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vote to moderate bionet.toxicology?

Peter Bell bell at morpheus.cis.yale.edu
Wed Jan 3 16:21:53 EST 1996

In article <199601031549.JAA36009 at mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu> rellim at MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU (Chuck Miller) writes:
>Now is the time to voice your opinion if you are strongly for or against
>moderation. Please post your opinions to the group (toxicol at net.bio.net or
>toxicol at daresbury.ac.uk, depending on your location in the world) rather
>than to me. Guidelines for what constitutes an "appropriate" message have
>been laid out by BIOSCI/BIONET. I will follow these guidelines in

I'm confused.  You want opinions to go to the group, which hereabouts is 
bionet.toxicology, but then give what look to be two addresses for 

Are you proposing to moderate the group bionet.toxicology, or to moderate 
a mailing list?  My reaction to the former is "no, please," and to the 
latter is "absolutely.  Mailing lists should be moderated."  

>Basically - any posting of even remote toxicological interest will be
>posted. Moderation will only be used to sensor the "get rich quick" and
>other junk messages.  

Could you give an example of "other junk messages?"  What I'm curious 
about is whether the recent debate on mercury that came to visit from 
sci.med.dentistry would be "remotely toxicologically interesting" in your 
opinion, or would be filtered.  I ask because that seems to've been the 
only recent and relatively high-volume conversation on the group.  

Granted, it was (for me) a pointless flamewar.  But if my specialty 
happened to be mercury, I'd have been interested in it from the 
perspective of what people in the universe think on the topic, as I 
occasionally am interested by the discussions of algal food supplements 
and their potential toxicity over on rec.food.veg.  

Additionally, I'd say it was relevant to bionet.toxicology, as the folk 
were presumably hoping to solicit a professional opinion.  

Hence, I'm curious  if that would've been a conversation you'd have left 
out, or if there has been spam that's been cancelled on Usenet but has 
made it onto mailing lists, and hence is visible to you but not to me.  

Peter Bell

bell at minerva.cis.yale.edu | http://pantheon.cis.yale.edu/~bell/bell.html
Boil up a batch of shrimp: everyone for miles is beating down your door.  
Boil up a batch of roaches: you're undergoing an extensive psychological 
evaluation.                                          -- ken at seefried.com 

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