"Normally create without a vote"?
una at doliolum.biology.yale.edu
Tue Aug 16 20:45:14 EST 1994
BIOSCI Administrator <biosci-help at net.bio.net> wrote:
>I should note that, although this group is in the bionet.prof-society
>domain, we are voting on it because the Canadian Federation of
>Biological Societies (CFBS) wants the group to be an open unmoderated
>discussion group instead of a moderated, announcements-only newsgroup
>which we would normally create without a vote.
Whoops! This sounds like historical revisionism to me, Dave! ;-)
It's certainly not the way things are "normally" done in bionet.*.
How about a replay of the vote on whether we would vote on all
newsgroup proposals in bionet.*, please. I never did see an
outcome, and I assumed you had abandoned the whole (bad) idea.
To my knowledge, *all* newsgroups in bionet.* are still to be
voted on prior to creation. Why the verbal aside suggesting the
policy is otherwise?
Regardless, I applaud the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies
for wanting to do a proper job of creating a new newsgroup. I think
it is vitally important for the continued high propagation and public
esteem (note, *public*) of bionet.* newsgroups that we do not behave
as though we think we have some special entitlement to use the global
network of computers that carry Usenet newsgroups.
Una Smith smith-una at yale.edu
Department of Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8104 USA
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