From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Proponents for <>
Subject: 2nd RFD: moderated
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups,
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 10:02:58 -0700

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                   moderated group

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
moderated Usenet newsgroup,

NEWSGROUPS LINE:	Men's issues and interests (Moderated) (Moderated)


The current state of is a high-noise, high-traffic group that
is very difficult for newcomers (especially if they are new to Usenet
as well) to navigate. Much of the noise comes from inappropriate

In the interest of fostering discussion and attracting and
accommodating a growing number of participants, we are proposing to
create a moderated group for general men's issues, parallel to
Eliminating crossposts to 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 will remain
intact for those who prefer the openness of an unmoderated group.


The newsgroup 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, responsibilities, education, sports, and more.

In general, crossposting to is prohibited.
Infrequent administrative crossposts may occasionally be allowed at the
sole discretion of the moderator.

Appropriate topics for discussion might include (but aren't limited to):

  * Men's medical issues.
  * Education of men and boys.
  * Men's fitness.
  * The roles, rights and responsibilities of fathers.
  * Perceptions of men in the media.
  * Men's roles in dating and marriage.
  * Divorce and child custody issues.
  * The roles of nature and nurture in gender differences.
  * Gender discrepancies in law and society.
  * All aspects of professional and amateur sports in which men

This newsgroup is moderated.

The following are prohibited and could lead to banning of the poster
and/or having such prohibited posts cancelled by the moderator:

  * Personal advertisements.
  * Commercial advertisements and money-making schemes.
  * Chain letters.
  * Posts in HTML.
  * EMP spam.
  * Copyright violations.
  * Personally identifying information (residential addresses, telephone
    numbers, government/vehicle identification numbers, etc.) that
    is associated with anyone other than the poster.
  * Forgery of valid e-mail addresses.
  * Unauthorized approval headers.
  * Excessive morphing/nym-shifting.
  * Posts advocating violence or containing physical threats.
  * Content advocating acts which would intrinsically be illegal in most
  * Binaries, apart from PGP signatures, X-Face headers, and other
    ancillary article meta-data.

Pointers to news articles, blogs, etc. on this topic are welcome but
are required to comply with fair use standards.

Gender-based, race-based, or sexual-orientation-based bashing is
unwelcome and strongly discouraged.


The moderation software may (now or possibly in the future) enforce the
following policies:

  * Postings must be in plain text. In particular no HTML or mixed text
    and HTML posts will be allowed.

  * Postings should be formatted within 80 characters in width (limiting
    your lines to 72 characters is recommended), and also should not
    exhibit the long/short/long/short/etc misformatting that some posting
    agents can produce when misconfigured.

  * No binary postings of any sort will be accepted. Exceptions will be
    made for cryptographic signatures and such. S/MIME signatures are
    usually far too bulky and will probably not be accepted.

  * Crossposting is generally not allowed.  Infrequent administrative
    crossposts may occasionally be allowed at the sole discretion of the

  * Mail address blacklisting and whitelisting may be implemented as
    deemed necessary by the moderator.In addition a number of anti-spam
    filters are in place, and will be expanded as needed.

Posting with a non-replyable/munged address is discouraged. Posters who
feel that they must use a munged address are encouraged to append
".invalid" to the end of the email address, to indicate that the
address is not deliverable.

The moderator may take any action required to prevent his own legal

Robomoderation - the robomoderation software (robomod) enforces various
anti-spam and text formatting requirements. Note that in order to receive
rejection notices or other information from robomod it must have a valid
email address for you.


Moderator:                Mark Borgenson <>
Technical Moderator:      Graham Drabble <>
Backup Moderator:         ??? #1 <no address>
Backup Moderator:         ??? #2 <no address>
Backup Moderator:         ??? #3 <no address>

Article Submissions:
Administrative Contact:

NOTE - Volunteers for backup moderators are being presently being solicited
by the proponents



For more information on the newsgroup creation process, please see:

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

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.


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:



Proponents for <>


2006-07-27     2nd RFD submitted
2006-06-05     1st RFD submitted