From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
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Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 11:52:13 -0800

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)

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


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 group creation procedure is documented here:

NEWSGROUPS LINE:	Family and survivors recovering from strokes.


The idea of a stroke support group has been genreally positively received.
The discussion started with an attempt to start a can.* newsgroup.  After a
large amount of discussion someone mentioned the newsgroup should be an
alt.* group. A lively discussion ensued after the mention that perhaps the
newsgroup should be placed in the hierarchy.  The proposed name
was and the discussion then centered around whether it
would be a troll magnet or not. After some deliberation, and co-operation
we settled on

There were some nasayers through the whole process, but after some intensive
discussion they for the most part seemed to be fine with the proposed
newsgroup. There was from that time, constant critiquing of the RFD. After
many changes and compromises to the wording of the RFD, and a little
gentle nudging in the right direction by our mentor.  This consensus
is being written concerning, with a pending LCC looming,
and soon a vote on its creation will take place.


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 is 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 an 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.  This would include discussions such as "what are the signs of
stroke", "what causes a stroke", "what drugs could potentially prevent
stroke", discussion of current stroke research, and "stroke prevention
through lifestyle change".  Posters are expected to abide by normal Usenet
standards of decorum - for example, bottom posting will be the norm, and
lurking for a while before posting is adviseable - and to refrain from
sending articles intended to disrupt the group.

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


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:



Stewart Pickell <>


2006-11-07     4th RFD/LCC
2006-10-31     3rd RFD
2006-10-26     2nd RFD
2006-10-20     1st RFD