RE: SETI: news postings

Adrian W Kingsley-Hughes (
Sat, 25 Sep 1999 14:19:55 +0100

I have to agree with David on the points about this list becoming taken over
by repostings which I feel are getting to the point of irritation. Most
begin Larry Klase wrote (at least when Larry posted them they were easy to
filter through, and more relevant too) and mostly they are indented almost
to the point of being impossible to read. On topic and relevant posts are
being lost in a barrage of off-topic reposts that have little connection to
SETI at all.

It isn't only the volume but the quality that is the problem and I feel it
hinders the free flow of ideas that could happen if the list remained on

I also have to say that since this is a free list it is open to the original
poster to post the material here if they see it fit. I don't see there
being a need for others to take it upon themselves to do it.

Adrian W Kingsley-Hughes
Project Argus Station - IO73vf95
SETI League, Inc. VOLCOR:Cymru/Wales

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On
> Behalf Of David Woolley
> Sent: Saturday, September 25, 1999 12:40 PM
> To: Richard Burke-Ward
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: SETI: news postings
> >
> > I'm confused. Everyone *except* Larry Klaes seems to e posting
> news items
> > on his behalf.
> I've been reccommending that people on the alt.sci.seti newsgroup who
> are interested in real SETI discussion should join this mailing list;
> however, at the moment they will find very little SETI material and would
> be better off reading (or sci.astro?) for the material that
> is actually on the list. I think some that have looked may have
> questioned
> my judgement.
> I also know that the UK coordinator for the SETI League stopped
> reading the
> list because of the volume; this may have been due to the burst at the
> time of last year's hoax, but must of the bulk for a long time has been
> the sort of article referenced here. One of the results of this is
> balkanisation of the discussion, with each country only talking to
> itself.
> > Couldthe folk who are posting this stuff put some distinctive
> word in the
> > title of each of these posts? Or something, anything? Or better still,
> e.g. NOT SETI, which should stop the list processor adding another SETI
> and would more accurately describe most of the contents.
> I note that Robert Owen has already got himself publicly killfiled by
> one person on alt.sci.seti as an indirect consequence of posting some of
> this material there (see deja news for the full argument that lead to
> this; but it basically comes down to re-posting material without
> adequate justification of its relevance to the news group charter, and
> which, taken out of context, looks more like UFOs visited the ancients
> material).

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