From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Tomas O hEilidhe <>
Subject: RFD: comp.lang.c++.cross-platform
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, comp.lang.c++, news.groups.proposals
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2007 12:56:18 -0600

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
             unmoderated group comp.lang.c++.cross-platform

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
unmoderated Usenet newsgroup, comp.lang.c++.cross-platform.

NEWSGROUPS LINE: comp.lang.c++.cross-platform

comp.lang.c++.cross-platform	Cross-platform libraries and programming in C++

RATIONALE: comp.lang.c++.cross-platform

There is already a newsgroup called "comp.lang.c++", but its discussion
is restricted to elements of the C++ Standard (e.g. how the language
works, and how you work with the language's standard libraries). More
higher-level discussions such as working with wireless internet or
interfacing with a scanner via USB are quite out of place there, so a
group such as comp.lang.c++.cross-platform would be quite convenient.

The purpose of the newsgroup would be for people to discuss and inquire
about cross-platform C++ libraries, and also about cross-platform C++
programming techniques in general.


Regularly, there does be postings to comp.lang.c++ asking what's the
best cross-platform library to use for things like User Graphical
Interfaces. Also, you get people asking how to interface with a COM
port, or how to eject a CD drive using code. Such posts are deemed by
the majority at comp.lang.c++ to be off-topic because the C++ Standard
does not deal with such things as COM ports and CD drives. These
inquiries would find a much warmer home at comp.lang.c++.cross-platform.


comp.lang.c++.cross-platform is an unmoderated newsgroup which will
serve as a forum for discussing cross-platform C++ libraries and
cross-platform C++ programming techniques. Topics that may be discussed

        - Inquiries as to whether a particular library exists, or a list
                    of suitable libraries for a given task.

        - Discussions of whether a particular library is any good, or if
                    it should be avoided in favour of a different library.

        - Cross-platform programming techniques in general.

        - Particular libraries, how to work with them and how they
                    work internally.


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:

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


Tomas O hEilidhe <>


2007-12-05     1st RFD