Larry Farrell farrlarr at
Thu Sep 19 08:19:55 EST 2002

saucy wrote:

> Exactly what purpose does this forum serve? Whether you like it or
> not, this newsgroup is the public face of m/bio.
> I can handle the odd puerile question and the occasional nastiness
> contained in answers to those questions from certain members of this
> group, but for a newsgroup concerned with such delicate matters as
> microbiology, why on earth do you let such pure vitriolic shite, such
> as the previous messages, on your pages.
> Whoever moderates this group; even the posting of spam of this nature,
> which is easily ignored by many, cannot be seen to be associated with
> the field of microbiology, you owe it to yourselves and the public.
> Please start regulating this group, I dont want to see our field
> publically degenerating into a right debate centre nor a forum for the
> answering of high school projects for that matter.
> 'Oh I seen a series of hate messages posted on a m/bio group.' Whats
> that say to you?

It says to me that this is a unmoderated group and that is the price we
occasionally have to pay for freedom of speech.

Larry D. Farrell, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology
Idaho State University

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