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Tim Skirvin

Apr 27, 2009, 7:14:51 AM4/27/09
Moderation Vacancy Announcement (MVA)

This is a formal Moderator Vacancy Announcement (MVA), initiated after the
moderator of the above-listed moderated newsgroups has been found to be
absent. The goal of this process is to find a new moderator for the group.


I (Tim Skirvin) wish to shortly step down as the moderator of most of the* moderated groups. The groups are still well-used
(.sightings, .bulletins) or at least useful (.policy), but somebody else
needs take care of them (and, likely, work to revitalize them). A
reorganization may also make sense, but again, I'm not the one to bring
about these changes.

Please note that is not affected by this


An inquiry into potential new moderators of NANAP and NANAS was posted
to several days ago. NANAB was added to the
list after discussions with Dave Barr, its moderator-of-record.

All of these groups were created as part of the 1996*
reorganization. They were intended to allow for regular/automated
announcements about action taken against net-abuse (.bulletins), moderated
discussion of net-abuse topics (.policy), and searchable reports of
network abuse (.sightings).

A few relevant links:

Also, there is a news.admin.announce MVA currently in progress.


The Big-8 Management Board has determined that the above listed newsgroups
need a new moderator, and has decided to proceed with a Moderator Vacancy
Announcement. This process is documented here:

In short, the Board plans to either appoint a new moderators, unmoderate
the newsgroups, or remove the newsgroups entirely.

The followup header of this post has been set to news.groups.proposals.
To discuss the issues affecting the group, to propose a new moderator, or
to provide information regarding the current moderator, please respond to
this thread in news.groups.proposals. If you are interested in the
continued existence of this newsgroup, please also indicate that interest
in the news.groups.proposals. If you would like to volunteer to moderate
this newsgroup, please post your credentials in response to this message.

For more information on the Big-8 Management Board, please see:


The current charters for the group are at:

The relevant first paragraph of each group: is a moderated forum for bulletins
of action taken against net abuse. Appropriate subjects include
cancellation notices (EMP/ECP, spew, binary, and others), status
reports from individual systems concerning action taken against
abusers, results of tracking campaigns, "rogue site" declarations, and
the like. is a moderated forum for discussion of
policy and site-management issues related to net abuse. Possible
topics include Acceptable Use Policies, what actions should be taken
against abusers, discussion of third-party cancel messages, possible
actions against abusive sites such as rogue site declarations,
discussion of what is and is not net abuse, and so forth. is a forum for reports of sightings
of net abuse. It is a robomoderated forum, allowing only properly
formatted posts. Followups are required to be set strictly out of the
group and into the appropriate group in the*


Tim Skirvin <>


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:

news.announce.newgroups (moderated)
news.groups.proposals (moderated) (moderated) (moderated) (moderated)


2009-04-26 MVA

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