From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: The Big-8 Management Board <>
Subject: 2nd RFD: remove soc.religion.gnosis moderated (LAST CALL FOR COMMENTS)
Newsgroups: soc.religion.gnosis, alt.religion.gnostic,
 news.announce.newgroups, talk.religion.misc, news.groups.proposals
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 09:40:21 -0500

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                       remove soc.religion.gnosis

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) to remove the moderated
newsgroup soc.religion.gnosis.


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.proposals.

The full group removal procedure is documented here:


No comments were received.

RATIONALE: remove soc.religion.gnosis

The last approval was in December 2000.  Approvals in 2000 were often

Possible actions include:

(1) Revive the group with a new moderator.

(2) Convert the group to an unmoderated status.

(3) Remove the group.

There is an equivalent unmoderated newsgroup (alt.religion.gnostic),
so an unmoderated soc.religion.gnosis may be redundant.


The newsgroup soc.religion.gnosis was created in July 1994.  An
earlier creation effort in November 1993 had narrowly missed the
required +100 plurality (151:56).  It approvals until December 2000.
Traffic was often relatively light, with around 5 articles per week.


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:


The proponent will also post pointers to: (moderated)
  soc.religion.shamanism (moderated)


The newsgroup line is:

|soc.religion.gnosis	Gnosis, marifat, jnana & direct sacred experience.

The charter (from a periodic posting to the newsgroup):

The purpose of 'soc.religion.gnosis' is to provide a place for
the serious discussion and exchange of questions, ideas, experience,
views, and information about of the historical and contemporary
trends, techniques. practice and development of gnosis and
gnosticism, its related literature, and corresponding concepts
such as satvika-jnana (Sanskrit), Ma'rifat (Arabic), and certain
associated aspects of mystical ecstasy. Gnosis is the direct
experience or 'knowledge' of the fullness of the Divine Being.  It
focuses on the illumination of the spirit by the realms beyond the
physical and psychic levels. Everyone is invited to take part in
this discussion.


Jim Riley <>


2007-06-09     1st RFD
2007-06-28     2nd RFD (Last Call for Comments)