From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Alexander Bartolich <>
Subject: Moderator Vacancy Investigation:
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2009 20:48:17 EST
Message-ID: <hesghe$mr7$>

              moderated group

This is a formal Moderator Vacancy Investigation (MVI), begun because
moderated newsgroup is not functioning,
and may have been abandoned by its moderator(s).

This investigation will attempt to verify the reasons for non-function,
and may result in the removal of the group or the selection and instal-
lation of a new moderator.  In practice, the Big-8 Management Board
considers the third alternative--changing the status of the group from
moderated to unmoderated--as likely to cause more harm than good.


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NEWSGROUPS LINE:	Arabic script software. (Moderated)




Discussion on will cover all aspects of Arabic
script software: available products, products in development,
proposals for Arabic script software, announcements, technologies,
commercialization, standards, etc.

The newsgroup will be gateway-ed to a moderated mailing list and
searchable archives will be made available through the web.

Moderation policies:
Moderation will be minimally intrusive and maximally automated.
The goal will be to restrict the discussion to the topic of the
newsgroup and to keep that discussion within the bounds of civility
and courtesy.  Moderators will seek group consensus in implementing
this moderation.  Binary postings will not be accepted.
Advertising of software packages is allowed provided
  - it is limited to one-time announcements of availability
  - informative, and
  - the advertised product falls within the scope of the charter.

HISTORY OF THE GROUP: is a moderated newsgroup which passed its vote for
creation by 146:14 as reported in news.announce.newgroups on 13 Apr 1998.


Alexander Bartolich <>


Those who wish to comment on this moderator vacancy investigation should
subscribe to news.groups.proposals and participate in the relevant
threads in that newsgroup.  

To this end, the followup header of this MVI has been set to 

For more information on the MVI process, please see


2009-10-29	Probe post bounced
2009-11-29	Moderator Vacancy Investigation