In article <Pine.SUN.3.91.951215152022.27434A-100000 at ava.bcc.orst.edu>,
Steven_H Harwood <harwoods at AVA.BCC.ORST.EDU> wrote:
>>>This newsgroup needs moderation. I would volunteer but have no idea
>about how to go about it. Do any other virology people feel the same
>way? Does anyone want to volunteer to be moderator? Does anyone know
>how to set it up?
Can't be done, practically. Turning an unmoderated into a moderated
newsgroup is almost impossible; it's far easier to abondon the old group
and create a new moderated group.
One option is moderation by cancellation. Although third-party cancels
are generally considered a bad thing by usenet, the non-big-8/alt*
hierarchies may set their own rules; as such, bionet.* could impose a
rule that off-topic posts could be cancelled. I believe (from discussion
in new.admin.net-abuse.misc) that, for example, christnet.* might have
such a policy, and perhaps fidonet.* as well.
However, I think this is a very bad idea, and is too susceptible to abuse
(no matter how well-intentioned the cancellers).
I don't think things are that bad in bionet.virology yet. There are
waves of off-topicality, but in the long run the signal/noise ratio is
pretty good. We're in the middle of a bad stretch now, but hunker down
and wait it out; it will go away.
Ian York (iayork at panix.com)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston MA 02115
Phone (617)-632-3921 Fax (617)-632-2627