From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: (Tim Skirvin)
Subject: [B8MB] State of Affairs - Proposals, Vice-Chair, Advisory Council
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 13:13:38 -0500

        It's about time for me to give a run-down of what's been going on
on the Board list lately.  So here we go:

Proposal Status

  At the present time we are accepting proposals for new groups, with the
  understanding that the creation process may be revised as a result of
  what we learn by discussing the proposals.  We regret any frustration
  that this may cause proponents and ask them to please bear with us as we
  shake the bugs out of the new system.


  Dave Sill has been appointed Vice-Chair of the B8MB, which essentially
  means that he will do my job in my absence.

Creation Process

  We have followed the many threads in news.groups regarding our creation
  system, and have tried to come up with answers to the many questions
  that you have posed.  We have come up with these documents:

  Instead of having all of the fine distinctions about the process
  incorporated into a single outline, we have tried to break the
  description of the process down into more easily digestible parts.  The
  three pages taken together give a full picture of how we currently
  understand the creation process.  Comments, corrections, and suggestions
  on how to improve the process and the presentation are most welcome.

Mailing List

  We have moved our mailing list to  If you need to
  contact us through email, please contact us through that list.

Advisory Council

  As many of you know, there has been an intense discussion in news.groups
  (and elsewhere) regarding the creation of an advisory council of
  proponents, moderators, and others.  If created, this council might be
  empowered to elect the people to the B8MB or to veto Board decisions.
  The details, including the group name and powers, are still up in the

  The Board is observing and participating in these discussions, as well
  as discussing the topic among ourselves.  When the discussion has run
  its course and we've had some time to consider the issue, we will decide
  whether to proceed with the establishment of such a council.  If we
  decide to proceed, we will post a proposal for the structure and duties
  of the council and ask for additional feedback.

  In the meantime, we will continue to accept and handle proposals under
  the process we've previously announced.  We do not think anything would
  be gained from delaying the work of the board while awaiting a decision
  about the Council.

		                    - Tim Skirvin (
                                      Chair, Big-8 Management Board
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