Search the FAQ Archives

3 - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M
N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z
faqs.org - Internet FAQ Archives

Hierarchy Charters for uk.*

(MultiPage )
[ Usenet FAQs | Web FAQs | Documents | RFC Index | Cities ]
Archive-name: uk/hierarchy
Posting-frequency: every 8 weeks
Last-modified: Sun Jun 9 19:09:22 BST 2002

See reader questions & answers on this topic! - Help others by sharing your knowledge
This document was accepted by the Fast-track method in February 1996.

The status of the document is that it is definitive as regards the wording
of the individual charters, but advisory so far as the introductory section
and the last section (on the status of the existing top-level groups) are
concerned. Charters for new hierarchies (or revisions to these ones) that
are accepted according to the usual Guidelines will automatically be
incorporated. The document is posted periodically to uk.net.news.announce,
and can also be found at <http://www.usenet.org.uk/hierarchy.html> from
which links to the charters for the individual groups can be found.


		UK Hierarchy Charters
		---------------------



Subject: Introduction This FAQ aims to set out the structure of the uk.* hierarchy by providing a Charter for each of its main branches. Proposers of new groups should study them carefully to see where their proposal would best fit. Totally new branches should only be proposed where there is a very clear need, in which case consideration also needs to be given to what else the new branch might encompass in the future. Note, however, that once a specific group has been formed, its own charter is definitive for that group.
Subject: Recent Changes Mon Feb 12 16:09:22 GMT 1996 Addition of agreed charters for uk.local.* and uk.community.*. Wed Jul 10 16:33:11 BST 1996 Addition of agreed charters for uk.arts.* and uk.tech.* and revised charter for uk.sci.*. Fri Aug 2 12:31:21 BST 1996 Change to uk.local.* to reflect intent of CFV. Wed Aug 14 10:03:13 BST 1996 Addition of agreed charter for uk.current-events.* Tue Oct 1 11:35:07 BST 1996 Addition of agreed sub-charter for uk.rec.cars.* Fri Oct 25 09:19:57 BST 1996 Addition of agreed charter for uk.environment.* Wed Nov 27 11:56:17 GMT 1996 Addition of agreed charter for uk.gov.* Fri Jan 3 12:04:56 GMT 1997 Addition of uk.sources to top-level groups Sun Aug 31 16:25:42 BST 1997 Addition of agreed charter for uk.telecom.* Thu Apr 23 12:31:21 BST 1998 Removal of uk.sources from top-level groups Wed Jun 17 20:47:34 BST 1998 Agreed change to uk.sport.*. Mon Aug 24 12:54:28 BST 1998 Sub-hierarchy uk.sport.football.* Mon Nov 9 17:01:40 GMT 1998 Add uk.culture.*; remove uk.arts.* Mon Feb 22 11:36:28 GMT 1999 Agreed change to uk.education.* Wed Mar 17 13:07:47 GMT 1999 Agreed change to uk.local.* Fri Apr 2 10:31:30 BST 1999 Corrected error in above Tue Oct 5 17:57:23 BST 1999 Agreed change to uk.local.* Wed Mar 1 10:10:15 GMT 2000 Uk.philosophy.* Wed Apr 19 19:22:34 BST 2000 Uk.finance.* Mon Sep 25 14:23:25 BST 2000 template uk.sport.football.clubs.* Thu Nov 30 17:01:21 GMT 2000 template uk.media.* Wed Dec 27 22:36:29 GMT 2000 uk.current-events.* [extending groups] Wed Feb 28 11:51:14 GMT 2001 Agreed change to uk.org.* Sun Jun 9 19:09:22 BST 2002 "programme" misspelt
Subject: Table of Contents 1. uk.adverts.* 2. uk.announce.* 3. uk.business.* 4. uk.community.* 5. uk.comp.* 6. uk.culture.* 7. uk.current-events.* 8. uk.education.* 9. uk.environment.* 10. uk.finance.* 11. uk.food+drink.* 12. uk.games.* 13. uk.gov.* 14. uk.jobs.* 15. uk.local.* 16. uk.media.* 17. uk.misc.* 18. uk.music.* 19. uk.net.* 20. uk.org.* 21. uk.people.* 22. uk.philosophy.* 23. uk.politics.* 24. uk.rec.* 25. uk.religion.* 26. uk.sci.* 27. uk.sport.* 28. uk.tech.* 29. uk.telecom.* 30. uk.transport.* 31. Top-level groups
Subject: 1. uk.adverts.* For goods or services offered or wanted. These are UK newsgroups and should not be used by anyone attempting to sell to or buy from any other countries than those in the UK.
Subject: 2. uk.announce.* A hierarchy for announcing news and events of specific interest to the UK readership, particularly to a wider audience than the readership of the newsgroups in which their subjects would naturally place them. Note, however, that announcements specifically relating to the operation of Usenet News belong in uk.net.news.announce.
Subject: 3. uk.business.* A hierarchy for the discussion of commercial activities of all sorts, and a forum where people with common business interests can exchange views.
