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From [email protected] Thu Feb 18 23:11:05 1993 Path: uunet!bounce-back From: Alex Lopez-Ortiz <[email protected]> Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,sci.math Subject: RFD: sci.math.{educational,recreational} Followup-To: news.groups Date: 15 Feb 1993 19:25:05 -0500 Organization: uwaterloo.ca Lines: 64 Sender: [email protected] Approved: [email protected] Message-ID: <[email protected]> NNTP-Posting-Host: rodan.uu.net Xref: uunet news.announce.newgroups:3245 news.groups:66732 sci.math:39753 R E Q U E S T F O R D I S C U S S I O N ------------------------------------------- This is a Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the new newsgroups sci.math.educational and sci.math.recreational (unmoderated). NEWSGROUPS: sci.math.educational (sci.math.undergrad?) sci.math.recreational STATUS: Unmoderated PURPOSE: The newsgroup sci.math.educational would be a forum for issues related to undergraduate mathematics and related topics like mathematical education, textbooks and problems at the undergrad level. (Sci.math.undergrad has been proposed as an alternative name). The newsgroup sci.math.recreational would be a forum for problems of recreational interest and for amusement purposes. Jokes, anecdotes and mathematical trivia should also be part of this newsgroup. RATIONALE: Over the last month, consensus seems to have it that sci.math should be split. Amongst the reasons put forward for this decision are: - High Traffic Volume. To date, sci.math is the second ranked sci.* newsgroup by number of readers. It ranks 133 by traffic volume in Kbytes and 113 by number of articles, out of 1,876 total newsgroups. - Clear separation of interests between recreational, educational and professional research in mathematics. -These groups are to join the hierarchy of sci.math newsgroups: sci.math sci.math.num-analysis sci.math.research sci.math.stat sci.math.symbolic Upon creation of these newsgroups, discussion that used to take place in sci.math and covered by the charter of the new newsgroups should be encouraged to move to the approppriate forum. NEWSGROUP CREATION: The discussion period will be from 15 February 1993 to 17 March 1993. 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. -- Alex Lopez-Ortiz [email protected] Department of Computer Science University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario Canada From [email protected] Thu Apr 8 12:39:02 1993 Path: uunet!bounce-back From: [email protected] (Alex Lopez-Ortiz) Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,sci.math Subject: 2nd RFD: sci.math.{college,edu,rec} Followup-To: news.groups Date: 8 Apr 1993 12:28:54 -0400 Organization: University of Waterloo Lines: 73 Sender: [email protected] Approved: [email protected] Message-ID: <[email protected]> NNTP-Posting-Host: rodan.uu.net Xref: uunet news.announce.newgroups:3441 news.groups:69478 sci.math:42232 R E Q U E S T F O R D I S C U S S I O N ------------------------------------------- This is a second Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the new newsgroups sci.math.college, sci.math.edu, and sci.math.rec (unmoderated). The response to the first RFD was overwhelmingly positive. It was properly noticed that educational and recreational are typically shortened to rec and edu. Moreover a distinction between college/undergrad mathematics and educational issues seemed to be in place. NEWSGROUPS: sci.math.college sci.math.edu sci.math.rec STATUS: Unmoderated PURPOSE: The newsgroup sci.math.edu would be a forum for issues related to the teaching and learning of mathematics at all levels, from elementary to college education. In particular this newsgroup will be a one-way gateway to existing listserv lists on topics like calculators in the classroom and K-12 math education. The newsgroup sci.math.college is a forum for the tens of thousands of undergrad students who are taking math courses and their teachers. Material like textbook selection, problems and challenges are part of the chart of this newsgroup. The newsgroup sci.math.rec would be a forum for problems of recreational interest and for amusement purposes. Jokes, anecdotes and mathematical trivia should also be part of this newsgroup. RATIONALE: Over the last months, consensus seems to have it that sci.math should be split. Amongst the reasons put forward for this decision are: - High Traffic Volume. To date, sci.math is the second ranked sci.* newsgroup by number of readers. It ranks 133 by traffic volume in Kbytes and 113 by number of articles, out of 1,876 total newsgroups. - Clear separation of interests between recreational, educational and professional research in mathematics. -These groups are to join the hierarchy of sci.math newsgroups: sci.math sci.math.num-analysis sci.math.research sci.math.stat sci.math.symbolic Upon creation of these newsgroups, discussion that used to take place in sci.math and covered by the charter of the new newsgroups should be encouraged to move to the approppriate forum. NEWSGROUP CREATION: 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. -- Alex Lopez-Ortiz [email protected] Department of Computer Science University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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