Hi! The RFD Maker is a simple form designed to help you format a Request
For Discussion for the creation of a new uk.* unmoderated newsgroup. The 'Help'
buttons provide useful tips on filling in the various sections. You are strongly
advised to lurk for a while in news:uk.net.news.config
before using the form. A complete set of guidelines can be found at http://www.usenet.org.uk.
Fill in or edit all fields marked*
Fields may be edited to suit your specific needs.
PROPOSED NEWSGROUP NAME *
List of Newsgroup hierarchies
REAL NAME *
REAL E-MAIL ADDRESS *necessary for the RFD; not stored by using this form.
If you decide to allow advertising in your group it
should be relevant. If you don't want advertising at all, type "none".
Advertising in this group should be relevant to
Are the above details correct?;
PLEASE POST THIS RFD TO THE FOLLOWING NEWSGROUPS *
add groups as appropriate, but do not remove those already there.
Separate with commas.
FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSION TO TAKE PLACE IN
uk.net.news.config is the definitive place for discussion
ONE LINE SUMMARY Short description of group, less than
characters. Do not include the group's name.
This section will be filled in automatically.
RATIONALE (why you want the group to be formed)*
CHARTER (what you want the group to discuss. IMPORTANT - this must
be written in the present tense) *
Options for proponents:
- Select no advertising (see above) - Omit exception for
"Job" adverts .
- Delete contents and rewrite from scratch. (Group subject is added automatically
when you start to fill in the form. Do not edit this field until then)
Advertising is forbidden, with these exceptions:
Suppliers of goods and services relevant to <group subject>
in the UK may post an invitation to visit their web site or request details.
It should be of four lines or fewer, and not posted more than once
every 3 months. The subject line should begin "ADVERT: ",
except for vacancy adverts, when it should begin "JOB: ".
BINARIES & FORMATTING
Encoded binaries (e.g. pictures, compressed files, etc.) are
forbidden. Such material belongs on a web or FTP site to which
a pointer may be posted. Cryptographic signatures (e.g. PGP)
may be used where authentication is important and should be as
short as possible.
Posts must be readable as plain text. HTML, RTF and similarly
formatted messages are prohibited. To see how to make some
common newsreaders comply with this, read
The following clause is optional. ISPs are unlikely to act on charter
violations unless they are against their Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
Warning. Anyone posting contrary to this charter may be reported to their "postmaster" and/or Service Provider.
That's all the information needed to create the RFD. Now click
"create RFD" below and your RFD will appear in
To complete the process simply send an e-mail containing finished
RFD to email@example.com Use
cut and paste to copy the text into your e-mail software.
The subject line should be the name of the proposed group. Be sure to send
it in Plain Text.
This form is totally unofficial and is provided simply as a free service
to assist new newsgroup proponents. The author does not accept any responsibility
for the consequences of its use.
I have to put that in but I don't really foresee any problems. The pre-loaded
wording has been discussed in uk.net.news.config, but that doesn't mean
there won't be someone out there who wants to change it; that's the whole
point of the discussion period. In any case you should read all clauses carefully
to make they suit your needs and delete any sections that are not appropriate.
Even though you have used this service, your RFD must still be approved by
the uk.* Usenet committee, who will check that it meets any guidelines currently
in place, including being correctly named. If in doubt, post it anyway and
the committee will advise.
Please send any comments, complaints or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed by black-dog
This page was last updated on
May 04, 2006
 Grateful thanks to Andy
Mabbett for his hard work in drafting the 'boilerplate' text upon which
most of the RFDMaker is based
Cut and Paste
In Windows, place the cursor in the window containing the finished RFD.
Right click and press "Select all". Right click again and
press "Copy". Go to your e-mail software and with the cursor
in the correct position, right click again and press "Paste"
If you have any problems please mail me at email@example.com