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From: (Big 8 Management Board)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups.proposals,misc.writing.screenplays.moderated,misc.writing.screenplays
Subject: 1st RFD: misc.writing.screenplays.moderated (remove)
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Sat, 3 May 2014 17:22:18 EDT
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                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
            moderated group misc.writing.screenplays.moderated (remove)

This is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) to remove the moderated
newsgroup misc.writing.screenplays.moderated.

misc.writing.screenplays.moderated      Craft/business of screenwriting.

Over the past few years many of the posters to
misc.writing.screenplays.moderated have moved to a FaceBook group.  The
moderator feels that there is no longer sufficient interest in the
newsgroup so it should be removed.  This RFD is to determine whether
there is, in fact, enough interest to retain the group plus a qualified
volunteer who wishes to take over the moderation.

To be qualified, the volunteer should be acceptable to the community
intending to use misc.writing.screenplays.moderated and have the
technical knowledge to be able to perform the moderation duties.

Note:  The group is currently shows a great deal of Usenet and Email
spam.  A candidate to take over the moderation should, in addition to
the moderation policy listed in the charter below, plan to use implement
measures to reduce/eliminate the spam.


CHARTER: misc.writing.screenplays.moderated

The misc.writing.screenplays.moderated newsgroup is open to discussion
of the art and business aspects of writing screenplays for feature
films, documentaries and television. Specific topics may include but are
not limited to:

   Finding an Agent
   Querying Production Companies
   Latest formatting trends
   Creative screenplay writing
   Screenwriting software
   Screenwriting books
   Screenwriters, their skills and styles
   Tools available to the screenwriter
   Collaboration issues
   Tips from the pros

Moderation policies:

The purpose of the proposed moderation is not to escape from the
meandering and conversational tone of misc.writing.screenplays, but to
eliminate the excessive abuse of the newsgroup by cross-posters from
unrelated groups. The intention is to implement robo-moderation,
eliminating all cross-posts except the few that are appropriate.
Cross-posts to groups such as news.groups, news.announce.newgroups and
news.announce.newusers will be allowed unless these groups become the
vehicle for serial-cross-posting by trolls.

The moderators reserve the right to filter posts from individuals who
already have a history of off-topic cross-posting, and who simply alter
their techniques to single-posting off-topic articles, or who attempt to
flood the group, or who alter their posting headers to simulate approved


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 news.groups.proposals.

For more information on the newsgroup removal process, please see

All discussion of active proposals should be posted to


3 May 2014:  1st RFD (remove)

Kathy Morgan, Chairman
Big 8 Management Board