1996 Fools: RFD: news.groups
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From: seebs@solutions.solon.com (Peter Seebach)
Newsgroups: news.groups
Subject: RFD: news.groups
Date: 1 Apr 1996 15:48:51 -0600
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                     REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
		    unmoderated group news.groups

Newsgroup lines:
news.groups		Discussion and voting on new newsgroups.

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of
an unmoderated newsgroup.
   * create news.groups
This is not a Call For Votes (CFV); you cannot vote at this time.

RATIONALE: news.groups

Currently, newsgroup creation is a haphazard and random process.  After
a brief discussion in rec.config, newgroups are simply issued, and ignored
at some sites, but accepted at others.  This process has led to the creation
of thousands of useless or irrelevant newsgroups, like comp.lang.c, groups
which have no readership, no topic, and no purpose.

Meanwhile, vital newsgroups like rec.microwaves, or rec.aquaria.fucking, are
not receiving the distribution and acceptance they need, simply because no
one has the time to sort out which groups are or aren't important.

If there were a central group, presumably in the news hierarchy, in which
to discuss these issues, we'd see a lot more helpful, non-combative discussion
on the real objective merits of potential newsgroups.

CHARTER: news.groups

Unmoderated discussion by newbies and fools, relating to the creation,
reformation, reorganizing, removal, moderation, unmoderation, or use
of USENET newsgroups.

Threads regarding new newsgroups will be started in this group, and
followups will be redirected to it.  This will allow us to have quiet
and peaceful discussions.

This may be modeled on the group alt.config.



Please monitor news.groups to follow discussion on these proposals.
Do not vote until the Call For Vote (CFV) is posted, which is
expected to be posted shortly after this 21-day discussion period
ends.  The Usenet Volunteer Votetakers (UVV) will handle the
25-day vote collection.


This RFD has been posted to:
   * news.groups

I did not crosspost a pointer to this article to:
   * talk.bizarre

Peter Seebach - seebs@solon.com - Copyright 1996 Peter Seebach.
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