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[Acedb-soft] Bionet public archives and privacy

Ed Griffiths via acedb%40net.bio.net (by edgrif from sanger.ac.uk)
Thu Nov 15 04:48:04 EST 2007


Please read the below from Don Gilbert who supervises/coordinates much of the 
bionet archives.

I'm not aware of any issues for acedb but if you have concerns you should 
probably contact me directly in the first instance.

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:18:49 -0500 (EST)
From: Don Gilbert <gilbertd from cricket.bio.indiana.edu>
To: biomail from magpie.bio.indiana.edu
Subject: [Biomail Site List] Update on Bionet public archives and privacy

Dear Bionet moderators,

As some contributors change their minds or learn after the fact
that any public discussions become Google'able and expose their
messages to searches by name, I and likely some of you, get
requests to edit/remove posts from the public archives at

The consensus of comments from many folks on this
is summarized in this policy

Please share your opinions among this moderators group. There is
not now software support for moderators to edit the Bionet group
archives. Somewhere down the road for Bionet, if new software
packages make this feasible, I would like to see moderators have
the option to handle these requests.

For now, you should direct requests for message removal/editing
to the above biosci-termsofuse.html document.  If a Bionet
contributor's concerns extend beyond the fairly common
"just don't want my name in Google searches" to some
specific need or harm, I deal with these on a case by
case basis, thru e-mail to biosci-help from net.bio.net

Generally if it is an appropriate message for a Bionet group,
this is a public message that should be preserved, and it will be
preserved in other Internet archives. Removing it from Bionet
archives doesn't solve problems of increased spam (spambots read
Usenet directly), and basically may only lower the
ranking in Google searchs of where the message is found
(e.g. all Bionet messages also make it into searchable Google
Groups archives).

Scientists have a public persona, with contact information and
views expressed in many venues.  Googling our public discussions
is now part of our society.  

-- Don Gilbert

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