francis at monod.Biol.McGill.CA
Sun Mar 21 17:59:54 EST 1993
A few thoughts about this proposal:
1) it is the first commercial package specific group under the
BIOSCI/bionet umbrella. The rules for creating a newsgroup
under BIOSCI are a lost easier to meet than to create, say a
"sci.*" group, and in those you don't have the people at in
California and in the UK to help you out when you are stuck. So
I think that Dave K.'s "reservations" should not be brushed
aside so easily.
2) Should the whole bionet.software "tree" be redone?
bionet.software.dos, bionet.software.unix and so on and so on ...
Will we be plagued with multiple cross-postings? I am already
seeing it in the rapd and methods group!
I dought we need to do this now, but maybe this is just the
beginning of the specialization that we are seing in other
parts of bionet.
3) I think this group will (if and when it passes, but I am sure it will) be
very good to bring "yet another" slice of Internet users to BIOSCI.
I am sure there are a few present INFO-GCG users which do not
know about BIOSCI (is the INFO-GCG list owner cross posting
these to INFO-GCG?).
So I look forward to this groups creation, and I think it will enrich
the bionet.software "tree", inform non GCG users about the pittfalls and
short commings of the package (it is a double edge sword!), and
contribute to the strenghtening of bionet/BIOSCI as a group.
_But_ the BIOSCI_gatekeepers have expressed "reservations" ...
I think a quick perusal of the INFO-GCG postings over the last few years
would show that the "standard" of postings to that group should remove
any doughts about the lack of "commercialism", and we can only hope that
it would be the same, if not better under the BIOSCI umbrella.
anyway, I think this is a very healthy discussion, and has removed some
of the reservations I had.
| B.F. Francis "YES on YEAST" Ouellette
| manager, yeast chromosome I & XVI sequencing project
| dept of biology, McGill university, Montreal, Qc, Canada
| francis at monod.biol.mcgill.ca
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