[BiO BB] Is this list moderated?

Iddo Friedberg idoerg at burnham.org
Fri Oct 10 13:29:09 EDT 2003

Part of the problem may be solved by including a few ground rules in the 
email sent to new subscribers, something along the lines of:

"Welcome to the BioBB. Please read the following carefully before 
posting to the list

[What is this list about, RTFFAQ. Keep it short, otherwise they won't 
read it anyway].

Failure to comply with these outline will result in a LART party at your 


J.W. Bizzaro wrote:
> Hi Eitan.
> Posting to the list is restricted to subscribers, but, other than that, 
> there is no moderation.  Full moderation would require that all posts be 
> held for approval, which could take hours.  I have even seen moderated 
> newsgroups hold up posts for a day.
> For lists that I have administered in the past and for wich I have 
> chosen this approach, I have received complaints that it takes too long 
> to get a post through.  Many people, I have learned, would prefer even 
> to get spam if it meant getting an answer to a question with expedition.
> Besides, it seems several people were willing to answer Milak's 
> questions.  But, I would agree that "help me with my assignment" and 
> "give me an idea" posts are irritating.
> Cheers.
> Jeff
> Eitan Rubin wrote:
>> Hi,
>>   As part of my job, I have to say to people "no, I cannot explain to 
>> everything there is to know about bioinformatics through email" three 
>> times a day. If we keep this list non-moderated, this is where it is 
>> heading.
>>   Eitan

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