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From: [email protected] (Cameron Laird)
Subject: CFV:  sci.anthropology
Followup-To: poster
Organization: NeoSoft Communications Services -- (713) 684-5900
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1992 14:40:10 GMT

This is a Call For Votes on a newsgroup for discussion of the
science of anthropology.


NAME: sci.anthropology


STATUS: unmoderated (repeat:  *not* moderated)


CHARTER:

sci.anthropology is a worldwide forum for the comprehensive
interests of professionals in and students of the science of
anthropology.  This includes the four conventional categories
of archaeologic, biologic, linguistic, and socio-cultural
anthropology, along with the wealth of more specialized sub-
disciplines, and all professional concerns.

The subject matter of anthropology certainly overlaps that
discussed in sci.econ, sci.archaeology, sci.bio, and a variety
of other newsgroups.  The aim of sci.anthropology is to enrich
these discussions, not compete with them.  The particular role
of sci.anthropology is to synthesize, bringing together
a.  biologic and psychologic domains,
b.  scientific and humanistic modes,
c.  neophyte and experienced participants, and
d.  data from diverse cultures and species,
for example.  Always, the unifying perspective and tone of
sci.anthropology will be that of contemporary academic anthro-
pology.

sci.anthropology specifically invites contributions in all
languages, from those with all levels of formal education.

An Appendix, below, offers examples of questions that might
usefully arise in sci.anthropology.


VOTING:

All votes must be e-mailed directly to:  [email protected]
The voting period will run from Friday, 24 April 1992 through Friday,
18 May 1992.

Votes posted to the net, or forwarded by a third party, will not
be accepted.

Each valid vote will state explicitly, in the subject line or in
the first line of the message, "I vote YES for sci.anthropology,"
or "I vote NO against sci.anthropology."

You may include comments, such as, "but I would prefer ..." or,
"but I would vote differently if ...", *after* a clear state-
ment of your vote.

The vote-taker will explicitly confirm receipt of each vote,
both in return email and in summary reports to news.groups.


APPENDIX:  examples

Anthropology is an inclusive discipline, one in which it is 
legitimate to ask:

A.  methodology:
    1.  Is there a good paper to use when taking
        notes in tropical climates?  Does one hold
        up particularly well there?
    2.  What is a useful combination of microcomputer
        software and hardware to record parish vital
        statistics in the field (in my case, electri-
        city is reliable only a few hours a day)?
    3.  What is the difference between anthropology
        and sociology?  [This quickly becomes tiresome
        after a few years of hearing it discussed, but
        it is one of the questions newcomers to anthro-
        pology need to ask themselves.]
B.  ethnology
    1.  Which cultures regarded lyme grass (seeds)
        as a culinary item?
    2.  Has anyone written an ethnography of the
        Sendero Luminoso?  Does it investigate
        the feminized militarism some observers
        have claimed prevails?
C.  bioanthropology (physical anthropology, ethology, ...)
    1.  What do others think about the latest results
        of investigator N on brain lateralization
        and linguistic behavior?
    2.  Senior scholar K gave a neat talk on our campus last
        night.  She says she has three different kinds of
        evidence structuring the interaction between tool
        use and handedness in primates; specifically, ...
D.  archaeology
    1.  What archeologic evidence is there for long-
        distance sea-trade along the Pre-Columbian
        Pacific Coast of Central America?
    2.  On the radio this morning, I thought I heard
        something about a new find that was supposed
        to bear on the monotheism of Moses.  Anyone
        know more about the story?
E.  linguistics
    1.  My consanguines argued at our last family reunion
        about how to say "route"; is it OK to ask in this
        newsgroup how to find out more on this subject?
        [Possible answer:  it's OK to ask, but sci.lang
        or alt.usage.english might be better suited to
        point the questioner to the *Dictionary of Ameri-
        can Regional English* and other sources.]
    2.  What's the current canonical reference for a
        summary of the "Eskimos have six hundred words
        for snow" confusion?
E.  professional concerns
    1.  My university doesn't "credit" publications
        in overseas journals; how can I improve my
        tenure dossier?
    2.  The department of anthropology at the principal
        college in country C has the reputation of
        fomenting dissent.  Thugs have caused damage G;
        we call on scholars around the world to petition
        our government to take action R.
    3.  Anyone know which conference will next host a
        session on forensic entomology?
-- 
Cameron Laird                           +1 713-579-4613
[email protected] (claird%[email protected])
[email protected] (cl%[email protected])    +1 713-996-8546

