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Wed Oct 26 21:29:41 EST 1994

As a result of an extended debate on bionet.general several weeks back
Dave Mack here at BIOSCI developed the following proposal to create


Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 6
November on BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on
BIONEWS/bionet.announce).  For those who are not on the
BIOFORUM/bionet.general newsgroup currently, either read
bionet.general on USENET or contact one of the following biosci
addresses to sign up by e-mail:

Subscription Address                 Location
--------------------                 --------
biosci at daresbury.ac.uk               Europe, Africa, and Central Asia
biosci at net.bio.net                   Americas and the Pacific Rim

One warning, however: BIOFORUM/bionet.general is a "chatty" newsgroup
and many other items will be discussed there besides this newsgroup
proposal.  USENET news access is definitely better than e-mail if you
want to monitor only this discussion.

Discussion Guidelines
Please do not post one-line messages saying things like "I am in favor
of such a newsgroup".  We will collect votes later.  The discussion
period is an opportunity for anyone to bring up reservations about the
proposed charter below and to propose modifications prior to the vote.
If the charter is perfect as is, then there is no need for anyone to
say anything!!!

The newsgroup discussion leader may submit a revised proposal in light
of the discussion, and the new charter would be included in the call
for votes which will go out on 7 November (Newsgroup Discussion
leaders - please note this deadline - if no revisions are received
before the deadline, the original charter will be voted on.).

Please be aware that only one vote is counted per e-mail address, so
it is necessary to have your own account in order to vote.  Multiple
votes from the same address are not accepted.  If you are interested
in the following newsgroup, but do not have an e-mail address of your
own, please obtain one from your computer center before the call for
votes is issued.

Proposal to establish BIOSCI-ADMIN/bionet.admin

Proposed USENET name:       bionet.admin

Proposed mailing list name: BIOSCI-ADMIN

Proposed email addresses:   bioadmin at net.bio.net
                            bioadmin at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion leader:          David Kristofferson
                            BIOSCI/bionet Manager
                            biosci-help at net.bio.net

Newsgroup charter:

The BIOSCI-ADMIN/bionet.admin newsgroup is intended to provide a focal
point for discussions relating to the BIOSCI/bionet newsgroup
hierarchy and its administration.  In particular, it will replace
BIOFORUM/bionet.general as the forum for the discussion of new
newsgroup proposals.  Newsgroup CFD's will continue to be posted to
BIONEWS/bionet.announce and BIOFORUM/bionet.general, but will contain
lines to redirect follow-ups and replies to BIOSCI-ADMIN/bionet.admin.
CFV's will be posted to all three newsgroups.

Currently, discussion of issues such as newsgroup naming and problems
with news and mail propagation are intermixed with miscellaneous
discussions of biological topics in BIOFORUM/bionet.general.  As a
result of previous discussion in that forum, it seems desirable to
move the administrative discussions out of a group whose charter is

In addition, Usenet administrators who do not ordinarily read the
bionet newsgroups, but who are nonetheless charged with propagating
them, have expressed dismay at having to filter through the
bionet.general traffic to find information about new newsgroups.

The bionet.admin newsgroup will not be moderated.  The discussion
leader will be Dr. David Kristofferson.

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