From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Jim Riley <>
Subject: RFD: remove comp.laser-printers moderated
Newsgroups: misc.industry.printing, news.announce.newgroups,
 comp.publish.prepress, comp.laser-printers, news.groups
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 14:27:08 -0600

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                       remove comp.laser-printers

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) to remove the moderated
newsgroup comp.laser-printers.

RATIONALE: remove comp.laser-printers

The group has not been active since May 1991.  Prior to that, there
were typically 10 to 30 approvals per month.  May 1991 may have been
the end of laser-lovers mailing list which was gated to the newsgroup
(an empty archive has a last update in May 1991).

Between May 1991 and July 1997 there were less than 2 dozen articles
in the Google/DejaNews archive.  Some of these may have self=approved
or unapproved articles that made it into the archive.

While the topic of the group may be suitable for an unmoderated
newsgroup, the current group is poorly named, creating an orphan
sub-hierarchy.  Possible names are comp.periphs.laser-printers or
comp.periphs.printers.lasers.  It should be noted that there is no


The Arpanet mailing list laser-lovers was gated to fa.laser-lovers in
November 1983.  In November 1985, the gateway was changed to the
newsgroup mod.computers.laser-printers.  In April 1987, that group was
renamed to comp.laser-printers as part of the Great Renaming.

Activity on comp.laser-printers and its two predecessors averaged from
10 to 30 articles from November 1983 to May 1991.  In 1991, regular
approvals stopped, which may have also marked the demise of the
laser-lovers mailing list.  There may have been a few (less than 20
approvals after that time).


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.proposals and participate in the relevant threads 
in that newsgroup.

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

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

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.proposals as well.


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:



Jim Riley <>


2006-11-28     1st RFD