Arthur E. Sowers
arthures at access5.digex.net
Fri Jun 27 21:04:54 EST 1997
I sometimes look over on bionet.general to see what is happening. I am
most of the time on sci.research.careers and we don't get a lot of spam
there (in my opinion) although it is unmoderated. Since there are a fair
number of biologists on src, I'm taking the liberty of sharing this
announcement, via cross post, in case they ought to know about the changes
here on b.g
=== no change to below, included for reference and context ====
On 27 Jun 1997, BIOSCI Administrator wrote:
> Stanford University Libraries took over management of the Biosci
> usenet groups on the weekend of June 6. Since then we have been
> working out the operational and administrative details that accompany
> the change in management and the physical location of the hardware. In
> the very near future we are planning to consult with users in the
> Biosci community about what additional services and features would be
> valuable to them. At this time, however, I want to let the Biosci
> community know that we are working full time to stop the flood of
> obscene and commercial spam into our unmoderated groups.
> One solution is to transform unmoderated groups into moderated groups.
> At the moment, we have a backlog of unmoderated groups which have
> sufficient volunteer energy to make this a viable option; for these
> groups, we will immediately start down the path of changing them into
> moderated groups.
> In addition, we are also looking for more automatic and more efficient
> techniques for keeping spam out of our newsgroups. Since the spam
> problem is not unique to the biosci usenet group, we are consulting
> with other usenet administrators about solutions which are technically
> sound as well as consistent with the usenet philosophy and the
> scientific purposes of our forums. I welcome your suggestions.
> In the meantime, I hope you will bear with us as we try to deal with
> this problem.
> Serge Taylor
> BIOSCI/bionet Manager
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