From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Alexander Bartolich <>
Subject: Moderator Vacancy Investigation:
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2010 02:18:58 EDT
Message-ID: <i3o4o6$tl8$>

              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
2004-12-07. The last regular crosspost (approved by the moderators of was published 2005-04-26.

A probe message resulted in a bounce.
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NEWSGROUPS LINE:	Reviews of science fiction/fantasy/horror works. (Moderated)




  rec.arts.sf-reviews will be a moderated newsgroup, under shared
  moderation, whose purpose is to distribute reviews and critical 
  reviews of works of interest to the science fiction/fantasy/horror 

  "Works" includes but is not limited to:  books, short stories, 
  movies, "graphic novels," and any other publically-available media.

  "Of interest to the sf/f/h community" will be interpreted
  liberally by the sitting moderator.  The discussion period for
  the creation of this group has led to the conclusion that nonfiction 
  or other kinds of fiction by and/or about sf/f/h writers would be 
  permitted, as well as non-fiction of a sort related to one of the 
  above (e.g., speculative science books or mythographies).  

  Reviews of individual episodes or issues of continuing TV series, 
  comic books, etc., would most likely _not_ be permitted; however, 
  reviews of such series as a whole, or of large "arcs" of such
  series, would most likely be permitted.  As noted, however, this 
  would be up to the judgement of the sitting moderator, as influenced
  by the readership.

  Multiple reviews of the same work(s) will be welcome, as will
  single reviews of multiple works.  Comments on reviews will be 
  passed to the newsgroup on a _highly_ selective basis:  generally, 
  they must say something new about the work, rather than simply 
  discussing the review.  This is not intended to stifle debate 
  but to keep the content/noise ratio as high as possible.


rec.arts.sf-reviews is a moderated newsgroup which passed its vote for
creation by 342:25 as reported in news.announce.newgroups on 8 May 1991. supersedes it as per the 714:86 vote in the
rec.arts.sf reorganization results announced on 13 October 1991.


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


2010-05-20	First probe post
2010-08-09	Moderator Vacancy Investigation