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From [email protected] Mon May 16 21:48:29 1994
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From: [email protected] (I. Oguocha)
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Subject: RFD: soc.culture.nigeria
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Introduction
============

This message is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) on a new newsgroup,
soc.culture.nigeria, as required by the USENET guidelines on creation of a
new newsgroup. Please, feel free to distribute this RFD to any other groups
or mailing lists to which it may seem relevant. Discussion will take place
on news.groups. Therefore, all follow-up posts should be posted to news.groups.
Initial suggestions for the group charter, status, rules, etc are given below. 
These suggestions are subject to change and review. Anyone interested in this 
proposal is encouraged to participate in the discussion.

Newsgroup Name:			
===============			

soc.culture.nigeria

Charter
=======

The proposed soc.culture.nigeria is meant to be a free forum for all
discussions, debates, and information about Nigeria and her peoples.
Therefore, Nigerians within and without Nigeria and friends of Nigeria
all over the world or everyone interested in Nigeria, irrespective of
nationality or language, are welcome to participate.

Postings can cover any topic of choice provided it has something to do with
Nigeria. This means all social, cultural, political, musical, historical,   
geographical, scientific, marital, technical, legal, and other topics that 
are, in one way or another, related to Nigeria or Nigerians. Postings can 
also include news, opinions, observations, humor, announcements, or requests.
If it has anything to do with Nigeria, it can be discussed. Further, it is 
hoped that soc.culture.nigeria will be a useful means of contact for Nigerians
all over the world.

Background And Rationale
========================

Nigeria is a nation of many nations, with over 250 identified distinct ethnic 
groups. It is estimated that one out of every four Africans is a Nigerian. It is
also estimated that there are over 4 million Nigerians living outside Nigeria
today. At present, apart from soc.culture.african, there are few mailing lists 
serving Nigerians abroad. Some are interest specific. This means then that if a
Nigerian or a person interested in Nigeria should subscribe to all these list-
servers, that person's disc quota will be continually exceeded leading to hig-
her costs and agonizing inconveniences. Some of the mailing lists generate more
than 50 mails per day during the peak seasons and requests to join them are
growing day by day. Further, requests about Nigerian newsgroup continually 
appear on soc.culture.african thereby showing that a need exists for a 
USENET-based newsgroup for Nigeria.

The proposed soc.culture.nigeria newsgroup is in no way intended as a substit-
ute to soc.culture.african or any of the existing mailing lists, neither is it
meant to compete with them. Rather, it is to serve more as a shock absorber or
relief valve to these linguistically and interest-specific defined groups. It 
is going to complement soc.culture.african. In the new newsgroup, Nigerians 
and non-Nigerians of all tongues can discuss issues specific to Nigeria without
wading through unending mails, some of which are not of interest to the persons.
In addition, a proper newsgroup about Nigeria will be less confusing to a
novice USENET reader who wants to find information about Nigeria or peoples of 
Nigeria regardless of their language. It will afford many USENET readers the 
opportunity to interact with Nigerians and enjoy the diversity of Nigerian cul-
tures. Therefore, the official creation of soc.culture.nigeria in accordance 
with the agreed USENET procedures will facilitate access for people all over 
the world to information about Nigeria, not the least for Nigerians themselves
scattered all over the world who are very eager to know what is happening at 
home.

Status and Rules
================

Soc.culture.nigeria will be an unmoderated newsgroup, unless posters to a 
future soc.culture.nigeria decide to make it a moderated one according to
the agreed USENET procedures. Therefore, anyone will be able to post to this 
newsgroup. However, being free to post should be considered a previlige and not
a right. Hence, junk, hate, sexist, racial, and cross-posted articles will be
strongly discouraged. Most importantly, everyone should be responsible for what
one posts. Please, respect the secularity of Nigeria. Neither christianity nor
islam is Nigeria's official religion. So, for peace and tranquility over rel-
igious matters, religious articles which may cause disconcord amongst posters
are strongly discouraged.

All articles posted should have something to do with  Nigeria or the peoples
living therein, however remotely. Insults, "flames" or unnecessary criticism of
a group or a person is strongly discouraged. Remember, a flame begets flames and
it is better not to start one at all. Please read the netiquette rules in
news.announce.newusers before posting your first article to this newsgroup, and
endeavor to stick to them whenever posting articles. And if you must flame,
please take it to e-mail and respect the privacy of your correspondent(s).

