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
>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