Mad junk mail disease

David Kristofferson kristoff at genbank.BIO.NET
Thu May 31 13:47:32 EST 1990

> With mad cow disease hitting the NET, and the cascade of UNSUBSCRIBE
> messages that will probably follow in its wake:
> It's days like this that make it hard to persuade people that the BBs are
> such a good idea after all.
> (Just a moan really...)

There is an easy solution to this problem if it becomes a major
annoyance.  We can at any time convert the BIOSCI newsgroups into a
moderated forum.  Thus all of this kind of thing can be screened out.

In response to another incident on the newsgroups (not the above and
so infantile that I almost did not want to reply) I should comment
that it is a bit sad when people abuse what is really a free and open
forum for communication.  In the last four years now we have had very
few really annoying incidents, and the great majority of the postings
have been serious in intent.

However, if someone wanted to discredit BIOSCI it would be very easy
for them to do so precisely because we are so free and open.

We can preserve our "seriousness" by moderating the groups, but this
comes at a cost in freedom.  I, for one, believe that our readers
appreciate this openness, but, if I am incorrect in this assumption,
please let us, the BIOSCI managers, know otherwise.  The address at
each particular BIOSCI node is:

Address					Location	Network
-------					--------	-------
biosci at			Ireland		EARN/BITNET
biosci at			U.K.		JANET
biosci at			Sweden		Internet
biosci at			U.S.A. 		Internet/BITNET

				Dave Kristofferson
				GenBank On-line Service Manager

				kristoff at

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