RFD: comp.lang.c++.misc

Discussion in 'C++' started by Gary L. Burnore, Mar 31, 2008.

    unmoderated group comp.lang.c++.misc

    This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the
    unmoderated Usenet newsgroup, comp.lang.c++.misc.

    NEWSGROUPS LINE: comp.lang.c++.misc

    comp.lang.c++.misc Development in C++, libraries, cross and single targets

    RATIONALE: comp.lang.c++.misc

    There is already a newsgroup called "comp.lang.c++", but its discussion
    is restricted to elements of the C++ Standard (e.g. how the language
    works, and how you work with the language's standard libraries). More
    development oriented discussions such as working with wireless internet
    or interfacing a specific device with USB are quite out of place there,
    so a group such as comp.lang.c++.misc needed.

    The purpose of the newsgroup would be for people to discuss and inquire
    about developing in C++ whether for a single platform or for multiple
    platforms. Topics would include libraries and C++ programming techniques
    in general.

    Tomas O hEilidhe <> proposed comp.lang.c++.cross-platform
    in article <nan.20071205185618$> but the subsequent
    discussion suggested a more general group would see more use. This
    proposal builds on his work.

    Prososed alternate names included comp.programming.c++ (the
    comp.programming tree deals with social issues in programming so few
    would look in that hierarchy), comp.programming.c++.portable (like
    cross-platform it was viewed too narrow in focus and there was debate
    between the .platform and .cross-platform supporters over semantics),
    comp.lang.c++.development or asking for a recharter of comp.lang.c++
    to include development issues (no need to alter a currently successful
    group). In the end comp.lang.c++ was chosen as a compromise among the
    suggested choices.


    Regularly, there are postings to comp.lang.c++ asking what's the best
    library to use for things like User Graphical Interfaces. Also, there
    are people asking how to interface with a COM port, or how to eject a CD
    drive using code. Such posts are deemed by the majority at comp.lang.c++
    to be off-topic because the C++ Standard does not deal with such things
    as COM ports and CD drives. These inquiries would find a much warmer
    home at comp.lang.c++.misc.


    comp.lang.c++.misc is an unmoderated newsgroup which will serve as a
    forum for discussing C++ related issues not a part of the language
    standard. This includes development, libraries and single-platform or
    cross-platform C++ programming techniques. Topics that may be
    discussed include:

    * Idiom for acheiving specific tasks.
    * Discussion of portability issues in C++.
    * Inquiries as to whether a particular library exists, or a
    list of suitable libraries for a given task.
    * Discussions of whether a particular library is any good, or
    if it should be avoided in favour of a different library.
    * Cross-platform programming techniques in general.
    * Particular libraries, how to work with them and how they
    work internally.

    Posting of advertising and/or promotional material of any kind to
    comp.lang.c++.misc is explicitly prohibited. Posting of binaries is
    not permitted, with the exception of small binary components in
    otherwise non-binary postings, such as PGP signatures or X-Face
    headers. Posts must be readable as plain text. HTML, RTF and
    similarly formatted messages are prohibited.


    For more information on the newsgroup creation process, please see:


    Those who wish to influence the development of this RFD and its final
    resolution should subscribe to news.groups.proposals and participate in the
    relevant threads in that newsgroup. This is both a courtesy to groups in
    which discussion of creating a new group is off-topic as well as the best
    method of making sure that one's comments or criticisms are heard.

    All discussion of active proposals should be posted to news.groups.proposals.
    To this end, the 'Followup-To' header of this RFD has been set to this group.

    If desired by the readership of closely affected groups, the discussion
    may be crossposted to those groups, but care must be taken to ensure
    that all discussion appears in news.groups.proposals as well.

    We urge those who would like to read or post in the proposed newsgroup
    to make a comment to that effect in this thread; we ask proponents to
    keep a list of such positive posts with the relevant message ID
    (e.g., Barney Fife, <>).
    Such lists of positive feedback for the proposal may constitute good
    evidence that the group will be well-used if it is created.


    This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:

    news.announce.newgroups (moderated)
    news.groups.proposals (moderated)


    Gary L. Burnore <>


    2007-12-05 RFD for comp.lang.c++.cross-platform
    2008-03-01 1st RFD Submitted
    2008-03-31 1st RFD Posted
    Gary L. Burnore, Mar 31, 2008
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  2. Michael H

    Michael H Guest

    Re: RFD: alt.comp.lang.c++.misc

    alt.comp.lang.c++.misc has been created. You might need to 'nudge' your
    news server admin to propagate this group to your server.

    Michael H, Apr 1, 2008
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