Dave Kristofferson kristoff at GENBANK.BIO.NET
Mon Mar 2 15:48:00 EST 1992

Things are getting a bit confused in the discussion.  Perhaps we
should resolve to read through all currently available postings on the
group (which I just did) before replying.

First, Howard Cash (hi!) unfortunately misunderstood the role of
discussion leaders, and Fote correctly described their role in his
reply.  Most newgroups remain open for discussions and will not be
moderated unless the readership votes to establish a moderated

Secondly, several people came away with the impression by reading
earlier postings that crossposting outside of bionet would nullify a
vote.  As later postings explained, this idea was dropped and a less
strict compromise was adopted (I think!) below.  None of the messages
posted since last Friday seem to contradict the latest summary, so I
am going to pull everything together here for one *last* go-round.

PLEASE reference further comments to the following summary because
continued discussion of outdated postings is not useful.


Newsgroup Creation Policy

Proposals for new groups must contain a statement of purpose for the
group and the name of a person designated as discussion leader unless
the group is in the service category such as METHODS, EMPLOYMENT, etc.
Discussion leaders are responsible for ensuring that a reasonable
level of activity is sustained on the newsgroup (see Newsgroup
Termination Policy below).  The discussion leader can also propose the
creation of moderated newsgroups if he/she agrees to serve as
moderator (this requires access to USENET news software at the
moderator's site).  Proposals should be sent to
biosci at genbank.bio.net.

When a proposal is received it will be posted on
BIONEWS/bionet.announce.  A ten day period for discussion on
BIOFORUM/bionet.general will follow and precede the call for votes.
After the discussion, the person proposing the newsgroup may modify or
withdraw the proposal prior to the call for votes.  The modified
proposal will then be included in a call for votes on
BIONEWS/bionet.announce.  The proposal must collect 80 YES votes in 30
days to pass, but may be overturned if the number of NO votes received
exceeds the number of YES votes.

BIOSCI management must be informed in advance of any intended efforts
to advertise the newsgroup proposal or to solicit votes on other
forums.  While BIOSCI wishes to inform potential users of the creation
of newsgroups that might be of interest to them, promotional efforts
should be focussed in forums likely to be utilized by professionals in
the subject area covered by the newsgroup proposal.

If a proposal is not passed by the readers, there will be a three
month period before it can be brought up for another vote.

Newsgroup Termination Policy

Any group with less than 52 msgs in the previous calendar year will be
put on notice by posting an announcement to the newsgroup (not to
bionet.announce) that it faces cancellation.  It can be reprieved if
80 readers respond within two weeks (this policy will be stated in the
termination announcement).  It then has two months to reach a usage
level of one message per 3 days or else it will be abolished.  Appeals
to the BIOSCI management about high content albeit low volume on the
group will be considered.

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