Emmanuel Skoufos, Ph.D. skoufos at
Tue Feb 28 13:31:17 EST 1995

 kristoff at (David Kristofferson) writes:

>Finally, if everyone was moving away from mail to news then there
>would be less of a need for some of these issues; unfortunately both
>kinds of usage continue to increase although the percentage seems to
>be gradually shifting towards news.

Why can't bionet itself make this switch by being unavailable to e-mail
subscribers?  Anybody that has no access to news, can read posts through
the gopher and the web sites and they can post using e-mail. Alternatively,
as suggested, people that want to use bionet, may *have to* ask their sysops 
to install news software, which IMHO is OK since the service is *free*.
This would require less time, effort and $ on the bionet side (no RC, no
preregisration, considerably fewer connections).  On the user side, instead
of the hussle of preregistation he/she would have to face the hussle of
talking to their sysops.

Just my 2c.



Emmanuel Skoufos, Ph.D.
Insect Molecular Biology Group
Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Box 1527 
Heraklion, Crete 71110

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