From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: (Big 8 Management Board)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups.proposals
Subject: ADMIN -- Board Membership, n.a.n publication policy
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 20:12:26 EDT
Message-ID: <>

[The following is an official communication from the Big-8 Management
Board.  Please note that followups point at news.groups.proposals.]


Three members have been re-elected to the board: Lee, Moleski, Sill.

Term Expires April 1, 2009:
Mark Kramer
Helge Nareid

Term Expires Oct 1, 2009:
Kathy Morgan
Jeremy Nixon
Tim Skirvin

Term Expires Apr 1, 2010:
Thomas Lee
Marty Moleski
Dave Sill


The board had been using this text on the wiki to give an
indication of what kinds of RFDs might not be published
in n.a.n:

> Types of Proposals that are Discouraged

> The Board reserves the right to reject any proposals that it deems
> inconsistent with its mission. Such proposals include, but are not limited
> to:

>    1. Unmoderated groups primarily intended for binary content.
>    2. Groups, primarily intended for binary content, outside *.binaries.*.
>    3. Unmoderated groups that allow binary content, in addition to the text
>       content to which they are primarily devoted.
>    4. Groups that violate the naming requirements. *
>    5. Actions directly affecting groups outside the Big-8. *
>    6. Groups where posting on-topic would intrinsically be illegal in most
>       places.
>    7. Postings that are not meant as proposals.
>    8. Proposals to remove an unmoderated group outside the scope of a
>       hierarchy reorganization, unless the group is extremely low traffic.
>    9. Proposals to remove an actively moderated group without the consent
>       of the moderator.

> * - While we will not enact proposals for groups that violate the naming
> requirements, particularly non-Big-8 groups, we will be happy to suggest
> acceptable names for groups submitted to us.

That text has been replaced in its entirety by the following:

Reasons for Refusing to Publish Proposals in news.announce.newgroups

Publication of an RFD in n.a.n suggests that the Board considers the
proposal to fall within the realm of possibility and/or to be worth
consideration in news.groups.proposals. It also implies that the Board
is willing to make a formal decision on the proposal if the proponents
follow through on the steps necessary to bring the proposal to a vote.

The Board reserves the right to reject any proposals that it deems
inconsistent with its mission.

The following points indicate some of the grounds the Board might have
for refusing to publish proposals in n.a.n.

1. The Board will not publish proposals for:

    * groups outside the Big-8 hierarchy;
    * groups in which on-topic postings would constitute criminal
        activity in most parts of the world;
    * unmoderated binary groups.

2. The Board will not approve proposals for posting to
news.announce.newgroups that, in its judgment, are intended solely to
game the system or otherwise seem to be offered in bad faith. NOTE: the
Board reserves the right to include some or all of the content of such
proposals in a rejection notice published in news.announce.newgroups.

3. It is highly unlikely that the board would publish proposals for:

    * a properly named, moderated binary group under *.binaries;
    * removal of an active moderator or to removal of a moderated group
      without the consent of the moderator.