monroejd at jmu.edu
Wed Aug 30 10:50:51 EST 2000
Hi John et al.,
>Is this list moderated?
No. I serve as a "discussion leader" with Susan Singer. Most of
what I do is to help people that need it to get on or off the list,
acting as the communication link between the BIOSCI administration
and subscribers, and responding to questions such as yours. We've
talked about going to moderation at various times (when spam was
worse than it is now) but we decided to hold off. About a year ago
the whole BIOSCI system was moved to the UK and at the new site a
form of electronic filtering was implemented that has helped
eliminate some spam but obviously it isn't perfect.
Mark Spiro just asked: "Jon, Is it possible to open the list only to
those who subscribe to it? Would this reduce the spam?" It would,
and we could if it was a listserv, but is isn't and we can't. Many
Plant-ed users are not subscribers - Plant-ed can be used totally
through the web. One big advantage of being part of the BIOSCI
system is that all past messages are archived and searchable
(http://www.bio.net/hypermail/PLANT-EDUCATION/). If the problem
becomes intolerable we could designate a moderator but someone would
have to spend time doing it, and the turnaround time from question to
responses would get much longer.
The more people talk about legitimate Plant-ed issues (the charter
http://www.bio.net/charters/plant-ed is copied below) and simply
delete spam without thinking about it, the better off we will all be.
Please don't respond to spam, even to this group (QDurham, that means
you - we all know what spam is...). Based on past years, I suspect
the rate of legitimate postings will pick up as we get into the
academic year so fire away folks!
Thanks for your comments John - I hope you stick with us.
>I guess not because recently I have gotten almost as many spam
>messages as on-topic emails. I haven't been on the list long but I'm
>considering leaving because of this.
>Hate to have my first message be whining.
>D. C. Smith Greenhouse
>University of Wisconsin - Madison
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