Subject: 4. uk.community.* A hierarchy for the discussion of activities intended for the benefit of the community at large. Such activites will typically be sponsored by local government, quangos, voluntary bodies, or charities.
Subject: 5. uk.comp.* This hierarchy is for UK-related issues concerning computers. It is not intended to duplicate the function of the worldwide comp.* hierarchy.
Subject: 6. uk.culture.* This hierarchy is for the discussion of all aspects of culture in and of the UK, including its understanding, appreciation, practise and promotion. The term "culture" encompasses customs, activities, objects, performances and displays which have aesthetic merit, or which manifest our heritage and civilisation. It also includes the work of organizations which seek to display and promote all such cultural activities. Please note that there may be other more appropriate hierarchies for specific examples of culture, for example uk.media.*, uk.music.*, and uk.rec.*; groups for the discussion of 'lifestyles' or 'sub-cultures' will usually be more appropriately placed in uk.people.*.
Subject: 7. uk.current-events.* uk.current-events.* is the hierachy where newsgroups to discuss events in the news in the 'Real World' can be formed. Note that in certain instances a group in uk.politics.* may be more appropriate - 'uk.current-events.labouvative-party-split' could be better as 'uk.politics.labouvative-party-split'. In exceptional circumstances, such as (hypothetically) 'The Great Salford Earthquake of June 31st 2010' control@usenet.org.uk, on behalf of committee@usenet.org.uk, is empowered to create a newsgroup in this hierarchy instantly, bypassing the minimum 10 day discussion period outlined in the Guidelines For Group Creation; any newsgroup created in this manner shall be automatically removed after 30 days UNLESS (a) a formal RFD has in the meantime been submitted in order to make it permanent, or (b) Control, on behalf of the Committee decides, due to continued interest, to delay the rmgroup up to a maximum of 180 days.
Subject: 8. uk.education.* A hierarchy for all education issues and/or training issues and for the teaching profession and students.
Subject: 9. uk.environment.* A hierarchy for the discussion of the environment, natural and man-made, in which we live. Topics could include its ecological balance, its resources and their use or abuse, the disruption and pollution caused by human activity, the raising of public awareness, and measures for its conservation, and management. Strictly scientific matters should be discussed in a sci.* or uk.sci.* group, recreational use of the environment should be discussed under uk.rec.*, and government activities affecting the environment should be discussed in uk.politics.environment.
Subject: 10. uk.finance.* uk.finance.* is a hierarchy for groups which discuss personal and commercial finance issues such as borrowing and lending, credit and debt, making investments and raising capital.
Subject: 11. uk.food+drink.* A hierarchy for the discussion of all aspects of food and drink, including manufacture, marketing, preparation and enjoyment.
Subject: 12. uk.games.* For the discussion of board games, card games, and other such activities with an intellectual content. Note that ball games and other such physical activities belong more properly under uk.rec.* or uk.sport.*.
Subject: 13. uk.gov.* Groups for the discussion of all aspects of local and central government agencies, departments and organisations, both from the viewpoint of the relevant agency, department or organisation and from the viewpoint of it's customers. Groups can be created to discuss general aspects of such bodies, and group boundaries need not conform to departmental boundaries. Groups within this hierarchy are for the discussion of the operation and policy of the Body concerned, discussions relating to Government policy ought to take place in the relevant uk.politics.* group, where such group exists. Each group charter should include this restriction. Groups within this hierarchy are not government owned, nor are they government moderated, and the fact that this is the case should appear in the group charters.
Subject: 14. uk.jobs.* For employment opportunities offered or wanted. These are UK newsgroups and should only be used in relation to employment within the UK, or by UK-based companies.
