RFD: comp.multimedia.cu-seeme.{misc,announce}

Michael Sattler, San Francisco (msattler@jungle.com)
Mon, 10 Oct 1994 05:08:12 -0400


Newsgroup 1 : comp.multimedia.cu-seeme.announce
Newsgroup 2 : comp.multimedia.cu-seeme.misc
Status : unmoderated
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 on the creation of two related
unmoderated newsgroups: comp.multimedia.cu-seeme.announce and

This RFD has been posted in accordance with the Guidlines for Newsgroup
Creation. It's language is based on previously submitted RFDs. The RFD is
being cross-posted to the following relevant newsgroups:


It is also being posted to the existing CU-SeeMe discussion and
announcement mailing lists:



These newsgroup are analogous to the existing mailing lists dealing with
Cornell University's SeeMe desktop videoconferencing software (CU-SeeMe):
an announcements-only list and a technical discussion list (hopefully
through which the USENET newsgroup would be gated).


This would be a one-way newsgroup carrying announcements from the CU-SeeMe
development regarding new versions, work-arounds, and the like. It's
expected that this group would show very light traffic (as the mailing list
currently does).


This would be an open newsgroup, discussing all topics concerning the
installation and use of CU-SeeMe. This would include germane discussions

* 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

* 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 (eg. NASA Select)

* 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

* other technical topics as they relate to CU-SeeMe (eg.
multicasting, Maven audio teleconferencing software)

* moral, ethical, and philosophical issues surrounding the use
of "desktop videoconferencing", broadcasting events, responsible
use of the Internet bandwith by CU-SeeMe and support software,
and the like.


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 (ftp://ftp.gated.com/pub/video) is
expected to grow (explode?).

CU-SeeMe, which offers audio (currently on selected platforms), video,
scrolling text, and the future possibility of plug-in modules for
specialized applications, firmly belongs in the comp.multimedia hierachy.


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> Don't try to teach _/
_/ FTP Software, West Coast Operations a pig to sing; _/
_/ Quality Assurance Manager it's a waste of time _/
_/ http://www.wco.ftp.com/~msattler/ and it annoys the pig. _/