The third draft of the rec.[sport.]unicycling RFD

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                   REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION
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Newsgroup: rec.sport.unicycling Status: unmoderated Distribution: world
Previous RFD: November 14, 1992. The vote failed and the unicycling mailing
list was created as a result. Summary: Discussion on all aspects of
unicycling, with a gateway to the unicycling mailing list. Proposed by: Ken
Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com> Beirne Konarski <bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu> Cross
postings: news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, rec.juggling,
rec.bicycles.misc, and the unicycling mailing list. Mailing list:
unicycling@mcs.kent.edu, unicycling-request@mcs.kent.edu, maintained by
Beirne Konarski <bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu> Unicycling FAQ: The current
unicycling mailing list FAQ will be posted to news.groups shortly after this
RFD is posted.

CHARTER

For the discussion of all aspects of unicycling, including:

Riding unicycles: Various methods of learning to ride a unicycle. Learning
different unicycling skills. The 10 Achievement Skill Levels. The potential
dangers of riding various types of unicycles. Unicyclists: Personal
experiences. The benefits of riding, improved physical, mental, ... state.
Sometimes dramatic improvements in self-esteem. How to make unicycling
better for everyone. Unicycles: The theory of operation. Maintenance.
Different types. Design. Organizations: International Unicycling Federation.
Unicycling Society of America. Other national unicycling organizations.
Local unicycling clubs. Conventions, Competitions, and Shows: IUF's UNICON
(UNIcycling CONvention). USA's NUC (National Unicycling Convention).
Regional unicycling conventions. Local conventions or shows. Choreographed
artistic riding: Individual standard skill (rigid performing rules).
Individual freestyle. Pairs freestyle. Group standard skill. Group
freestyle. Unicycle racing: Timed fast speed racing (fastest wins). Timed
slow speed racing (slowest wins). Distance or time endurance. Racing tips
and techniques. Unicycle sports: Hockey. Basketball. Sumo wrestling. Other
unicycle sports. History about unicycling: Unicycling and unicyclists since
the beginning (around 1880). Who was the first person to invent or perform a
certain skill. Who was the first person to ride a certain type of unicycle.
Publications: The Unicycle Book. The Complete Book of Unicycling. Other
unicycling related books. IUF's Unicycling Magazine. USA's On One Wheel.
Other national or regional newsletters. Electronic Publications: Unicycling
FAQ (ftp or html), attached at the end of this RFD. Mailing list / Newsgroup
archives (<a href="ftp://ftp.mcs.kent.edu">ftp.mcs.kent.edu</a> /pub/Unicycling/) Unicycling Home Page
(<a href="http://nimitz.mcs.kent.edu/~bkonarsk/">http://nimitz.mcs.kent.edu/~bkonarsk/</a>) Other ftp files (<a href="ftp://ftp.mcs.kent.edu">ftp.mcs.kent.edu</a>
/pub/Unicycling/) Notification of various unicycling events.

Proposed newsreader description line:

rec.sport.unicycling All sorts of fun on one wheel.

RATIONALE

Huge variations in traffic on the Unicycling Mailing List has been so great
that numerous people have unsubscribed. Although average traffic in November
was only 7 messages per day, there were numerous days with 30-40 messages. The
only reasonable way to deal with this traffic for many people, is the creation
of a related newsgroup, rec.sport.unicycling. List membership peaked at 130 a
few months ago.

In a recent poll of members of the mailing list, 60 percent would use the
newsgroup exclusively, 22 percent would use both the newsgroup & the mailing
list, and 18 percent would use the mailing list exclusively.

NAME

The name should probably be rec.sport.unicycling, to match the directly
related Unicycling Mailing List. The most appropriate first level
hierarchy would be rec. Although there are both sport and artistic
aspects to unicycling, a second level hierarchy of sport would probably
be better than art.

NEWSGROUP CREATION

The discussion period will start on the date this RFD is posted and last for
at least 21 days, but not more than 31 days.

Please post all discussion in news.groups.

If a consensus is reached by the end of the discussion period, a CFV (Call for
Votes) will be posted at that time. The voting period will last for 21 days.


Please send me any suggestions that will bring the RFD more in line with the
previously posted guidelines sent by David Lawrence, news.announce.newgroups
moderator. You will be credited as a proponent in the final RFD.

Sincerely,

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com