2nd RFD: rec.gardens.cacti+succulents

Bruno Plamondon brunoplamondon at home.com
Mon Nov 26 19:36:02 EST 2001


                     REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
            unmoderated group rec.gardens.cacti+succulents

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of
world-wide unmoderated Usenet newsgroup rec.gardens.cacti+succulents.
This is not a Call for Votes (CFV); you cannot vote at this time.
Procedural details are below.

CHANGES from previous RFD:

- Name changed from rec.gardens.cacti to rec.gardens.cacti+succulents
- Primary language changed from English,French,Spanish to English
- Modified distribution list

Newsgroup line:
rec.gardens.cacti+succulents	All about cacti and succulents plants.


RATIONALE: rec.gardens.cacti+succulents

Over 2500 species of cacti and 7500 species of succulents originate
mostly from the Americas and Africa but are now cultivated in almost
every countries. We feel that creating this group will help to reach
an audience of cacti and succulents enthusiasts around the world and
allow knowledge sharing among botanists, collectors, nurseries and
scientists.

A search on Google groups from 07-29-01 to 10-28-01 produced 1844
results(excluding rec.gardens.cacti) for an average of 20.3 postings
per day related to cacti:

rec.gardens.cacti         343
rec.gardens               856
rec.drugs.psychedelic     250
uk.rec.gardening          711
aus.gardens                27

A search on Google groups from 07-29-01 to 10-28-01 produced 1164
results(excluding rec.gardens.cacti) for an average of 12.8 postings
per day related to succulents:

rec.gardens.cacti          67
rec.gardens               699
rec.arts.books.marketplace 42
bionet.plants.*           129
sci.bio.botany             59
rec.arts.bonsai            72
uk.rec.gardening          163


CHARTER: rec.gardens.cacti+succulents

rec.gardens.cacti+succulents is intended to be an unmoderated forum
for enthusiasts of cacti and succulents to exchange information
concerning cacti and succulents.

All topics for discussion relevant to cacti and succulents are
appropriate and would include, (but are not limited to):
- Plant identification
- How cacti & succulents have evolved
- Climatic conditions that make cacti & succulents thrive
- Cultivation
- Events
- International trade
- Diseases and parasites
- Books

The primary language of rec.gardens.cacti+succulents is english. Posting
in other languages will be allowed but english is prefered.

Flame wars and bad language are strongly discouraged. Posting in HTML,
binaries, spam, and commercial advertising is considered unacceptable.
Pictures for plant identification should be sent to the appropriate
alt.binaries.* newsgroup, possibly alt.binaries.pictures.gardens, or,
better yet, be set up on a web or ftp site.

END CHARTER.


PROCEDURE:

This is a request for discussion, not a call for votes.  In this
phase of the process, any potential problems with the proposed
newsgroups 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 the following newsgroups:
news.announce.newgroups
news.groups
rec.gardens
uk.rec.gardening
bionet.plants

Pointers will be posted to the following newsgroups:
aus.gardens
rec.gardens.cacti
fr.rec.jardinage

Pointers will also be sent to these mailing lists:
ADENIUM at yahoogroups.com
Cacti_and_Succulents at yahoogroups.com
other_succulents at yahoogroups.com
Aloe at yahoogroups.com
South_American_Cacti at yahoogroups.com
epi at yahoogroups.com
cacti_etc at opus.labs.agilent.com
Fat-Plants at yahoogroups.com
Toocoldforcactus at yahoogroups.com

Proponent:  Bruno Plamondon <brunoplamondon at home.com>




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