Shall we moderate bionet.microbiology? Please read.

Lesley Robertson l.a.robertson at stm.tudelft.nl.removethis
Mon Jan 25 07:46:48 EST 1999

M. Latterich wrote:
> In article <33cad66f.16444718 at gym-news.tpgi.com.au>, Ted
> <pedersen at spiderweb.com.au> wrote:
> >
> > Please explain how "moderation" works. I appologise for my ignorance
> > in this matter.
> >
> > Ted
> Ted,
> moderation works in that all posts to bionet.microbiology will have to
> be screened manually for content by the moderators before they appear
> on the web. While not fool-proof, this will lead to a reduction of
> unrelated or unsuitable messages, such as spam. A few newsgroups have
> moderation status. The advantages are that one has to deal with less
> unrelated posts, the disadvantages are that moderation will cause a
> delay in the message appearing on the net.
> My repeated requests to the folks at bio-net.net to establish
> moderation status have gone unanswered, which is annoying because I
> already have assembled a team of moderators ready and willing to
> perform this service to our community.

One of the Usenet genealogy groups (african) had to "go moderated" a
couple of years back because of the number of bozos it was attracting -
there was quite a process we had to go through, including a formal
proposal laying down how the moderation would work, vote of the users
which was taken by a central vote taker and which required 2/3 in favour
plus a minimum of 100 in favour. Even the timing was fixed, the proposal
had to go out X days before, and there were Y days allowed for voting,
etc. You might find that you need to go through this whole procedure...
Good luck
Lesley Robertson

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