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Proposals:
  aus.radio.amateur.dstar

Newsgroups:
  aus.ads.commercial
  aus.ads.forsale
  aus.ads.forsale.cars
  aus.ads.forsale.computers.new
  aus.ads.forsale.computers.used
  aus.ads.jobs
  aus.ads.jobs.resumes
  aus.ads.personals
  aus.ads.wanted
  aus.arts.anime
  aus.arts.comics
  aus.audio-visual.home-cinema
  aus.aviation
  aus.aviation.airspace
  aus.bicycle
  aus.books
  aus.bushwalking
  aus.business
  aus.cars
  aus.cars.offroad
  aus.censorship
  aus.comms
  aus.comms.mobile
  aus.comms.videocon
  aus.computers
  aus.computers.ai
  aus.computers.amiga
  aus.computers.cdrom
  aus.computers.ibm-pc
  aus.computers.java
  aus.computers.linux
  aus.computers.logic-prog
  aus.computers.mac
  aus.computers.os2
  aus.computers.parallel
  aus.computers.sun
  aus.computers.tex
  aus.consumers
  aus.culture.china
  aus.culture.gothic
  aus.culture.hellenic
  aus.culture.lesbigay
  aus.culture.naturist
  aus.culture.true-blue
  aus.culture.ultimo
  aus.dvd
  aus.education
  aus.education.bio-newtech
  aus.education.open-learning
  aus.electronics
  aus.environment.conservation
  aus.environment.misc
  aus.family
  aus.films
  aus.flame
  aus.flame.gareth-powell
  aus.flame.usa
  aus.food
  aus.games
  aus.games.bridge
  aus.games.network
  aus.games.roleplay
  aus.gardens
  aus.general
  aus.hi-fi
  aus.history
  aus.invest
  aus.jokes
  aus.legal
  aus.legal.moderated
  aus.mathematics
  aus.mbio
  aus.media-watch
  aus.motorcycles
  aus.music
  aus.net.access
  aus.net.announce
  aus.net.directory
  aus.net.irc
  aus.net.mail
  aus.net.news
  aus.net.policy
  aus.net.status
  aus.org.acs
  aus.org.acs.books
  aus.org.acsev
  aus.org.auug
  aus.org.awpa
  aus.org.efa
  aus.org.hisa
  aus.org.rmaa
  aus.org.sage
  aus.org.scouting
  aus.org.waia
  aus.personals
  aus.pets
  aus.photo
  aus.politics
  aus.politics.guns
  aus.radio.amateur.digital
  aus.radio.amateur.misc
  aus.radio.amateur.wicen
  aus.radio.broadcast
  aus.radio.cb
  aus.radio.scanner
  aus.radio.showprep
  aus.rail
  aus.rail.models
  aus.rec.climbing
  aus.religion
  aus.religion.christian
  aus.religion.islam
  aus.religion.judaism
  aus.religion.spiritualism
  aus.science
  aus.services.defence
  aus.services.emergency
  aus.sf
  aus.sf.babylon5
  aus.sf.star-trek
  aus.snow
  aus.sport
  aus.sport.aussie-rules
  aus.sport.cricket
  aus.sport.fishing
  aus.sport.frisbee
  aus.sport.golf
  aus.sport.motor
  aus.sport.pro-wrestling
  aus.sport.rugby-league
  aus.sport.sailing
  aus.sport.scuba
  aus.sport.shooting
  aus.sport.touch
  aus.stats.s
  aus.students
  aus.students.overseas
  aus.talk.ltuae
  aus.test
  aus.theatre
  aus.transport
  aus.tv
  aus.tv.buffy
  aus.tv.community
  aus.tv.digital
  aus.tv.pay
  aus.tv.reality
  aus.tv.x-files

aus Newsgroup Administration

Overview

The aus.* newsgroup administration is a volunteer effort to maintain and develop the aus.* USENET newsgroup hierarchy. We will achieve this by setting a clear policy for the growth of Australian newsgroups, managing the creation and deletion of newsgroups according to this policy, and providing online information to support the development of Australian newsgroups as a national resource.

The aus.* administrator is currently Nick Andrew (www.nick-andrew.net), and operational staff and facilities are provided by Tullnet Pty Ltd.

We wish to automate the administration task as much as possible. Before sending any questions by email make sure you have read the relevant FAQs and are aware of our current policy. This web site should cover most, if not all, queries you may have. If something seems important to you and it's not available here then please send some email.

ausadmin Role
  • Determine a good long-term structure for the aus.* hierarchy
  • Accept newsgroup proposals which fit the policy and structure
  • Final decision on newsgroup creation by voting
  • Slowly purge obsolete groups
  • Encourage news admins to respond to ausadmin newgroup and rmgroup messages

aus structure planning

In other words, what extensions to the structure does ausadmin consider good or bad?

Encouraged:

  • aus.books extended by genre, or purpose (e.g. reviews)
  • aus.cars extended by manufacturer (not model)
  • aus.net.access extended by access technology name (e.g. adsl)
  • aus.politics extended by major philosophy (e.g. socialism -- but no crossposting)
  • aus.sport extensions include competitive activities
  • aus.rec extended by recreational non-competitive activies
  • aus.tv extended by genre or technology

Discouraged:

  • Forsale groups outside the aus.ads hierarchy
  • All binary groups are discouraged (post a URL instead)
  • Regional subgroups, e.g. aus.motorcycles.wa (see wa.* and other regional hierarchies)
  • aus.org subgroups
  • aus.tv subgroups for particular shows

In general, be aware if the topic you are proposing can be discussed from another perspective within an existing aus.* group, for example aus.books.sf may be discussed in aus.sf already.


ausadmin Policy
  • Newsgroup creation only (no newsgroup deletions yet)
  • Unmoderated newsgroup creation only
  • Proposals considered by ausadmin to be frivolous or intended to "work the system" will be rejected
  • No change of newsgroups from unmoderated to moderated (it caused a terrible storm last time)
  • 2-level newsgroups (aus.X) accepted only for major categories (e.g. science, arts, sport, humanities -- most of which exist already)
  • 3-level newsgroups (aus.X.Y) accepted only when parent exists (aus.X) or a sibling group already exists (aus.X.Z)
  • The effect of the above two rules is that if you want a new group e.g. aus.language.strine with no existing parent and no siblings, then you need to first work on getting aus.language created, and that group will have to make do for strine discussions as well as other language discussions. You would then wait 1-2 years before proposing aus.language.strine.
  • No change of charter yet, but if you wish to propose a charter for an existing group which does not already have a charter, email it in and ausadmin will consider accepting it directly as the new charter.

Links
aus.* FAQs on rtfm.mit.edu
aus.* FAQs on mirror.aarnet.edu.au (local mirror of rtfm)
www.newsreaders.com (very comprehensive USENET resource)

Newsgroup Creation Proposals
Six Simple Steps to creation of a new newsgroup:
  1. Make sure you really need a new newsgroup, and not a mailing list or a website or an existing newsgroup
  2. Define the Topic and choose a group name which meets the ausadmin policy (above)
  3. Discuss your idea on aus.net.news
  4. Submit a formal proposal to ausadmin
  5. Participate in the Request For Discussion (RFD) process
  6. Ask ausadmin to put your proposal to the vote.

Further detail on the process is in the Group creation FAQ.

You will also need this template:
Template for writing an RFD (Request For Discussion)