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Inferno newsgroup proposal



The following is a draft of the proposal I will be posting for two
Usenet newsgroups: an Inferno group and a Limbo group. If you would like to
be listed as a proponent of this proposal, please let me know how you want
your name and e-mail address shown.

Please note that these newsgroups are just a starting point for Inferno
discussions. I split it into comp.os.inferno and comp.lang.limbo for
two reasons: (1) Lang newsgroups tend to be more frequently used, so one
is needed for Inferno. (2) comp.lang.inferno would be a misnomer.

If the newsgroups thrive, as I expect they will, a future proposal can
create more offshoot groups.

Let me know what you think. I will be submitting this to the UVV in about a
week.

Rogers

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From: Rogers Cadenhead <rogers@prefect.com>
  
                     REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                    unmoderated group comp.os.inferno
                    unmoderated group comp.lang.limbo
  
This is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
comp.os.inferno and comp.lang.limbo newsgroups. This is not a Call For
Votes (CFV); you cannot vote at this time. Procedural details are below.
 
Newsgroup lines:
comp.os.inferno             Inferno network OS (Unmoderated)
comp.lang.limbo             Inferno's Limbo language (Unmoderated)
 
RATIONALE: comp.os.inferno and comp.lang.limbo

Now that its developers kit is available on the World Wide Web,
the Inferno operating system and Limbo programming language merit
discussion areas on Usenet. These products were developed by Bell
Labs, the organization that pioneered both C and UNIX. The
Inferno mailing list is thriving, and Inferno and Limbo continue
to be discussed on groups such as comp.lang.java.misc,
comp.lang.java.advocacy and comp.os.plan9.

A survey of comp.lang.java, comp.lang.java.misc and
comp.lang.java.advocacy on Dejanews finds 134 messages that mention
Inferno. Another 186 messages about Inferno were found in the
comp.os.plan9 newsgroup.

The proponents of these newsgroups, as listed at the end of this
document, believe that Inferno and Limbo have proven their
suitability for new Usenet groups.

CHARTER: comp.os.inferno
 
The comp.os.inferno newsgroup is devoted to discussions of the
Inferno operating system, developed by Bell Labs, and related issues.
 
Examples of relevant postings would include, but not be
limited to, the following subjects:
 
* Bug reports
* Inferno software announcements
* Reviews of Inferno as compared to other operating systems
* Suggestions for Inferno developers
* Requests for help from new Inferno users

The newsgroup is not moderated, but messages that qualify as net
abuse according to the standards established in
news.admin.net-abuse.misc are subject to deletion. This includes
make-money-fast messages, Shergold card requests and messages that
exceed the Breidbart Index regarding excessive multiple postings.
 
END CHARTER:comp.os.inferno.
 
CHARTER: comp.lang.limbo
 
The comp.lang.limbo newsgroup is devoted to discussions of the
Limbo programming language, developed by Bell Labs for use with
the Inferno operating system, and related issues.
 
Examples of relevant postings would include, but not be
limited to, the following subjects:
 
* Bug reports
* Announcements of software written with Limbo
* Examples of Limbo code
* Suggestions for Limbo developers
* Requests for help from new Limbo programmers

The newsgroup is not moderated, but messages that qualify as net
abuse according to the standards established in
news.admin.net-abuse.misc are subject to deletion. This includes
make-money-fast messages, Shergold card requests and messages that
exceed the Breidbart Index regarding excessive multiple postings.
 
END CHARTER:comp.os.inferno.
 
PROCEDURE:
 
This is a request for discussion, not a call for votes.  In this
phase of the process, any potential problems with the proposed
newsgroup should be raised and resolved.  The discussion period will
continue for a minimum of 21 days (starting from when the first RFD
for this proposal is posted to news.announce.newgroups), after which
a Call For Votes (CFV) will be posted by a neutral vote taker.
Please do not attempt to vote until this happens.
 
All discussion of this proposal should be posted to news.groups.
 
This RFD attempts to comply fully with the Usenet newsgroup creation
guidelines outlined in "How to Create a New Usenet Newsgroup" and
"How to Format and Submit a New Group Proposal".  Please refer to
these documents (available in news.announce.newgroups) if you have
any questions about the process.
 
DISTRIBUTION:
 
This RFD has been posted to to the following newsgroups:
 
  comp.lang.java.misc, comp.lang.java.advocacy, comp.os.plan9,
  news.groups, news.announce.newgroups
 
and the following mailing list:

  inferno@interstice.com (mailing list on Inferno OS)
        subscribe via: majordomo@interstice.com
        ('subscribe inferno' in body)
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Proponent: Rogers Cadenhead <rogers@prefect.com>