News FAQ (periodic posting)
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This is a draft proposed for circulation on a regular basis in newsgroups.
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,news.groups.proposals Subject: [FAQ] Creating and removing newsgroups in the Big-8 Hierarchies From: firstname.lastname@example.org (The Big-8 Management Board) Followup-To: poster Archive-name: usenet/news.announce.newgroups/nan-summary-faq Posting-Frequency: twice monthly Last-modified: 2006/11/22 Version: 0.90 URL: http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=faqs:news_faq (This is an official communication from the Big-8 Management Board.) I. The Big-8 Hierarchies The Big-8 is a set of popular managed Usenet hierarchies, dating back to 1986. There are approximately 2,300 newsgroups in these eight hierarchies: comp.* Computer topics, both hardware and software. news.* Administration of the Big 8; Usenet; Netnews; etc. sci.* Science and technology. humanities.* The humanities. rec.* Recreation: music, sports, games, outdoor, hobbies, crafts, etc. soc.* Socializing, society, and social issues. talk.* Endless discussion, largely about politics. misc.* Miscellany, often about the practical aspects of everyday life. A complete list of Big-8 newsgroups is available at: http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=faqs:big-8_list These are distinct from the "alt.*" hierarchy (including alt.binaries.*), which is unmanaged and contains many thousands of newsgroups. There are many other hierarchies as well, as documented at: http:''en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt.*_hierarchy The Big-8 is managed by the Big-8 Management Board; for more information on the board, please see: http:''www.big-8.org/ II. Creating a New Big-8 Newsgroup A basic outline for creation of a newsgroup is as follows: 1. (optional) The proponent may start an informal discussion in news.groups and/or in related groups about the proposed group. 2. The proponent submits a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) to news.announce.newgroups. 3. After the RFD is published, official discussion of the proposal takes place in news.groups.proposals. 4. When the discussion is complete, the proponent asks the board to vote on the proposal by filing a final RFD as a Last Call for Comments (LCC). 5. The board decides the question by consensus or by voting on the proposal. This may take from five to twelve days after the final RFD is published in news.announce.newgroups. 6. If the proposal passes, it is implemented. For a more complete description of these procedures, see: http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:creation For a much more detailed creation FAQ, see: http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=faqs:creation III. Removing a Big-8 Newsgroup, and Other Changes The outline for removing a newsgroup is similar to that for creating a newsgroup, and is as follows: 1. A proponent submits a Group Removal RFD to news.announce.newsgroups. 2. The Board decides whether to publish the Group Removal RFD. 3. Discussion of the RFD takes place in news.groups.proposals. 4. The RFD is revised as needed. 5. When the proponent and the board agree that no further revisions or research are required, the board schedules a vote on the RFD. 6. If the proposal to remove the group is endorsed by the board, the Technical Team will implement the decision. For a more complete description of this procedure, see: http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:rmgroup The procedure for a Moderator Vacancy Investigation (MVI), whereby moderators can be found for unmaintained moderated newsgroups, is documented here: http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:mvi IV. Additional Management Information For a complete list of FAQs describing the current management of the Big-8, see: http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=faqs:refs If you have questions about these procedures, please feel free to either respond to this post in news.groups, contact the Board directory, or contact the Group Mentors, which is chartered to help people understand and use the newsgroup creation procedures: http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=workgroups:mentors A current queue of outstanding proposals is available at: http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=blogs:queue http:''www.killfile.org/~tskirvin/cgi-bin/queue.cgi V. Administrivia The canonical source of documentation regarding the Big-8 management system is the Big-8 Usenet Wiki, available at: http:''www.big-8.org/ If you would like to help support the Big-8 hierarchies, please consider volunteering for one of our committees: Usenet Volunteer Pollsters #------------------------- Mailing List http:''lists.big-8.org/mailman/listinfo/uvp/ Description http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=workgroups:polltakers Usenet Volunteer Moderators #-------------------------- Mailing List http:''lists.big-8.org/mailman/listinfo/uvm/ Description http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=workgroups:moderators Group Mentors #------------ Mailing List http:''lists.big-8.org/mailman/listinfo/group-mentors/ Description http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=workgroups:mentors Deadwood Groups Task Force #------------------------- Mailing List http:''lists.big-8.org/mailman/listinfo/deadwood/ Description http:''www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=workgroups:deadgroups -- http:''www.big-8.org/ Big-8 Management Board