From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: James Norris <>
Subject: RFD: talk.cia moderated
Newsgroups: comp.speech.research, comp.dsp, news.announce.newgroups,
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 10:58:40 -0500

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                        moderated group talk.cia

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
moderated Usenet newsgroup, talk.cia.


talk.cia	Cochlear Implant Awareness. (Moderated)

RATIONALE: talk.cia

There are at present no other usenet groups which cover the intended
topics of discussion.  Modern technology has reached a stage where
Cochlear Implants may soon enable deafness to be cured.  It is possible
that implantees will soon be able to construct and communicate information
amongst themselves, in the form of datafiles in CI format.  The intention
of the talk.cia group is to promote that exchange of information.  The
data files can be hosted by the moderator, or by other shared file storage
hosts.  It is conceivable that implantees will construct CI datafiles which
only they can understand, that is, a program which converts CI format
sound into standard digitized audio is not necessarily possible.


Hardly any proper traffic for a couple of years until the interested
parties have done more work.  The cia acronym will obviously attract a
certain amount of 'irrelevant' postings, which is why the group must be


talk.cia is a moderated group for the discussion of CI sound datafiles
as currently used in implants for the profoundly deaf.

The main aim is to improve awareness of the issues to the extent that
the potential of cochlear implant technology as a routine cure for
partial deafness can be understood.

A subsidiary aim is to enable the exchange of CI data files amongst
implantees, as an experimental form of 'voice-mail' for deaf cochlear
implantees.  To this intent, arrangements for hosting and uploading/
downloading the CI data binaries are to be organised by participating
group members.

Posters are expected to abide by normal Usenet standards of decorum,
and to ignore articles intended to disrupt the group.  The usual
suspects are prohibited (spam, direct advertising, etc.)


In general, to provide a pleasant experience for the users, this will
be flexible as necessary, allowing for more moderators and changes in
policy to cope with demand.


Moderator:                James Norris <>

Technical details about moderation:  I am intending to use the private
Google newsgroup, to which only the talk.cia
moderators will have access, as the submission address for the
postings to be moderated, and for the group archives.  The accepted
posts are to be sent to the receiving talk.cia Usenet newsgroup from
the Google newsgroup,  when the moderators OK them.

Article Submissions:
Administrative Contact:   TBD


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:



James Norris <>


2006-07-09     1st RFD