From [email protected] Mon May 11 17:54:00 1992
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From: [email protected] (Cameron Laird)
Subject: 2nd CFV and VOTE ACK:  sci.anthropology
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Followup-To: poster
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This is a follow-up Call For Votes on a newsgroup for discussion
of the science of anthropology.  Appendix A lists the voters
whose votes arrived before noon Friday, 8 May 1992.


NAME: sci.anthropology


STATUS: unmoderated (repeat:  *not* moderated)


CHARTER:

sci.anthropology is a worldwide forum for the comprehensive
interests of professionals in and students of the science of
anthropology.  This includes the four conventional categories
of archaeologic, biologic, linguistic, and socio-cultural
anthropology, along with the wealth of more specialized sub-
disciplines, and all professional concerns.

The subject matter of anthropology certainly overlaps that
discussed in sci.econ, sci.archaeology, sci.bio, and a variety
of other newsgroups.  The aim of sci.anthropology is to enrich
these discussions, not compete with them.  The particular role
of sci.anthropology is to synthesize, bringing together
a.  biologic and psychologic domains,
b.  scientific and humanistic modes,
c.  neophyte and experienced participants, and
d.  data from diverse cultures and species,
for example.  Always, the unifying perspective and tone of
sci.anthropology will be that of contemporary academic anthro-
pology.

sci.anthropology specifically invites contributions in all
languages, from those with all levels of formal education.

Appendix B, below, offers examples of questions that might
usefully arise in sci.anthropology.


VOTING:

All votes must be e-mailed directly to:  [email protected]
The voting period will run from Friday, 24 April 1992 through Friday,
18 May 1992.

Votes posted to the net, or forwarded by a third party, will not
be accepted.

Each valid vote will state explicitly, in the subject line or in
the first line of the message, "I vote YES for sci.anthropology,"
or "I vote NO against sci.anthropology."

You may include comments, such as, "but I would prefer ..." or,
"but I would vote differently if ...", *after* a clear state-
ment of your vote.

The vote-taker will explicitly confirm receipt of each vote,
both in return email and in summary reports to news.groups.


APPENDIX A:  votes received before noon Friday, 8 May 1992

I have received 135 votes, from the newsreaders whose IDs I list
below.  In each case, I replied with confirmation of receipt of
the vote.  All the users appear to be legitimate--there have been
no obviously bogus addresses.

All confirmed voters, whether YES or NO, appear in this alphabetized
list.

