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From: (The Big-8 Management Board)
Subject: ANNOUNCE: news.groups.proposals has been created
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, news.admin.announce,
 news.admin.hierarchies, news.groups.proposals
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 15:02:19 -0600
Organization: Killfiles, Unlimited

On 14 Nov 2006, the Big-8 Management Board decided to create the moderated
group news.groups.proposals.  The group was created on 18 Nov 2006.

For more information on the proposal and history, please refer to the 

For your newsgroups file:
news.groups.proposals	Development of Big 8 proposals. (Moderated)


The newsgroup news.groups.proposals is for the announcement, discussion,
and development of proposals for changes to the Big 8 hierarchies, as
documented at:

All official discussion of proposals as described in the creation documents
and elsewhere will take place in news.groups.proposals.  Proponents with
active RFDs must conduct their discussions in news.groups.proposals.

Discussions in news.groups.proposals should pertain to specific proposals,
based on a recent RFD published in news.announce.newgroups.  Recently
completed proposals may be discussed if, in the judgment of the
moderators, further discussion seems useful, interesting, or informative.
Discussion about the newsgroup creation policies for the Big-8 newsgroup
hierarchies, the Big-8 Management Board, and the history and culture of
the Big-8 and Usenet in general should be posted to news.groups or
elsewhere, unless there is a clear connection to a specific proposal
being discussed in news.groups.proposals.

Crossposting to unmoderated newsgroups relevant to a particular proposal
may be permitted, at the discretion of the moderators.  With some
exceptions (such as RFD announcements and FAQs), crossposting to other
moderated groups is not permitted.  Content that is not conducive to the
development of a proposal is disallowed, including personal attacks,
derogatory nicknames, repetitive arguments, and flames.

news.groups.proposals is hand-moderated.  In addition to the above
restrictions, the following are not allowed:

  * Off topic articles, as described above and specifically including:
     - Discussion of proposals relating to other hierarchies, such as
       alt.* or regional hierarchies.
     - Articles about "the news" or other world events.
     - General discussions not relating to a specific active proposal.

  * Articles with unacceptable content, such as:
     - HTML
     - Copyright violations
     - Excessive quoting
     - Threats and/or advocating violence
     - Binaries, except PGP signatures, X-Face headers, and other
       ancillary meta-data
     - Personal and/or commercial advertisements, including chain letters,
       money-making schemes, and EMP spam.

  * Attempts to subvert the system, such as:
     - Forgery or imitation of a valid e-mail address
     - Unauthorized approval headers
     - Excessive morphing/nym-shifting

MODERATION POLICY: news.groups.proposals

All submissions will be approved or rejected by the moderation team based
on the above criteria.  The moderation team will attempt to handle all
submissions promptly, and (as a team) will not knowingly "blackhole" a
poster by taking no action on the person's submissions.

Posting with a non-replyable or "munged" address is strongly discouraged.
If you feel that you must use a munged address, you are encouraged to
append ".invalid" to the end of the munged email address to indicate
that the address is not deliverable even when ".invalid" is stripped from
the end.  Users who do not munge their email address will be notified of
rejected submissions via email.  Note that submissions may be filtered to
remove spam, spews, and other attacks.

Moderator decisions can be appealed by contacting
If necessary, the moderation panel will refer the case to the Big-8
Management Board for a final decision.

All substantive modifications to the moderation policy will go through an
RFD/LCC process before implementation.

MODERATOR INFO: news.groups.proposals

Head Moderator:           Steve Bonine <>
Moderator:                Kevin Cannon <>
Moderator:                Doug Freyburger <>
Moderator:                Aatu Koskensilta <>
Moderator:                Kathy Morgan <>
Advisory Moderator:       Brian Edmonds <>
Advisory Moderator:       Jonathan Kamens <>
Advisory Moderator:       Tim Skirvin <>

Article Submissions:
Administrative Contact:

The news.groups.proposals moderation panel consists of volunteers
approved by the Big-8 Management Board.

If the moderation team decides that more members are needed, they may post
an invitation for new volunteers.  New members must be approved by vote of
the current moderation team and are subject to veto by the Big-8 Management
Board.  The Big-8 Management Board reserves the right to expel members of
the news.groups.proposals moderation panel as necessary.



Dave Sill <>


2006-11-14     Results
2006-11-08     3rd RFD/LCC
2006-10-23     2nd RFD
2006-10-09     1st RFD