Finally, do not post any unlawful article/information to soc.culture.nigeria.
Any one who does this is doing it at his/her own personal risk.

Languages
=========

Any of Nigeria's 250 languages, Pidgin, and English. Postings in languages 
other than these are welcome provided that the English translations of the 
articles are provided, because English is Nigeria's official language. When 
necessary, Nigerians are encouraged to provide English translations to articles
written in vernacular.

Character Sets
==============

Articles should be sent in the normal 7 bit ASCII character set, conform
to RFC822. If accented characters are necessary (as we have in Yoruba, Igbo, 
Efik, Ibibio, etc) one is allowed to use the standard 8 bit ISO-8859-1 character
set. Other language- or machine-specific character sets are not acceptable in
this newsgroup. Please, check with your system admin before posting any
article.

Discussions:
============

Discussions on soc.culture.nigeria will last 30 days. Revised RFD will be
posted after 14 days. It will reflect all suggestions and opinions you
provide during the discussion which may warrant a second RFD. After 30 days 
a call for votes (CFV), carried out by a neutral body, will follow. This RFD 
is being posted in accordance with the guidelines set in the "How to Create 
a New Usenet Newsgroup."  Please refer to this article if you have any ques-
tions about the newsgroup creation process.

This RFD has been cross-posted to the folowing newsgroups:
        news.announce.newgroups
	soc.culture.african
	
and copied to the following mailing lists:
	[email protected]
	[email protected]

Remember, all comments should be directed to: news.groups. Thank you for 
participating.

Oguocha, I. (Proponent)
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From [email protected] Tue Jun 21 14:40:44 1994
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Peter Berger)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.african,soc.culture.african.american,soc.culture.caribbean
Subject: CFV: soc.culture.nigeria
Date: 21 Jun 1994 10:40:52 -0400
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                      FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
                 unmoderated group soc.culture.nigeria

Newsgroups line:

soc.culture.nigeria	Nigerian affairs, society, cultures, and peoples.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 12 July 1994.

This CFV will also be posted to the Nigerian network
<[email protected]> and Association of Nigerians Abroad (ANA)
<[email protected]> mailing lists.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party.  For voting
questions only contact Peter G. Berger, Esq. <[email protected]>.
For questions about the proposed group contact I. Oguocha
<[email protected]>.

Charter
=======

The proposed soc.culture.nigeria is meant to be a free forum
for all discussions, debates, and information about Nigeria and her
peoples.  Therefore, Nigerians within and without Nigeria and friends
of Nigeria all over the world or everyone interested in Nigeria,
irrespective of nationality or language, are welcome to participate.
Postings can cover any topic of choice provided it has something to do
with Nigeria. This means all social, cultural, political, musical,
historical, geographical, scientific, marital, technical, legal, and
other topics that are, in one way or another, related to Nigeria or
Nigerians. Postings can also include news, opinions, observations,
humor, announcements, or requests. If it has anything to do with
Nigeria, it can be discussed.
 
Background And Rationale
========================

Nigeria is a nation of many nations, with over 250 identified distinct
ethnic groups. It is estimated that one out of every four Africans is
a Nigerian. It is also estimated that there are over 4 million
Nigerians living outside Nigeria today. At present, apart from
soc.culture.african, there are few mailing lists serving Nigerians
abroad. Some are interest specific. This implies that if a Nigerian or
a person interested in Nigeria should subscribe to all these
listservers, that person's disk quota will be continually exceeded
leading to higher costs and agonizing inconveniences. Some of the
mailing lists generate more than 50 mails per day during the peak
seasons and requests to join them are growing day by day. Further,
requests about Nigerian newsgroup continually appear on
soc.culture.african thereby showing that a need exists for a
USENET-based newsgroup for Nigeria.