"A.T." Fear <[email protected]>
"College is 1 big bash w/ a $20000 cover" <[email protected]>
"David Roller. w: (205) 844-4512" <[email protected]>
"HAL B. LEVINE" <[email protected]>
"Markus G. Fischer" <[email protected]>
"REBOUSSIN" <[email protected]>
"Stephen C. Miller" <[email protected]>
"Stu Labovitz" <[email protected]>
"Tony Wallis" <[email protected]>
<[email protected]>
ALLENS%[email protected]
[email protected]
Antti Simola <[email protected]>
Barbara Nostrand <[email protected]>
Beverly Erlebacher <[email protected]>
Bruce Freeman <[email protected]>
Bryan Stapp <[email protected]>
Christopher Mealy <[email protected]>
Craig Alan Cook <[email protected]>
[email protected]
David CULLEN <[email protected]>
David Carlson <[email protected]>
[email protected]
Don DeVoe <[email protected]>
Edward  Abse <[email protected]>
Ferdinand de Haan <[email protected]>
Ft Hood TX <[email protected]>
Gary Thomas <[email protected]>
Guest Account <[email protected]>
Harpal Chohan <[email protected]>
James A Stewart <[email protected]>
James Davis Nicoll <[email protected]>
Jeff Zucker <[email protected]>
Joel Sax <[email protected]>
LEE KOMITO <[email protected]>
Laura Johnson <[email protected]>
Lee Cronk <[email protected]>
Luis Trindade <[email protected]>
Michael Travers <[email protected]>
Mike Bonham <[email protected]>
Neil Maclay <[email protected]>
[email protected]
Patrick Clancey <[email protected]>
Po Shan Cheah <[email protected]>
R o d Johnson <[email protected]>
Rafael Candido Alvarado <[email protected]>
Rich=White%Admin%[email protected]
Richard H. Miller <[email protected]>
Rick Bueker <[email protected]>
Robert Williams Dobson <[email protected]>
Sami Juhani Juvonen <[email protected]>
[email protected] (StarWatcher)
Theodor Gemenis <[email protected]>
Thomas Gramstad <[email protected]>
[email protected]
William Calvin <[email protected]>
Wolfgang Rohdewald <[email protected]>
[email protected]
allen h. lutins <[email protected]>
[email protected] (Alan McCartney(support services))
[email protected] (Angelina Whitford)
[email protected] (Ms K.J. Juul)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Stephanie da Silva)
[email protected] (Ronda Hauben)
[email protected] (Ruth White)
[email protected] (Bill Walther)
[email protected] (Huggie Bear)
[email protected] (Courtnay Bloomer)
[email protected] (Dave Wilson)
[email protected] (Carl Rigney)
[email protected] (Christy Garza)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Cameron Laird)
[email protected] (Cyndi Norman)
[email protected]
dave mankins <[email protected]>
[email protected] (David Mark)
[email protected] (Don Baldwin)
[email protected] (Dave Wiseman)
[email protected] (Edward Bertsch)
[email protected] (E. Kirby  5-3524)
[email protected] (Ed McGuire)
[email protected] (Werner Ehlenberger)
[email protected] (Frank Kaefer)
[email protected] (Nick Flor)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Gary Heston)
[email protected] (Hades)
[email protected] (Stephan Heilmayr)
[email protected] (Hernan Astudillo R.)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Terry J. Minvielle)
[email protected] (Ian Jamie)
[email protected] (50325000)
[email protected] (Joseph E. Baker)
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] (Joel Hanes)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Jeff Suttor)
[email protected] (Cassandra Michaud)
[email protected] (Brian Kenney)
[email protected] (Kent J Crispin)
[email protected] (Krishna Kunchithapadam)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Malcolm Mladenovic)
[email protected] (Todd McComb)
[email protected]
miskevic%[email protected] (Sara Miskevich)
[email protected] (Maurice Forrester)
moxie!wotan!zardoz!ofa123.fidonet.org!rick (Rick Ellis)
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] (Bill Poser)
[email protected]
[email protected] (dmitry pruss)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Richard Commander)
[email protected] (Robert Macfarlane)
[email protected] (Roger Squires)
[email protected] (Sarah Jahn )
[email protected]
[email protected] (Scott Kuhr)
[email protected] (Tom Solomon)
[email protected] (Steinn Sigurdsson)
[email protected] (Ake Jonsson)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Teresa L. Gergen)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Tom Albrecht)
[email protected] (Real life?  Ha!)
[email protected] (Henry van Cleef)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Bill Pringle)


APPENDIX B:  examples

Anthropology is an inclusive discipline, one in which it is 
legitimate to ask:

