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Una Smith una at doliolum.biology.yale.edu
Sun Dec 4 22:38:24 EST 1994

jgraham at bronze.ucs.indiana.edu (the End) writes:

> ... The vast majority of those voting in favor of it
> [sci.bio.microbiology] mailed from sites outside the U.S., many
> from the UK.  I hope these readers were aware of the existance
> of the comprehensive newsgroup "bionet.microbiology". 

Not true.

(1) As documented in the RESULTS article (available via FTP from
ftp.uu.net in usenet/sci/sci.bio.microbiology), 68% of all votes
cast were submitted from .edu, .com, .gov, .net, and .org sites,
all in US Internet domains.  There was no notable bias in the
distribution of votes from sites outside the US, nor were most
non-US votes from the UK. 

(2) Both the RFD and CFV explicitly mentioned bionet.microbiology.

> I don't see why anyone would choose to participate in a "limited"
> (to non-specialists) discussion when all levels of interest were 
> expressly invited in the original group (bionet.microbiology) and 
> have always been well recieved there.

This is also not true.

(1) The charter for sci.bio.microbiology (below) is inclusive.  The
assertion that s.b.microbiology is "limited" to "non-specialists",
either by intent or practice, has no basis in fact.

(2) As can be seen in the bionet.general and bionet.microbiology
archives on net.bio.net, "all levels of interest" were neither
invited or welcome in bionet.microbiology at the time when either
group was proposed.  (Has bionet.microbiology changed?  I would
like to think so.)

> We now have a small disjointed side-discussion, presumably the
> intention of the proposal (?)


Hostile comments of this type, which you have made repeatedly in both
bionet.microbiology and in sci.bio.microbiology, serve only to offend
and alienate readers.  Such behavior has no place in Usenet, and does
not reflect well on you or on bionet.microbiology.

CHARTER for sci.bio.microbiology

   (about protists, fungi, algae, other microscopic organisms)

Sci.bio.microbiology is devoted to broad discussion of microbiology,
including organismic studies (ecology, biodiversity, bioremediation,
classical genetics, and other types of applied microbiology) and
systematics. This newsgroup serves also as a place where lay readers
can ask biologists their questions about yeasts, fungi, and bacteria,
as well as health and environmental issues having to do with these
and any other microscopic organisms.  This group complements the more
specialized newsgroup bionet.microbiology.

	Una Smith		una.smith at yale.edu

Dept. of Biology, Yale Univ., New Haven, CT  06520-8104

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