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From: D Finnigan <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups.proposals,comp.sys.mac.misc,comp.sys.mac.system Subject: RFD: comp.sys.mac.vintage Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2013 18:20:37 EST Message-ID: <1st-rfd-create-comp.sys.mac.vintage@macgui> REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD) unmoderated group comp.sys.mac.vintage This is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the moderated newsgroup comp.sys.mac.vintage. NEWSGROUPS LINE: comp.sys.mac.vintage Obsolete and Old World Macintosh hardware and software. RATIONALE: Being that discussion within the Macintosh Big-8 newsgroups has naturally followed the evolution of the computer hardware and software, and being that a certain number of users and hobbyists still appreciate using and maintaining the older systems, the creation of a newsgroup dedicated to older Macintosh hardware and software is hereby proposed. Presently, discussions for older Macintosh systems are carried out in the most relevant newsgroup. There are two principal drawbacks to this current arrangement. First of all, the volume of discussions for present-day systems dwarfs that of the older systems and software. Secondly, it follows that the larger discussion base naturally stems from a larger pool of participants whose technical knowledge primarily centers around the modern Mac OS X systems. With a newsgroup dedicated to all matters concerning older Macintosh systems, both experienced users and hobbyists alike will be able to participate in discussions without the clutter of other discussions on the newest hardware and software. Outside of Usenet, a small number of moderated message boards and mailing lists are devoted to vintage and obsolete Macintosh discussions. An unmoderated newsgroup that will almost certainly be archived for perpetuity will serve the needs of vintage Macintosh users for years to come by allowing free exchange of discussion, advice, tips, and questions. Message archives will ensure that in future, users will be able to draw from this base of answers and insight, much like what is now possible with Macintosh newsgroup archives from the late 80s and 90s. In the past three days, already three Usenet users have expressed interest in such a newsgroup. Their Message-IDs follow: <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org> <alpine.DEB.2.02.1303032314480.31732@Ryou-VM1.yauncle.net> CHARTER: The newsgroup comp.sys.mac.vintage is intended for all discussions regarding the use and maintenance of Apple Macintosh computers capable of running Mac OS systems 1.0 through 9.2.2, as well as any computers identified by Apple as either vintage (discontinued between 5-7 years ago) or obsolete (discontinued more than seven years ago). Since some of these latter computers that can run OS X may still be new enough to warrant discussion on the main Macintosh newsgroups, it is up to the discretion of the poster to choose the appropriate newsgroup. For all other Old World computers running OS 9 or any older OS, all discussions are on-topic for comp.sys.mac.vintage. Discussions of Macintosh clones, as well as alternative operating systems, are also on-topic and welcomed in this newsgroup. Requests for hardware and software, as well as online auction and for sale notices, are allowed. Posters to this newsgroup are asked to refrain from harrassment, personal attacks, and disruptive communication. Articles containing binary computer files including, but not limited to, programs or images, are forbidden. HTML posts are discouraged. Users should exercise their best judgement and use consideration for the copyright laws of their country. If in doubt, ask. PROCEDURE: For more information on the newsgroup creation process, please see: http://www.big-8.org/wiki/How_to_Create_a_New_Big-8_Newsgroup Those who wish to influence the development of this RFD and its final resolution should subscribe to news.groups.proposals 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.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 must be taken to ensure that all discussion appears in news.groups.proposals as well. We urge those who would like to read or post in the proposed newsgroup to make a comment to that effect in this thread; we ask proponents to keep a list of such positive posts with the relevant message ID. Such lists of positive feedback for the proposal may constitute good evidence that the group will be well-used if it is created. DISTRIBUTION: This document has been posted to the following newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups news.groups.proposals comp.sys.mac.misc comp.sys.mac.system PROPONENT: D. Finnigan <email@example.com> CHANGE HISTORY: 2013-03-04 1st RFD.