A.  methodology:
    1.  Is there a good paper to use when taking
        notes in tropical climates?  Does one hold
        up particularly well there?
    2.  What is a useful combination of microcomputer
        software and hardware to record parish vital
        statistics in the field (in my case, electri-
        city is reliable only a few hours a day)?
    3.  What is the difference between anthropology
        and sociology?  [This quickly becomes tiresome
        after a few years of hearing it discussed, but
        it is one of the questions newcomers to anthro-
        pology need to ask themselves.]
B.  ethnology
    1.  Which cultures regarded lyme grass (seeds)
        as a culinary item?
    2.  Has anyone written an ethnography of the
        Sendero Luminoso?  Does it investigate
        the feminized militarism some observers
        have claimed prevails?
C.  bioanthropology (physical anthropology, ethology, ...)
    1.  What do others think about the latest results
        of investigator N on brain lateralization
        and linguistic behavior?
    2.  Senior scholar K gave a neat talk on our campus last
        night.  She says she has three different kinds of
        evidence structuring the interaction between tool
        use and handedness in primates; specifically, ...
D.  archaeology
    1.  What archeologic evidence is there for long-
        distance sea-trade along the Pre-Columbian
        Pacific Coast of Central America?
    2.  On the radio this morning, I thought I heard
        something about a new find that was supposed
        to bear on the monotheism of Moses.  Anyone
        know more about the story?
E.  linguistics
    1.  My consanguines argued at our last family reunion
        about how to say "route"; is it OK to ask in this
        newsgroup how to find out more on this subject?
        [Possible answer:  it's OK to ask, but sci.lang
        or alt.usage.english might be better suited to
        point the questioner to the *Dictionary of Ameri-
        can Regional English* and other sources.]
    2.  What's the current canonical reference for a
        summary of the "Eskimos have six hundred words
        for snow" confusion?
E.  professional concerns
    1.  My university doesn't "credit" publications
        in overseas journals; how can I improve my
        tenure dossier?
    2.  The department of anthropology at the principal
        college in country C has the reputation of
        fomenting dissent.  Thugs have caused damage G;
        we call on scholars around the world to petition
        our government to take action R.
    3.  Anyone know which conference will next host a
        session on forensic entomology?
-- 
Cameron Laird
[email protected] (claird%[email protected])
[email protected] (claird%[email protected])    +1 713-996-8546

From [email protected] Tue May 19 16:44:54 1992
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From: [email protected] (Cameron Laird)
Subject: RESULT:  sci.anthropology passes 184: 10
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
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sci.anthropology received 184 YES votes and 10 NO votes
during its official voting interval.  Therefore, it will
be created as an unmoderated newsgroup.

Votes were received from newsreaders with these IDs.  IDs
are in two lists, one for YES and one for NO, and sorted
alphabetically within each list.