The proposed soc.culture.nigeria newsgroup is in no way intended as a
substitute to soc.culture.african or any of the existing mailing
lists, neither is it meant to compete with them. Rather, it is to
serve more as a shock absorber or relief valve to these linguistically
and interest-specific defined groups. It is going to complement
soc.culture.african. In the proposed newsgroup, Nigerians and
non-Nigerians of all tongues can discuss issues specific to Nigeria
without wading through unending mails, some of which are not of
interest to the persons. In addition, a publicly accessible newsgroup
about Nigeria will be less confusing to a novice USENET reader who
wants to find information about Nigeria or Nigerians regardless of
their language. It will afford many USENET readers the opportunity to
interact with Nigerians and enjoy the diversity of Nigerian cultures.
Therefore, the official creation of soc.culture.nigeria in accordance
with the agreed USENET procedures will facilitate access for people
all over the world to information about Nigeria, not the least for
Nigerians themselves scattered all over the world who are very eager
to know what is happening at home.
 
Status and Rules
================
 
Soc.culture.nigeria shall be an unmoderated newsgroup. Therefore,
anyone will be able to post to this newsgroup. However, being free to
post should be considered a privilege and not a right. Hence, junk,
hate, sexist, racial, and cross-posted articles will be strongly
discouraged. Most importantly, everyone is responsible for what one
posts. Please, respect the secularity of Nigeria.  Neither
christianity nor islam nor any religion whatsoever is Nigeria's
official religion. So, for peace and tranquility over religious
matters, religious articles which may cause disconcord amongst
posters are strongly discouraged.

All articles posted must have something to do with Nigeria or the
peoples living therein, however remotely. Insults, flames or
unnecessary criticism of a group or a person is strongly discouraged.
Remember, a flame begets a multitude of counter flames. Therefore,
it is better not to start one at all. But if you must flame, please
take it to e-mail and respect the privacy of your correspondent(s).
Please, read the netiquette rules in news.announce.newusers before
posting your first article to this newsgroup, and endeavor to stick to
them whenever posting articles. Finally, do not post any unlawful or
prohibited article/information to soc.culture.nigeria. Any one who
does this is doing it at his/her own personal risk.

Languages
=========
 
Any of Nigeria's 250 languages, Pidgin, and English. Postings in
languages other than these are welcome provided that the English
translations of the articles are provided, because English is
Nigeria's official language. When necessary, Nigerians are encouraged
to provide English translations to articles written in vernacular.
 
Character Sets
==============
 
Articles should be sent in the standard 7 bit ASCII character set,
conform to RFC822. If accented characters are necessary (as we have in
Yoruba, Igbo, Efik, Ibibio, etc) one is allowed to use the standard 8
bit ISO-8859-1 character set. Other language or machine-specific
character sets are not acceptable in this newsgroup.

HOW TO VOTE

Send MAIL to:   [email protected]
Just Replying should work if you are not reading this on a mailing list.

Your mail message should contain one of the following statements:
      I vote YES on soc.culture.nigeria
      I vote NO on soc.culture.nigeria

You may also ABSTAIN in place of YES/NO - this will not affect the outcome.
Anything else may be rejected by the automatic vote counting program.  The
votetaker will respond to your received ballots with a personal acknowledge-
ment by mail - if you do not receive one within several days, try again.
It's your responsibility to make sure your vote is registered correctly.

Only one vote per person, no more than one vote per account.  Addresses and
votes of all voters will be published in the final voting results list.

From [email protected] Tue Jul 12 15:06:59 1994
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Peter Berger)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.african,soc.culture.african.american,soc.culture.caribbean
Subject: 2nd CFV: soc.culture.nigeria
Date: 12 Jul 1994 13:53:32 -0400
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                      SECOND CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
                 unmoderated group soc.culture.nigeria

Newsgroups line:

soc.culture.nigeria	Nigerian affairs, society, cultures, and peoples.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 12 July 1994.

This CFV will also be posted to the Nigerian network
<[email protected]> and Association of Nigerians Abroad (ANA)
<[email protected]> mailing lists.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party.  For voting
questions only contact Peter G. Berger, Esq. <[email protected]>.
For questions about the proposed group contact I. Oguocha
<[email protected]>.

