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Moderation for bionet.diagnostics

Kevin O'Donnell odonnell at sasa.gov.uk
Fri Jun 14 04:08:48 EST 1996

As you will have noticed we are currently caught up in a flame war 
raging across several newsgroups. I fully appreciate that this is not 
why any of us read bionet.diagnostics.

I don't however think that unsubscribing, and encouraging others to do 
so, is the most positive response. Nor are these posts a reflection 
of anyone subscribed to bionet.diagnostics - they all originate from 
other newsgroups.

Sadly, I can see only one way to stop this sort of thing happening 
now and in the future - we will have to turn bionet.diagnostics into 
a moderated newsgroup.  This can be done quite quickly I understand. 
What it would involve would be posts being approved by moderators 
before they appear here. This would cut out the dross but also cause 
a delay in the time it took for your posts to appear.  

As we are losing subscribers at a rate of knots, I propose to hold a 
straw poll on moderation. Send me (not the list) an email response 
*today* saying either YES TO MODERATION or NO TO MODERATION.
 If there's a clear feeling in favour of moderation , I'll ask Biosci to set us up
 as a moderated group. For the moment I envisage that the current 
"discussion-leaders" (myself and Robert Burns) would act as 

People are, of course, free to discuss the pros and cons of 
moderation on the group.

It's sad that it's come to this but it appears that the number of 
idiots is growing along with the rest of the net.


Dr Kevin O'Donnell                          "I'm happy, I'm happy
Diagnostics and Molecular Biology    and I'll punch the man that says I'm not"
SASA                                                   - Ivor Cutler

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