YES voters:
"A.T." Fear <[email protected]>
"College is 1 big bash w/ a $20000 cover" <[email protected]>
"David Roller. w: (205) 844-4512" <[email protected]>
"Ed L'Esperance - TechPubs, HNL - Wage Peace through Cooperation"
"HAL B. LEVINE" <[email protected]>
"M.K. Holder, Animal Behavior Program" <[email protected]>
"Markus G. Fischer" <[email protected]>
"REBOUSSIN" <[email protected]>
"Richard Wilk, Anthropology, 855-8162" <[email protected]>
"Stephen C. Miller" <[email protected]>
"Stu Labovitz" <[email protected]>
"Tony Wallis" <[email protected]>
ALLENS%[email protected]
[email protected]
Alan McGowen <[email protected]>
Antti Simola <[email protected]>
Barbara Nostrand <[email protected]>
Beverly Erlebacher <[email protected]>
Bruce Freeman <[email protected]>
Bryan Stapp <[email protected]>
Christopher Mealy <[email protected]>
Craig Alan Cook <[email protected]>
[email protected]
David CULLEN <[email protected]>
David Carlson <[email protected]>
David Chalmers <[email protected]>
[email protected]
Don DeVoe <[email protected]>
Edward  Abse <[email protected]>
Ferdinand de Haan <[email protected]>
Fred Heutte <[email protected]>
Ft Hood TX <[email protected]>
Gary Thomas <[email protected]>
Guest Account <[email protected]>
Harpal Chohan <[email protected]>
Hugh Jarvis <[email protected]>
Jack Campin <[email protected]>
James A Stewart <[email protected]>
James Davis Nicoll <[email protected]>
Jeff Zucker <[email protected]>
Joel Sax <[email protected]>
John G Dobnick <[email protected]>
[email protected]
LEE KOMITO <[email protected]>
Larry P Gorbet ANTHROPOLOGY <[email protected]>
Laura Johnson <[email protected]>
Lee Cronk <[email protected]>
Luis Trindade <[email protected]>
Mario Rodriguez F. <[email protected]>
Michael Travers <[email protected]>
Mike Bonham <[email protected]>
Mike Fessler <[email protected]>
Neil Maclay <[email protected]>
[email protected]
[email protected]
Paddy Johnson CIRT <[email protected]>
Patrick Clancey <[email protected]>
Paul Palmer <[email protected]>
Philip Andrew Ware <[email protected]>
Po Shan Cheah <[email protected]>
Posted- The MITRE Corporation, Bedford, MA
R Biegler <[email protected]>
R o d Johnson <[email protected]>
Rafael Candido Alvarado <[email protected]>
Really- [email protected]
Rich=White%Admin%[email protected]
Richard H. Miller <[email protected]>
Rick Bueker <[email protected]>
Robert Williams Dobson <[email protected]>
Sami Juhani Juvonen <[email protected]>
Theodor Gemenis <[email protected]>
Theresa Vaughan <[email protected]>
Thomas Gramstad <[email protected]>
Tim Hagman (lbs) <[email protected]>
[email protected]
Tom Limoncelli <[email protected]>
[email protected]
William Calvin <[email protected]>
Wolfgang Rohdewald <[email protected]>
[email protected] (Acee Agoyo)
[email protected]
allen h. lutins <[email protected]>
[email protected] (Alan McCartney(support services))
[email protected] (Joe Keane)
[email protected] (Angelina Whitford)
[email protected] (Ms K.J. Juul)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Stephanie da Silva)
[email protected] (Ronda Hauben)
[email protected] (Bonni Williamson)
[email protected] (Beauchemin Robert)
[email protected] (Ruth White)
[email protected] (Bob Smart)
[email protected] (Richard Burton)
[email protected] (Bill Walther)
[email protected] (Huggie Bear)
[email protected] (Courtnay Bloomer)
[email protected] (Dave Wilson)
[email protected] (Christy Garza)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Cameron Laird)
[email protected] (Cyndi Norman)
[email protected]
dave mankins <[email protected]>
[email protected] (David Stodolsky)
[email protected] (..Iris Freak..)
[email protected] (David Mark)
[email protected] (Don Baldwin)
[email protected] (Dave Wiseman)
[email protected] (E. Kirby  5-3524)
[email protected]ET (Werner Ehlenberger)
[email protected] (Frank Kaefer)
[email protected] (Nick Flor)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Gary Heston)
[email protected] (Hades)
[email protected] (Stephan Heilmayr)
[email protected] (Hernan Astudillo R.)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Hua Tun Lin)
[email protected] (Scott Horne)
[email protected] (Terry J. Minvielle)
[email protected] (Ian Jamie)
[email protected] (Jacques Guy)
[email protected] (50325000)
[email protected] (Joseph E. Baker)
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] (Joel Hanes)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Jeff Suttor)
[email protected] (Cassandra Michaud)
[email protected] (Brian Kenney)
[email protected] (Kent J Crispin)
[email protected] (Krishna Kunchithapadam)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Leonidas Moustakas)
[email protected] (Paul Mauvais)
[email protected] (Malcolm Mladenovic)
[email protected] (Todd McComb)
[email protected] (Charles H. McIntyre)
[email protected]
miskevic%[email protected] (Sara Miskevich)
[email protected] (Gary Mitchell)
[email protected] (Maurice Forrester)
[email protected] (Rick Morneau)
moxie!wotan!zardoz!ofa123.fidonet.org!rick (Rick Ellis)
[email protected] (Margaret Worley (cs150 post news))
[email protected]
[email protected]
nuchat!sun!mtek.com!bud (Bud Hovell)
nuchat!sun!pnet51.orb.mn.org!ceg (Chris Galas)
[email protected] (Kent D Palmer)
[email protected] (Paul Hopkins)
[email protected] (Bill Poser)
[email protected]
[email protected] (dmitry pruss)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Rama K Pidaparti)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Richard Commander)
[email protected] (Robert Macfarlane)
[email protected] (Richard Kulawiec)
[email protected] (Roger Squires)
[email protected] (Sarah Jahn )
[email protected] (Steven Byrnes)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Scott Kuhr)
[email protected] (Tom Solomon)
[email protected] (Steinn Sigurdsson)
[email protected] (Ake Jonsson)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Rebecca Tants)
[email protected] (Teresa L. Gergen)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Tom Albrecht)
[email protected] (Roadster Racewerks)
[email protected] (Real life?  Ha!)
[email protected] (Henry van Cleef)
[email protected]
[email protected] (Gregory G. Woodbury)
[email protected] (Bill Pringle)
[email protected]

