TIME TO VOTE-
It is time to vote against the creation of a new newsgroup to replace
misc.writing.screenplays because that group is the home of the net k00k
Jai Maharaj (Jay Stevens). The new group would be called
misc.writing.screenplays.moderated if it passes and it would be
moderated by censorship advocate Alan Brooks. To vote, send a blank
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you. Results will be posted to news.groups in 3 weeks.
GET THEM SOCK PUPPETS OUT OF THE DRESSER FOR THIS ONE!
VOTE NO, AND VOTE OFTEN!
SAY NO TO CENSORSHIP!
FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
moderated group misc.writing.screenplays.moderated
misc.writing.screenplays.moderated Craft/business of screenwriting. (Moderated)
Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 23 Dec 2004.
This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party. Questions about
the proposed group should be directed to the proponent.
Over the past few years the existing group misc.writing.screenplays has
become a magnet for off-topic cross-posters. In a typical day, as much as
80% of the traffic on this group is driven by a single, malicious,
self-promoting poster. The proposed moderation level is simply to
eliminate most cross-posts, thereby eliminating the most egregious of serial
trolls. Moderation of this group will be automated and very minimal, but
even this level of moderation is expected to reduce overall traffic to the
group by a very large percentage and to bring the on-topic signal well above
the noise again.
This change is requested only to save a beloved and well-used discussion
area by creating a moderated sister newsgroup as a forum where professional
screenwriters and serious, aspiring, amateur writers can discuss their craft
in the public arena.
The misc.writing.screenplays.moderated newsgroup is open to discussion of
the art and business aspects of writing screenplays for feature films,
documentaries and television. Specific topics may include but are not
Finding an Agent
Querying Production Companies
Latest formatting trends
Creative screenplay writing
Screenwriters, their skills and styles
Tools available to the screenwriter
Tips from the pros
The purpose of the proposed moderation is not to escape from the meandering
and conversational tone of misc.writing.screenplays, but to eliminate the
excessive abuse of the newsgroup by cross-posters from unrelated groups.
The intention is to implement robo-moderation, eliminating all cross-posts
except the few that are appropriate. Cross-posts to groups such as
news.groups, news.announce.newgroups and news.announce.newusers will be
allowed unless these groups become the vehicle for serial-cross-posting by
The moderators reserve the right to filter posts from individuals who
already have a history of off-topic cross-posting, and who simply alter
their techniques to single-posting off-topic articles, or who attempt to
flood the group, or who alter their posting headers to simulate approved
MODERATOR INFO: misc.writing.screenplays.moderated
Administrative contact address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Article submission address: email@example.com
END MODERATOR INFO.
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