From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: The Big-8 Management Board <>
Subject: RESULT: comp.laser-printers will be removed
Newsgroups: misc.industry.printing, news.announce.newgroups,
 comp.laser-printers, news.groups.proposals, comp.periphs.printers
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 12:39:00 -0600

                  comp.laser-printers will be removed

The Last Cal for Comments on 11 Jan 2006 initiated a five-day period for
final comments.  Following this comment period, the Big-8 Management Board
has decided by a vote to remove the newsgroup comp.laser-printers.

The vote was 9 in favor, 0 opposed, and 1 explicit abstention.

This group will be removed on 25 Jan 2007.

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.  There exists an unmoderated comp.periphs.printers
(converted from Inet in 2002) which can be used for discussion of
laser printers.

Laser printers may also be discussed in groups such as the moderated
misc.industry.printing (currently inactive) and the unmoderated


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).


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Jim Riley <>


2007-01-18     Results (Passes)
2007-01-11     2nd RFD (Last Call for Comments)
2006-12-04     1st RFD (revised)
2006-11-28     1st RFD