RFD: comp.software.year-2000 
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 RFD: comp.software.year-2000

                     REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
              unmoderated group comp.software.year-2000

newsgroup line:
comp.software.year-2000 Year 2000 compliance: projects and issues.

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of a
world-wide unmoderated Usenet news group comp.software.year-2000.
This is not a Call for Votes (CFV); you cannot vote at this time.
Procedural details are below.

All discussion should be posted to news group: "news.groups".

RATIONALE: comp.software.year-2000

Many projects are now in progress for the purpose of converting
computer systems and planning new systems to accommodate "Year 2000."
There is a need for a dedicated online newsgroup for unmoderated
discussion of technical, management, and legal issues related to the
conversion of data processing logic to handle 21st-century dates -
so-called "year 2000 compliance".

A new newsgroup, "comp.software.year-2000" is being proposed to
supplement the e-mailing lists and world-wide-Web pages which focus on
"Year 2000" issues.  Considering the high volume of traffic on the
aforementioned mail lists, and the need to focus on selected topics,
a newsgroup like "comp.software.year-2000" has advantages for many
participants, because of its faster access and "thread" structure.

Sub-groups may later be added for specific countries, systems, etc.,
if needed.  The main idea is to provide a forum that will be easier to
review than a mail list or Web page, as the volume of messages
inevitably increases over the next three years. This structure may
further evolve as needed.

The new group is proposed as a member of the "comp.software"
hierarchy because proponents and mentors found it to be the closest
match, in terms of content, of all existing "comp." groups.

CHARTER: comp.software.year-2000

This newsgroup will be open to all aspects of the year 2000 century
conversion, including:

* Project-management issues - suggested phases in year 2000 projects;
  how to get projects budgeted; experiences with "offshore
  consultants"; cost estimating; test strategies; contingency plans;
  checklists; expected staffing demands.

* Technical discussions - year 2000 problems and solutions on various
  computer systems and networks.  "What we're doing in our project";
  suggestions on test setups for specific systems.  Programming
  solutions.

* Software tools - for inventory and/or conversion of affected code.
  Rating of/experiences with specific tools.  Pitfalls to watch out
  for.  Pointers to relevant products and vendor documentation.

* Announcements - upcoming or recently published newspaper or magazine
  articles, TV spots, etc. on year 2000 issues.  Notice of lectures,
  classes, conferences.

* Legal and corporate-level year 2000 software issues - liability for
  problems, insurance coverage, officer/director responsibility,
  software vendor responsibility to customers.

Language shall not be restricted to English.

All posts shall be directly related to the subject of year 2000
compliance.  Topics  of a political, philosophical or religious nature
shall not be posted in comp.software.year-2000.

END CHARTER.

PROCEDURE:

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).

All discussion should be posted to news.groups.

At the end of the discussion period, a Call for Votes (CFV) will be
posted by a neutral vote taker.  Do not attempt to vote until this
happens.

This RFD attempts to fully comply with Usenet newsgroup creation
guidelines outlined in "How to Create a New Usenet Newsgroup" and
"Writing an RFD". Please refer to these documents if you have
questions about the process.

DISTRIBUTION:

This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups:

     news.announce.newgroups, news.groups,
     comp.software.testing, comp.programming, comp.org.acm,
     comp.lang.cobol, alt.cobol, comp.os.vms, comp.risks,
     bit.listserv.ibm-main, comp.admin.policy, comp.databases






Sun, 31 Jan 1999 03:00:00 GMT  
 
 [ 1 post ] 

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