From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From:	 	Stewart Pickell
Date:		Fri, Oct 27 2006 1:58 pm
Email: 		Stewart Pickell <>
Groups: 		news.announce.newgroups, news.groups,,
Followup-To:		news.groups

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                  unmoderated group

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

NEWSGROUPS LINE:      Family and survivors recovering from strokes


It is estimated that nearly 1/4 of men and 1/5 women will suffer a stroke
between the ages of 45 and 85.  Nearly 5.3 million people will die from
a stroke this year, and over 9 million people will suffer a stroke and
survive; and based on current growth, there will be a 30% increase in the
number of stroke victims worldwide (per capita) between 1983 and 2023.

With the ever increasing frequency of strokes there seems to be a need
for this type of newsgroup now. This so persons stuck down with this
debilitating disease can get the support they and their families need at
a critical time in their lives, and where best to get this but from other
stroke survivors and their families?

There are a number of organizations involved with the management of
stroke, but there is not currently a stroke-specific Usenet newsgroup
where a stroke survivor can interact with other stroke survivors around
the world.  As the problem continues to grow, such a newsgroup may be able
to help stroke survivors and their families support each other, beyond
just the medical aspects of the disease.

CHARTER: is a unmoderated newsgroup where stroke survivors,
their relatives, friends, caregivers, and professionals in the field can
share experiences and exchange ideas on how to cope with the effects of
stroke.  The users of the group will do their own policing.

The following are not allowed:

  - Personal advertisements
  - Commercial advertisements and money-making schemes
  - Chain letters
  - HTML
  - Threats and/or advocation of violence
  - Binaries, except PGP signatures, X-Face headers, and other
    ancillary meta-data
  - Personal attacks


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:



Stewart Pickell <>

Co-Proponent: Gunter Wenzel <>


2006-10-26     2nd RFD
2006-10-20     1st RFD