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RFD: uk.rec.caravanning.moderated

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Old July 10th 04, 05:50 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Chris P Nolen
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Default RFD: uk.rec.caravanning.moderated



This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the following
changes in the uk.* Usenet hierarchy:

Create moderated newsgroup uk.rec.caravanning.moderated


This is not a Call for Votes (CFV); you cannot vote at this time.
Further procedural details are given below.

RATIONALE: uk.rec.caravanning.moderated

The aim of this proposal is to provide a forum for the discussion of
matters related to caravanning free from the abuses of the internet
such as message floods and off topic threads cross-posted across
several groups which have stifled the newsgroup uk.rec.caravanning for
over two years. It is unusual to moderate a general discussion group
but this is also an unusual form of moderation, intended to protect
freedom of speech not to limit it.

This is *not* a proposal to moderate or remove the existing group

CHARTER: uk.rec.caravanning.moderated

uk.rec.caravanning.moderated is a place for all those interested in
caravanning to discuss matters with a caravanning relevance and the
world from a caravanning perspective.

This is a moderated group and the moderators may impose further
restrictions at their discretion should they deem it neccessary for
the efficient functioning of the group. The moderators may use any
means made available to them by the moderation software, provided any
rules imposed apply to all posters equally.

The moderators may block articles cross-posted to a particular group
or hierarchy, limit the number of groups an article may be
cross-posted to or exclude all cross-posted articles entirely. They
may block articles posted via a server which does not supply trace
information such as anonymous remailers or subscription newsservers
offering anonymity. They may limit the number of articles from one
source at one time or in a given time. They may block all articles
from or through a server which continually allows it's users to post
articles which in their opinion would contravene the AUP of a
reputable UK ISP. The moderators may cancel any article which has been
posted by bypassing the moderation process.

Moderation Procedure

The role of the moderators is to protect freedom of speech by
limiting, as far as possible, abuses of the internet such as message
floods and malicious cross-posting. It is not their role to censor on
content other than where they consider the content to be intended
solely to annoy or intimidate and where the originating ISP or server
refuses to take action, when all posts from the ISP or server shall be
blocked not just those from the individual concerned.

There shall be no black-lists or white-lists of individuals.

It is hoped that most of the time the group could be run with little
or no moderation in place, rules only being applied as and when
requested by a user of the group and deemed neccessary by a moderator.
Any rules applied should be for a limited time only and removed as
soon as a moderator deems them unneccessary.


The group will be moderated by a team of two moderators, these shall
be appointed and can be removed and replaced by the UK Usenet

Advertising is forbidden.

Binaries & Formatting

Encoded binaries (e.g. pictures, compressed files, etc.) are
Such material belongs on a web or FTP site to which a pointer may be
posted. Posts must be readable as plain text. HTML, RTF and similarly
formatted messages may be rejected by the moderators. To see how to
make some common newsreaders comply with this, please read



This is a request for discussion, not a call for votes. In this phase
of the process, any potential problems with the proposal should be
raised and resolved. The discussion period will continue for a
minimum of 10 days, starting from when this RFD is posted to
uk.net.news.announce (i.e. until June 22nd) after which a Call For
Votes (CFV) may be posted by a neutral vote taker if the discussion
warrants it.
Alternatively, the proposal may proceed by the fast-track method.
Please do not attempt to vote until this happens.

This RFD attempts to comply fully with the "Guidelines for Group
Creation within the UK Hierarchy" as published regularly in
Please refer to this document if you have any questions about the


This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups:

Chris Nolen

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