Charter
=======

The proposed soc.culture.nigeria is meant to be a free forum
for all discussions, debates, and information about Nigeria and her
peoples.  Therefore, Nigerians within and without Nigeria and friends
of Nigeria all over the world or everyone interested in Nigeria,
irrespective of nationality or language, are welcome to participate.
Postings can cover any topic of choice provided it has something to do
with Nigeria. This means all social, cultural, political, musical,
historical, geographical, scientific, marital, technical, legal, and
other topics that are, in one way or another, related to Nigeria or
Nigerians. Postings can also include news, opinions, observations,
humor, announcements, or requests. If it has anything to do with
Nigeria, it can be discussed.
 
Background And Rationale
========================

Nigeria is a nation of many nations, with over 250 identified distinct
ethnic groups. It is estimated that one out of every four Africans is
a Nigerian. It is also estimated that there are over 4 million
Nigerians living outside Nigeria today. At present, apart from
soc.culture.african, there are few mailing lists serving Nigerians
abroad. Some are interest specific. This implies that if a Nigerian or
a person interested in Nigeria should subscribe to all these
listservers, that person's disk quota will be continually exceeded
leading to higher costs and agonizing inconveniences. Some of the
mailing lists generate more than 50 mails per day during the peak
seasons and requests to join them are growing day by day. Further,
requests about Nigerian newsgroup continually appear on
soc.culture.african thereby showing that a need exists for a
USENET-based newsgroup for Nigeria.

The proposed soc.culture.nigeria newsgroup is in no way intended as a
substitute to soc.culture.african or any of the existing mailing
lists, neither is it meant to compete with them. Rather, it is to
serve more as a shock absorber or relief valve to these linguistically
and interest-specific defined groups. It is going to complement
soc.culture.african. In the proposed newsgroup, Nigerians and
non-Nigerians of all tongues can discuss issues specific to Nigeria
without wading through unending mails, some of which are not of
interest to the persons. In addition, a publicly accessible newsgroup
about Nigeria will be less confusing to a novice USENET reader who
wants to find information about Nigeria or Nigerians regardless of
their language. It will afford many USENET readers the opportunity to
interact with Nigerians and enjoy the diversity of Nigerian cultures.
Therefore, the official creation of soc.culture.nigeria in accordance
with the agreed USENET procedures will facilitate access for people
all over the world to information about Nigeria, not the least for
Nigerians themselves scattered all over the world who are very eager
to know what is happening at home.
 
Status and Rules
================
 
Soc.culture.nigeria shall be an unmoderated newsgroup. Therefore,
anyone will be able to post to this newsgroup. However, being free to
post should be considered a privilege and not a right. Hence, junk,
hate, sexist, racial, and cross-posted articles will be strongly
discouraged. Most importantly, everyone is responsible for what one
posts. Please, respect the secularity of Nigeria.  Neither
christianity nor islam nor any religion whatsoever is Nigeria's
official religion. So, for peace and tranquility over religious
matters, religious articles which may cause disconcord amongst
posters are strongly discouraged.

All articles posted must have something to do with Nigeria or the
peoples living therein, however remotely. Insults, flames or
unnecessary criticism of a group or a person is strongly discouraged.
Remember, a flame begets a multitude of counter flames. Therefore,
it is better not to start one at all. But if you must flame, please
take it to e-mail and respect the privacy of your correspondent(s).
Please, read the netiquette rules in news.announce.newusers before
posting your first article to this newsgroup, and endeavor to stick to
them whenever posting articles. Finally, do not post any unlawful or
prohibited article/information to soc.culture.nigeria. Any one who
does this is doing it at his/her own personal risk.

Languages
=========
 
Any of Nigeria's 250 languages, Pidgin, and English. Postings in
languages other than these are welcome provided that the English
translations of the articles are provided, because English is
Nigeria's official language. When necessary, Nigerians are encouraged
to provide English translations to articles written in vernacular.
 
Character Sets
==============
 
Articles should be sent in the standard 7 bit ASCII character set,
conform to RFC822. If accented characters are necessary (as we have in
Yoruba, Igbo, Efik, Ibibio, etc) one is allowed to use the standard 8
bit ISO-8859-1 character set. Other language or machine-specific
character sets are not acceptable in this newsgroup.

HOW TO VOTE

Send MAIL to:   [email protected]
Just Replying should work if you are not reading this on a mailing list.

