From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Steve Bonine <>
Subject: RFD: moderation policy change, news.groups.proposals
Newsgroups: news.admin.announce, news.announce.newgroups, news.groups,
 news.groups.proposals, news.admin.hierarchies
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 14:57:35 -0500

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                 moderated group news.groups.proposals

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for a change in the
moderation policy of the Usenet newsgroup, news.groups.proposals.


The newsgroup news.groups.proposals was created 18 Nov 2006.  The
moderation policy includes the provision that "All substantive
modifications to the moderation policy will go through an RFD/LCC process
before implementation."

The purpose of this RFD is to change the moderation policy to allow
discussion of proposed groups before an official RFD is published.


The current charter reads:

  Discussions should pertain to specific active proposals to create,
  remove, or modify newsgroups in the Big-8 newsgroup hierarchies
  (comp, humanities, misc, news, rec, sci, soc, and talk).
The change proposed in this RFD is to remove the words "specific active"
from the above text.  No other changes are requested.


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:



Steve Bonine <>

Co-Proponent: news.groups.proposals Moderation Team <>


2007-03-15      1st RFD