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moderation needed ?

Ian A. York iayork at panix.com
Fri Jan 19 11:00:08 EST 1996

In article <DLEM2J.B6x at rockyd.rockefeller.edu>,
Hristo B. Houbaviy <houbavh at skbind.Rockefeller.edu> wrote:
>appear to be needed. Such a newsgroup would absorb all the 'what is a virus/are
>viruses alive/how do we cure Ebola' traffic without wasting bandwidth here and

That assumes that people would post only to sci.virology.  If you look at 
bionet.immunology and sci.immunology, there is a fair amount of averlap 
between the two - a lot of people seem to assume that they need to post 
to both.

>I realize that this would not entirely eliminate all the noise but then
>everybody should learn how to use a kill-file.

This group is available both as a Usenet newsgroup and as an e-mail 
list.  You can't use a killfile on e-mail; you can install filters, but 
they tend to be a real pain to install properly.  I don't know how many 
people receive this as mail and how many on Usenet; even if there are 
only a few people getting the mail (and I suspect there are more than a few)
it's unreasonable to recommend kill files as a universal solution.

>Would anyone care to initiate the formal procedure for newsgroup creation?

I think it's premature.  I'd vote against it, as it would simply mean 
that I'd subscribe to a new group and see a bunch of posts twice - thus 
wasting even more time.

Note that followups are directed off bionet.virology.


                      Ian York   (iayork at panix.com)
      "-but as he was a York, I am rather inclined to suppose him a
       very respectable Man." -Jane Austen, The History of England

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