Your mail message should contain one of the following statements:
      I vote YES on soc.culture.nigeria
      I vote NO on soc.culture.nigeria

You may also ABSTAIN in place of YES/NO - this will not affect the outcome.
Anything else may be rejected by the automatic vote counting program.  The
votetaker will respond to your received ballots with a personal acknowledge-
ment by mail - if you do not receive one within several days, try again.
It's your responsibility to make sure your vote is registered correctly.

Only one vote per person, no more than one vote per account.  Addresses and
votes of all voters will be published in the final voting results list.

From [email protected] Thu Jul 28 17:28:10 1994
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Peter Berger)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.african,soc.culture.african.american,soc.culture.caribbean
Subject: RESULT: soc.culture.nigeria passes 267:17
Supersedes: <[email protected]>
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             unmoderated group soc.culture.nigeria passes 267:17

There were 267 YES votes and 17 NO votes, for a total of 284 valid votes. 
There was 1 abstain and 12 invalid ballots.

For group passage, YES votes must be at least 2/3 of all valid (YES and NO)
votes.   There also must be at least 100 more YES votes than NO votes. 

There is a five day discussion period after these results are posted.  If no
serious allegations of voting irregularities are raised, the moderator of
news.announce.newgroups will create the group shortly thereafter.

Charter
=======

The proposed soc.culture.nigeria is meant to be a free forum
for all discussions, debates, and information about Nigeria and her
peoples.  Therefore, Nigerians within and without Nigeria and friends
of Nigeria all over the world or everyone interested in Nigeria,
irrespective of nationality or language, are welcome to participate.
Postings can cover any topic of choice provided it has something to do
with Nigeria. This means all social, cultural, political, musical,
historical, geographical, scientific, marital, technical, legal, and
other topics that are, in one way or another, related to Nigeria or
Nigerians. Postings can also include news, opinions, observations,
humor, announcements, or requests. If it has anything to do with
Nigeria, it can be discussed.
 
Background And Rationale
========================

Nigeria is a nation of many nations, with over 250 identified distinct
ethnic groups. It is estimated that one out of every four Africans is
a Nigerian. It is also estimated that there are over 4 million
Nigerians living outside Nigeria today. At present, apart from
soc.culture.african, there are few mailing lists serving Nigerians
abroad. Some are interest specific. This implies that if a Nigerian or
a person interested in Nigeria should subscribe to all these
listservers, that person's disk quota will be continually exceeded
leading to higher costs and agonizing inconveniences. Some of the
mailing lists generate more than 50 mails per day during the peak
seasons and requests to join them are growing day by day. Further,
requests about Nigerian newsgroup continually appear on
soc.culture.african thereby showing that a need exists for a
USENET-based newsgroup for Nigeria.

The proposed soc.culture.nigeria newsgroup is in no way intended as a
substitute to soc.culture.african or any of the existing mailing
lists, neither is it meant to compete with them. Rather, it is to
serve more as a shock absorber or relief valve to these linguistically
and interest-specific defined groups. It is going to complement
soc.culture.african. In the proposed newsgroup, Nigerians and
non-Nigerians of all tongues can discuss issues specific to Nigeria
without wading through unending mails, some of which are not of
interest to the persons. In addition, a publicly accessible newsgroup
about Nigeria will be less confusing to a novice USENET reader who
wants to find information about Nigeria or Nigerians regardless of
their language. It will afford many USENET readers the opportunity to
interact with Nigerians and enjoy the diversity of Nigerian cultures.
Therefore, the official creation of soc.culture.nigeria in accordance
with the agreed USENET procedures will facilitate access for people
all over the world to information about Nigeria, not the least for
Nigerians themselves scattered all over the world who are very eager
to know what is happening at home.
 
Status and Rules
================
 
Soc.culture.nigeria shall be an unmoderated newsgroup. Therefore,
anyone will be able to post to this newsgroup. However, being free to
post should be considered a privilege and not a right. Hence, junk,
hate, sexist, racial, and cross-posted articles will be strongly
discouraged. Most importantly, everyone is responsible for what one
posts. Please, respect the secularity of Nigeria.  Neither
christianity nor islam nor any religion whatsoever is Nigeria's
official religion. So, for peace and tranquility over religious
matters, religious articles which may cause disconcord amongst
posters are strongly discouraged.

