COMING CHANGES: BIONEWS/bionet.announce and BIO-CHAT/bionet.gen...
Michael van Waes
bi__mvw at SELWAY.UMT.EDU
Tue Dec 10 15:02:21 EST 1991
In article <9112101810.AA13146 at genbank.bio.net>
> My vote would be to keep BIONEWS the way it is, and to add other
>forums as required. By the "the way it is" I mean an UNmoderated forum for
>announcements of broad interest to biologists, and OCCASIONAL discussion to
>which a "heavy hand" is applied (thought public postings by an assertive
>person; WITHOUT actual censureship) if it gets "out of hand".
> It's important to understand the difference between "thought control"
>and "etiquette." Highly motivated people tend to get themselves into
>overworked and stressed states, and in at least one culture with which I am
>personally familiar, such states make people prone to outbursts of frustration
>and excessive defensiveness. The etiquette of the bionet forums is (should
>be) NOT TO RESPOND IN KIND. Just try to understand what was behind the
>outburst or defensive posting, and address its substance in a polite and
>constructive manner, perhaps with a bit of jocularity to help break the
>> Gee, willies... Have I set the cat among the pigeons..
>>I dare to raise my head. [...]
I absolutely agree with this; if you don't like a posted message, delete it
from your list; it takes only two keystrokes. I don't think there's a
need for a moderator, and I also think that BIOCHAT will either be ignored
or degenerate in very short time.
Michael van Waes |
Div. of Biol. Sci. | Please remain calm,
Univ. of Montana | it's no use both of us being
Phone: 406-243-5733 | hysterical at the same time.
bi__mvw at selway.umt.edu |
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