REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
unmoderated group comp.lang.pl-i
This a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) concerning the creation
of a new unmoderated newsgroup called comp.lang.pl-i. This is not a
Call For Votes (CFV). Please do not vote at this time.
PL/I is a long-established general programming language that is
used throughout the world.
Preliminary surveys on the PL/I listserver, and enquiries elsewhere
have revealed support for the establishment of a specific newsgroup
to discuss programming issues related to PL/I. Significant
discussion occurs on compuserve and talklist. Lesser activity
is found on the PL/I listserver. Sporadic discussion appears
in comp.lang.misc, but often gets missed because readers do not
know to look there.
An increasing discussion of PL/I on new platforms is indicated by:
CompuServe: 410 postings over 4.5 months to Oct 16 (av. 90 / month)
Talklink : 627 postings over 4.5 months to Oct 16 (av. 130 / month)
Listserver: 40 postings Oct 1 to Oct 19 (but av. 5-10 / month)
Some of this activity arises from the recent releases of PL/I on
new platforms including OS/2, AIX, DG-UX, Alpha, and VAX.
Creation of a newsgroup would provide a focus and attract interest
in discussions from those who currently do not have a forum. Search
by newcomers results in frustration on account of there not being
a central point for discussions on the Usenet. It is not easy
to find out information about PL/I, or even to know where to look
for such information.
The principal focus for a PL/I newsgroup would be a forum to
discuss programming issues, to provide a ready access to assistance
on programming problems, implementation differences, and the like.
It would also be a vehicle for announcements about developments
in PL/I, information on PL/I sites on the www, and so on.
Examples of issues that could be discussed:
* New developments in the PL/I language (and especially PL/I
for OS/2 and AIX);
* Interfacing PL/I with other languages and vice versa;
* Using PL/I in the PC environment
* Developing PL/I programs on the PC for the mainframe and
* Porting PL/I programs to other platforms;
* Taking over legacy PL/I code, and maintaining/developing it.
This newsgroup should be of interest to all programmers (PL/I and
Discussion about the proposed newsgroup will take place on news.groups
ONLY, which is a newsgroup dedicated to the discussion of new
newsgroups, and anyone interested is encouraged to participate.
The vote will be run by a neutral third party, the Usenet
Volunteer Votetakers (UVV)
Discussing the RFD will continue for at least 21 days. If there is a
general concensus, a neutral third party will post the CFV. If there
are still problems with the RFD after 30 days, discussion will be
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