'Community' newsgroup proposed for RISC OS usersBy Chris Williams. Published: 5th Aug 2005, 15:11:46 | Permalink | Printable
Tuning the signal to noise ratioBacking for a new Usenet newsgroup for the RISC OS community is currently being sought by Chris Evans of dealer CJE. The current comp.sys.acorn newsgroups have a strict charter that forbids the discussion of any topic outside of the realm of RISC OS, and Chris believes there should be a new, friendlier group created for 'off topic' posts.
The comp.sys.acorn newsgroups have been recently plagued with discussions on cars, Microsoft Windows programming, cars, which postal courier is best, cars and what to do about battery acid in a calculator.
In his proposal, Chris said, "Acorn/RISC OS users are a community, the community was brought together by their common usage of RISC OS but the relationships now extend well past our common use of RISC OS, with many people seeking and giving advice on non Acorn/RISC OS topics on and off the newsgroups."
Following a discussion on comp.sys.acorn.misc, in which it was made clear that topics outside of computing do not belong inside the comp.sys hierarchy, Chris told us: "I believe the consensus is that a proper newsgroup would be the appropriate way forward. The only discussion left I think is the name".
Potential new newsgroup names include alt.riscos.community and alt.acorn.community, or possibly the hijacking of alt.archimedes.bugs. Chris has called for someone to volunteer to write the new group's charter.
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