Proposed plant listREAD/NEW/FOLLOWUP

marder at marder at
Sun Mar 15 07:03:53 EST 1992

TRAVIS>How about BIOPLANT as an e-mail subscription name ?
TRAVIS>name:		bionet.plants/BIOPLANT

I would prefer PLANTBIO - (BIOPLANT sounds a bit too much like a
fermentation facility)

TRAVIS>type:		unmoderated
TRAVIS>charter:	Discussion of all aspects of plant biology
TRAVIS>ie. no specific areas included or excluded.  Is this correct?

This sounds good to me!

In article <8j5hf7c at>, mwfolsom at (Mike Folsom) writes:
Folsom> Now the real question is how do we talk all the recalciumtrant plant
Folsom> people to join in?  I have enough problem getting 'em to think about
Folsom> e-mail.  The idea of getting them to join a discussion group seems
Folsom> much more difficult.  Besides talking 'em into investing the time
Folsom> what can I do about technical issues?  For example, I just sent off a
Folsom> message to assorted beings on a plant taxonomy mailing list.
Folsom> Basically I told them that a discussion was going on in bionet.general
Folsom> about creating bionet.plants.  ((Dave was notified!))  Anyway
Folsom> now I'm getting back questions that I can't handle.
Folsom> Any advice on where to direct people.  For example, somebody just
Folsom> told me that they had never heard of Usenet before and asked how
Folsom> they subscribed to everything.  Ehhh gads!  What a concept.
Folsom> Someone else assured me that their campus didn't get such a creature
Folsom> (they're at the Univ. of Kansas - they just have to get Usenet)
Folsom> but if bionet.plants formed let them know how to subscribe.  Should
Folsom> I encourage this person to look for Usenet or just let 'em know how
Folsom> to subscribe.  Advice anyone?
Folsom> Bye -
Folsom> Mikie
Folsom>                             For a good time drop
Folsom>     Jerry Brown a note - his CompuServe address is rumored to be 75300,3105
Folsom> _______________________________________________________________________________
Folsom> M.W.Folsom/Biology/UNM/Albuqueerque,NM87131/505.277.4228/mwfolsom at

The best we can do is to try and whet peoples' apetites by demonstrating
the utility of news.  e.g. I regularly post items from BIONET to the
PHOTOSYN distribution list (subscribers get this by email) and am trying to
raise awareness in that sector.  I think that my most useful act to date
was to put a PHOTOSYN subscriber in touch with a BIONET activist at his
site (I think a student in his own department).  This is fine where a
newsfeed is already available.  As for isolated sites where the computer
services do not include access to news, the pressure will have to come from
within.  If we all keep at it with personal contacts, mentions of BIONET
during conferences, Journal articles (where possible) I think that things
will quickly improve.
                                 '      Jonathan B. Marder
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