Subject: 15. uk.local.* The hierarchy is for groups to discuss issues and announce events related to recognised and identifiable locations and regions within the United Kingdom, or in territories closely associated with it. Groups will be created in the form: uk.local.<area-name> or in the form: uk.local.<area-name>.<subcategory>. <area-name> is the area to be covered by the group (and <subcategory> can be used or extended as necessary). The <area-name> shall be that which is in everyday usage or an alias that is commonly understood. Other, more suitable, hierarchies shall be used for fictional, imaginary or virtual locations." Messages posted to groups in this hierarchy must not be cross-posted to more than a TOTAL of four uk.local.* newsgroups; these may be geographically adjacent or overlapping, or connected by the subject of the post (e.g. "moving house from Manchester to Birmingham"). Note that the advertising of widely-available goods or services is *not* relevant in this context, and that most uk.local.* groups have restrictions on advertising, or prohibit it. Cross-posted adverts, where allowed, must meet the requirements of the charters of *all* groups involved. A paragraph to this effect, must be included in any future charter for a group in this hierarchy.
Subject: 16. uk.media.* 'Media' includes radio, television, cinema, newspapers, books and all other such publicly distributed or broadcast means of communication (with the general exception of computer communications more properly covered within uk.net.*). There is a group template charter to enable temporary groups to be created without the full RFD procedure. Group Template Charter: uk.media.tv.* and uk.media.radio.* Group Definition Any programme or series currently being broadcast, or scheduled to be broadcast within the two months following the request, on any terrestrial, cable or satellite channel receivable within the UK. Conditions Any proponents wishing to create a TV or radio group using the "Group Template" option must satisfy the following conditions: 1. The programme shall fall within the "Group Definition". 2. A further 11-20 potential newsgroup users shall provide their names and valid email addresses for listing in the posting, by Control, to uk.net.news.announce, uk.net.news.config and uk.media as well as uk.media.tv.misc or uk.media.radio.misc as appropriate. 3. The normally accepted full name of the programme shall be used in the newsgroup name and shall be hyphenated if necessary (e.g. big-brother). 4. The group charter shall be the following in full: Charter Template Newsgroups line: uk.media.tv.<programme-name> The TV programme <programme-name> OR uk.media.radio.<programme-name> The Radio programme <programme-name> Charter for unmoderated group uk.media.<tv/radio>.<programme-name> uk.media.<tv/radio>.<programme-name> is for the discussion of all aspects of the programme <programme-name> currently broadcast on <channel(s)>. This group shall be rmgrouped after 120 days unless in the meantime an RFD has been proposed to make it permanent, with an appropriate permanent charter. Any RFD that proposes to make the group permanent must have applied for a vote taker or fast track by the 120th day in which case the removal of the group shall be postponed pending the outcome. If either of these fails the rmgroup shall be issued. Control should post a message to the group after approximately 90 days to remind them of this. An announcement of the rmgroup should be posted to uk.net.news.announce. Advertising Advertising is forbidden. Binaries And Formatting Encoded binaries (e.g. pictures, compressed files, etc.), are *forbidden*, except for cryptographic signatures (e.g. PGP). Binaries belong on a web or ftp site, whose URL may be posted. Posts must be in plain text. To see how to make your newsreader comply with this, read <http://www.usenet.org.uk/ukpost.html>. Warning Anyone posting advertisements, binaries or other material contrary to this charter may be reported to their ISP or postmaster. Quick Group Creation Request A request for a newsgroup should be emailed to control@usenet.org.uk with the wording: "Request for quick creation: We request creation of a newsgroup for <program-name> in accordance with the Charter Template for uk.media.<tv/radio>.* groups" and a list of 12-21 supporters with valid email addresses.
Subject: 17. uk.misc.* No groups shall be created under uk.misc.*. I.e. there is no such hierarchy.
Subject: 18. uk.music.* For discussion of all kinds of music.
Subject: 19. uk.net.* For discussion of computer networks within the UK, notably (but not limited to) the internet. uk.net.news.* This is an important sub-hierarchy for the discussion of Usenet News.
