From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
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Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups.proposals,soc.religion.shamanism
Subject: RFD: remove soc.religion.shamanism moderated (LAST CALL FOR COMMENTS)
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 01:49:30 EDT
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                       REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                       remove soc.religion.shamanism

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) to remove the moderated
newsgroup soc.religion.shamanism.


The B8MB plans to begin voting on this proposal after five days.  Please
offer any final discussion or comments before the end of this waiting
period.  Voting may take up to one week (7 days); a result will be
posted following the end of the voting period.

All discussion of this proposal should be posted to

The full group removal procedure is documented here:

RATIONALE: remove soc.religion.shamanism

As described by Doug Freyburger:

    About a year ago I asked you [Tim] to stop e-mail to the admin
    address.  There had never been a message to the admin address other
    than spam since I started receiving copies.  Instead you stopped
    posts to the group and left the admin mailing list active.  No one
    commented to the admin address and to this day there has been no
    traffic but spam to the admin address.

    If there had been one non-troll non-spammer message to the admin
    address I would have requested that you reactivate the group as that
    had been the intent behind my original request.  It has not happened
    in the last year since the group was turned off.

The current moderators have agreed that it is not worth salvaging.  We
propose to remove the group.


soc.religion.shamanism was originally created in October 1993.  In
January 2007, the moderator position was reassigned to a robo-moderator
run by Tim Skirvin, in consultation with Doug Freyburger and Kevin


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:

  news.announce.newgroups (moderated)
  news.groups.proposals (moderated)
  soc.religion.shamanism (moderated)


Tim Skirvin <>