RESULT
comp.binaries.ms-windows will be removed

The Last Call for Comments (LCC) on 16 Oct 2006 initiated a five-day
period for final comments. Following the comment period, the Big-8
Management board has decided by consensus to remove the newsgroup
comp.binaries.ms-windows.

This group will be removed on 27 Oct 2006.


RATIONALE: remove comp.binaries.ms-windows

There have been no approved messages since August 1996.

Distribution of binary programs via Usenet, and in particular the Big
8 comp.binaries.* groups is no longer particularly useful or viable.
The binaries groups were created before there was widespread access to
the Internet, so that propagation of binaries via Usenet was a viable
alternative to distribution via floppies or other removal storage
media sent by mail.

Binaries newsgroups typically have very short expiration periods, so
someone interested in acquiring programs would have to constantly
monitor a newsgroup, or hope that the programs were archived so that
they can be accessed via the internet (such as by FTP). But if the
programs can be sent via internet, there is no need for the Usenet
alternative.

Google does not archive binaries in newsgroups. So even though they
maintain archives of the comp.binaries.* groups, they do not archive
most of the content (the reason for existence of the group in the
first place).

Over the years, programs have generally become larger and more
complex. When transmitted by Usenet this may require the programs be
distributed in many parts, some of which may be lost. Again,
transmission via FTP is more reliable.

The moderators of binaries newsgroups may be legally responsible for
the reliability of software, whether it is legal to distribute, and
whether it is free of viruses and trojans. Many may not be willing to
assume that responsibility, and unmoderated binaries groups are not
acceptable in the Big 8.

This proposal is one of several that will removal all groups in the
comp.binaries.* hierarchy except comp.binaries.cbm.


HISTORY:

The newsgroup comp.binaries.ms-windows was created in January 1993.


DISTRIBUTION:

This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:

news.announce.newgroups
news.groups
comp.binaries.ms-windows
comp.os.ms-windows.announce
comp.os.ms-windows.apps.misc
comp.os.ms-windows.misc


PROPONENT:

Jim Riley


CHANGE HISTORY:

2006-10-23 Results
2006-10-05 1st RFD
2006-10-16 2nd RFD/LCC