junk mail

Jon Monroe monroejd at jmu.edu
Tue Aug 3 09:45:50 EST 1999

Bob, et al.,

Yes, junk mail is a problem that we are all aware of and unhappy 
about.  The reason Plant-ed suffers more than others you belong to is 
because it is an unmoderated BIOSCI newsgroup as opposed to a 
listserv (e.g. biolab) or a moderated newsgroup (e.g. 
bionet.genome.arabidopsis).  Therefore, everyone has access to it. 
The BIOSCI administrators are very concerned about the problem and 
are attempting to install filtering software.  I was told might be 
operational by the end of the summer.  Plant-ed has discussed the 
idea of going the moderation route in the past, and while I would be 
willing to do it, it would take the spontaneity out of the 

At the ASPP meeting last week I passed out a survey to learn how 
people who used Plant-ed accessed it and about their views on 
moderation.  The same survey is circulating at the International 
Botanical Congress this week.  So far it appears that most people 
would prefer moderation.  I'll post the complete results later this 
month after I return from a family vacation...  The best solution in 
my mind is for BIOSCI to filter the junk and to remain unmoderated. 
If, in a few months it looks like BIOSCI can't help us, I think we 
should give moderation a try.  In the mean time please just quickly 
delete the junk and try not to let it bother you.  Are people happy 
with this plan?


>Is anyone else on this list as unhappy as I about the amount of junk mail
>we get?  None of the other science lists I use seem to have this problem.
>Can anything be done about it?
>Robert W. Morris, Chair
>Department of Biology
>Widener University
>Chester, PA 19013
>morris at pop1.science.widener.edu

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