Found on the newsgroup: rec.humor.funny.reruns, August 7, 1999
Originally appeared on the newsgroup: rec.humor.funny
By Mike Faber (sleepy@wybbs.mi.org)

Such is the life cycle of a new newsgroup:

1) The initial request:

I think I'd like to start a new newsgroup. There has been a lot of traffic in rec.large, and I'd like to start rec.large.ball. I think that the current large group would be better off with the ball oriented issues separate.

2) The encouragement:

Yes to rec.large.ball. I vote yes. I think rec.large.ball is a great idea.

3) The CFD

This is an official call for discussion for the group rec.large.ball. (etc,etc)

4) The opposition

I like to read about all rec.large things, including balls, and I'd like to keep them together, so I don't have to look through 2 groups.

I think rec.large.ball is too closely related to other rec.large topics, and the crossposting rate would be too great.

Don't separate rec.large. I vote NO.

Maybe we should reorganize rec.large, after all, there could be a rec.large.head, and a rec.large.feet, and rec.large.ega, too.

5) The name calling

You're an idiot, anyone with any sense at all would see that rec.large.ball is needed, whereas those other groups don't have the volume to justify separation. Some jerkoff's just don't understand usenet (ed. see insulting usenet morals)

You assh*le, you know there is enough volume there, and I'm mailing Elliot to tell him that, too. You haven't followed all of the procedures, and I'm gonna tell him that, too. Sheesh.

6) The insulting of usenet morals

You haven't called for votes yet, the original call for discussion didn't specify time periods. You have no idea what usenet is all about!!

7) The call for votes (CFV)

This is a call for votes. The voting period...

The charter will be similar to comp.unix.large as it applies to rec.large, but only referring to balls. To mail - MAIL - your votes in, mail to bigshot@backbone.UUCP and include either Yes or No in the subject line. You may include comments in the body of the mail.

8) The correction

The call for votes should have gone to bigwig@backbone.UUCP, NOT bigshot@backbone.UUCP.

9) The mass acknowledgement

This is a mass acknowledgement:

(Yes) (798)
al@thrumnal.uunet (Big Al)
burt@hasley.ARPA (Chris Burt)
...

(No) (8)
sexton@portal.uunet (Richard Sexton)
...

10) The attack of the Vote

The vote is invalid. Administrators, the vote is invalid. I count 5 people on the ack list that I haven't even heard of. I think BIFF voted, too.

11) The passage

By a count of 915 to 10, rec.large.ball passes. It should appear within a week or two.

12) The complaint

It's been two weeks, and I haven't gotten ONE rec.large.ball. Does anyone know if dinkwater.UUCP gets rec?