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Too many cross-posts

Cordell, Ralph PhD rzc4 at CIDHIP1.EM.CDC.GOV
Tue Feb 27 10:02:25 EST 1996

I agree that there have been too many cross-posts about subjects completely 
unrelated to virology.  I sent replies to some of the persons generating 
these cross-posts and asked them to refrain from posting responses to that 
subject on virology.net.  It seemed to work and I would encourage others to 
join in.  I am somewhat of a neophyte at this but imagine that there is a 
term for this practice (electronic mail-bombing??) and would hope that it is 
not illegal.  If we were at a scientific meeting and someone wanted to 
discuss some esoteric topic I'm sure at least some of us would let the 
person know the error of their ways.

IMHO immunization is related to virology (unless you want to limit this 
entirely to benchwork and related topics) though the topic has been gone 
over more times than a roadkilled possum on 285.  We need to avoid even the 
appearance of elitism as this is one forum where laypersons can ask 
questions from scientists with a variety of interests, experiences and 
backgrounds.  I just saw an statement where someone from the NSF was saying 
that we were increasingly having to justify science in the absence of a cold 
war.  (Neat huh - if we're not going to help kill anybody then why have us 
around).  This forum provides some opportunity to explain what we do as well 
as to expose future scientists to our fields/crafts/disciplines.

Ralph Cordell

(The opinions expressed here are my own and not necessarily those of the CDC 
or Federal government)


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