From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Steve Bonine <>
Subject: Moderator Vacancy Investigation:  sci.physics.discrete
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:27:31 EDT
Message-ID: <>

                   moderated group sci.physics.discrete

This is a formal Moderator Vacancy Investigation (MVI), begun because 
moderated newsgroup sci.physics.discrete 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 
installation 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 

sci.physics.discrete Discrete models of fundamental physical processes. 

RATIONALE:  Probe posts to this group resulted in bounces.



sci.physics.discrete is a moderated newsgroup for discussions
related to research on discrete models of fundamental physical
processes, and the possibility that such models could represent
viable theories of physics.

Posting guidelines:

1) Posts must be related to the discussion of discrete models of
fundamental physical processes.  Posts introducing new models or
theories must be reasonably succinct, and defined well enough to be
debated on concrete terms.  Broad discussion of metaphysics and
philosophical implications of various models or theories will be
discouraged, except where such discussion has direct bearing on the
scientific merit of a specific relevant proposal.

2) Posts may be rejected if they contain personal attacks,
incitement to retribution (ie flames and obvious trolling), or
general hostility.

3) Posts may include links to websites or personal pages that
contain relevant and on-topic information about discrete models or
theories of fundamental physical processes.  Posts that are, in the
opinion of the moderator, primarily intended to solicit business,
sell a product, or further some commercial purpose, will cause the
post to be rejected.

4) Posting of binary files is prohibited, except for small binary
files included as personal signatures or electronic business cards.
Short segments of source code or quotes from papers may be posted;
however, large projects and complete papers should be archived
elsewhere, and a link to the download site included in the post.

5) Crossposting is allowed in moderation.

6) No specific models, theories, or contributors will be given
preferential treatment, nor will any serious post that adheres to
these guidelines be arbitrarily refused.


The group passed its vote on 26 February 2004 by 158:10.  It was active 
during 2004 and for a few months in 2005.

PROPONENT:  Steve Bonine <>


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 news.groups.proposals.

For more information on the MVI process, please see


17 June 2011:  Moderator Vacancy Investigation