Subject: 20. uk.org.* This hierarchy is provided as a service to organisations with a widespread membership. It can be used as a channel of communication to/from their members, or to exhibit their aims/concerns/activities to a wider audience. It can also be used to facilitate communication between the members themselves. Groups may be created in this hierarchy to discuss matters common to broad classes of organisations, with groups for individual organisations of the class in a sub-hierarchy below those groups. It is to be understood that groups to discuss specific organisations will not be created in this hierarchy contrary to the wishes of the organisation itself.
Subject: 21. uk.people.* For discussions with and amongst groups of people who have common lifestyles, social situations or difficulties. By way of example, these could include ethnic groupings, the unemployed and various kinds of disability, but not cases for which there exist more appropriate hierarchies, such as common occupations, religious affiliations or recreations.
Subject: 22. uk.philosophy.* uk.philosophy.* is a hierarchy for groups which discuss :- a, the pursuit of wisdom; b, the search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means; c, the grounds of, and concepts expressing, fundamental beliefs.
Subject: 23. uk.politics.* Politics is "the art of the possible". Although party politics will clearly tend to dominate, this hierarchy is intended for the discussion of the policies of all agencies, official or otherwise, which are in a position to influence the way things are done.
Subject: 24. uk.rec.* This hierarchy covers activities which people do mainly for the purpose of recreation. Nevertheless, discussion may be expected at all levels of expertise, both professional and amateur, and may include both utilitarian and recreational aspects of the subject. It is not always helpful to set up separate groups for these aspects and thus the placement of many topics within this category may be seen (especially with hindsight) as being somewhat arbitrary. See, therefore, the remarks under uk.transport.*. See also uk.games.*. uk.rec.cars.* This is an important sub-hierarchy of uk.rec.*, with its own sub-charter: For the discussion of the technicalities and usage of cars within the UK. Although such usage will mostly be of a recreational nature, discussion of non-recreational usage is not forbidden. Groups may exist under this hierarchy for different types of car (classic, sports, etc.) and for different activities involving cars (maintenance, etc.) and for different makes or models. Note that motorcycles should be discussed under uk.rec.motorcycles, rallying, hill climbing and the like should be discussed under uk.rec.motorsport.*, and commercial operations and matters of transport policy should be discussed under uk.transport.*.
Subject: 25. uk.religion.* For the discussion of UK-related aspects of various religions.
Subject: 26. uk.sci.* For the discussion of all matters scientific with a specifically UK content. Note that matters strictly technological should use uk.tech.*.
Subject: 27. uk.sport.* This hierarchy is for the discussion of any sports within the UK. uk.sport.football.* This is an important sub-hierarchy of uk.sport.*, with its own sub-charter. Moreover, there is a group template charter to enable such groups to be created without the full RFD procedure. Within the UK the word "football" normally means association football, i.e. "soccer", and groups created under this sub-hierarchy will generally be presumed to be for the discussion of association football only. Exceptionally, groups for other codes of football MAY be included in this sub-hierarchy, provided their names and charters make this absolutely clear. Groups to discuss specific football clubs should come under a uk.sport.football.clubs.* sub-hierarchy. Group Template Charter: uk.sport.football.clubs.* Note Any proponent wishing to deviate from this template for the newsgroup they wish to create is free to do so under the normal RFD process. Group Definition All football clubs that are members of: 1 England: Football Association Premiership and Football League Div 1-3 2 Scotland: Scottish Football Association Premiership and Scottish Football League Div 1-3 Conditions Any proponents wishing to create a football club group using the "Group Template" option must satisfy the following conditions: 1. The football club shall fall within the "Group Definition". 2. A further 11-20 potential newsgroup users shall provide their names and valid email addresses for listing in the posting, by Control, to uk.net.news.announce, uk.net.news.config and uk.sport.football. 