RFD: Make bionet.general moderated

Cornelius Krasel krasel at wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de
Sun Sep 29 13:34:01 EST 1996

BIOSCI Administrator (biosci-help at NET.BIO.NET) wrote:
> bionet.general is supposed to be our free speech area in the
> biological sciences.  Moderators take on legal liability for
> approving/disapproving posts even if you say that you are only
> filtering out ads.  The hierarchy needs an outlet where people who
> have gripes can assume sole responsibility for their own behavior.  We
> are happy to moderate every group in the hierarchy except for one for
> the above reason, and bionet.general was designed to fit that bill.
> The junk mail that comes along with it is an unfortunate price.

I am aware that the issue of free speech is a very delicate one in the
U.S. of A. As a European, I don't feel that a moderation which solely
filters out unsoliticed ads and spam will affect freedom of speech in
any way.

The forseeable problem for bionet.general will be that the signal-to-
noise ratio will steadily drop and scientists will start to unsubscribe.

In addition, I think it would be helpful for BIOSCI to redirect unsoliticed
advertisements directly to http://www.bio.net/ where people may leave
their $$ if they really want to reach professional life scientists.

Just my two pfennigs,


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