All articles posted must have something to do with Nigeria or the
peoples living therein, however remotely. Insults, flames or
unnecessary criticism of a group or a person is strongly discouraged.
Remember, a flame begets a multitude of counter flames. Therefore,
it is better not to start one at all. But if you must flame, please
take it to e-mail and respect the privacy of your correspondent(s).
Please, read the netiquette rules in news.announce.newusers before
posting your first article to this newsgroup, and endeavor to stick to
them whenever posting articles. Finally, do not post any unlawful or
prohibited article/information to soc.culture.nigeria. Any one who
does this is doing it at his/her own personal risk.

Languages
=========
 
Any of Nigeria's 250 languages, Pidgin, and English. Postings in
languages other than these are welcome provided that the English
translations of the articles are provided, because English is
Nigeria's official language. When necessary, Nigerians are encouraged
to provide English translations to articles written in vernacular.
 
Character Sets
==============
 
Articles should be sent in the standard 7 bit ASCII character set,
conform to RFC822. If accented characters are necessary (as we have in
Yoruba, Igbo, Efik, Ibibio, etc) one is allowed to use the standard 8
bit ISO-8859-1 character set. Other language or machine-specific
character sets are not acceptable in this newsgroup.

soc.culture.nigeria Final Vote Ack

Voted Yes
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[email protected]                        Axel Harneit-Sievers
[email protected]                                            Monday Gang Gala
[email protected]                                      Ramesh Fernando
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[email protected]                                       O.J. Aboyade
[email protected]                 Michael S. Sekoni (X8593) PROFS (MSS)
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ACDF156%[email protected]                            Wale Shokoya
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[email protected]          Nubi Achebo Ext. 4389 "Virtual Info Systems Now!
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[email protected]                                   Godwill Chima Akotaobi
[email protected]                                                     Abiye Iyo
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[email protected]                                     O Peter Akubeze
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[email protected]                             christopher soren ambrose
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[email protected]                                                 Ayowale Ogunye
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[email protected]                                 The unrepentant Farafina
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From [email protected] Tue Jul 16 18:40:24 1996
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: Alfred Ajose <[email protected]>
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.african,soc.culture.nigeria,soc.culture.zimbabwe,soc.culture.sierra-leone
Subject: RFD: moderate soc.culture.nigeria
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Date: 16 Jul 1996 22:40:14 -0000
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                     REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
    moderated group soc.culture.nigeria (moderates existing group)

Newgroup line:
soc.culture.nigeria     Nigerian culture, peoples, and affairs (moderated)

RATIONALE: soc.culture.nigeria

Soc.culture.nigeria was created in 1994 as an unmoderated newsgroup to
discuss issues pertaining to Nigeria and her peoples. In recent times,
off-topic posts have started to infest it. Initially, it was thought
that contacting the posters of these articles could help control the
influx of off-topic and massively cross-posted articles. Such effort
has failed to curtail the number of these posts. The regular readers
have requested that it be moderated to remove off-topic articles.

CHARTER: soc.culture.nigeria

Soc.culture.nigeria is a moderated forum for all discussions, debates,
and information about Nigeria and her peoples.  Therefore, Nigerians
within and without Nigeria and friends of Nigeria all over the world or
all persons interested in Nigeria, irrespective of nationality, race,
creed, sex, age, or language, who can follow USENET netiquette, basic
rules of polite human interaction, and any further requirements imposed
by the charter are welcome to participate. Postings can cover any topic
of choice provided it has something to do with Nigeria. This means all
social, cultural, political, musical, historical, geographical, scienti-
fic, marital, technical, legal, and other topics that are, in one way or
another, related to Nigeria or Nigerians. Postings can also include news,
opinions, observations, humor, announcements, or requests. If it has
anything to do with Nigeria, it can be discussed.

