PART 2 - MODERATING THE BIOSCI/bionet NEWSGROUPS
ken at animal.csd.scarolina.edu
Mon Feb 27 15:23:23 EST 1995
Let me throw in a bit of the news admin's perspective.
=> Richard H. Miller (rick at crick.ssctr.bcm.tmc.edu) wrote:
: However, bear in mind one thing that happened during the CREDIT REPAIR spam;
: the spammers included the magic cookie to allow the adds to be posted to
: moderated groups.
There is certainly room for improvement in the verification of
approval. If improvements made it into the 2 major news server
packages, it could make a difference. I don't quite know whether
I expect this to happen, but it's been discussed.
In article <3ilbhg$kdn at decaxp.harvard.edu>,
Keith Robison <robison at nucleus.harvard.edu> wrote:
=> I don't expect it to be driven by BIONET ( :-) `, but I do expect the
=> whole news scheme to be drastically rethought...
=> An alternative would be for a few central sites (such as net.bio.net)
=> to keep copies of the news for the newsgroups they oversee (which,
=> of course, BIONET already does). When users want news, they request
=> it from the central site.
This is a periodic "hot topic", currently being re-hashed under
"Subject: Overhauling usenet" in alt.current-events.net-abuse,
alt.culture.usenet, news.future, news.groups, alt.culture.internet.
[ I think that's the correct thread/groups ]
I encourage anyone who's interested to check out that discussion.
Here's my summary of the conventional wisdom:
No one would volunteer their site as the sole source of _any_ newsgroup
because they would be swamped with client connections.
The concept of caching material closer to the user is intriguing,
but no one has fleshed out a proposed implementation yet. It's
entirely possible that a regional or organizational caching site
as "proxy" news server could make this work. I think this is
feasible, but it has not been done. Probably it would be
implemented as a separate entity from Usenet.
=> It's not difficult to imagine such a system growing out of the WWW,
It is if you watch the bandwidth requirements of WWW as lots of people
The current system, with all its warts and loopholes, makes a VERY
good trade-off between NNTP's bandwidth usage on the organization's
(expensive) network connection and local storage (relatively cheap)
for the news articles.
We use the expensive WAN-bandwidth to transfer one copy of articles in
the groups to which we subscribe. That subscription list can be
tailored in various ways to the needs of each site.
=> and perhaps NNTP already has provisions for such things (does it?).
Nope. Here is a fertile field for those with imagination and design
Ken Sallenger / ken at bigbird.csd.scarolina.edu / 803 777-9335
Computer Services Division / Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia SC
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