From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: "Proponents for" <>
Subject: RFD: moderated
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups,
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 12:04:40 -0700

                     REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                  moderated group

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
moderated Usenet newsgroup,

Newsgroup line:	General issues of interest to men (Moderated)


The Big-8 group displayed continuous growth from 1995 to 2002.
At this time it was a healthy group with a growing diversity among its
readership. As the diversity of posters increased, so did the conflict
among those participants.  The current state of is a high-
noise, high-traffic group that is very difficult for newcomers
(especially if they are new to Usenet as well) to navigate.   In the
interest of fostering discussion and attracting and accommodating a
growing number of participants, we are proposing to create a moderated
group parallel to

Limiting crossposts to will help to ensure that the
newsgroup's signal-to-noise ratio stays at an acceptable level.  A less
noisy environment will encourage more new people to participate in the
new moderated group, while the freedoms of will remain intact
for those who prefer the openness of an unmoderated group.


The newsgroup is for discussion of various men's
issues.  This charter is meant to encompass a wide variety of topics,
including but not limited to: men's health, fitness, relationships,
rights, education, and more.

This newsgroup is moderated.

Posts must be in plain text only.

The following are prohibited:

* Personal advertisements.
* Commercial advertisements and money-making schemes.
* Chain letters.
* Posts in HTML.
* EMP spam.
* Copyright violations.
* Forgery of valid e-mail addresses.
* Unauthorized approval headers.
* Excessive morphing/nym-shifting.
* Posts advocating violence or containing physical threats.
* Binaries, apart from PGP signatures, X-Face headers, and other
ancillary article meta-data.


** NOTE ** In the next version of this RFD, the charter is expected to
contain more specific information about other important issues, such as
moderation policies and crossposting limits.


One or more moderators will be will be responsible for moderating  See separate announcement for procedural details.

** NOTE ** None of the proponents are proposing themselves as potential
moderators at this time.

Mechanics of moderation will be chosen to support the moderation
policies once they are determined.



Those who wish to influence the development of this RFD and its  final
resolution should subscribe to news.groups 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.

To this end, the followup header of this RFD has been set to

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 as well.

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


This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups:


PROPONENTS: Proponents for <>

Co-Proponent: Bret Schaffer <>
Co-Proponent: Dante Soch <>
Co-Proponent: Jayne Kulikauskas <>
Co-Proponent: V. Cordero <>


2006-06-05    Submitted by Proponents for