Is bionet.virology dead ?

Dr. Joe S. Mymryk jmymryk at julian.uwo.ca
Fri Oct 3 10:41:09 EST 1997


I have to agree that the amount of activity on bionet.virology is
depressingly low.

What gives?  Is it a general lack of interest in virology (hope not!),
or a lack of 
time on the part of individuals doing virology (ie trying to keep some
funding in 
the lab)?

Regardless of the level of activity, I intend to keep looking for
postings.  

I can't see that moderation is responsible for any drop in activity.  
The stuff getting cut is junk that wastes everyone's time.
I have observed a fair increase in the time it takes to make a posting
though.
I prefer that to wading through pornography or get rich quick postings!

With the amount of introductory information on virology available on the
web, high school kids shouldn't have to pick the brains of subscribers
to bionet.virology with 
trivial questions.  A FAQ is probably a good idea, but most novices
probably won't 
know to even look for it.  Any FAQ should certainly refer people to the
"All the virology on the WWW" site at
http://www.tulane.edu/~dmsander/garryfavweb.html.

Whats wrong with using bionet.virology to nuture interest in virology in
high school students anyways?  I know it takes time.  Hey, I get email
all the time from poor folks that somehow got the idea that adenovirus
causes adenocarcinomas in humans.

Joe 
-- 
Joe S. Mymryk Ph.D.

London Regional Cancer Centre
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London, Ontario, N6A 4L6

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