Nan:2010-03-12-rfd-comp.mobile.apple.iPad

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From: Michelle Steiner <michelle@michelle.org>
Subject: RFD:  comp.mobile.apple.iPad
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:04:17 EST
Message-ID: <michelle-BFB2BD.10335512032010@news.eternal-september.org>


                       REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
              unmoderated group {comp.mobile.apple.iPad}

This is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the 
unmoderated newsgroup comp.mobile.apple.iPad.

NEWSGROUPS LINE:
comp.mobile.apple.iPad  Apple iPad community, discussion, support.

RATIONALE:

This newsgroup is meant to form a new group for the discussion and mutual 
support of the Apple iPad mobile device.  Currently, discussion of the iPad 
has been spread among a number of newsgroups including, but not limited to, 
comp.sys.mac.comm, comp.sys.mac.system, and misc.phone.mobile.iphone.  
Having a newsgroup designated for the iPad will help alleviate the 
fragmentation that currently exists.

Discussions preliminary to this RFD concentrated mainly on the name and 
hierarchy for such a newsgroup; there was little objection voiced against 
the formation of such a group.

This proposal would entail new hierarchies, namely, comp.mobile* and 
comp.mobile.apple.*  There is precedent for a comp.mobile.* hierarchy, as 
evidenced by the existence of fj.comp.mobile and japan.comp.mobile.  
Comp.mobile.* paves the way for the addition of newsgroups for future and 
existing mobile devices by other manufacturers, and for current mobile 
devices by Apple (e.g., the iPhone and iPod Touch) should the need and 
desire arise.

CHARTER:

comp.mobile.apple.iPad is an unmoderated group for the users of Apple's 
iPad. Discussions about any issue relating to the iPad, including but not 
limited to, installation problems, configuration problems, or discussions 
on different applications available for the iPad are welcome.

Posters are expected to abide by normal Usenet standards of decorum, and to 
ignore articles intended to disrupt the group.  The usual suspects are 
prohibited (spam, binaries, direct advertising, etc.)

PROCEDURE:

For more information on the newsgroup creation process, please see:

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

Those who wish to influence the development of this RFD and its final 
resolution should subscribe to news.groups.proposals and participate in the 
relevant threads in that newsgroup.  This is both a courtesy to groups in 
which discussion of creating a new group is off-topic as well as the best 
method of making sure that one's comments or criticisms are heard.

All discussion of active proposals should be posted to news.groups.proposals

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

If desired by the readership of closely affected groups, the discussion may 
be crossposted to those groups, but care must be taken to ensure that all 
discussion appears in news.groups.proposals as well.

We urge those who would like to read or post in the proposed newsgroup to 
make a comment to that effect in this thread; we ask proponents to keep a 
list of such positive posts with the relevant message ID, for example:

Barney Fife, <4JGdnb60fsMzHA7ZnZ2dnUVZ_rWdnZ2d@sysmatrix.net>)

Such lists of positive feedback for the proposal may constitute good 
evidence that the group will be well-used if it is created.

DISTRIBUTION:

This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:
news.announce.newgroups
news.groups.proposals
comp.sys.mac.comm
comp.sys.mac.system
misc.phone.mobile.iphone

PROPONENT:

Michelle Steiner  michelle@michelle.org


CHANGE HISTORY:
2010-03-12  1st RFD.

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