Nan:2010-03-17-lcc-comp.mobile.iPad

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From: Big-8 Management Board <board@big-8.org>
Subject: Final RFD comp.mobile.ipad / LAST CALL FOR COMMENTS
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 01:04:18 EDT
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REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
unmoderated group comp.mobile.ipad

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

NEWSGROUPS LINE:
comp.mobile.ipad		Mobile tablet PC running iPhone OS.

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 and subsequent to the first iteration of 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.

"From Jan 27 (the date Apple announced the iPad) to March 9, 2010 (the
date of the first floater for this proposed newsgroup), an analysis of
comp.sys.mac.comm, comp.sys.mac.system, and misc.phone.mobile.iphone
showed that 2177 (or 32%) of the 6724 posts in those three groups
referenced the iPad.  Excluding comp.sys.mac.system (the one least
relevant to the iPad), the percentage increases to 46.75%" (Jim
Gibson, Message-ID: <150320101155077952%jimsgibson@gmail.com>).

This proposal would entail a hierarchy, namely, comp.mobile*.  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
Apple and other manufacturers.

CHARTER:

comp.mobile.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:

Please refer to the newsgroup creation policies listed here:

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

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 should be taken to ensure
that all discussion appears in news.groups.proposals as well.

The final comment period lasts for five (5) days from the
time that this RFD is posted.  

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.
2010-03-16: 2nd RFD.  Proposed name changed from comp.mobile.apple.ipad
to comp.mobile.ipad.  Newsgroups line refined.  Quantitative analysis of
discussion of the iPad included in rationale.  Minor wording, spelling
and grammatical changes.  Last Call for Comments.
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