Status and Rules
----------------
Soc.culture.nigeria shall be a moderated newsgroup. All articles posted
must have something to do with Nigeria or the peoples living therein.
Insults, flames or unnecessary criticism of a group or a person will be
discouraged by the moderators. Anyone will be able to post to this news-
group. However, being free to post should be considered a privilege and
not a right. Hence, junk, hate, sexist, racial, and cross-posted articles
will be strongly discouraged by the moderators. Most importantly, everyone
is responsible for what one posts. Please, respect the secularity of
Nigeria. Neither Christianity nor Islam, in fact, no religion whatsoever,
is Nigeria's official religion. So, for peace and tranquility over relig-
ious matters, religious articles which may cause disconcord amongst
readers will be strongly discouraged by the moderators. Please, read the
netiquette rules in news.announce.newusers before posting your first
article to this newsgroup, and endeavor to stick to them whenever posting
articles.

Moderation Policy:
------------------
The role of the moderators is to ensure that the conditions of the
charter are met by any submissions. Submissions shall be evaluated
as to whether or not they (a) are on-topic, (b) meet netiquette, and
(c) meet any other standards as defined in the charter. The forwarding
of submissions to soc.culture.nigeria by moderators shall be in a
timely manner.

We believe that moderation is not equal to censorship and shall never be
allowed to degenerate to censorship. However, we also believe that a
newsgroup should be free of irrelevant articles. The following shall
be off-topic in soc.culture.nigeria:

1) Posts not related to the purposes of creating soc.culture.nigeria.

2) Posts that exceed 75 characters per line. However, there is no limit
   to the length of a submission.

3) Crossposts to soc.culture.nigeria will not be allowed. Notable
   exceptions here are crossposts of articles which are related to
   Nigeria. RFDs and CFVs of newsgroup proposals which, in the
   opinion of the moderators (e.g., African-interest RFDs and CFVs), may
   interest readers of soc.culture.nigeria, will be allowed. Nevertheless,
   each cross-post shall be judged on its own merit.

4) "Me too" posts; posts that contain an unreasonable amount of quoted
   text. As a general rule, a post will be rejected if less than 1/3
   of it is new text. Posts which, in the opinion of the moderators,
   do not contribute any new discussion to an ongoing thread; intensely
   repetitive posts; unguarded polemics.

5) Commercial advertisements or personal advertisements that have nothing
   to do with Nigeria; "spam" articles; and robogenerated articles.

6) Obscene plagiarism and academic dishonesty, including the deliberate
   misattribution of quotations from historical documents and figures.
   The moderators shall interprete this rule loosely -- newsgroups are
   not academic journals -- but deliberate misattributions have poisoned
   the atmosphere in other newsgroups.

7) Posts containing profanity or excessive rudeness; posts that lack
   appropriate civility. While well-placed heckles are acceptable,
   flamewars are not.  Any post full of personal abuse, slander or libel,
   or unauthorized reference to private e-mail addresses or mailing lists
   shall also be rejected.

8) Propagation of national, religious, racial, sexual, or ethnic
   hostility or animosity -- including posts openly justifying violence
   (in particular, violence against disabled people, women and children),
   war crimes, or ethnic cleansing.

9) Binary files, even if they are related to Nigeria. Nigerian-related
   binary files should be posted to the appropriate alt.binaries.* group
   with a pointer in soc.culture.Nigeria indicating where the binary in
   question may be found.

Moderators will not screen postings for spelling, grammar, syntax,
or intellectual content and accuracy beyond that allowed in the charter
or its amendment thereof.

Moderators reserve the right to terminate any thread which degenerates
into unacceptable namecalling, rudeness, vulgarity, or which they feel
has reached its end or flash point. Such threads shall be terminated
by a 2/3 supermajority of the current moderators.

Individuals who believe a particular moderator has unfairly rejected a
submission can appeal to the entire panel of moderators.  The panel
will reevaluate the submission and make a majority decision as to
whether it will be posted.  In the event that the moderation panel is
evenly split over whether a submission ought to be posted, the
submission shall be posted.

If traffic in the group proves heavy, the moderators may develop a
robomoderation script to assist in their duties.

Anyone may volunteer to join the moderation panel with the consent
of a two-thirds supermajority of the current moderators. Moderators
shall not be required to belong to any specific group, be it national
/ethnic/cultural/... Moderators also may be removed by a 2/3 majority
of the active members of the moderation panel. Failing this, a moder-
ator may also be removed by a 2/3 vote of the ACTIVE participants in
the group. A participant shall be deemed ACTIVE if he/she shall have
successfully posted two or more articles to soc.culture.nigeria in
the 30 days prior to a request for a vote. Of course, moderators
may resign of their own volition. If a moderator wants to resign or
retire, he/she shall make a public statement at least 14 days prior
to resignation or retirement, so that a replacement may be found.

