Moderator VACANCY INVESTIGATION (MVI)
moderated group rec.ponds.moderated
This is a formal Moderator Vacancy Investigation (MVI), begun because
moderated newsgroup rec.ponds.moderated is not functioning, and may
have been abandoned by its moderator(s).
This investigation will attempt to verify the reasons for non-function,
and may result in the removal of the group or the selection and
installation of a new moderator. In practice, the Big-8 Management
Board considers the third alternative -- changing the status of the
group from moderated to unmoderated -- as likely to cause more harm than
rec.ponds.moderated Care & enjoyment of recreational pods & water gardens. (Moderated)
Probe posts to this group result in bounces:
(expanded from ): unknown user: "rpmadmin"
The last article approved by the moderators, with Message ID
, appeared in April of 2013,
over two years ago.
One of the last articles posted to the newsgroup, also in April of 2013,
was from moderator Jim Hurley, with Message ID
feedback on the continuation of the newsgroup. Some followups were in
favor of continuing the newsgroup, some were in favor of moving to
social media (e.g., Facebook).
C01 Description and Purpose
Rec.ponds.moderated is a moderated newsgroup that provides a friendly,
respectful forum for the discussion of all aspects of ponds and water
gardens. The rec.ponds.moderated newsgroup appeals to a wide range of
people involved in both the recreational and professional aspects of
establishing and maintaining a pond or water garden. Participants
range from novices to persons with many years of experience, from
amateur hobbyists to professional botanists and ichthyologists, from
students wishing to get help with science projects to retired persons
seeking a quiet, pleasurable pastime. All interested persons are
welcomed to share ideas, ask questions, or simply to lurk and learn.
C02 Permitted Content
Discussions appropriate to a ponding community including, but not
* Building a pond/water garden
* Establishing an ecosystem
* Plant life
* Amphibians and reptiles
* Aquatic environmental concerns
* Discussions of large, unlined natural ponds
C03 The Following Is Prohibited
All posts containing these items are rejected, and returned with
explanation if permitted by the automated software.
* Implied or direct threats, slander, insults, bigotry, prejudice
* Flaming, trolling, flooding, and personal verbal attacks
* Frequent petty criticism of another poster
* Posts advocating violence or containing physical threats
* Attacks on others based on gender, race, sexual orientation
* Commercial posts
* Excessive cross-posting, although limited, on-topic cross-posting
* Chain letters
* Posts written in HTML
* EMP spam
* Binaries, other than pgp signatures, x-face headers, and other
ancillary article meta-data
* Forgery of names, valid email addresses and/or approval headers
* Excessive morphing/nym shifting ("excessive" is undefined but is
at the discretion of the moderators)
* Excessive quoting of old material, with little new content
(these will be judgment calls made by the moderators)
* Personal identification information associated with anyone other
than the poster (e.g. residential addresses, phone numbers and
* Content advocating acts that would be intrinsically illegal
in most places
* Copyright violations. (However, pointers to news articles,
blogs, etc. that are on-topic are welcome. They must comply with
fair use standards.)
C04 Charter Implementation
The charter of this newsgroup is implemented by a group of moderators.
Their task is to develop and carry out the methods and means necessary
to insure that the stated purposes of the group charter are accomplished.
Their methods shall be defined as Moderation Policy and Practices. (MPP)
Moderators make use of whatever tools and discussion processes they deem
necessary to carry out their responsibilities. One such tool may
include the use of automated moderation software.
C05 Moderation Policy Objectives and Practices
Moderation policy adheres to and carries out the stated goals and
purposes of the group. Moderation policy & practices (MPP) may be
changed by the moderators to meet the ongoing needs of the newsgroup
Proposed changes are announced by the moderators in the
newsgroup, and newsgroup readers are invited to share and discuss
their views of the proposed changes. Passage of the changes is by a
2/3 majority vote of the moderators. Changes are published in the
C06 Moderator Standards
Moderators approve or reject posts based upon content as listed in C02
and C03 above. Moderators maintain a standard of neutrality and
non-bias. Moderators do not add, delete, or edit anything within a
post. Tags are not added.
Decisions of the moderation team are final. Moderators permit posts
that may contain technically incorrect information, provided that the
post is not deemed to be deliberately deceptive. Any approved post
that is forwarded to the newsgroup, and contains incorrect information,
may and should be followed up by posts that attempt to correct the
misinformation. Such corrective posts may be made by any interested
person/s in the newsgroup.
All personal posts made by moderators go through the same complete
process as posts made by the general readership of the group.
Moderators do not review their own posts, nor those of a relative.
Moderators who fail to abide by the charter and current moderation
policy may be warned and/or removed by the other moderators.
C07 Moderator Accessibility and Accountability
The moderators provide options for both private and public
interaction with the readership of the newsgroup. An email contact
address is provided for complaints, appeals, reviews and suggestions.
The receipt of emails to the contact address is acknowledged by a
return email, provided a valid return address is given.
In addition, the Charter provides for limited public discussion
of the general issues of moderation policy, group operation and other
matters that affect the group.
Moderators shall create and occasionally publish FAQ and other
documents that promote the functionality of the newsgroup.
C08 Readership Participation & Responsibility
All participants in the group may:
* Request changes to moderation policy and participate in the
discussion of changes.
* Privately ask for all moderators to review a specific rejected
post (within practical numerical limits determined by the
* Nominate new moderators.
HISTORY OF THE GROUP:
rec.ponds.moderated will be created
The Last Call for Comments on 28 Feb 2007 initiated a five-day period for
final comments. Following this comment period, the Big-8 Management Board
has decided by a vote to create the newsgroup rec.ponds.moderated.
The vote was 8 in favor and 0 opposed. 1 active member did not vote.
This group will be created on 09 Mar 2007.
The group was created shortly afterwards, and continued activity until
April of 2013, after which no further approved articles appeared.
PROPONENT: Paul W. Schleck
Those who wish to comment on this moderator vacancy investigation should
subscribe to news.groups.proposals and participate in the relevant
threads in that newsgroup. To this end, the followup header of this MVI
has been set to news.groups.proposals.
For more information on the MVI process, please see
25 April 2015: Moderator Vacancy Investigation