CALL FOR VOTES: MAIZE/bionet.maize (moderated)

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Mon Jul 14 17:56:12 EST 1997


Voting is now open on the following proposal to create the mailing
list & newsgroup

MAIZE/bionet.maize (moderated)

The charter was not modified as a result of the discussion.

*** NOTE *** We are often running several votes for other newsgroups,
so please be certain to follow the voting directions *carefully*!  If
you just send in a message saying "YES" or "NO" it will not be counted
if it is not clear which proposal you are responding to.

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Proposal for MAIZE/bionet.maize (moderated)

USENET newsgroup name:  bionet.maize

Status:                 Moderated

One line Description:   Research on maize

Moderation address:     bionet-maize at net.bio.net
                        (maize-moderator at net.bio.net
                         is an alias for
                         maize at net.bio.net)

Moderator:              Marty Sachs 
			and Ricardo Salvador (backup moderator)

Mailing list name:      MAIZE

E-mail addresses:       maize at net.bio.net
                        maize at daresbury.ac.uk

Newsgroup Charter: bionet.maize would provide a forum to facilitate
communication and interaction among researchers, educators, students,
producers, specialists, and all others with an interest in maize (Zea mays
L.).

Functions of the newsgroup:  Discussion/inquiries would include but not be
limited to the anatomy, breeding, genetics, physiology, biochemistry,
molecular biology, origin/evolution, ethnobotany, germplasm, production and
utilization of maize and will thereby allow more rapid progress in research
involving maize science and corn production.

The newsgroup will provide a forum for discussions of problems, old and new
ideas, journal publications, and recent developments in maize research.
The newsgroup will also provide sources of practical advice, methodologies,
answers to frequently asked questions concerning understanding of the
biology and uses of maize and techniques used in maize research, and
availability of unique resources for research with maize (e.g., antibodies,
cDNA clones, primers and gene sequences, DNA libraries, mutants, genetic
stocks and other germplasm, mapping, databases, etc.).

Finally, the newsgroup will serve as a bulletin board for announcements of
meetings, conferences, job opportunities, and funding sources of interest
to basic and applied biologists studying maize.

Moderation Policy:  Mass-posted commercial messages, chain letters, and
similar postings not germane to maize will be deleted without comment.
Inappropriate messages posted in good faith will be returned to the sender.
Messages not strictly within the charter but likely to be of interest to
many subscribers will be accepted. Use of the newsgroup for commercial
purposes is prohibited.

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Voting is now open on the proposal for MAIZE/bionet.maize and will run
through 00:00 hrs Pacific Time on 13 August 1997.  Please send your
vote to either of the following addresses:

Address                               Location        Network
-------                               --------        -------
biovote at daresbury.ac.uk               U.K.            JANET
biovote at net.bio.net                   U.S.A.          Internet/BITNET

PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE FORMAT BELOW - WE OFTEN RUN MORE THAN ONE
VOTE AT A TIME SO A SIMPLE "YES" OR "NO" MESSAGE WITHOUT THE NEWSGROUP
NAME MAY BE AMBIGUOUS.  Your vote should contain a single line:

YES on MAIZE

if you favor allowing the creation of this newsgroup or

NO on MAIZE

if you think that this proposal will adversely affect the
BIOSCI/bionet system.  While not intended to be an exhaustive list of
possible concerns (more specific concerns may have been raised during
the discussion period on BIOFORUM/bionet.general and interested
readers are referred to these), some general reasons for voting NO
might be if you are concerned about newsgroup proliferation and/or
believe that the proposed group will not be utilized, or if you think
that the proposed newsgroup would substantially duplicate or overlap
with the function of existing newsgroups.  If you are simply not
interested in participating in the newsgroup above, please don't cast
a NO vote, but instead just don't vote at all.

The newsgroup proposal must receive at least 80 YES votes to pass and
the number of YES votes must be greater than the number of NO votes by
at least 40.  Discussion of the newsgroup proposal is now closed and
we strongly discourage posting any messages in other forums about the
fact that a CALL FOR VOTES has been issued.

				Sincerely,

				Serge Taylor
				BIOSCI Project Manager
                                Stanford University Libraries

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