2ND AND FINAL CALL FOR VOTES: bionet.prof-society.* vote exemption

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Mon Jun 13 17:28:15 EST 1994


This is the second and final call for votes on the following proposal
to allow the creation of new newsgroups for professional societies
with >= 500 members in the bionet.prof-society domain without going
through the voting process for each new group.  The only change made
to the proposal as a result of the discussion process was to insert
the phrase "in the bionet.prof-society domain" in the first sentence.
This change was made to emphasize that only moderated professional
society newsgroups in the bionet.prof-society portion of the bionet
USENET hierarchy would be exempt from the voting process.  Votes must
still be taken on all other BIOSCI/bionet newsgroups.

*** 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.


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Proposal: The following change will be made to the BIOSCI newsgroup
creation policy.

"BIOSCI will create a moderated newsgroup in the bionet.prof-society
domain without voter approval for any professional society in the
biological sciences which has a membership of at least 500.  Smaller
groups must go through the regular BIOSCI/bionet newsgroup creation
process.  Because these groups are not discussion forums, they will be
exempted from the 52 message per year minimum posting limit and would
only be discontinued if the society in question no longer wishes to
use them.  If usage seems extremely low on any group in the
bionet.prof-society domain, the BIOSCI/bionet staff will contact the
society in question and ensure that the newsgroup is still wanted."

Coordinator:

David Kristofferson
BIOSCI/bionet Manager
biosci-help at net.bio.net
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Voting is now open on the bionet.prof-society.* vote exemption policy
change (abbreviated PS-EXEMPT) and will run through 24:00 hrs Pacific
Time on 26 June 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

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 PS-EXEMPT

if you favor allowing the creation of professional society newsgroups
without a vote as detailed in the proposal above or

NO on PS-EXEMPT

if you think that this policy change 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 newsgroups would substantially duplicate or overlap
with the function of existing newsgroups.  If you are simply not
interested in participating in the newsgroups that may result from the
policy change 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,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net



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