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From: Paul W. Schleck <>
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups.proposals,,
Subject: Moderator Vacancy Investigation:
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:29:05 EDT
Message-ID: <5328ebd2$0$3644$>

		 moderated group

This is a formal Moderator Vacancy Investigation (MVI), begun because
moderated newsgroup is not functioning, and may
have been abandoned by its moderator(s).

This investigation will attempt to verify the reasons for non-function,
and may result in the removal of the group or the selection and
installation of a new moderator.  In practice, the Big-8 Management
Board considers the third alternative -- changing the status of the
group from moderated to unmoderated -- as likely to cause more harm than

NEWSGROUPS LINE:	Men's interests, roles, rights, relationships, etc. (Moderated)

Probe posts to this group do not result in bounces.

However, the last article approved by the moderators (i.e., not a
forgery) appeared in early 2008.  Recent attempts to contact some of the
moderators at their last known personal e-mail addresses resulted in
replies from Graham Drabble and Mark Borgerson confirming that the
newsgroup and the moderation team are inactive.



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, responsibilities, education, sports, and more. Posters are
expected to maintain a basic tone of civility.

In general, crossposting to is prohibited.  Infrequent
administrative crossposts (eg. RFDs, FAQs) may occasionally be allowed
at the sole discretion of the moderators.

Appropriate topics for discussion might include (but are not limited

  * Men's medical issues.
  * Education of men and boys.
  * Men's fitness.
  * The roles, rights and responsibilities of fathers.
  * Perceptions of men in the media.
  * Men's roles in dating and marriage.
  * Divorce and child custody issues.
  * The roles of nature and nurture in sex differences.
  * Gender discrepancies in law and society.
  * All aspects of professional and amateur sports in which men

This newsgroup is moderated.

The following are prohibited and could lead to having such prohibited
posts rejected by the moderator and/or banning of the poster:

  * Personal advertisements.
  * Commercial advertisements and money-making schemes.
  * Chain letters.
  * Posts in HTML.
  * EMP spam.
  * Binaries, apart from PGP signatures, X-Face headers, and other
    ancillary article meta-data.
  * Personally identifying information (residential addresses, telephone
    numbers, government/vehicle identification numbers, etc.) that
    is associated with anyone other than the poster.
  * Forgery of valid e-mail addresses.
  * Unauthorized approval headers.
  * Excessive morphing/nym-shifting.
  * Posts advocating violence or containing physical threats.
  * Content advocating acts which would intrinsically be illegal in
    most places, with the exception of legitimate civil disobedience.
  * Insulting or making personal attacks on another poster of the
  * Gender-based, race-based, or sexual-orientation-based bashing of
    groups and/or individuals.
  * Copyright violations.  Pointers to news articles, blogs, etc. on
    this topic are welcome but are required to comply with fair use

The moderators reserve the right to edit or reject submissions as they
deem necessary to minimize their legal liability.


The Last Call for Comments (LCC) on 18 Aug 2006 initiated a five-day
period for final comments.  Following this comment period, the Big-8
Management Board decided by a vote to create the moderated group, as announced in article <>
posted on 30 Aug 2006.

The vote was 4 in favor, 0 opposed, 2 abstain.  2 members did not vote.

This group was created on 30 Aug 2006.  It had modest article posting
activity until about January of 2008, after which no further articles

PROPONENT:  Paul W. Schleck <>


Those who wish to comment on this moderator vacancy investigation should 
subscribe to news.groups.proposals and participate in the relevant 
threads in that newsgroup.  To this end, the followup header of this MVI 
has been set to news.groups.proposals.

For more information on the MVI process, please see


18 March 2014:  Moderator Vacancy Investigation