RFD: comp.lang.asm.x86.protected 
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 RFD: comp.lang.asm.x86.protected

                     REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
            unmoderated group comp.lang.asm.x86.protected

Newsgroup line:
comp.lang.asm.x86.protected     Protected Mode in x86 assembly language.

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of a
world-wide unmoderated Usenet newsgroup comp.lang.asm.x86.protected
This is not a Call for Votes (CFV); you cannot vote at this time.
Procedural details are below.

RATIONALE: comp.lang.asm.x86.protected

Since the introduction of the 286 processor, a new implemention for
setting up these processors was born. This way of setting up and
programming for this processor has been well documented for his
successors, the 386/486 and Pentium. Still, programming in the right
way for these processors has still been difficult, since many aspects
are involved. There are two areas that touch upon assemly language for
the IAPX86 family. They are alt.lang.asm and comp.lang.asm.x86. They
both help people to gain understanding of the IAPX86 processors in
general, when concerning programming in assembly. These two groups are
alike. When you examine these area's, you will find that questions
about protected mode are asked more frequently. The subjects of both
the groups are not defined well enough to ensure the posted messages
stay within one particular subject of interest, they are both groups
with a broad scala of subjects. This new area will touch upon a small
area that is currently covered by the other two groups. Questions
about protected mode concern both software as hardware aspects. It
doesn't therefore belong to a group with the prefix 'lang' neither
does it belong to an area with the prefix 'hardware'. This area will
be speciallized and one can imagine the benefits for the users of this
new group as well as for the users of the 'old' groups. The majority
of people currently using these groups are beginners or intermediates,
and usually don't have any interest regarding this subject, creating
a new group will move all these questions not of interest to them to
a dedicated group where people who are interested find messages only
about protected mode. Earlier I mentioned that this new area doesn't
belong in the 'lang' category. Reasons to support the naming of this
area are:

-to stay in line with the existing group comp.lang.asm.x86

-users currently using the groups mentioned above will recognize this
 name better when asked to subscribe to.

-to avoid confusion. In my opinion, the 'x86' statement should be named
 first, before the 'asm' or even the 'lang' statement. This however is
 in conflict with the group comp.lang.asm.x86. I want this area to be
 related to comp.lang.asm.x86 because it should be percieved as a subgroup
 of comp.lang.asm.x86.

CHARTER: comp.lang.asm.x86.protected

This newsgroup is designed to allow discussion of all facts, features,
and capabilities concerning programming in assembly in protected mode.
Topics thay may be addressed are:

* Discussions related to Protected Mode
* General questions relating to 386/486,Pentium and future processors
  (IBM compatibles) privilegged instructions
* Questions regarding DOS-extenders
* Hints & Tips & Tricks
* Book reviewals (if anyone is interested in posting them)

Any other topics of interest which are not listed above but deserve to
be may be added during the discussion period. This group will be
unmoderated, so anyone can post in this area.



This is a request for discussion, not a call for votes.  In this phase
of the process, any potential problems with the proposed newsgroups
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) may be posted by a neutral vote taker if the discussion
warrants it.  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.


This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups:

   news.announce.newgroups news.groups comp.lang.asm.x86 alt.lang.asm
   comp.os.msdos.programmer rec.games.programmer alt.msdos.programmer


Sat, 05 Dec 1998 03:00:00 GMT  
 [ 1 post ] 

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