From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Jim Riley <>
Subject: RFD: remove news.announce.conferences moderated
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, news.announce.conferences,
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:22:50 -0800

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                    remove news.announce.conferences

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

RATIONALE: remove news.announce.conferences

There have been no messages approved by the moderator of the newsgroup
since May 1997.  However, since that time, there have been articles
cross-posted to other moderated newsgroups, which were approved by the
moderators of those other newsgroups.  In addition, there have been
occasional self-approved articles.  In recent years, over 95% of the
articles in the group have been approved by the moderator of

Because of the apparent continued interest in posting to the
newsgroup, it may be worthwhile to assign a new moderator to the
newsgroup.  It should be noted that the previous moderator not only
approved articles, but maintained a searchable archive of postings on
a web page.  This may be particularly useful for this group, given
that conference and CFP announcements are made several months before
the event or submission deadline will occur.


The newsgroup mod.conferences was created in June 1986.  In April 1987
it was renamed to news.announce.conferences as part of the Great
Renaming.  Traffic built steadily to around 150 articles per month,
until an interruption occured in October 1996.  After a short renewal
in April 1997, there have apparently been no approvals since May 1997.

Since 1997 there have been some cross-posted articles approved by
moderators of other newsgroups, as well as some self approvals.  The
number of approvals over the past decade is less than in the first 10
months of 1996, prior to the first interruption in moderation.


The full group removal procedure is documented here:

Those who wish to comment on this request to remove this newsgroup should
subscribe to news.groups and participate in the relevant threads in that

To this end, the followup header of this RFD has been set to news.groups.

All discussion of active proposals should be posted to news.groups.

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:



Jim Riley <>


2006-11-08     1st RFD