2ND AND FINAL CALL FOR VOTES: STADEN/bionet.software.staden

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Wed Aug 24 15:03:27 EST 1994

This is the second and final call for votes on the following proposal
to create the mailing list & newsgroup STADEN/bionet.software.staden
The proposal below was not modified after the discussion period.

This marks the end of the prototype period for the STADEN-USERS
mailing list at net.bio.net.  If this proposal does not pass, the
mailing list will be terminated.  This notice is also being posted to
the STADEN-USERS mailing list.

*** NOTE *** We are currently 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.

Proposal to establish STADEN/bionet.software.staden

Proposed USENET name:  bionet.software.staden

Proposed mailing list name:  STADEN

Proposed e-mail addresses:  staden at net.bio.net
                            staden at daresbury.ac.uk

Discussion leader:   Tim Littlejohn
                     tim at bch.umontreal.ca

Newsgroup character: Bionet.software.staden is a forum for information
exchange and discussions for the community of scientists using the Staden
Package for molecular sequence analysis.

Functions of the newsgroup:
The newsgroup will serve as a communication forum for users of the Staden
Package for molecular sequence analysis.  The package covers most sequence
analysis applications including DNA assembly, DNA analysis, protein sequence
analysis, sequence comparisons, library handling and searching. The assembly
program can handle input from ABI 373A, LI-COR, Pharmacia A.L.F. and Amersham 
International BaseScanner instruments, plus digitizers. The package runs on 
a large number of hardware/operating system platforms and is available for 
a nominal fee.

The newsgroup has the following specific objectives:

1.  to serve as a communication medium for announcing modifications
    to the package;

2.  to be a "self help" group, where users with problems can gain from
    the experience of the rest of the user-community (and thereby reduce
    the pressures of the developers to provide support).  The newsgroup will
    provide a forum for answers to frequently asked questions concerning the

3.  to exchange ideas and practical advice about getting the most from all
    components of the package, from sequence assembly through to analysis;

4.  to promote the continued growth and enhancement of the package.

Subscribers are welcome from universities or any academic institutions,
government agencies, hospitals and other medical institutions, and
industrial or commercial organizations. Contributions within the functions
outlined above are encouraged. The newsgroup is expected to run in an
unmoderated fashion and I am willing to act as current coordinator.

Tim Littlejohn

Assistant Director (Informatics), Organelle Genome Megasequencing Program,
Departement de biochimie, Universite de Montreal, C.P. 6128, succursale
Centre-ville, Montreal (Quebec), H3C 3J7

Voting on the proposal for STADEN/bionet.software.staden will run
through 24:00 hrs Pacific Time on 7 September 1994.  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

NAME MAY BE AMBIGUOUS.  Your vote should contain a single line:


if you favor allowing the creation of this newsgroup or


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.


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net

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