1987 Guidelines for Group Creation
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GENE SPAFFORD, author GENE SPAFFORD, reviser October 31, 1987 Sample Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> This document explicitly appeals to the authority of the Backbone and involves the Backbone in newsgroup creation, but also includes a number of features of the modern system already. Here's its core process: --begin quote-- 1) Determine if a new newsgroup is actually needed. Look carefully through the lists of active newsgroups and mailing lists to be sure there is currently no existing forum for your topic. If there is such a group or mailing list, try using it before attempting to create a new group -- it might be just what you want. 2) Determine an appropriate name for your proposed newsgroup -- a name should be informative, reasonably short, and in an appropriate top-level hierarchy. Also determine if you want the newsgroup to be moderated or not. 3) Post an article to the newsgroup "news.groups" describing your proposed new group. Be sure to describe why you think the group is needed and/or interesting, and what you think it should be named. Ask for comments to be posted and for votes to be *MAILED* to you. Be sure to cross-post your article to any newsgroups where there might be interest, but set the "Followup-to" header so that responses only go to the "news.groups" group. 4) Consider carefully all comments and objections, whether posted or mailed. Answer objections and questions in a timely fashion. Change the name or nature of the group, if needed, based on the comments of others. Remember that the success of the group is based on the support and participation of the other people on the network, so listen to their advice and concerns. 5) Collect MAILED votes on the issue of the new newsgroup. The threshold currently set as necessary for creating a new group is 100 more "yes" votes than "no" votes in a 30 day period. a) If you get at least 100 more "yes" votes than "no" votes, post an article to the news.groups newsgroup including the totals and the list of account names of people voting. b) If you fail to get at least 100 more "yes" votes than "no" votes, consider starting a mailing list for your topic instead of a new group, or else think about starting the group as an "alt" group. If a group cannot get the support of at least 100 people in one month's time, it does not belong on the Usenet until such time as it gains sufficient support. c) If you are trying to get an exisiting mailing list upgraded to a newsgroup, consider the current subscriber list as a set of "yes" votes of equal number, but only if they have already agreed that they want the list turned into a newsgroup. 6) Send mail to "email@example.com" and ask that the group be created. You can issue the control message yourself, but many sites will ignore the group unless the control message originates from one of the known backbone admins (usually one of: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). If the group is moderated, be sure to include information about the moderator and submission addresses in your mail message so that the appropriate postings and databases can be updated. The group will likely be created at this time, but if the members of the backbone list perceive that there are serious unanswered questions about the group's creation, it may be postponed until those questions are resolved. --end quote-- The trusted sources for control messages named are Gene Spafford, Mark Horton, Rick Adams, Greg Woods, and Erik Fair, respectively.