Moderating Plant-ed

David L. Robinson dlrobi02 at HOMER.LOUISVILLE.EDU
Sun Jun 22 20:39:33 EST 1997

  Thank you Jon Monroe and Susan Singer for offering to moderate!!!

  I'm sure it will be taking time out of your day having to screen all the
mailings but the rest of us will be much appreciative. Currently, I would
be embarrassed to suggest a student even *think* about exploring
"Plant-ed" due to all the advertisements for cheerleaders and psychics!!

  And if "Plant-ed" does vote for moderating I say don't lose any sleep
over how timely you are in doing it. It's not like this is the Manhattan
Project or anything. We are just a bunch of people sharing ideas about

Dave Robinson
Biology Dept
Bellarmine College
Louisville, KY   

On 16 Jun 1997, Jon Monroe wrote:

> Plant-eders;
> I appreciate all of your comments and concerns and want to thank you all
> for putting up with the spams until now.  Unfortunately, they will probably
> get worse.  To repeat what was discussed earlier, the BIOSCI newsgroups are
> not like the private listservers so certain tricks mentioned to eliminate
> spams are not possible.  The major advantage of the BIOSCI system, and the
> reason we would like to keep the Plant-ed group in the BIOSCI system, is
> that all messages are automatically archived and are searchable at:
>  The only way to
> eliminate spams is to moderate the group.
> Some of you are happy to delete spams, but others are frustrated and
> expressed those concerns.  Unfortunately, over the last several weeks the
> number of subscribers to Plant-ed has dipped, probably in part due to folks
> unsubscribing for the break from teaching, but I'm sure that some people
> have unsubscribed because of the increase in spams.  For these reasons,
> Susan Singer and I are initiating the process of making this a moderated
> group.  Both of us would be involved in moderating it and we honestly
> believe that it will not be a significant drain on our time.  Besides the
> lack of spams the only noticeable change might be the slightly longer time
> from posting a message to receiving replies via the group.  However, as
> often as I read my e-mail I don't think it will be a significant problem.
> To make a change in the Charter requires a vote of the membership so we
> will be making that request in the near future.  Thanks for being patient
> through this process!
> Sincerely,
> Jon Monroe and Susan Singer
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