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One of 25 Usenet Newsgroups in the soc.genealogy hierarchy

Soc.genealogy.computing was one of the original seven soc.genealogy newsgroups.


NEWSGROUP: soc.genealogy.computing
1st RFD Date: 15 Aug 1994
2nd RFD Date: 3 Oct 1994
1st CFV Date: 11 Oct 1994
2nd CFV Date: 20 Oct 1994
Vote ended 23:59:59 UTC, 1 November 1994.
RESULT: soc.roots reorganization all groups pass
RESULT: unmoderated group soc.genealogy.computing passes 480:94

Newsgroups line:
soc.genealogy.computing  Genealogical computing & net resources.

RFD/CFV/Votes:
1st RFD: ftp://ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/news.announce.newgroups/soc/soc.genealogy
A straw poll on naming, the 2nd RFD and both CFVs and the results are all
missing at isc.org. What is shown was archived by one of the proponents.
Straw Poll  2nd RFD Supporting FAQs  1st CFV 2nd CFV  Vote Results


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RATIONALE: soc.genealogy.computing
See the RATIONALE for reorganizing soc.roots into seven groups,
including this one. Excerpts applying to soc.genealogy.computing are:

The renaming of soc.roots to soc.genealogy.* is proposed because
the use of "roots" to mean genealogy is often misunderstood.
......
The moderated soc.g.methods and soc.g.surnames, and the unmoderated
soc.g.computing are new creations based on existing traffic in soc.roots.
......
Arbitron data for May '94 shows about 3600 messages per month for
soc.roots and about 200 for alt.genealogy. Changes to both groups since
May makes it difficult to make good projections, and current Arbitron
data is unavailable for comparisons, but on-line genealogists generally
agree that the total number of genealogy posts has been growing rapidly.


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CHARTER: soc.genealogy.computing
NOTE: In the spring of 1999, an unsuccessful vote was taken in an attempt to change this charter to tighten up some wording on posts from vendors.

    Unmoderated, not archived, and gatewayed to a mailing list.

    Discussion of computer-based genealogical tools/resources of any type.

Software:
    popular programs, tafel generators, chart utilities.

Hardware:
    computers, printers, scanners, and laptop/software combinations,

On-line resources:
    related gophers, webs, ftp sites, lists.
    library catalogs.
    geographic or history servers.
    data archives (eg. tafel repositories)

Other computer related resources:
    CD based data.
    Other electronic forums; BBS's, Fidonet, etc.

Meta-discussions concerning the entire soc.g.* hierarchy.
    periodic posting of key FAQs and charters.
    how to access the archives of sister groups.
    problems with or suggestions for any sister group.

Many questions would be answered in FAQs, but we can expect the
perennial "what software?", "how do I export from XXX to YYY?" and
"can I run XXX on my single-floppy 8086" questions to show up here.

Discussions that are closer to state-of-the-art are encouraged, such as
discussions about GEDCOM format, scanner and OCR software combinations;
and printer, printer driver, and output generating software.

Since computing includes on-line resources, and this certainly includes
Usenet, discussion about the soc.genealogy.* groups themselves is
considered appropriate.

Announcements of recent availability of and discussion of shareware or
commercial software and services are acceptable, but advertisements from
vendors, including "for-sale" posts from individuals are not.

In general, if the poster expects to gain a financial profit from a
post, the post should go elsewhere - probably to misc.forsale or biz.*

This restriction is intended to comply with the acceptable use policies
of many non-commercial sites, and with the policies of the mailing list
listserver site at gitvm1.gatech.edu.


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MAILING LIST: GENCMP-L@rootsweb.com
The GENCMP-L mailing list was formed at the same time
as the newsgroup. It provides archiving and an alternative access to
soc.genealogy.computing.

Subscribe:
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Index:  GENCMP-I-request@rootsweb.com

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Message:
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Mail to GENCMP list manager

The current list manager is Brian Leverich.


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