bionet.molbio.gene-org ---> bionet.molbio.gdb

Edward J. Huff huff at mcclb0.med.nyu.edu
Tue Jun 2 06:16:43 EST 1992


In article <Jun.1.14.06.38.1992.1153 at genbank.bio.net>, kristoff at genbank.bio.net (David Kristofferson) writes:
> [...] If I receive
> no serious objections by Friday, we will proceed with the renaming.
> If objections are raised, I will put the change out to a vote.
> [...]

Since I am not the administrator of a news server machine, actually
my opinion should carry no weight.  But here it is anyway.

I think that there is no way to avoid the fact that it is impossible
to rename a newsgroup.  Physically.  You can't get it to happen everywhere
at the same time.  Furthermore, there is NO mechanism at all to automatically
change the .newsrc files belonging to the readers.

So no matter what you call it, in physical reality, this is deletion of
one newsgroup and creation of another one.  Since your policy is to
hold votes for creation of newsgroups, I think you better hold a vote.

On the other hand, all that matters regarding these votes is that the
news administrators should have confidence in the procedure and implement 
the results.  If you believe that none of the administrators will question
the decision, then save wasted effort and skip the vote.



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