[Bioforum] Re: BIONET is public, we have to live with it.

Christian Praetorius prae at gmx.net
Wed Aug 2 06:04:36 EST 2006

gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu (Don Gilbert) wrote:

>Chris Upton's note would be in response my request
>for comments on this topic, an earlier post in bionet.general:

Ahh, ok, I was away for a few days, so I missed that topic.

>Bionet's public bioscience news and discussion mission is facing
>pressure from people with privacy concerns, primarily due to Google
>making it so easy to find public letters and comments of people by
>name.   It would be best if the scientists who have the most stake in
>Bionet would voice their views on this.

I have pretty the same view of this things like Chris has. The
newsgroups of the bionet hierarchy (and newsgroups in general) only
make sense, when a wide group of users can easily get access to it.
Taking part in the usenet always means giving away some information,
although it is possible to use nicknames and other emailadresses
(something what can anyway be recommended as a spamtrap), according to
the policy of the newsserver.


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