From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Alexander Bartolich <>
Subject: Moderator Vacancy Investigation:
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 21:14:16 EST
Message-ID: <hjg6t6$7e8$>

              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.


Probe posts to this group resulted in bounces.

<>: host[] said: 550 Unrouteable address (in
  reply to RCPT TO command)

NEWSGROUPS LINE:	Announcements re the Java System. (Moderated)




  This moderated, low-volume group is for Java-related announcements,

    o  new releases of software
       (compilers, development kits, browsers, etc.)
    o  new publicly accessible applets
    o  events (user group meetings, conferences, etc.)
    o  new packages or announcements of official specification changes.

  This is not a discussion group (posts that are likely to generate
  discussion should have follow-ups set to one of the other Java groups).

  Moderation policy:

  The intent of moderation is to ensure this is a low-noise group, and to
  prevent excessive advertising by any single company.  Posts announcing
  commercial products are acceptable, providing they are kept to a
  reasonable frequency.
  It is not appropriate to post binary classfiles or long source listings
  on any of these groups. Instead, the post should reference a WWW or FTP
  site (short source snippets to demonstrate a particular point or problem
  are fine).

HISTORY OF THE GROUP: is a moderated newsgroup which passed its vote for
creation by 491:38 as reported in news.announce.newgroups on 11 Jun 1996.


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


2010-01-19	Probe post
2010-01-24	Moderator Vacancy Investigation