3. The normally accepted full name of the football club shall be used in the newsgroup name and shall be hyphenated if necessary (e.g. tottenham-hotspur, derby-county). 4. If using the full name of the club causes the newsgroup line length to be exceeded then the proponent may use a common abbreviation to fix the problem. In the event of any dispute, the Committee shall be the final arbiters. 5. The group charter shall be the following in full: Charter Template Newsgroups line: uk.sport.football.clubs.<club-name> <Club Name> FC Charter for unmoderated group uk.sport.football.clubs.<club-name> uk.sport.football.clubs.<club-name> is for the discussion of all <Club Name> Football Club related topics. Advocacy of other clubs should take place within uk.sport.football. Advertising Advertising is forbidden, with these exceptions: Suppliers of goods and services particularly relevant to <Club Name> Football Club may post, not more than once every 3 months, an invitation of four lines or fewer, to visit their web site or request details. The subject line should begin: "ADVERT:&nbsp". Binaries And Formatting Encoded binaries (e.g. pictures, compressed files, etc.), are *forbidden*, except for cryptographic signatures (e.g. PGP). Binaries belong on a web or ftp site, whose URL may be posted. Posts must be in plain text. To see how to make your newsreader comply with this, read <http://www.usenet.org.uk/ukpost.html>. Crossposting Crossposting is strictly forbidden with the following exception: Crossposting to one other group in uk.sport.football.clubs.* is permitted for topics of common interest such as transfer speculation and forthcoming matches. Warning Anyone posting advertisements, binaries or other material contrary to this charter may be reported to their ISP or postmaster without further warning after their first offence. Quick Group Creation Request A request for a newsgroup should be emailed to control@usenet.org.uk with the wording: "Request for quick creation: We request creation of a newsgroup for <Club Name> FC in accordance with the Charter Template for uk.sport.football.clubs.* groups" and a list of 12-21 supporters with valid email addresses.
Subject: 28. uk.tech.* This hierarchy is concerned with all aspects of technology and its applications within the UK including, in addition to purely technical matters, its history, the means of provision to its users, and the political and legislative climate governing its use. Note that computer and transport technologies are excluded since there already exist the uk.comp.* and uk.transport.* hierarchies, and matters strictly scientific should use uk.sci.*.
Subject: 29. uk.telecom.* This hierarchy is for the discussion of telecommunications as they relate to the UK including, in addition to purely technical matters, the services provided to their users, and the political and legislative climate governing their use.
Subject: 30. uk.transport.* This hierarchy is concerned with all aspects of transport, including its technology, its history, its operating companies, its environment, as well as mundane issues of getting from A to B. Where a particular mode of transport is more often recreational than otherwise (e.g. canals and cycling) it may possibly be better off under uk.rec.*.
Subject: 31. Top-level groups Certain groups are at the top level within the uk.* hierarchy. Some of these are intended to remain so permanently, such as uk.answers uk.misc uk.test Others are at the top level for historical reasons, and ought really to be moved to a more appropriate place in the hierarchy, although it is not always clear, at the time of writing, what that other place should be. Note that there is no proposal to rename any of these groups at the present time, but their position should be reviewed if and when other related groups come to be considered. It is still possible that some of these will eventually form the roots of proper hierarchies. A list follows: uk.consultants uk.d-i-y uk.gay-lesbian-bi uk.legal uk.railway uk.singles uk.radio.amateur (not the basis for a good hierarchy now that uk.rec.* exists) uk.gay-lesbian-bi uk.legal uk.railway uk.singles uk.radio.amateur (not the basis for a good hierarchy now that uk.rec.* exists) or a good hierarchy now that uk.rec.* exists)

User Contributions:

Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic:

CAPTCHA




MultiPage

[ Usenet FAQs | Web FAQs | Documents | RFC Index ]

Send corrections/additions to the FAQ Maintainer:
chl@clerew.man.ac.uk (Charles Lindsey)





Last Update March 27 2014 @ 02:12 PM