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If you'ld like to volunteer to help run the Big-8, please send a message to [mailto:board@big-8.org board@big-8.org].
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== Volunteering ==
  
Let us know your background, skills, availability, and areas of interest so we can match tasks with the right people.
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If you'd like to volunteer to help administer the Big 8, please [[Contacting the Board|contact the Board]].  Let us know your background, skills, availability, and areas of interest so we can match tasks with the right people.
  
== Subcommittees ==
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At the moment we are particularly interested in volunteers who can help with:
  
Some of the areas in which we are asking for volunteer help are the following:
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* Identifying moderated newsgroups with absentee moderators
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* Taking over moderation of newsgroups with absentee moderators
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* Maintaining, documenting, and further developing the [https://savannah.gnu.org/projects/stump STUMP] and [https://savannah.gnu.org/projects/webstump WebSTUMP] moderation software
  
* [[Dead Groups Task Force]]: identify groups that can and should be removed from the canonical list.
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== Donations ==
* [[Group Mentors]]: help proponents develop good proposals.
 
* [[News.answers Liaison]]: facilitate communication between news.answers and the B8MB.
 
* [[News Service Providers Committee]]: cultivate good working relationships with NSPs and ISPs.
 
* [[UVM|Usenet Volunteer Moderators (UVM)]]: facilitate communication with and provide support for Big-8 newsgroup moderators.
 
* [[UVP|Usenet Volunteer Polltakers (UVP)]]: develop polls to help answer various questions.
 
  
=== Volunteering For The Board ===
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In March 2021, the Usenet Big-8 Management Board joined [https://opencollective.com/europe Open Collective Europe] in order to make all of its [[Finances|financial activities]] transparent.  If you would like to make a financial contribution to the Board, you can do so via the [https://opencollective.com/usenetbig8 Usenet Big-8 Management Board Open Collective].
  
Before joining the Board, we encourage you to volunteer for one or more of the subcommittees (listed above).
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== Helping Usenet ==
  
If you are interested in joining the Board, we would like to hear from you at [mailto:board@big-8.org board@big-8.org].
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There are many ways to make Usenet at large a better place for discussion, and you don't necessarily need a lot of time or special skills to make a difference. Things you could do include:
  
=== Wish List ===
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* Participate! There are lots of quiet groups that would benefit from some extra traffic. If you can post a helpful answer to someone's question, or add something to an ongoing thread, it will make that group livelier and more fun for everyone. And remember that even if a group looks completely dead, there may still be people subscribed to it; try posting an on-topic article and see if it sparks an interesting discussion.
Various suggestions have been made about what could be done to improve the big-8 system.  There are included here for lack of a better place to put them. If you'd like to tackle some of these, it would be much appreciated:
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* Promote Usenet elsewhere on the Internet. People who have arrived on the Internet after the rise of the Web may not be aware that Usenet exists. Even those who have heard of it may know it only as a file-sharing service. If you can let people know what Usenet is and how to access it, there will be more people to help keep conversations going.
* Ask Google to distinguish more clearly between Google Groups and Usenet groups. In particular, ask Google to give clear and accurate directions about how to create a big-8 newsgroup.
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* Moderate a newsgroup. If a newsgroup moderator needs help, or wishes to hand over moderation to someone else, they may post a message to the group asking for volunteers. You will most likely need to have a track record of positive contributions to the group in order for the existing moderators to trust you with the task. Or you may find a moderated newsgroup with a missing moderator: the newsgroups is marked as moderated, but articles that you post disappear and never show up in the group. If you believe that the moderator of a Big-8 group is missing, please [[Contacting the Board|contact the Board]] so that we can investigate.
* Contact sites where old FAQs need to be updated. Some partial URLs:
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* If you have programming skills, you could volunteer to work on software that works with Usenet. For example, the open-source newsreaders [https://pan.rebelbase.com Pan] and [https://slrn.info slrn] are both open to contributions. If there's another Usenet client that you'd like to improve, you could check its homepage and see if there's a way to volunteer.
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http://www.savetz.com/yic/YIC05FI_26.html
 
 
 
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/usenet/crea...sgroups/part1/
 
http://usenetnews.us/
 
http://members.fortunecity.com/nnqweb/ncreate.html
 
http://www.visi.com/~barr/alt-creation-guide.html
 
http://web.presby.edu/~nnqadmin/nnq/ncreate.html
 
http://www.nylon.net/alt/newgroup.htm
 
http://tgos.org/newbie/newgroup.html
 
http://www.cs.uu.nl/wais/html/na-dir...ion-guide.html
 
http://www.savetz.com/booklist/using...sgro ups.html
 
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Latest revision as of 15:37, 2 May 2022

Volunteering

If you'd like to volunteer to help administer the Big 8, please contact the Board. Let us know your background, skills, availability, and areas of interest so we can match tasks with the right people.

At the moment we are particularly interested in volunteers who can help with:

  • Identifying moderated newsgroups with absentee moderators
  • Taking over moderation of newsgroups with absentee moderators
  • Maintaining, documenting, and further developing the STUMP and WebSTUMP moderation software

Donations

In March 2021, the Usenet Big-8 Management Board joined Open Collective Europe in order to make all of its financial activities transparent. If you would like to make a financial contribution to the Board, you can do so via the Usenet Big-8 Management Board Open Collective.

Helping Usenet

There are many ways to make Usenet at large a better place for discussion, and you don't necessarily need a lot of time or special skills to make a difference. Things you could do include:

  • Participate! There are lots of quiet groups that would benefit from some extra traffic. If you can post a helpful answer to someone's question, or add something to an ongoing thread, it will make that group livelier and more fun for everyone. And remember that even if a group looks completely dead, there may still be people subscribed to it; try posting an on-topic article and see if it sparks an interesting discussion.
  • Promote Usenet elsewhere on the Internet. People who have arrived on the Internet after the rise of the Web may not be aware that Usenet exists. Even those who have heard of it may know it only as a file-sharing service. If you can let people know what Usenet is and how to access it, there will be more people to help keep conversations going.
  • Moderate a newsgroup. If a newsgroup moderator needs help, or wishes to hand over moderation to someone else, they may post a message to the group asking for volunteers. You will most likely need to have a track record of positive contributions to the group in order for the existing moderators to trust you with the task. Or you may find a moderated newsgroup with a missing moderator: the newsgroups is marked as moderated, but articles that you post disappear and never show up in the group. If you believe that the moderator of a Big-8 group is missing, please contact the Board so that we can investigate.
  • If you have programming skills, you could volunteer to work on software that works with Usenet. For example, the open-source newsreaders Pan and slrn are both open to contributions. If there's another Usenet client that you'd like to improve, you could check its homepage and see if there's a way to volunteer.