated from comp-infosystems-www-announce@moderators.isc.org)
    SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO:<www-announce@boutell.com>:
    host boutell.com [66.98.244.87]: 450 <www-announce@boutell.com>:
    Recipient address rejected: User unknown in local recipient table:
    retry timeout exceeded

NEWSGROUPS LINE:

comp.infosystems.www.announce	World-Wide Web announcements. (Moderated)

DISTRIBUTION:

news.announce.newgroups
news.groups.proposals
comp.infosystems.www.announce
comp.infosystems.www.misc

CHARTER OF COMP.INFOSYSTEMS.WWW.ANNOUNCE

  comp.infosystems.www.announce (moderated) is the Usenet incarnation of
  a resource with an http/HTML means of access as well as conventional
  newsreader access.  The purpose of the group is to announce the
  following events specifically related to the World-Wide Web:

  a.  New World-Wide Web resources and sites
  b.  Changes to URL's of existing Web resources and sites
  c.  New World-Wide Web resources and server, client, and supporting
      software
  d.  New releases/versions of existing Web resources and server,
      client, and supporting software.

  This group does NOT post the following types of announcements:

  a.  Blatant advertising other than the announcement of the
      availability of more information about a product or
      service via a Web page
  b.  "Make Money Fast" or any other chain-letter-like message
  c.  Announcements of resources not accessible on the World-Wide
      Web

  Follow-ups will be sent to comp.infosystems.www.misc.

  ANNOUNCEMENT PROCEDURE AND FORMAT OF ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  Announcers should send their plain-text (not HTML) messages via e-mail
  to www-announce@medio.com.  Questions about announcements should go to
  the group's moderator, M. L. Grant (grant2@medio.com).

  **Announcements which contain broken links or do not follow the
  format below will be sent back to the originator.**

  All announcements of a new or changed URL are presented in the
  following format:

     <URL:protocol://site[:PORT]/path/to/file/or/directory/>

  Please note that [ and ] around PORT indicate that this part
  of the URL is optional.

  For example:
     <URL:http://www.halcyon.com/grant/index.html>

  Announcements should include one of the following ID words in CAPS
  in the Subject: line if possible:

  ARCHIVE -- BOOK -- BROWSER --  EDUCATION -- ENTERTAINMENT -- 
  FAQ -- GAMES -- INFO -- K-12 -- MAGAZINE -- MISC --
  PERSONAL [for home pages] -- SERVER -- SHOPPING -- SOFTWARE -- SPORTS

  Use of a subject ID word is optional, and this list is expandable.  The
  moderator, M. L. Grant (grant2@medio.com), will take suggestions.

  The announcement should be short--less than 75 lines--and to the
  point.  Announcers should not include surveys, polls, application
  forms, or the like in their post; such addenda will be excised before
  posting.  Likewise, announcers should not quote price lists or extensive
  catalog-style descriptions.  Instead, a post should provide pointers,
  in the format described above, to those resources.

  MODERATOR AND BACKUP MODERATORS:

  Moderator is M. L. Grant (grant2@medio.com).
  First backup moderator is Glenn Davis (gdavis@infi.net).
  Second backup moderator is Tim Pierce (twpierce@midway.uchicago.edu).

  MODERATOR'S DUTIES:

  a.  Modify all posts which do not conform to the above format, which is
      the format that most Web browsers can read to provide working
      links to the announced resource.
  b.  Test all URL's and inform the announcer of incorrect links
      within 24 to 48 hours of receiving the announcement.
  c.  Post correct announcements within 24 to 48 hours of receiving
      the correct, working URL's.
  d.  Post this charter, the charters of the other comp.infosystems.www.*
      groups, and World-Wide-Web-related FAQ's and documents biweekly
      (every two weeks).
  e.  Turn over the duties of moderating to the backup moderators--
      first to Glenn Davis (gdavis@infi.net), second to Tim Pierce
      (twpierce@midway.uchicago.edu)--in the event of vacations or other
      happenings that may interfere with the performing of these duties.

  DISCLAIMER:

  The moderator claims no responsibility for the safety, legality,
  or morality of the resources announced.  Announcements of material
  which some may consider offensive may or may not be labelled as
  such.  The choice to access or not to access any page is left to the
  user at all times; such is the nature of the World-Wide Web.

HISTORY OF THE GROUP:

comp.infosystems.www.announce is a moderated newsgroup which passed its vote
for creation by 602:19 as reported in news.announce.newgroups on 5 Jan 1995.

PROPONENT:

Alexander Bartolich <alexander.bartolich@gmx.at>

PROCEDURE:

Those who wish to comment on this request to remove this newsgroup should
subscribe to news.groups.proposals and participate in the relevant threads
in that newsgroup.

To this end, the followup header of this RFD has been set to
news.groups.proposals.

In the course of the removal process four formal announcements are posted
(MVI, 1st RFD, 2nd RFD, and LCC), each taking two weeks. At the end of the
process the B8MB will vote on the issue.

Available options for comp.infosystems.www.announce are:
- leave the group as it is
- remove the group

For more information on the MVI process, please see 

http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:mvi

CHANGE HISTORY:

2009-10-29	First probe post
2010-01-10	Moderator Vacancy Investigation
2010-01-24	1st RFD
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