Wed Apr 14 17:23:05 1982
a proliferation of newsgroups is not good, since when does one need to "ask permssion" for
a news group, and of whom?
Naperville, Ill (312)979-7303
The following is historical information - how it used to work.
There are defined procedures for creating a Usenet
8 newsgroup in
one of the standard categories 'comp', 'humanities', 'misc', 'news',
'rec', 'sci', 'soc', and 'talk'. A news server administrator
can add any newsgroup at any time. However, most news administrators add only
groups that follow the
guidelines described below.
First, create a Request For Discussion (RFD)
that describes your new proposed group, containing the following information:
- Charter. A charter description for the group.
- Justification. The reason that you want to create the group.
- Moderation. Whether or not it will be moderated.
list. Whether or not it will be linked to a mailing list.
RFD should be in the format described in the messages "How to Format and Submit
a New Group Proposal" and "How to Write a Good Newsgroup Proposal", which can
always be found in the newsgroup news.announce.newgroups,
or linked at the bottom of this page.
Each part of a newsgroup name is separated by periods and can be up to 14
long, and may be composed of letters, digits, and the characters "+" and "-" to
separate words to increase readability. You should avoid acronyms,
unless they are very well known, so that people who search a list of newsgroups
will be able to find the group easily.
You should search the existing newsgroups
first to find an existing hierarchy that the new group can fit into, and not
create extra levels of hierarchy unless absolutely necessary. For example,
a newsgroup to discuss a new database product called "DataSmart". There is already
a "comp.databases" news hierarchy, so the name "comp.databases.datasmart" would
be much better than "comp.datasmart".
You should then post your RFD to news.announce.newgroups,
news.groups, and any existing groups related to
the topic of your new group.
After posting, exactly thirty days of discussion
are set aside in news.groups for finalization of
the details of the group, such as the exact name, the charter description, whether
it will be moderated, and if it is to be moderated who the moderator will be.
vote on the newsgroup creation will then be taken by the Usenet Volunteer Votetakers, at uvv.org, a group
of neutral third-party vote-takers who manage the voting on all new group proposals,
and call themselves "The Knights
who say ACK!". The voting itself takes place as follows.
- First the
UVV posts a call for votes to news.announce.newgroups and other groups on which
discussion of the new group has been held. The voting period may last between
21 and 31 days, as specified in the call for votes.
the end of the voting period the vote count will be taken. The vote taker
will post the tally, the email addresses of the voters, and each voter's vote
to verify the results. Only votes with unambiguous wording for or against the
new group are counted.
- If at least two thirds of the votes are
in favour of group creation, and the number of yes votes exceed the no votes by
at least 100, the group creation is passed, and a group creation message is sent
to news administrators by the moderator of the group news.announce.newgroups.
Resources. The following Internet references provide
more information about creating newsgroups: