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Charter of soc.culture.scottish
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The soc.culture.scottish newsgroup will be open to discussion of all
subjects specifically referring to Scotland or Scottish culture. This
newsgroup will be created for reasons including, but not restricted to,
* To encourage understanding and discussion of Scotland and Scottish
culture, in the many ways people wish to define it.
* To act as a focus for the Scottish Diaspora (Scottish people, including
emigrants and their descendants) and to draw together the global
threads of the Scottish nation.
* To act as a resource for Scottish people who wish to use the Internet
and for people who wish to encourage the development of the Internet
* To provide a forum for the use and support of the Scots and Scots
Gaelic languages and the Norse influenced dialects of Orkney and
The following exceptions should be noted:
* Matters referring to broader British issues should be posted to
* Matters referring to the broader Celtic issues should be posted
* Matters referring to Scottish Celtic folk music may have a more
appropriate forum in rec.music.celtic.
Millions of people worldwide are of Scottish descent, and there is
sufficient demand for a forum to discuss specifically Scottish topics.
Many new Usenet users are at a loss when they fail to find a group with
Scottish or Scotland in the title. This group's name will act as a
signpost for these people.
Previously, many people have used either soc.culture.british or
soc.culture.celtic, but this situation is increasingly difficult.
As the Scots are a small minority amongst the British peoples, many
who would post and/or read articles on uniquely Scottish topics in
the soc.culture.british newsgroup are inhibited from doing so by the
overwhelming number of non-Scottish posts to that group. The group
soc.culture.celtic also tends to be dominated by posts about Ireland
which are not related to Celtic matters and are not of interest to the
group's traditional readers. The soc.culture.celtic newsgroup is also
not particularly suitable for discussing Scottish issues as a great many
Scots do not view themselves as Celts.
The Scottish culture is unique. The Scots are a British people who have
been influenced by a number of different cultures. The main cultural
influence has been an Anglo-Saxon one similar but distinct from that of
England. The Gaelic culture of the Highlands is indeed a part of the
wider Celtic culture. The culture of Orkney and Shetland has been deeply
influenced by Scandinavia. This unique fusion of diverse cultures means
that there is currently no newsgroup that can serve as a forum for all
Scottish people to discuss uniquely Scottish issues.
The motivation for the creation of a soc.culture.scottish newsgroup is not
separatist. The new newsgroup will serve the distinct needs of the Scottish
people in the same way as say the existing soc.culture.quebec and
soc.culture.berber newsgroups serve the distinct needs of the Quebec
and Berber peoples.
Charter authors: Brian Atkins, John Mack, Craig Cockburn.
The newsgroup line for soc.culture.scottish is:
"Anything regarding Scotland or things Scots."
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