From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Tim Skirvin <>
Subject: RFD: news.admin.moderation moderated
Newsgroups: news.admin.announce, news.announce.newgroups,
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 13:03:02 -0600

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                 moderated group news.admin.moderation

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
moderated Usenet newsgroup, news.admin.moderation.

NEWSGROUPS LINE: news.admin.moderation

news.admin.moderation	Moderated Usenet newsgroups. (Moderated)

RATIONALE: news.admin.moderation

Currently, newsgroup moderation is discussed primarily in meta-discussions
throughout the Big-8 hierarchies, especially in news.groups.* and*.  However, none of these newsgroups is truly
appropriate for these discussions.  A dedicated newsgroup would help
consolidate and nurture these conversations.


news.admin.moderation is a moderated newsgroup for discussion of topics
of interest to both moderators and users of moderated newsgroups.  Some
suitable topics for discussion include:

  * how to be a good/neutral/effective moderator
  * problems using moderation software
  * "moderation ethics"
  * developing appropriate moderation policies and implementations
  * methods for filling vacancies in a moderation team
  * evaluation of moderation software

Unsuitable topics include:

  * personal complaints about individual moderators
  * proposals for new moderated newsgroups, or to unmoderate existing

MODERATION POLICY: news.admin.moderation

news.admin.moderation is robot-moderated.  The robot will automatically
approve and post messages that:

  * Are not crossposted.
  * Are not excessively quoted.
  * Contain no (large) binaries, HTML, or other similar content types.
  * Are not spam, spew, or otherwise clearly inappropriate content (to be
    determined programmatically).

A current list of posting criteria will be published regularly.

Users may be blocked from posting for consistently violating the group
charter, especially in regards to the "unsuitable topics".

MODERATOR INFO: news.admin.moderation

Technical Moderator:      Tim Skirvin <>

I (Tim) am willing, but not excited, to write and run the moderation
'bot for news.admin.moderation.  Other volunteers would be welcome.

I also welcome discussion as to whether or not this group should be
moderated at all.

Article Submissions:
Administrative Contact:


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.proposals 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.proposals.
To this end, the 'Followup-To' header of this RFD has been set to this group.

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.

We urge those who would like to read or post in the proposed newsgroup
to make a comment to that effect in this thread; we ask proponents to
keep a list of such positive posts with the relevant message ID
(e.g., Barney Fife, <>).
Such lists of positive feedback for the proposal may constitute good
evidence that the group will be well-used if it is created.


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:


The proponent will also post pointers to: mailing list


Tim Skirvin <>


2007-02-22     1st RFD