BIG-8 hierarchies are the 8 traditional top hierarchies of the Usenet. See the following page for more information: The BIG-8 hierarchies contain most of the articles in the Usenet world. Many of the groups in these hierarchies are moderated. Only the hierarchy moderator is allowed to create new groups or remove existing groups. If you would like to create a new BIG-8 group, you have to propose it on news.groups. Submit as many details and information as possible. If there is enough interest in your group, an email based election will take place. If 2/3 of all voters voted for the group and there are at least 100 more YES-votes than NO-votes, the moderator will create the group. All proposed groups who do not meet the voting guidelines are declined.