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From: email@example.com (The Big-8 Management Board) Subject: Moderator Vacancy Announcement: sci.physics.plasma (LAST CALL FOR COMMENTS) Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, sci.physics.plasma, sci.physics Followup-To: news.groups Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2006 13:12:33 -0700 Moderator Vacancy Announcement (MVA) sci.physics.plasma This is a formal Moderator Vacancy Announcement (MVA), made because the previous moderator of the moderated newsgroup sci.physics.plasma has recently resigned. The goal of this process is to find a new moderator for the group; failing that, the group will either be robo-moderated or removed. PROCEDURE: As the Big-8 Management Board (B8MB) has not found anyone that is willing to moderate this newsgroup, the B8MB plans to vote on whether to robo-moderate the group for a time (i.e., posts will not be checked for scientific content or adherence to the charter). The robomoderator will not check posts for content or adherence to the charter, but will apply simple spam filters and prevent cross-posts from appearing in the group. If the Board decides not to robo-moderate the group, it will be removed. The B8MB plans to begin voting on this proposal after five days. Please offer any final discussion or comments before the end of this waiting period. Voting may take up to one week (7 days); a result will be posted following the end of the voting period. If a suitable moderator can be found before voting ends, voting may be suspended. Candidates should write the B8MB at <firstname.lastname@example.org> to present their technical and academic credentials. This is a preliminary procedure, instigated by the Big-8 Management Board. Discussion of this procedure is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to comment on this request to establish a new moderation team for this newsgroup should subscribe to news.groups and participate in the relevant threads in that newsgroup. For more information on the B8MB, please see http://www.big-8.org/ . NEWSGROUPS LINE: sci.physics.plasma sci.physics.plasma Plasma Science & Technology community exchange. (Moderated) CHARTER: sci.physics.plasma Plasmas are as rich as any other state of matter in terms of distinct processes and they encompass distinguishable scales ranging from the atomic to the galactic. Opportunities in plasma science and technology reflect this breadth in phenomena and scales; one recent list contains close to 200 subject areas and more than 90 applications areas including thin-film diamond deposition, toxic waste disposal, plasma arcs for steel processing, laser self-focusing, fusion for energy production, gas and arc lamps, cutting and welding, and semiconductor production. The Plasma Science and Technology research community seeks an increased dialogue among its multifarious constituencies. The NEWSGROUP for Plasma Science and Technology is intended as a community forum for sharing new developments and bringing researchers together for potential new collaborations. The newsgroup also provides a forum for public outreach and education. Postings from students and the general public are welcome as we all help one another in learning more about the "fourth state of matter" and its enormous range of applications. BACKGROUND: sci.physics.plasma sci.physics.plasma was initiated by Tim Eastman in July 1994. The current moderator (since July 1996) is: John W. McKelliget Dept. of Mechanical Engineering University of Massachusetts An archive of posts is available at: http://sci-phys-plasma.caeds.eng.uml.edu/ DISTRIBUTION: This document has been posted to the following newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups news.groups sci.physics sci.physics.plasma PROPONENT: Martin X. Moleski, SJ <email@example.com> (acting on behalf of the Big-8 Management Board) HISTORY: 2006-08-08 2nd MVA (LAST CALL FOR COMMENTS) 2006-07-13 First MVA posted. 2006-07-11 First draft by Marty Moleski.