SETI RFD: sci.astro.seti, sci.astro.setiathome (fwd)


David Woolley (david@djwhome.demon.co.uk)
Thu, 8 Jul 1999 11:24:37 +0100


NB Discussion of this outside of news.groups is likely to be ignored.
Caution: redistribution of this RFD is permitted, with certain conditions,
redistribution of any subsequent Call for Votes is not.

I hope this didn't already go out on the list, but I didn't have a
chance to skim all my mail this morning.

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From: cjones@cs.uoregon.edu (Christopher Jones)
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Subject: RFD: sci.astro.seti, sci.astro.setiathome
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                     REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
                   unmoderated group sci.astro.seti
                unmoderated group sci.astro.setiathome

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of
world-wide unmoderated Usenet newsgroups sci.astro.seti and
sci.astro.setiathome. This is not a Call for Votes (CFV); you
cannot vote at this time. Procedural details are below.

Newsgroup lines:
sci.astro.seti The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
sci.astro.setiathome Discussion of the sci.astro.setiathome Discussion of the SETI@home project.

RATIONALE: sci.astro.seti

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is the
scientific discipline of searching for electromagnetic evidence
of extraterrestrial civilizations. SETI has received a lot of
attention recently due to the attention recently due to the SETI@home project. The attention recently due to the SETI@home project. The SETI@home
project has shown that at least several hundred thousand
individuals are willing to dedicate computer resources to the
search for alien radio signals. This has brought an increase in
the amount of discussion of SETI and the possibilities of
extra-terrestrial intelligence (ETI). This has increased the
number of posts about SETI in related newsgroups (sci.astro,
etc.) by a large amount.

RATIONALE: sci.astro.setiathome

The The SETI@home project is a distributed computing project
which harnesses the computing power of hundreds of thousands
of Internet connected computers to search for radio evidence
of extraterrestrial civilizations. It is one of several
operating SETI programs and is by far the most public. This
program officially launched 5/18/99. In a few short days, a
quarter of a million people have downloaded and started using
the client software. The number of users now stands at more
than one half million. We see the sci.astro.setiathome newsgroup
as a forum for discussing use, configuration, and trouble
shooting of the client software as well as a place to discuss the
technical and social implications of the data presented on the
seti@home statistics web pages. We have heard from a number of
teachers who are developing curricula around teachers who are developing curricula around seti@home and this
group would also provide a forum for them. There are already
several thousand postings about several thousand postings about seti@home on the various
newsgroups searched by dejanews, indicating great interest in
such a group. Many of these postings have been about client
configuration problems and the followups have often been quite
helpful to users.

CHARTER: sci.astro.seti

This newsgroup is intended for the discussion of the Search for
Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

Appropriate topics for discussion include the following:
1) Discussion of SETI projects (such as Phoenix, 1) Discussion of SETI projects (such as Phoenix, SETI@home,
   BETA, etc.)
2) The possibilities of Alien life (Drake equation, planetary
   abundance and its relavance to SETI, etc.)
3) The potential content of alien messages and how to decode
   them, as well as any messages we (humans) have / will /
   could send into space that are intended for ETI's (such as
   the Voyager record, the Arecibo message to M13, the Encounter
   2001 project, etc.)
4) Potential alien technology in the context of detection /
   communication by / with humans (using visible light lasers
   instead of radio, for example).

Inappropriate posts include:
1) Commercial advertisements of any kind, including those for
   items related to items related to seti@home.
2) Binaries, with the exception of cryptographic signatures.
3) Discussions concerning UFOs, "alien abductions", etc, which
   which should take place in other groups.

It should be noted that discussion of the It should be noted that discussion of the seti@home project
as a SETI methodology is encouraged. However, discussions
very specific to very specific to seti@home, such as software settings, are
best directed to other groups. The most appropriate such
group is (if approved) sci.astro.setiathome.

END CHARTER.

CHARTER: sci.astro.setiathome

This group will be unmoderated and distributed worldwide.
It's focus is the discussion of the It's focus is the discussion of the seti@home project.

Appropriate topics for discussion include the following:
1) Installation and configuration of the 1) Installation and configuration of the seti@home client.
2) Trouble shooting the use of the 2) Trouble shooting the use of the seti@home client.
3) Discussion of the 3) Discussion of the seti@home statistics pages.
4) Discussion of school curricula built around the 4) Discussion of school curricula built around the seti@home
   project.

Inappropriate posts include:
1) Commercial advertisements of any kind, including those for
   items related to items related to seti@home.
2) Binaries, with the exception of cryptographic
   signatures. Pointers to freely available software
   related to related to seti@home would of course be welcomed.
3) Discussions concerning UFOs, "alien abductions", etc, which
   which should take place in other groups.

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),
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.

DISTRIBUTION:

This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups:

  news.announce.newgroups, news.groups,
  sci.astro, sci.astro.amateur,
  sci.space.station,sci.space.science

This RFD will also be advertised on the This RFD will also be advertised on the SETI@home web site after
it's initial posting in news.groups.

This RFD may be distributed freely to other relevant newsgroups
or maillists, provided the followup line (to news.groups) is
unaltered. Note that discussion regarding this RFD should be
conducted only in news.groups!

Proponent: Christopher M. Jones <cjones@cs.uoregon.edu>
Proponent: Jeff Cobb <jeffc@ssl.berkeley.edu>
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