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From: email@example.com (Tim Skirvin) Subject: RFD: unmoderate soc.culture.galiza Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, soc.culture.galiza Followup-To: news.groups Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 08:27:55 -0700 Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD) unmoderate soc.religion.galiza This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) to unmoderate the moderated Usenet newsgroup soc.culture.galiza . RATIONALE: soc.culture.galiza We are the managers of the robomoderated newsgroup soc.culture.galiza. The robot is located in a computer of the University of Santiago de Compostela. The university is changing its e-mail server, and the new system won't be able to host the robot. If soc.culture.galiza were a lively newsgroup we would try to find a new placement for the robot, but the group has a very very low volume. On the other hand, from the beginning of the newsgroup there were a lot of complaints about delay in publication of messages. So we think this would be a good time to transform the group from moderated to an unmoderated one. Other solution would be let die the group, but we prefer the first one. So our question is, what are the steps to transform a newsgroup from moderated to unmoderated? EXISTING CHARTER: soc.culture.galiza soc.culture.galiza was created in 1997. In that time crossposting was a serious problem for newsgroups, so the proponents tried to avoid it, and just it, using robomoderation. You can read the "LAST CALL FOR VOTES" in http://www.redegalega.org/scg/cfv.txt . The moderation policy was clear about this: : soc.culture.galiza will only employ robomoderation. Human moderation : is NOT included. : The robomoderator will screen every article submitted to : soc.culture.galiza. It will unequivocally reject any article : crossposted to four or more newsgroups other than soc.culture.galiza. But this was 9 years ago. Since then new internet developments have appeared as spam, web-forums, etc that have affected the life of newsgroups, and that make crossposting much less relevant. Furthermore robomoderation introduces a delay that a lot of users find annoying, so they prefer to use web-forums. END CHARTER. PROCEDURE: As this is fairly untested ground, we have decided to discuss the unmoderation of an existing newsgroup before anything is changed. Please discuss this proposal in news.groups. DISTRIBUTION: This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups news.groups soc.culture.galiza PROPONENT: Ramon Flores + Carlos Montero - Existing Moderators, soc.culture.galiza CHANGE HISTORY: 2006-05-21 RFD formatted by Tim Skirvin. 2006-05-09 Original e-mail received by B8MB.