Nan:2014-05-03-rfd-soc.men.moderated

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From: board@big-8.org (Big 8 Management Board)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups.proposals,soc.men.moderated,soc.men
Subject: 3rd RFD soc.men.moderated moderated (remove) - LAST CALL FOR COMMENTS
Followup-To: news.groups.proposals
Date: Sat, 3 May 2014 17:20:21 EDT
Message-ID: <1ll2f32.tjhict1ug25hcN%board@big-8.org>

                    3rd REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
 moderated group soc.men.moderated (remove) LAST CALL FOR COMMENTS

This is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) to remove the moderated
newsgroup soc.men.moderated.

PROCEDURE:

The B8MB plans to begin voting on this proposal after five days.  Please
offer any final discussion or comments before the end of this waiting
period.  Voting may take up to one week (7 days); a result will be
posted following the end of the voting period.

All discussion of this proposal should be posted to
news.groups.proposals.

For more information on the newsgroup removal process, please see
http://www.big-8.org/articles/p/r/o/Procedure_to_remove_newsgroups.html

NEWSGROUPS LINE:
soc.men.moderated       Men's interests, roles, rights, relationships,
etc. (Moderated)

RATIONALE:
Probe posts to this group do not result in bounces.

However, the last article approved by the moderators (i.e., not a
forgery) appeared in early 2008.  Recent attempts to contact some of the
moderators at their last known personal e-mail addresses resulted in
replies from Graham Drabble and Mark Borgerson confirming that the
newsgroup and the moderation team are inactive.

DISCUSSION SO FAR:

Turin Turambar posted to news.groups.proposals on March 19th, 2014 in
article <lgb4pl$14r$1@dont-email.me> expressing interesting in retention
of the newsgroup and in assuming the role of moderator.  After
consideration of the questions and suggestions posted by the proponent
the same day in followup article <532a35e2$0$22482$740e82cd@novia.net>,
Turin Turambar withdrew his interest in becoming moderator on March 20,
2014 in followup article <lgdsmf$rj9$1@dont-email.me>.

No one has followed up to rebut the basic finding of fact of the
Moderator Vacancy Investigation that the soc.men.moderated newsgroup has
been dead for several years and is unlikely to be resurrected by the
original moderation team.  No other volunteers have stepped forward to
take over moderation of the soc.men.moderated newsgroup.

DISTRIBUTION:
news.announce.newgroups
news.groups.proposals
soc.men.moderated
soc.men

CHARTER:

The newsgroup soc.men.moderated is for discussion of various men's
issues.  This charter is meant to encompass a wide variety of topics,
including but not limited to: men's health, fitness, relationships,
rights, responsibilities, education, sports, and more. Posters are
expected to maintain a basic tone of civility.

In general, crossposting to soc.men.moderated is prohibited.  Infrequent
administrative crossposts (eg. RFDs, FAQs) may occasionally be allowed
at the sole discretion of the moderators.

Appropriate topics for discussion might include (but are not limited
to):

  * Men's medical issues.
  * Education of men and boys.
  * Men's fitness.
  * The roles, rights and responsibilities of fathers.
  * Perceptions of men in the media.
  * Men's roles in dating and marriage.
  * Divorce and child custody issues.
  * The roles of nature and nurture in sex differences.
  * Gender discrepancies in law and society.
  * All aspects of professional and amateur sports in which men
    participate.

This newsgroup is moderated.

The following are prohibited and could lead to having such prohibited
posts rejected by the moderator and/or banning of the poster:

  * Personal advertisements.
  * Commercial advertisements and money-making schemes.
  * Chain letters.
  * Posts in HTML.
  * EMP spam.
  * Binaries, apart from PGP signatures, X-Face headers, and other
    ancillary article meta-data.
  * Personally identifying information (residential addresses, telephone
    numbers, government/vehicle identification numbers, etc.) that
    is associated with anyone other than the poster.
  * Forgery of valid e-mail addresses.
  * Unauthorized approval headers.
  * Excessive morphing/nym-shifting.
  * Posts advocating violence or containing physical threats.
  * Content advocating acts which would intrinsically be illegal in
    most places, with the exception of legitimate civil disobedience.
  * Insulting or making personal attacks on another poster of the
    newsgroup.
  * Gender-based, race-based, or sexual-orientation-based bashing of
    groups and/or individuals.
  * Copyright violations.  Pointers to news articles, blogs, etc. on
    this topic are welcome but are required to comply with fair use
    standards.

The moderators reserve the right to edit or reject submissions as they
deem necessary to minimize their legal liability.

HISTORY OF THE GROUP:  

The Last Call for Comments (LCC) on 18 Aug 2006 initiated a five-day
period for final comments.  Following this comment period, the Big-8
Management Board decided by a vote to create the moderated group
soc.men.moderated, as announced in article <1156622780.16269@isc.org>
posted on 30 Aug 2006.

The vote was 4 in favor, 0 opposed, 2 abstain.  2 members did not vote.

This group was created on 30 Aug 2006.  It had modest article posting
activity until about January of 2008, after which no further articles
appeared.

PROPONENT:  Paul W. Schleck <pschleck@novia.net>

CHANGE HISTORY:

18 March 2014:  Moderator Vacancy Investigation
 1 April 2014:  RFD (remove)
15 April 2014:  2nd RFD (remove)
3 May 2014:      LCC