Bart Goddard wrote: > Herman Jurjus <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in news:4a893ba5$0$1653$703f8584 > @textnews.kpn.nl: > >> You, as a poster, will be completely at the moderator's mercy, > > A funny picture to paint, when we're just talking about a USENET > group. The moderator has the same amount of power over the group > as I have over my grass. Anyone who comes walking down the > street is completely at my mercy, because I can stop him from > walking on my grass. > > Oh, wait, he can just cross the street and continue on his > merry way. > > Creating sci.math.moderated doesn't cause sci.math to be deleted. > Just think, at this point in time, NO ONE can post to sci.math.moderated, > because it doesn't yet exist. By creating it, we create new freedoms > for mathematicians everywhere.
I haven't looked at newsgroup charters much, but presumably the charter for a moderated group has rules of succession for choosing new moderators when a moderator quits moderating voluntarily, and I think you wrote earlier that you were working on a draft document.
It seems to me that rules for transitions from moderator to non-moderator or vice versa are important and that the charter would be a good place to put them.