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RFD sg.rec.aqplants

Sorry for the bandwidth, APD readers, but I would like to reach out to all
Plant growers in our regions as well as in the the nether regions of the
world.  (besides, our local Plants list has no digest format and the mails
get longer and longer)
Can I have your support, suggestions, complaints?

RFD and Charter

unmoderated sg.rec.aqplants

Newsgroup line:
     The Keeping of freshwater plants as a hobby in Singapore

This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of a
world-wide unmoderated Usenet Newsgroup sg.rec.aqplants. This is
not a Call For Votes (CFV); you cannot vote at this time.

Procedural details are below:


This newsgroup would provide a forum for the discussion of all aspects
of propagating and cultivating growth of freshwater plants in an
aquarium or terrarium as a hobby or for commercial marketing in the
region surrounding Singapore.

Freshwater Aquariums is a popular hobby and recreation in Singapore.
Planted tanks have an enthusiastic and voluble following among
freshwater enthusiasts. This group provides a home for the planted tank
aquarists whose concerns are more for the plants rather than fish.

Although the discussion of aquatic plants can be found in the
alt.aquaria and rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants newsgroups, the discussion
is dominated by hobbyists in North America and Europe where the
temperate climate and aquaria scene can be vastly different from
Equatorial Singapore and the surrounding regions. The local hobbyist may
also be reluctant to participate in the discussions in alt.aquaria and
rec.aquaria.*, especially on subjects relevant only to Singapore, such
as the techniques of lowering environmental temperature for aquatic
plant growth.

Hence the proposal for the sg.rec.aqplants newsgroup.


The newsgroup sg.rec.aqplants will be an unmoderated forum for
discussion of all aspects of the keeping of freshwater plants in
Singapore region. General topics will include cultivation, propagation,
fertilization, diseases, substrate development, compatibility of fish,
trading and exchange of plants and paraphernalia used in the cultivation
and propagation of aquatic plants.

Planted tanks have an enthusiastic and voluble following among
freshwater aquarists (much like reefs have in the marine branch). This
group provides a home for planted tank specialists and also allows the
large number of non-plant aquarists to avoid the many strictly plant
posts (a subject of some grumbling in the past). In addition, there is a
large, active plant mailing list which has specifically requested a
dedicated newsgroup.



This is a Request For Discussion, not a Call For Votes. In this phase of
the process, any potential problems with the proposed newsgroup should
be raised and resolved. The discussion period will continue for a
minimum of 10 days (starting from when the first RFD for this proposal
is posted to sg.general), after which a Call For Votes (CFV) may be
posted by a neutral vote taker if the discussion warrants it.

All discussions of this proposal should be posted to sg.general.

This RFD attempts to comply fully with the sg.* newsgroup creation
guidelines on "How to Create a New sg.* Usenet Newsgroup". Please refer
to this document (available in sg.general) if you have any questions
regarding the process.


This RFD has be posted to the following newsgroups:

sg.general, sg.announce, sg.consumers, sg.marketplace,
sg.singnet.marketplace, soc.culture.singapore, sg.rec.aquaria
and rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants.

1st Proponent: Rodney Dorville (rdorvill at sp_ac.sg)
2nd Proponent: Teddy Ang (teddy_ang at pacific_net.sg)

Date: 6th February 1998