Lack of Traffic

Steve Firth filter at firthcom.demon.co.uk
Wed Jan 10 17:18:26 EST 1996


In article <4d0bnt$nc8 at alpha.pcix.com>,
jlitt at capecod.net (Jerry Litt) wrote:

>Does anyone have an opinion as to why there is so little traffic in
>this group? 

One headache I believe is that diagnostics is a commercial business, but
the charter does not allow commercial discussion. Also, I suspect that
companies don't want to talk about their products since it would give away
competitive advantage. It is also possible that many of those in commerce
simply don't have access to Usenet. I provide IT consultancy to biotech
companies and my experience is that they are much poorer at providing
computers and network connection to their staff than other commercial
organisations. Often the priority is to give computers to the finance
people, lab staff come a long way down in the pecking order.

I see Kevin claims 20 posts in January, of which I received 12. Perhaps
there are also some problems with the propagation of messages? I must say
that my news server does seem to be having problems at the moment so I
guess that the problem lies there. sci.bio.technology has been similarly
quiet so it may just be the academic holidays causing the problem.

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