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From: email@example.com (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: <1ip9q3m.noms1s1pblnb6Nfirstname.lastname@example.org> [The following is an official communication from the Big-8 Management Board. Please note that followups point at news.groups.proposals.] 1. BOARD MEMBERSHIP 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 2. REVISION OF POLICY STATEMENT FOR n.a.n The board had been using this text on the wiki to give an indication of what kinds of RFDs might not be published in n.a.n: http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:discouraged&rev=12229 10680 > 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: http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:discouraged 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.