Third try (was Bionet FAQ sheet)
CLARK at SALK-SC2.SDSC.EDU
CLARK at SALK-SC2.SDSC.EDU
Wed Apr 22 18:41:16 EST 1992
Well, after having consulted with Dave Kristofferson, I think I've found the
source of the problem with my messages being truncated. Apparently Unix
mailers don't like to have a period in the first column of the line - they
think it signals the end of the message. So, all you folks that preach the
superiority of Unix mail over VMS mail (I believe a certain person from
Finland once described it as BAD - broken as delivered) should mend your
ways. Here it is again, this time edited slightly...
Dave Kristofferson writes:
/> 4) Even if only one FAQ sheet is ever written, post it to all the groups.
/> Otherwise, how will people who are interested in, eg, Methods and Reagents
/> know where to look for the FAQ sheet?
/This means that people who subscribe to all of the newsgroups by
/e-mail will get ***26*** copies of the FAQ sheet. I think that the
/Frequently Asked Questions sheet would quickly become the ATFS sheet
Short Response: It's easier to delete 25 messages than read one that doesn't
Longer Response: That's why there should be a separate FAQ sheet for every
newsgroup. My feelings are that it should look something like this (eg, for
Table of Contents
Q1. What is BIO-SOFT?
A1. (Brief summary, no longer than 3 lines (240 characters))
Q2. What kind of postings are appropriate for BIO-SOFT?
Q3. What kind of postings are NOT appropriate for BIO-SOFT?
Q4. If I want to respond to a posting, should I send it to the newsgroup as
a whole, or just to the person who asked the question?
A4. If someone asked the question, chances are good that others will be
interested in the answer. Always post to the newsgroup. Also,
corrections/updates to other responses are welcome, so long as they are
polite. For example, it's considered bad form to question the species of
someone's ancestors in public.
Q5. Are there any FTP sites for accessing public domain software relevant
to biologists? What are the addresses?
Q6. Our administrators are living in the dark ages and we can't FTP from
here, since we only have access to Bitnet. Can I get software mailed to me?
Q7. I've never tried to use FTP before. How do I go about it?
A7. (This would be a long response so might best be addressed by having an
FTP primer that can be mailed from biosci-request. Rob Harper has posted
such primers numerous times in the past.)
Q7. I have allocated $100 for general molbio software for my
Mac/pc/Unix/VAX/etc and would like to know which are the best programs to
get in this price range?
Q8. Is there any software for the Mac/pc/Unix/VAX/etc. that can
design PCR primers?
Q9. I want to display the 3D structure of some proteins given the atomic
coordinates. What software is available for the Mac/pc/Unix/VAX/etc?
Qx. What is Gopher?
Qy. What is WAIS?
Qz. How do I get more information about the other biosci newsgroups, like
what is available, and how to subscribe?
Az. Check out the FAQ sheet on biosci.announce or send an email message to
biosci-request at genbank.bio.net.
I hope you see what I'm trying to get at here, Dave. In this example, the
first 4 questions and the last would be common to all the groups, except
biosci.announce (the answers to the first three would be different, of
course). By having a table of contents at the top, perhaps with some way of
indicating new questions or answers, it won't be necessary to read the
whole thing to see if there is anything worthwhile to the veteran
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