More activity - suggestions

George O'Toole george at MBCRR.HARVARD.EDU
Tue May 13 07:05:21 EST 1997


On 13 May 1997, Claus Sternberg wrote:

> First, - As a result of the increasing number of commercial postings
> (junk-mail), I am considering change the policy of this newsgroup from being 
> open to moderated. 

I was thinking the same thing.  There is more junk than biofilm-related 
discussion at this point.

> 
> And, I think we should get some more activity in the group - are there any
> suggestions on how to achieve that? 

One way is to encourage people to answer questions posted to the audience 
at large instead of just the individual that asked the question.  As long 
as there is a subject line, you can decide to delete or read on.

>How about scheduling some plenary
> discussions on certain topics. I could imagine that we could e.g. announce a
> topic a week or so in advance, - then somebody (an ad-hoc discussion leader)
> should write an opening contribution, and subsequently everybody are
> encouraged 
> to reply to this and the ad-hoc discussion leader will make sure that the
> replies are propagated to the newsgroup. What do you think?
> 

That would be a fair amount of work!  At this point, screening out the 
junk mail would be the best thing, in my opinion.

George O'Toole

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