From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: The Big-8 Management Board <>
Subject: RESULT: news.groups.policy will not be created
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups.proposals
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 15:27:52 -0600

                 news.groups.policy will not be created

Following a period for comments begun with the Last Calls for Comments
posted on 25 Oct 2007, the Big-8 Management Board has decided by consensus
to NOT create the newsgroup news.groups.policy.

During discussion, the Board observed no groundswell of support for this
proposal.  And while there is no one reason that this proposal is
unacceptable, there is nobody on this Board that actively supports the
proposal.  As such, it is a non-starter, according to a consensus of the

NEWSGROUPS LINE: news.groups.policy

news.groups.policy	Discussion of Big 8 newsgroup policy.


The unmoderated newsgroup news.groups.policy is used for the
unoderated discussion and development of policy proposals regarding
the Big-8 newsgroups.  Related topics, such as the history of the
Big-8 and Usenet, traffic statistics, the viability of newsgroups vs.
alternatives, etc. may also may be discussed if they are related to
actual or potential policy proposals.

Note, it is understood that in some cases, policy proposals may
include provisions that would create or otherwise modify newsgroups.
This RFD is an example of a proposal that is primarily about policy,
though it would create a newsgroup to effect that policy.

Policy discussion may include formal proposals that would change the
policy and procedures of management of the Big 8 hierarchies.  To that
end, discussion of formal policy proposals should occur in
news.groups.policy.  However, to maintain maximum flexibility, the
proponent of a formal policy proposal may, with the consent of the
moderators of news.announce.newgroups and news.groups.proposals,
direct that discussion of his proposal occur in the moderated
news.groups.proposals rather than the unmoderated news.groups.policy.

Similarly, the moderators of news.groups.proposals may continue to
approve discussion of informal proposals with policy implications.

In general, the moderators of news.groups.proposals should discourage
cross-posting of discussion between news.groups.proposals and


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:

  news.announce.newgroups (moderated)
  news.groups.proposals (moderated)


Jim Riley <>


2007-10-10     1st RFD
2007-10-17     2nd RFD
2007-10-25     3rd RFD/LCC
2007-11-05     Results (fails)