From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Jim Riley <>
Subject: RFD: remove comp.archives moderated
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, comp.archives.admin,
 news.groups.proposals, comp.sources.d, comp.archives
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 11:08:32 -0600

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                          remove comp.archives

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) to remove the moderated
newsgroup comp.archives.

RATIONALE: remove comp.archives

The newsgroup has not had any approvals since October 1997.  There had
been a substantial decline in traffic over its last couple of years,
perhaps triggered by the creation of
in July 1996.

There is almost no discussion in the unmoderated comp.archives.admin
(the group is intended for discussion about administration of
archives, rather than the content of the archives).

Announce of archives for specific operating systems, programming
languages, etc. may continue to occur in groups specific to those
operating systems and languages.


The newsgroup comp.archives was created in November 1998.  At the
time, there was discussion of creation of a moderated announcement
group and an unmoderated discussion group, but this never occured.

In May 1991, the unmoderated comp.archives was created for discussion
about the administration of archives.

Groups specific for MS-DOS (comp.archives.msdos.{announce|d}) and
MS-Windows ({announce|discuss}) were created
in December 1992 and July 1996, respectively.

The last approval for comp.archives was in October 1997.


The full group removal procedure is documented here:

Those who wish to comment on this request to remove this newsgroup should
subscribe to news.groups.proposals and participate in the relevant threads 
in that newsgroup.

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

All discussion of active proposals should be posted 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.


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:


The proponent will also post pointers to:



Jim Riley <>


2007-01-11     1st RFD