Bioinformatics discussions

Phillip San Miguel pmiguel at purdue.edu
Wed Oct 20 12:07:12 EST 1999

Brian Fristensky wrote:

> "Charles A. Alexander" wrote:
> >
> > Hello
> >
> > These newsgroups used to be a really fruitful place for discussions on
> > issues related to GCG and other kinds of bioinformatics software.  With the
> > insane amount of spam here lately that function seems to have ceased.
> >
> > Is there some other virtual place that people have been congregating to talk
> > about this stuff now ?  I know Chad Price from UNMC was suggesting a private
> > e-mail list at one point.
> >
> > Anyways, if anybody has the secret password and location, please e-mail me
> > privately if necessary.
> >
> Believe me, spam mail is NOTHING compared to the clutter
> that mailing lists add to your mailbox. I have been
> subscribing to one mailing list in which half of the
> messages are from people who haven't read the instructions
> for subscribing or unsubscribing and send a the entire
> group asking to be subscribed or unsubscribed.
> Specialized news readers, such as the one in Netscape
> communicator let you do things like following (or deleting)
> entire threads, sorting messages etc.
> The difference between news and mail is best summarized
> by the old adage "use the right tool for the right job."
> [...]

    Yeah, I strongly agree.
    But it is kind of weird the amount of spam bionet groups attract. For a spammer
I would think bionet groups would be a waste of time.
    Compared to say, rec.juggling, there actually seems to be more spam in this
group (b.s.g). Are the cancel mooses not set to purge bionet groups? If not, maybe
we could ask them to include us in their purging activities.
    I don't have a problem just ignoring the spam but some people get this group
via a email list. So they get the worst of both worlds.

Phillip San Miguel.

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