From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Alexander Bartolich <>
Subject: Moderator Vacancy Investigation:
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2010 02:17:25 EDT
Message-ID: <i3o4ng$tk8$>

              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.


According to Google's archive the last regular post was approved on
2006-12-05. A probe message showed no result.

NEWSGROUPS LINE:	Book reviews. (Moderated)




The purpose of this group is to carry reviews of books.  A review
consists of commentary on a book by someone who has read the book
designed to help those who have not read it make an informed decision
as to whether or not to do so.  

This newsgroup will be a moderated group.

The following materials will appear in the group:

    - Reviews of written works
    - Descriptions of reviewer philosophy or background

The following are not appropriate for the group:
    - Discussion of books
    - Announcements of book availability
    - Advertisements and promotional materials
    - Requests that a particular book be reviewed

Reviewers who have a financial interest in the books they review
should state this fact in their reviews.


The moderator will be Steve Brock <>.
The backup moderator will be Danny Yee <>.

The submissions address is  There is no
special contact address.  

Moderation policy:

The function of moderation is to ensure that only reviews and related
materials appear in the group.  

    - Reviews must contain some details.  For example, "XXX is a great
      book!" is not a review.

    - Posts will never be rejected on the basis of relevant content,
      but the moderator would reject (for example) a post that
      pretended to be a book review of _Lord of the Rings_ but was
      actually an excuse for an anti-Armenian diatribe.

    - A review MUST clearly indicate the title, author and publisher
      of the book.  A book review SHOULD contain the length,
      publication date, ISBN, price, and subject or keywords.  The
      more bibliographic data the better.  No specific format will be
      required for this data, though some format may be encouraged. 

    - Posters should crosspost reviews into rec.arts.books and other
      relevant groups.  Followups should be directed to the
      appropriate group(s) (rec.arts.books if nowhere else is
      suitable).  The moderator may modify the Followup-To: header if
      necessary, perhaps after consultation with the author.

    - Reviews by people with vested interests will be permitted
      provided that they are substantive and that reviewers make
      explicit any financial connection they have with the subject of
      their review.  

HISTORY OF THE GROUP: is a moderated newsgroup which passed its vote for
creation by 286:6 as reported in news.announce.newgroups on 1 Nov 1994.


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


2010-04-05	First probe post
2010-08-09	Moderator Vacancy Investigation