Gateway:
--------
Soc.culture.nigeria was created in 1994 to be Nigeria's window to
the USENET community and to serve as a relief valve to Nigeria's
main mailing list, Naijanet. Since it's inception, a temporary link
has been be maintained between Naijanet and soc.culture.nigeria.
This link has been very successful in maintaining Nigeria's  pres-
ence on the USENET/Internet and affording our members who have no
access to USENET the opportunity to post to soc.culture.nigeria.
The general concensus is that this linkage shall be continued for the
total benefit of Nigerians and the USENET community. Therefore,
soc.culture.nigeria shall be gated to Naijanet via a unidirectional
gateway. Moderators of soc.culture.nigeria shall also moderate the
gateway. Any other Nigeria-interest mailing list may gateway to
soc.culture.nigeria if it desires, provided the approval of the current
moderators is obtained. Approval is by a vote of simple majority of
the active moderators. In addition, the list-owner shall have accepted
to supply at least one volunteer moderator to the current moderating
panel.

Languages and Character Sets
----------------------------
Postings in any of Nigeria's native languages (more than 250) as well
as Pidgin and English shall be accepted. Postings in languages other
than these are welcome provided that the English translations of the
articles are supplied, because English is Nigeria's official language.
Nigerians are encouraged to provide, where necessary, English transla-
tions to articles written in vernacular in order to improve readership.

Articles should be sent in the standard 7 bit ASCII character set,
conform to RFC822. If accented characters are necessary one is allowed
to use the standard 8 bit ISO-8859-1 character set. Other language or
machine-specific character sets are not acceptable in this newsgroup.

END CHARTER.

MODERATOR INFO: soc.culture.nigeria

Moderator: Alfred Ajose <[email protected]>
Moderator: Njansi Uchendu <[email protected]>
Moderator: Bode Olajumoke <[email protected]>
Moderator: Uche Ikwut-Ukwa <[email protected]>

END MODERATOR INFO.

PROCEDURE:

This is a request for discussion, not a call for votes.  In this phase
of the process, any potential problems with the proposed newsgroup
should be raised and resolved.  The discussion period will continue
for a minimum of 21 days (starting from when the first RFD for this
proposal is posted to news.announce.newgroups), after which a Call For
Votes (CFV) will be posted by a neutral vote taker.  Please do not
attempt to vote until this happens.

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

This RFD attempts to comply fully with the Usenet newsgroup creation
guidelines outlined in "How to Create a New Usenet Newsgroup" and "How
to Format and Submit a New Group Proposal".  Please refer to these
documents (available in news.announce.newgroups) if you have any
questions about the process.

DISTRIBUTION:

This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups:

  news.announce.newgroups,
  news.groups,
  soc.culture.african
  soc.culture.nigeria
  soc.culture.zimbabwe
  soc.culture.sierra-leone

and the following mailing list:

 Naijanet <[email protected]> (Nigerian Main Mailing List)
          Subcribe via: [email protected]
          Subsrciption Command: subscribe naijanet user-name
 Oduduwa-net <[email protected]> (List for Yoruba Language and Culture)
          no membership required to post articles.
 Igbo--net  <[email protected]> (List for Igbo Affairs)
          no membership required to post articles
 Naija-Women Network <[email protected]> (List for Naija Women Affairs)
          no membership required to post articles.

 pointers to this RFD will be posted by the mentor/proponents in:

       soc.culture.kenya
       soc.culture.liberia
       soc.culture.south-africa
       soc.culture.somalia
       soc.culture.malagasy
       soc.culture.caribbean
       soc.culture.african.american

PROPONENTS:

Proponent: Babatunde Harrison <[email protected]>
Proponent: Alfred Ajose <[email protected]>
Proponent: Njansi Uchendu <[email protected]>
Proponent: Bode Olajumoke <[email protected]>

MENTOR: Oguocha Ike
 
USENET FACT: Lurker
A person who reads/browses newsgroups but does not actively post.