CFV: rec.gardens.bamboo

Lawrence F. London, Jr. london at
Sun Aug 22 23:23:10 EDT 1999

From: David Bostwick <bostwick at>
Reply-To: bostwick at
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,aus.gardens,bionet.plants,
Subject: CFV: rec.gardens.bamboo
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 10:32:27 GMT

                     FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
                 unmoderated group rec.gardens.bamboo

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Newsgroups line:
rec.gardens.bamboo	All aspects of bamboo growing and uses.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 9 Sep 1999.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party.  Questions
about the proposed group should be directed to the proponent.

Proponent: Bert Silverman <bert at>
Proponent: Kevin Edwards <2pc4evr at>
Proponent: Don Riedel <driedel at>
Proponent: Herbert Bock <herbert.bock at>
Proponent: Marc Solioz <marc.solioz at>
Proponent: Phil Stager <philstag at>
Proponent: Tydyn Rain St. Clair <tydynrain at>
Proponent: Mark Fellman <Karm40 at>
Proponent: Barry O'Connell <boc at>
Proponent: Charles Lincoln <clincoln at>
Proponent: Jan Dudley <jand2 at>

Votetaker: David Bostwick <bostwick at>

RATIONALE: rec.gardens.bamboo

To put bamboo enthusiasts at all levels of knowledge and experience in touch
with one another and other bamboo organizations worldwide and to consolidate
information about bamboo. To promote, share and diversify uses of bamboo. To
promote and research bamboo generally. There is currently no one Usenet
newsgroup available for the discussion of bamboo. A Deja News Power Search
for March 6, 1999 to June 6, 1999 returned 3965 hits. In reviewing the first
500 articles there were 202 on subject. Using this as a representative
sample of the entire data base, there would be 1601 hits on subject (17 per
day-over 90 days). In addition there are several mailing lists and forums
about bamboo. These are, for the most part, regional services. A newsgroup
for bamboo would not be a replacement for any existing services but would
complement them and help consolidate the world-wide interest in bamboo. The
support group for rec.gardens.bamboo is world wide in makeup and the
majority of the members are not involved with any of the existing services.
This leads us to believe the world wide usage of such a newsgroup will be
well received and increase in usage as the world wide bamboo community
learns of its existence.

CHARTER: rec.gardens.bamboo

This news group will provide a forum for discussing bamboo. Bamboo is a
remarkable plant that grows in all areas of the world and enjoys world-wide
interest. This would be an unmoderated newsgroup, with no official standing
or connection to any company or product.

Advertising Policy:

Following standard Usenet guidelines, the newsgroup is not intended to be
used for commercial advertising, solicitation, or marketing of products or
services. However; a brief description, with no marketing hype, of a bamboo
related business with a link is acceptable.

Acceptable Topics:

The following is a partial list of what is on-topic and is intended only to
give the potential voter the flavor of what kinds of topics would be

Association and Chapter News and Events
Bamboo Arts and Crafts
Bamboo Shoots as Vegetables
Beginner Questions
Building with Bamboo
Books and Articles on Bamboo
Commercial Uses of Bamboo
Cropping and Trimming Groves
Flowering Reports
Growing Temperate and Tropical Species
Links to Bamboo Sites
Maintaining Groves
Pests and Diseases
Propagating Bamboo
Research on Bamboo
Reviews of Grove Visits
Reviews of Sources
Short descriptions of your bamboo business with link
Sources of Bamboo (Links to Commercial growers)

Inappropriate Topics:

Advertising (Links to sources is ok)
Attachments and Binaries
Illegal or Immoral Topics
Personal Attacks
Racial, Religious, Ethnic, or Gender attacks



Pointers directing readers to this CFV will be posted in these groups:

bamboo at
bamboos at
Bamboo and Banana Talk
Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo
Giant Grass (


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