From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
RESULT moderated group soc.religion.asatru passes 6-0-3 The Big-8 Management Board has voted to create soc.religion.asatru. There were 6 YES votes, 0 NO votes, and 3 abstentions/no-votes. Voting began on 18 May 2006, and ended on the same day. This group will be created on or about 30 May 2006. NEWSGROUPS LINE: soc.religion.asatru Following the Gods and Goddesses of Northern Europe. (Moderated) Proponent: Doug Freyburger [firstname.lastname@example.org] CHARTER: soc.religion.asatru Soc.religion.asatru is a place for people from around the world to meet and discuss topics of interest to Asatru, its rites, beliefs, and practices. Asatru is broadly defined as the ancient religion of the peoples of Northern Europe known collectively as the pan-Germanic tribes, both in its historical ancient form and its modern reconstruction. Only discussion relating to the practices of Asatru, both ancient and modern, or discussion among those practicing the religion, is allowed. Friendly guests are welcome. To reduce spam and troll postings, cross-posted messages are only allowed by prior arrangement with the moderators. Expect only cross-posted FAQ files to be approved by the moderators. Posts promoting, arguing for or bashing other religions are off topic. Readers wishing to discus these topics may do so in the appropriate newsgroups. Posts comparing Asatru with other religions are on topic. The rules of netiquette should be observed at all times. Irrelevant profanity should be avoided but is tolerated. Anonymous postings are allowed at the discretion of the moderators. Posters using consistent aliases are allowed. Since English is the standard language of the Big-8 UseNet heirarchies, use of English is encouraged but not required. Some fraction of the traffic is expected to be in ancient Old Norse (mostly quotes for use in translations), modern German, modern Icelandic, and other languages in the pan-Germanic language families. Parallel English translations are requested when possible. Character sets diverse enough to render Old Norse are not considered binary content. Use of runic fonts is allowed if accompanied by non-binary transliteration or translation. Short quotes using other alphabets like Sanskrit, Cyrillic or Greek are allowed but entire posts in other alphabets are not allowed. Do not expect the majority of readers to be able to render or read other alphabets. Non-English traffic without parallel translation are rejected by the moderators if it reaches 10% of the total posts. Any binary format other than alternate alphabets must be approved by the moderators and are usually rejected. For binary content please store on the web and include a URL. PGP signatures are allowed. The newsgroup is moderated with the following in mind. On the positive side: Is the post relevant to Asatru? Is it discussion among established Asatruar? On the negative side: Is the post abusive? Is it cross-posted? Is it spam? Posts advocating hate, racism, anti-Semitism or neo-Nazism are off topic and are rejected. On the neutral side: Posts by adherents to various opinions within Asatru are accepted even by moderators who hold other opinions. In the event that the moderators wish to add another moderator, the procedure for doing so is as follows. First, they call for volunteers on the newsgroup. Next, they winnow the volunteers by dropping any to whom strong objections are raised. They then select one or more person(s) from the remaining volunteers. The moderation policy is subject to change by the moderators. Initial moderation policy is as follows - Cross-posts are automatically rejected. New posters are put on hand moderation. Most posters are moved to automatic acceptance after a small but unspecified number of posts. Spammers are moved to automatic rejection. Users who repeatedly violate the charter whose posts are not rejected through the cross-post block are moved to automatic rejection by a unamious agreement among the moderators. The list of addresses automatically rejected is reviewed annually and expirations considered. When a post is rejected a copy of the charter is sent in response in case the poster does not understand the purpose of the group. Posters on automatic rejection may contact the moderators to appeal. A majority vote among the moderators is needed to remove a user from the automatic rejection list. END CHARTER. MODERATOR INFO: soc.religion.asatru Moderator: Doug Freyburger <email@example.com> Moderator: Dirk Bruere <firstname.lastname@example.org> Moderator: Nik Warrensson <email@example.com> Moderator: Robert Bowman <firstname.lastname@example.org> Submissions: email@example.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Since moderation software is used (initially STUMP), the list of moderators is changed to their accounts on a moderation server at the time the newsgroup is created. END MODERATOR INFO. HISTORY: 2006-05-18 Vote results posted, prepared by Tim Skirvin. 2006-05-18 Final RFD, prepared by Tim Skirvin. 2006-05-04 Revised by Tim Skirvin for formatting only. 2006-04-28 Revisions based on suggestions by Joe Bernstein. 2006-03-28 Gods and Goddesses in newsgroup line, expand weekdays to mention both Saxon and Norse names to show the pan-Germanic nature of Asatru. 2006-03-03 Rewrite taking into account comments by the Big-8 Moderation Board on news.groups. Add change history, shorten newsgroups line, present tense, more historical and placement justification, traffic justification. 2005-12-13 Initial version based on Swain Wodening's 1999 RFD. Rewritten to take into account the objections voiced at that time. Includes review by the initial moderator volunteers.