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From: "Proponents for soc.men.moderated" <email@example.com> Subject: RFD: soc.men.moderated moderated Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, soc.men Followup-To: news.groups Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 12:04:40 -0700 REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD) moderated group soc.men.moderated This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the moderated Usenet newsgroup, soc.men.moderated. Newsgroup line: soc.men.moderated General issues of interest to men (Moderated) RATIONALE: soc.men.moderated The Big-8 group soc.men displayed continuous growth from 1995 to 2002. At this time it was a healthy group with a growing diversity among its readership. As the diversity of posters increased, so did the conflict among those participants. The current state of soc.men is a high- noise, high-traffic group that is very difficult for newcomers (especially if they are new to Usenet as well) to navigate. In the interest of fostering discussion and attracting and accommodating a growing number of participants, we are proposing to create a moderated group parallel to soc.men. Limiting crossposts to soc.men.moderated will help to ensure that the newsgroup's signal-to-noise ratio stays at an acceptable level. A less noisy environment will encourage more new people to participate in the new moderated group, while the freedoms of soc.men will remain intact for those who prefer the openness of an unmoderated group. CHARTER: soc.men.moderated The newsgroup soc.men.moderated 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, education, and more. This newsgroup is moderated. Posts must be in plain text only. The following are prohibited: * Personal advertisements. * Commercial advertisements and money-making schemes. * Chain letters. * Posts in HTML. * EMP spam. * Copyright violations. * Forgery of valid e-mail addresses. * Unauthorized approval headers. * Excessive morphing/nym-shifting. * Posts advocating violence or containing physical threats. * Binaries, apart from PGP signatures, X-Face headers, and other ancillary article meta-data. END CHARTER. ** NOTE ** In the next version of this RFD, the charter is expected to contain more specific information about other important issues, such as moderation policies and crossposting limits. MODERATOR INFO: soc.men.moderated One or more moderators will be will be responsible for moderating soc.men.moderated. See separate announcement for procedural details. ** NOTE ** None of the proponents are proposing themselves as potential moderators at this time. Mechanics of moderation will be chosen to support the moderation policies once they are determined. END MODERATOR INFO. PROCEDURE: Those who wish to influence the development of this RFD and its final resolution should subscribe to news.groups 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. To this end, the followup header of this RFD has been set to news.groups. 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 as well. For more information on the newsgroup creation process, please see: http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:creation DISTRIBUTION: This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups news.groups soc.men PROPONENTS: Proponents for soc.men.moderated <firstname.lastname@example.org> Co-Proponent: Bret Schaffer <email@example.com> Co-Proponent: Dante Soch <firstname.lastname@example.org> Co-Proponent: Jayne Kulikauskas <email@example.com> Co-Proponent: V. Cordero <firstname.lastname@example.org> HISTORY: 2006-06-05 Submitted by Proponents for soc.men.moderated.