RFD: Make bionet.general moderated

Richard P. Grant rpgrant at molbiol.ox.ac.uk
Fri Sep 27 08:53:12 EST 1996

In article <52as0i$irm at winx03.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de>, krasel at wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de (Cornelius Krasel) writes:
> bionet.general seems to get increased amounts of unsoliticed advertisement.
> To avoid this (and to force people to advertise via net.bio.net) I propose
> to make this newsgroup moderated.
> I would volunteer for moderation. (At least around here b.general traffic
> seems manageable.) (Disclaimer: I have never before moderated a newsgroup.)
> Comments? (RFD means "Request for discussion".)

Well, as long as you don't think it would just turn into bionet.announce#2.

A suggestion:
There are methods, apparently, for 'automatic' moderation whereby the first 
one/two/n posts from a username are moderated manually and after that a bot 
recognizes them as kosher and allows it through.  In other words, the first n 
times someone posts the post has to go via a human, then that human tells the 
bot that 'this username is OK, accept their posts without question'.  So 
anything the bot doesn't recognize goes to the human for approval.

That should cut out a lot of junk and reduce your workload.  


Richard P. Grant MA DPhil      rpgrant at molbiol.ox.ac.uk
Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford.
No wonder I can't go to parties anymore.

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