smith-una at yale.edu
Tue Jun 15 09:36:26 EST 1993
>> John Wood's description of this mailing list sounds virtually identical
>> to many of the long-running discussions in bionet.info-theory. I suggest
>> that the current subscribers join bionet.info-theory rather than creating
>> yet another newsgroup.
David Fell replied:
>Una Smith's proposition strikes me as [a fallacy]: information theory
>discusses these topics, therefore these topics are information theory.
Don't confuse a thing's name with what goes on in the name of that thing!
I did not say "information theory discusses" but the *people* in the
newsgroup bionet.info-theory often do discuss (or try to) biochemistry
and other aspects of cell function. It is a rather theoretical group,
and I think it would benefit from the attention of more experimentalists.
Why shut ourselves off into the narrowest possible groups? I'd like to
suggest that the metabolic regulations folks join bionet.info-theory,
which contrary to the past few weeks generally doesn't have that much
traffic. A new group could be created at a later date, when and if it
becomes apparent that there is sufficient interest and participation to
support a separate group.
Usenet newsgroups, including the bionet ones, are distributed to thousands
of sites, and therefore are not efficient distribution mechanisms for
groups that have very small readerships. I think it is important to
evaluate this cost when deciding how to vote about the creation of a new
Una Smith Department of Biology smith-una at yale.edu
New Haven, CT 06511
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