CFV: soc.politics.marxism moderated

Brennan Tennesen Price gt0670e at prism.gatech.edu
Mon Apr 8 19:12:22 MDT 1996


From: gt0670e at prism.gatech.edu (Brennan Price)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,alt.politics.socialism.trotsky,alt.politics.radical-left,talk.politics.theory
Subject: CFV: soc.politics.marxism moderated
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                           FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
                      moderated group soc.politics.marxism

Newsgroups line:
soc.politics.marxism    Karl Marx and his legacy in theory and practice. (Moderated)

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC 29 Apr 1996.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party.  Questions about
the proposal should be directed to the proponent.

Proponent: Per I Mathisen <perim at interlink.no>
Votetaker: Brennan Price <gt0670e at prism.gatech.edu>


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RATIONALE: soc.politics.marxism

There is currently no newsgroup dedicated to the discussion of Marxist
philosophy and politics. Such debate has long taken place in the "Marxism"
mailing list and occasionally on the newsgroup
alt.politics.socialism.trotsky. The "Marxism" list has currently well over
300 subscribers and carries about 30-50 posts a day. The above-mentioned
newsgroup carries about 10-20 posts a day and is no place for serious
discussion since it is haunted by irrelevant crossposts, off-topic
conversations and extensive flaming. Neither are moderated.

The reason the "Marxism" mailing list is insufficient is because many feel
30-40, often quite long, mails dropping into one's mailbox is too much, and
would prefer the quicker alternative of browsing a newsgroup. A newsgroup is
also more accessible for newcomers.

The soc.politics.* hierarchy was chosen because it fits well with our
intention of a newsgroup for discussion about marxism as political,
sociological and historical theory and as a means of changing the world.


CHARTER: soc.politics.marxism

This group is intended as a moderated forum for the discussion of marxism
and political topics in connection to marxism. This includes, but is not
restricted to, the political and philosophical theories of Marx, the
relevance and appliance of Marx's theories in the modern world and the
theories and activities of Marxist political movements and parties both
today and in the past.

Moderation Policy:

The moderators reserve the right to reject any articles submitted to
soc.politics.marxism that are insulting, using more than 1/4 quotation,
off-topic or not at all related to marxism. Crossposts will not be
tolerated unless it is an announcement of relevance or importance to the
newsgroup.

END CHARTER.


MODERATOR INFO: soc.politics.marxism

Moderator: Per I Mathisen <perim at interlink.no>
Contact address: marxism-request at stud.unit.no
Submission address: marxism at stud.unit.no

The RFD stated that Chris Faatz <cfaatz at teleport.com> would be the moderator
for this newsgroup. He decided that this work would be too time-consuming
for him, and therefore had to pass the responsibility to somebody else. For
the time being, this responsibility has been taken by proponent of the
newsgroup.

END MODERATOR INFO.


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--Brennan T. Price, UVV
  Running UseVote 3.0


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