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From [email protected] Tue Oct  5 13:07:11 1993 Path: uunet!bounce-back From: [email protected] (Peter Gutmann) Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,sci.crypt,,, Subject: RFD: sci.crypt.research Followup-To: news.groups Date: 5 Oct 1993 10:22:55 -0400 Organization: Computer Science Dept. University of Auckland Lines: 48 Sender: [email protected] Approved: [email protected] Message-ID: <[email protected]> NNTP-Posting-Host: Xref: uunet news.announce.newgroups:4114 news.groups:83542 sci.crypt:20054  Name: sci.crypt.research   Charter: To allow the discussion of cryptography and cryptographic issues in          an environment free of the type of noise which has been plagueing          sci.crypt for the past year or two.   Status: Moderated   In the last few years to signal to noise ratio of sci.crypt has become progressively worse, scaring away many of the previous sci.crypt regulars.  The level of the postings to the group has steadily declined from useful details on current research, algorithms, implementations, and informed comment, to endless wrangling about US export restrictions, the Clipper/Capstone chips, key escrow, the first amendment, NSA conspiracies, and whatnot.  The appearance of talk.politics.crypto has alleviated this problem only slightly.   I therefore propose the creation of sci.crypt.research in an effort to restore the status quo to what it was a few years ago.  Despite many, many requests >from people to keep the noise out of sci.crypt, this has not happened, so the new group will be moderated.  However cryptography being the contentious issue that it is, there may be an advantage to having more than one moderator.  Here are some recent comments I made during a discussion in sci.crypt:   >I can moderate it if there's a demand for sci.crypt.research.  Since I'm >located in a country which doesn't generally get intimidated by the US govt, >and whose branch of the NSA don't even like to admit they exist, there's >little chance of any problems. >  >However since the principal task of any moderator will be to act as noise >filter, how about having multiple moderators with people submitting postings >to whoever's closest, much like the submission process to the editors of >technical journals.  As long as the moderator collective maintains a >reasonably uniform standard of junk rejection I can't see any problems, and >there could be advantages to having at least two moderators, one in the US and >one in a location free of any US govt. influences.   What the moderation would entail is, as I see it, the filtering out of non crypto research related noise such as anything related to the issues mentioned above, leaving only the core of useful information which it's become so hard to find in sci.crypt recently.  The purpose of the moderation isn't so much to restrict posting but rather to allow posting in a noise-free environment.   Peter. --   [email protected]||[email protected]||[email protected] [email protected]||[email protected]||[email protected]              (In order of preference - one of 'em's bound to work)             -- "We shouldn'a sold the flags" - Groucho Blondini --   From [email protected] Thu Oct 14 20:49:33 1993 Path: uunet!bounce-back From: [email protected] (Peter Gutmann) Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,sci.crypt,, Subject: 2nd RFD: moderate sci.crypt, create Followup-To: news.groups Date: 14 Oct 1993 19:01:08 -0400 Organization: Computer Science Dept. University of Auckland Lines: 50 Sender: [email protected] Approved: [email protected] Message-ID: <[email protected]> References: <[email protected]> NNTP-Posting-Host: Xref: uunet news.announce.newgroups:4157 news.groups:84550 sci.crypt:20347  This is the second RFD for the sci.crypt reorganisation, which summarises  the debate so far and provides an updated proposal.  The original RFD  proposed the creation of a new group, sci.crypt.research, aimed at allowing  the discussion of cryptography and cryptographic issues in an environment  free of the type of noise which has been plagueing sci.crypt for the past  year or two.     The response was in general favourable, but a number of people thought that  sci.crypt should be moderated instead of creating a new group.  However  others (me included) were of the opinion that moderating sci.crypt would  leave nowhere for postings which one person summed up as:   >    Does anyone have a Playfair cracker around?  My daughter has just >    encrypted my grant application and won't decrypt it until I double >    her pocket money! > >That is scarcely anything to do with state-of-the art research, cryptography >politics, computer security or any of the other categories already catered  >for.   The general consensus seems to be that we need some sort of moderated group,  but not everyone agreed on sci.crypt.research.  A suggestion was made that a  better solution to the problem would be to moderate sci.crypt, and to create  a new group, for handling the traditional "Where can I  get a free DES implementation/Is there a cracker for my WordPerfect file/ etc" type postings.  This seems like a workable compromise between the  "Moderate sci.crypt" crowd and the "Create a new moderated group" crowd,  since it creates a noise-free sci.crypt as well as leaving an open group for  crypto-related messages which don't have any place in talk.politics.crypto  or   The proposal therefore is:    - Change the status of sci.crypt from unmoderated to moderated.  As I've     mentioned before I'll offer to act as one of the moderators, if anyone     else wants to help with this, let me know.    - Create a new unmoderated group for general discussion     about software and all the other things which would probably be answered     anyway by reading the FAQ :-).   OK, flame away.... if anyone's got a better solution (I'm sure you all do  :-), don't hesitate to let us know.   Peter. --   [email protected]||[email protected]||[email protected] [email protected]||[email protected]||[email protected]              (In order of preference - one of 'em's bound to work)      -- He's dead Jim.  You grab his tricorder, I'll get his wallet --  
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