IMPORTANT: Serious violation of bionet.prof-society.* vote
macrides at sci.wfeb.edu
Mon Jun 27 09:55:20 EST 1994
In article <1994Jun20.202407.25317 at news.yale.edu>, una at doliolum.biology.yale.edu (Una Smith) writes:
>>Assuming that there are no further posts in violation of our
>>policies, I will abide by the outcome of the vote. ...
> These are not "our" policies, these are David Kristofferson's
> dicta. Here, David threatens to abandon them, to suit himself.
> Note, he has *not* said he will throw out the vote (and thus
> keep the status quo of voting for all new newsgroups); instead,
> he threatens to go against the expressed voter preference.
The bionet voting policy and bionetiquette concerning solicitation
of votes in other hierarchies was discussed at length in 1992, until
consensus was reached and a vote on the voting policy was taken. That
policy and associated bionetiquette has remained in effect since then.
Una, here's what you had to say during that discussion:
>From: una at BASHFUL.PHY.DUKE.EDU (Una Smith)
>Subject: Re: BIOSCI newsgroup creation/termination policy - LONG!
>For brevity, I have deleted much of what Dave Kristofferson
>>it would be necessary to restrict the call for votes
>>to BIONEWS/bionet.announce. Lobbying other USENET newsgroups
>>to find voters would be grounds for cancellation of the vote.
>Hear, hear! It's OK to recruit *readers* to bionet groups, but
>it isn't fair to solicit votes from people who aren't sufficiently
>interested in the bionet groups to bother reading them in the
>first place. When I see such pleas in other Usenet groups, I make
>a habit of voting NO, just to counter the meaningless, knee-jerk
>YES votes that I know are generated by such requests. Soliciting
>votes creates a lot of noise and stuffs the ballot box, but in the
>end there are no more readers to keep the discussions going.
BTW, we still need a more sophistocated, form-based interface for
searching the biosci.src database.
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