REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
Summary: A number of new groups in the comp.os.linux hierarchy are
proposed, one moderated, the rest unmoderated.
History: This proposed reorganization was prompted originally by the
excessive level of traffic in comp.os.linux.help. Following
a straw poll conducted by the proponent, an RFD was posted
for breaking comp.os.linux.help into various subgroups and
creating comp.os.linux.answers for separating the
documentation and announcements currently posted to
comp.os.linux.announce. During the discussion period, it
became evident that it would be preferable to create the
groups directly under comp.os.linux, rather than splitting
comp.os.linux.help. This RFD reflects that change.
1) Group: comp.os.linux.answers (moderated)
Charter: For posting Linux FAQs, How-To's, and READMEs. This will
help keep the traffic down in other c.o.l.* groups and will
leave comp.os.linux.announce for true announcements only.
C.o.l.answers will be moderated--either by a member of the
*.answers moderation team or by an independent moderator.
If no one else volunteers, I'd be willing to be the
2) Group: comp.os.linux.games (unmoderated)
Charter: For questions and discussion about game playing under Linux,
3) Group: comp.os.linux.hardware (unmoderated)
Charter: For questions and discussion specific to a particular piece
of hardware, e.g., "can this system run Linux?", "how do I
use this disk drive with Linux?", etc.
4) Group: comp.os.linux.networking (unmoderated)
Charter: For questions and discussion relating to networking or
communications including Ethernet boards, serial
communications, SLIP, etc.
5) Group: comp.os.linux.video (unmoderated)
Charter: For questions and discussion relating to video hardware or
software including XFree86, commercial X servers, svgalib,
console modes/fonts, dosemu, etc.)
After a discussion period of 21-30 days, if there are not overwhelming
objections to any of the proposed groups, there will be a Call For
Votes (CFV) posted to the groups as this RFD. The voting period will
be at least 21 days. Each group that passes, by receiving 100 more
YES votes than NO votes *and* twice as many YES votes as NO votes,
will be created.
Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Workstation Support