Responsibilities of proponents
From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
Who is this FAQ for?
- It is a draft of a form letter to be sent to all proponents whose RFDs have been published in news.announce.newgroups.
Isn't a FAQ supposed to be Question-and-Answer?
- Yes, of course. But to save space in this mini-FAQ, the questions have been left out, leaving just the answers to send to the proponent.
The Text Itself
Dear Proponent, The Big-8 Management Board has published your RFD in news.announce.newgroups. You must follow the discussion of the RFD in news.groups.proposals and answer all reasonable questions about your proposal. Unless you take an active part in the discussion, we will presume that you have abandoned your proposal. We will then remove your RFD from our active queue. We do not expect you to respond to nonsense. If a question has already been asked and answered, you may remain silent or give a pointer to where your answer may be found. When you prepare subsequent versions of the RFD, please take care to preserve the format used in the n.a.n. version. Please do not use Google groups to submit a new version of the RFD; Google groups mangles e-mail addresses on purpose. Your subsequent versions must contain all necessary contact information, keep the same format, and be in plain text. When you think it is time to publish a new edition of an RFD, submit it to news.announce.newgroups as you did with the first edition. When you think that your RFD is as good as it is going to get and are ready to submit a final edition for the Board to vote on, change the RFD to fit the format of a "Last Call for Comments." If the Board agrees that the RFD is ready to be voted on, the Board will publish the final RFD/LCC under its own name. We're very grateful for your participation in the newsgroup creation process for the Big-8 and wish you all success in the discussion of your newsgroup idea. The Big-Eight Management Board consists of the following members: Alexander Bartolich, Co-Chair Marty Moleski, Co-Chair Dave Sill, Vice-Chair James Farrar Kathy Morgan Helge Nereid Jeremy Nixon Thomas Lee Paul Schleck Tim Skirvin The moderators of news.announce.newgroups only publish posts that are consistent with the policies set by the Board. The board will be following the discussion in news.groups.proposals. Some of us may, from time to time, make comments either in our own name or on behalf of the board to clarify what the policies and procedures are. Here, too, it may take some time for you to learn how to distinguish the personal input of the board members from clarification of official policy. Proponents and their supporters need to work on attracting other Usenet-savvy participants in two different phases of the process: 1. During the RFD: the more people whom you can persuade to make a Usenet post about their interest in the proposed group, the better the chances are that there will be a group of people ready, willing, and able to use the group if it is created. Seeing this kind of support is very valuable in allaying fears that the group would not be well-used if it were created. 2. After the RFD: the proponent and participants of the group need to use all available means to make the group known to its target audience: web pages, notes and/or FAQs to aid newbies, use of signature files to draw attention to the existence of the group, respectful non-spam advertising in other forums, correspondence with NSPs to persuade them to carry the group, etc. If there is anything we can do to help you understand and benefit from the process, please let us know. Volunteers known as "Group Mentors" are also willing to provide advice and counsel for you and your supporters. Big-8 Management Board firstname.lastname@example.org Group Mentors email@example.com