As announced earlier in bionet.forum, we will soon implement a new
policy to control spam in unmoderated groups. The original message is
copied directly below. Appended after it is a copy of my proposed new
group charter for glycosci, which is minimally different from the
current one. If you have any suggestions for change in the text or in
the policy, please let me or the group know within the next few days.
============== original message ==============================
As part of our effort to eliminate "spam" messages which are offensive
and distracting to the scientific discussions which the Biosci
newsgroups are designed to facilitate, we are creating a new type of
moderated newsgroup -- "Moderated (only to filter out spam)".
Our rationalie is that only what usenet recognizes as "moderated"
newsgroups can filter mail postings, yet it has proven difficult to
find volunteer moderators from each newsgroup.
Our intention is to use a combination of human and software filters to
eliminate the most egregious examples of spam. Since we value
diversity of opinion in scientific communications, and recognize that
our efforts are unavoidably subject to both Type I and Type II errors,
we aim to err on the side of allowing arguably scientifically relevant
communications to be posted.
We intend to convert all the unmoderated bionet newsgroups to the new
status as soon as possible, and forsee two situations:
(1) Where a charter exists for an established but unmoderated group,
we will take the current charter and add the following language (taken
>From the policy statement which we send to anyone who wishes to start
a new newsgroup or convert an unmoderated to moderated newsgroup, and
suitably customized to the newsgroup where necessary) on "Moderation
"Moderation Policy: Mass-posted commercial messages, chain letters,
and similar postings not germane to the stated purpose of the charter
will be deleted without comment. Inappropriate messages posted in good
faith will be returned to the sender where feasible. Messages not
strictly within the charter but likely to be of interest to many
subscribers will be accepted. Use of the newsgroup for commercial
purposes is prohibited."
The proposed new charter will be posted to the newsgroup for a short
(2) Where a charter does not exist for an established unmoderated
group, we will solicit the newsgroup's discussion leader(s), where
listed, to draft a non-controversial charter and submit it to the
newsgroup for a short comment period.
If at any time a moderated-for-spam newsgroup wishes to convert to a
regular "moderated" group, with its own moderator, we shall be happy
to treat such a request just as we do the request to change from
unmoderated to moderated status.
Finally, if a currently moderated group wishes to take advantage of
the spam filtering software to ease the administrative burden on the
moderator, we will discuss the logistics and policy guidelines with
the group's moderator. (We will notify moderators when we are ready to
offer this facility; we are not currently ready.)
We hope that these new arrangements will protect the integrity of our
newsgroups and allow us to focus on other ways of improving Biosci.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with the spam
Stanford University Libraries
========== proposed modified charter ====================
Proposal for GLYCOSCI/bionet.glycosci (moderated-for-spam)
USENET newsgroup name: bionet.glycosci
One line Description: Research issues re carbohydrate and glycoconjugate molecules
Moderation address: glycosci at net.bio.net
(glycosci-moderator at net.bio.net
is an alias for
glycosci at net.bio.net)
Moderator: Biosci Staff
Mailing list name: GLYCOSCI
E-mail addresses: glycosci at net.bio.netglycosci at email@example.com
Charter for GLYCOSCI/bionet.glycosci
The purpose of GLYCOSCI is to serve as an international,
interdisciplinary forum for communication amongst scientists in the
'glycosciences'. For these purposes the term 'glycosciences' is used
to embrace all disciplines of science related to carbohydrate and
glycoconjugate molecules, including organic, physical, biological and
medical fields, using experimental, theoretical or computational
scientific methodologies. It is intended that the newsgroup would
serve as a catalyst for international co-operation between scientists
and for the creation of new Internet-based resources in the
glycosciences. The open forum will serve as a vehicle for the
exchange of information, data and opinions between glycoscientists in
academia, industry and government.
Information exchanged can include:
1) scientific dialogue (either intra- or
2) announcements of upcoming meetings and conference
3) news of funding initiatives or other items of
interest to the glycoscience community;
4) announcements of academic positions and job
5) requests for experimental protocols, novel reagents and software;
6) notification of novel reagents or software available on a
7) abstracts of papers accepted for publication;
8) reviews of new developments in the field;
9) structural data.
All members of the scientific community with an interest in the
glycosciences are encouraged to subscribe to, and take part in, the
proposed newsgroup. The discussion leaders would wish to encourage
the development of a series of FAQs on a variety of subjects in the
glycosciences for reference by specialists and newcomers to the field.
Moderation Policy: This newsgroup is moderated by automatic spam
filtering software and by Biosci personnel, implementing the following
Mass-posted commercial messages, chain letters, and similar postings
not germane to the stated purpose of the charter will be deleted
without comment. Inappropriate messages posted in good faith will be
returned to the sender where feasible. Messages not strictly within
the charter but likely to be of interest to many subscribers will be
accepted. Use of the newsgroup for commercial purposes is prohibited.
E-mail: christian at vei.co.ukhttp://www.vei.co.uk/TGN
Dyson Perrins Laboratory
University of Oxford, OX1 3QY, UK
(iwilson at molbiol.ox.ac.uk)
Computer-Aided Molecular Design Group
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
University of Oxford, OX1 3QZ, UK
(bhardy at convex.ox.ac.uk)