From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: (The Big-8 Management Board)
Subject: soc.religion.shamanism - Moderator Vacancy Investigation (MVI)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, soc.religion.shamanism
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 09:40:39 -0700

                   Moderator Vacancy Investigation (MVI)

This is a formal Moderator Vacancy Investigation (MVI), begun because the
moderated newsgroup soc.religion.shamanism is not functioning, and may
have been abandoned by its moderator.  This investigation will attempt to
verify the reasons for non-function, and may result in the removal of the
group, the unmoderation of the group, or the selection and installation of
a new moderator.

Unless the current moderator appears and expresses an interest in
continuing, the presumption of this investigation is that a problem
exists, and that a change is needed.  The MVI procedure is initiated only
when such a presumption exists, formed due to both absence of postings in
the group and either absence of response from the moderator or an explicit
statement that the group is abandoned or should be removed.


This is a preliminary procedure, instigated by the Big-8 Management Board
and the Dead Groups Task Force.  Discussion of this procedure is strongly

If you are the moderator of this group, please respond to this message
as soon as possible.  If the current moderator responds and re-asserts
control of the newsgroup, the investigation may be either halted entirely,
or shifted to discussion of any technical problems which may have
adversely affected the functioning of the group.

If the current moderator does not respond within 21 days, the Board will
assume that the position is vacant; at that point, the Board may choose to
either appoint a new moderator, unmoderate the group, or remove the group

To discuss the issues affecting the group, to propose a new moderator, or
to provide information regarding the current moderator, please respond to
this thread in the news.groups newsgroup.  If you are interested in the
continued existence of this newsgroup, please also indicate that interest
in the news.groups newsgroup.  If you would like to volunteer to moderate
this newsgroup, please post your credentials in response to this message.


The Dead Groups Task Force suggests soc.religion.shamanism as a group that
should either get a new moderator or be removed.



You may post pointers to this investigation announcement to other
interested newsgroups.  However, all discussion should appear in


2006-06-27   Formatting slightly modified by Tim Skirvin.
2006-06-20   MVI prepared by Vito Kuhn of the Dead Groups Task Force.