Nan:2006-11-14-stroke-lcc2

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From: The Big-8 Management Board <board@big-8.org>
Subject: 5th RFD: soc.support.stroke (LAST CALL FOR COMMENTS)
Newsgroups: alt.support.disorders.neurological, can.med.misc,
 news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, misc.health.alternative
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 12:14:49 -0600
Organization: http://www.big-8.org/

                      REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                           soc.support.stroke

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
unmoderated Usenet newsgroup, soc.support.stroke.


PROCEDURE:

The B8MB plans to begin voting on this proposal after five days.  Please
offer any final discussion or comments before the end of this waiting
period.  Voting may take up to one week (7 days); a result will be posted
following the end of the voting period.

All discussion of this proposal should be posted to news.groups.

The full group creation procedure is documented here:

  http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:proposals



NEWSGROUPS LINE: soc.support.stroke

soc.support.stroke	Family and survivors recovering from strokes.


SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION:

The idea of a stroke support group has been generally positively received.
The discussion started with an attempt to start a can.* newsgroup.  After a
large amount of discussion someone mentioned the newsgroup should be an
alt.* group. A lively discussion ensued after the mention that perhaps the
newsgroup should be placed in the misc.health hierarchy.  The proposed name
was soc.stroke.support and the discussion then centered around whether it
would be a troll magnet or not. After some deliberation, and co-operation
we settled on soc.support.stroke.

There were some nasayers through the whole process, but after some intensive
discussion they for the most part seemed to be fine with the proposed
newsgroup. There was from that time, constant critiquing of the RFD. After
many changes and compromises to the wording of the RFD, and a little
gentle nudging in the right direction by our mentor.  This consensus
is being written concerning soc.support.stroke, with a pending LCC looming,
and soon a vote on its creation will take place.


RATIONALE: soc.support.stroke

It is estimated that nearly 1/4 of men and 1/5 women will suffer a stroke
between the ages of 45 and 85.  Nearly 5.3 million people will die from
a stroke this year, and over 9 million people will suffer a stroke and
survive; and based on current growth, there will be a 30% increase in the
number of stroke victims worldwide (per capita) between 1983 and 2023.

With the ever increasing frequency of strokes there seems to be a need
for this type of newsgroup now.  This is so persons struck down with this
debilitating disease can get the support they and their families need at
a critical time in their lives, and where best to get this but from other
stroke survivors and their families

There are a number of organizations involved with the management of
stroke, but there is not currently a stroke-specific Usenet newsgroup
where a stroke survivor can interact with other stroke survivors around
the world.  As the problem continues to grow, such a newsgroup may be able
to help stroke survivors and their families support each other, beyond
just the medical aspects of the disease.


CHARTER:

soc.support.stroke is an unmoderated newsgroup where stroke survivors,
their relatives, friends, caregivers, and professionals in the field can
share experiences and exchange ideas on how to cope with the effects of
stroke.  Posters are expected to abide by normal Usenet standards of
decorum - for example, bottom posting will be the norm, and lurking for a
while before posting is advisable - and to refrain from sending articles
intended to disrupt the group.

The following are not allowed:

  - Personal advertisements
  - Commercial advertisements and money-making schemes
  - Chain letters
  - HTML
  - Threats and/or advocation of violence
  - Binaries, except PGP signatures, X-Face headers, and other
    ancillary meta-data
  - Personal attacks





DISTRIBUTION:

This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:

  news.announce.newgroups
  news.groups
  can.med.misc
  alt.support.disorders.neurological
  misc.health.alternative


PROPONENT:

Stewart Pickell <myhome@mts.net>

Co-Proponent: Gunter Wenzel <gwenzel2@shaw.ca>


CHANGE HISTORY:

2006-11-14     5th RFD/Second LCC
2006-11-07     4th RFD/LCC
2006-10-31     3rd RFD
2006-10-26     2nd RFD
2006-10-20     1st RFD
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