Re: RFD: comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seemen

Claudiu Dan (eabu927@ea.oac.uci.edu)
Fri, 27 Jan 1995 16:07:48 -0500


I'm all for It!...................

On Fri, 27 Jan 1995, Michael Sattler wrote:

> After a recent discussion with Dick Cogger of Cornell about the load the
> mailing lists were experiencing I was inspired to dust off my RFD, clean it
> up, and submit it. The following was posted this day:>
>
> REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
>
> Newsgroups:
>
> (moderated) comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seeme.announce
>
> (unmoderated) comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seeme.misc
> (unmoderated) comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seeme.mac
> (unmoderated) comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seeme.pc-clone
> (unmoderated) comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seeme.reflectors
>
> Distribution : world
> Summary : For users of Cornell University's SeeMe desktop
> videoconferencing software (CU-SeeMe)
> Proponent : Michael Sattler <msattler@jungle.com>
>
>
> This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) about the creation of several
> newsgroups relating to Cornell University's SeeMe (CU-SeeMe) desktop
> videoconferencing software.
>
> This RFD has been posted in accordance with the Guidelines for Newsgroup
> Creation. It's language is based on previously submitted RFDs. After
> mailing to newgroups@uunet.uu.net this RFD will be cross-posted to the
> following relevant newsgroups:
>
> news.announce.newsgroups
> news.groups
>
> It will then be sent to the existing mailing lists, detailed in the Charter
> section (below).
>
>
> CHARTER (AND CONTEXT)
>
> CU-SeeMe is an Internet desktop videoconferencing system for the Macintosh
> and PC that (currently) uses public "reflector" sites to allow net.denizens
> to interact with each other across platforms. CU-SeeMe for Macintosh and
> Windows is available from ftp://ftp.gated.cornell.edu/pub/video.
>
> There are currently two mailing lists (maintained at Cornell University)
> that deal with CU-SeeMe: an announcements-only list and a technical
> discussion list. The former is used to tell users about newly released
> versions, etc. The latter hosts an active discussion on the installation
> and use of CU-SeeMe and supporting system software. These are
> CU-SeeMe-Announce-L@Cornell.edu and CU-SeeMe-L@Cornell.edu, respectively.
>
> There are currently two other "unofficial" CU-SeeMe mailing lists: one
> devoted to public reflector events and the other to being a forum for
> reflector operators. These are CUSM-EVENTS@www.jungle.com and
> CUSM-REFLECTOR@www.jungle.com, respectively.
>
> ************************************************************************
> * Group 1: (moderated) comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seeme.announce
> *
>
> This would be a "moderated" newsgroup. I use quotes because it's a
> non-standard use of the word moderated. This newsgroup is intended to only
> carry announcements from the CU-SeeMe development staff regarding new
> versions, work-arounds, and the like. It's expected that this group would
> show very light traffic (as the existant mailing list currently shows). For
> the purposes of discussion, the proposed newsgroup moderator is the current
> list moderator, R.Cogger@cornell.edu (Richard Cogger). Having the
> announcement list and this newsgroup gated would be a good thing.
>
> ************************************************************************
> * Group 2: (unmoderated) comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seeme.misc
> *
>
> This would be the catch-all discussion group not dealing with the specific
> technical issues covered in the other groups. The name "misc" was chosen
> to be in line with current newsgroup name conventions. In the past this
> type of group was know as a ".d" (for "discussion") group.
>
> Topics would include:
>
> + policy (eg. the merits of setting a maximum transmission cap
> to prevent flooding the Internet) and operation (eg. using
> the reflector software to enforce a cap) of public reflectors
>
> + announcements of "events" (eg. broadcast of the Burning Man
> extravganza) and public exhibition use of CU-SeeMe (eg. in
> museums (eg. the Exploratorium in San Francisco) and
> conferences (the Rotterdam School of Management)))
>
> + distribution of lists of public reflectors
>
> + moral, ethical, and philosophical issues surrounding the use
> of desktop videoconferencing, broadcasting events, and
> responsible use of the Internet bandwith by CU-SeeMe.
>
> ************************************************************************
> * Group 3: (unmoderated) comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seeme.mac
> * Group 4: (unmoderated) comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seeme.pc-clone
> *
>
> These would be platform-specific newsgroups open to all topics relating to the
> installation and use of CU-SeeMe. Included are germane discussions of:
>
> + computer and audio/video hardware (eg. video capture boards
> and video cameras) and system software (eg. Winsock and MacTCP)
>
> + conflicts with other software
>
> + performance analysis of particular configurations
>
> + other technical topics as they relate to CU-SeeMe (eg.
> multicasting, Maven audio teleconferencing software)
>
>
> ************************************************************************
> * Group 5: (unmoderated) comp.soft-sys.multimedia.cu-seeme.reflectors
> *
>
> + distribution, installation, debugging, and other technical
> aspects to operating a reflector for the CU-SeeMe community.
>
>
> RATIONALE
>
> CU-SeeMe (available for the Macintosh (audio/video) and PC (video-only))
> has recently recieved coverage in the American press of late as an on-ramp
> to the "information superhighway". With the impending availability of
> Connectix's sub-US$100 video camera (for the Macintosh) and the
> ever-lessening cost of video cards and camera (for the Macintosh and the
> PC), the target audience for CU-SeeMe is expected to grow (explode?).
>
> CU-SeeMe, which offers audio (currently on selected platforms), video,
> scrolling text, and an in-beta-test future of plug-in modules for
> specialized applications, firmly belongs in the comp.multimedia hierachy.
>
> More information about CU-SeeMe may be found at
>
> http://www.jungle.com/CU-SeeMe/
>
> More information about the Connectix QuickCam may be found at
>
> http://www.jungle.com/msattler/comp/quickcam.html
>
> (Both of these web pages are maintained by the proponent. Both of these
> web pages have pointers to other, related resources on the web.)
>
>
> WHAT'S NEXT
>
> After a discussion period of 21-30 days, if there are not overwhelming
> objections to any of the proposed groups, there will be a Call For Votes
> (CFV) posted to the groups as this RFD has been. The voting period will be
> at least 21 days. Each group that passes, by receiving 100 more YES votes
> than NO votes *and* twice as many YES votes as NO votes, will be created.
>
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------+
> Michael Sattler <msattler@jungle.com> San Francisco, California |
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> opinion/ exceeding stiff and strong/ though each was partly right/ and |
> all were in the wrong! - John Godfrey Saxe |
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