From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: (The Big-8 Management Board)
Subject: 2nd RFD: remove comp.infosystems.announce moderated (LAST CALL FOR COMMENTS)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, comp.infosystems.announce,
 comp.infosystems.gopher, news.admin.announce
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2006 11:51:53 -0700

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                    remove comp.infosystems.announce

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) to remove the moderated
newsgroup comp.infosystems.announce.


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.

All discussion of this proposal should be posted to news.groups.

The full (draft) group removal procedure is documented here:


No comments were received.

RATIONALE: remove comp.infosystems.announce

The last approved message was in January 1995.  See History for details.

This group may be a candidate for revival with a new moderator.  If there is a
new moderator, the group should avoid announcements about the WWW, and
concentrate on lesser known services such as Gopher, FTP, WAIS, and NNTP.  That
the group and its moderator were swamped by WWW site anouncements may have led
to its demise.


The newsgroup comp.infosystems.announce was created in January 1994.  It was
originally proposed as comp.infosystems.gopher.announce, but was changed to a
more general scope as a result of discussion.

In practice, a large portion of its content of roughly 50 to 100 articles per
month were announcements of various websites.

During the latter part of its only year of activity,
comp.infosystems.www.announce was proposed.  Part of the rationale for the new
group was that the moderator of comp.infosystem.announce was not making timely
approvals; and this was resulting in people posting website announcements to the
unmoderated comp.infosystems.www.* groups.  An article was also posted urging
people to vote for the new groups, along with a claim that the moderator of
comp.infosystems.announce had been asked to participate, but had not responded.

One week after the first articles in comp.infosystems.www.announce were posted,
comp.infosystems.announce posted its last article.


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:


The proponent will also post pointers to:



The newsgroup line is:

comp.infosystems.announce	Announcements of internet information services.

The charter for the group (from the Results posting) is:

comp.infosystems.announce is a moderated news group for announcements of
internet information tools and services.  Announcements may be of the release of
new software packages or of new services such as new and updated servers for
Gopher, WWW, WAIS and similar information systems.  It is planned to establish
archive servers for this newsgroup.


Jim Riley <>


2006-10-05     2nd RFD/LCC
2006-09-21     1st RFD