NO voters:
Michael Johnson <[email protected]>
Robert Park <[email protected]>
Roland Kaltefleiter <[email protected]>
[email protected] (StarWatcher)
[email protected] (Carl Rigney)
[email protected] (Christopher Ward)
[email protected] (Edward Bertsch)
[email protected] (Ed McGuire)
[email protected] (Kim DeVaughn)
[email protected]
-- 

Cameron Laird
[email protected] (claird%[email protected])
[email protected] (claird%[email protected])    +1 713-996-8546

From [email protected] Sat Apr  4 03:30:44 1992
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From: [email protected] (Cameron Laird)
Subject: RFD:  sci.anthropology
Followup-To:  news.groups
Sender: [email protected] (David C Lawrence)
Organization: NeoSoft Communications Services -- (713) 684-5900
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1992 03:47:10 GMT
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Lines: 108

Request for Discussion (RFD)
============================
This message formally initiates discussion of the formation of a newsgroup
named:
		sci.anthropology

Meeting place
=============
This discussion will take place in the group:

		news.groups

Meeting time
============
Let's aim to finish our discussion by the end of March, and hold a
Vote in April 1992.

What will our charter be?
=========================
I've been in correspondence with others on and off for several months.
I'll hint, in the next sections, at the views that have appeared in my
mailbox.

Possibility:
	sci.anthropology is a worldwide forum for the comprehensive
	interests of professionals in and students of the science of
	anthropology.  This includes the four conventional categories
	of archaeologic, biologic, linguistic, and socio-cultural
	anthropology, along with the wealth of more specialized sub-
	disciplines, and all professional concerns.

	Questions appropriate for discussion within sci.anthropology
	include
	1.  what is a good paper to use when taking
	    notes in tropical climates?  Is there one
	    that holds up particularly well there?
	2.  Which cultures regarded lyme grass (seeds)
	    as culinary items?
	3.  What do others think about the latest results
	    of investigator N on brain lateralization
	    and linguistic behavior?
	4.  What archeologic evidence is there for long-
	    distance sea-trade along the Pre-Columbian
	    Pacific Coast of Central America?
	5.  My university doesn't "credit" publications
	    in overseas journals; how can I improve my
	    tenure dossier?
	6.  Has anyone written an ethnography of the
	    Sendero Luminoso?  Does it investigate
	    the feminized militarism some observers
	    have claimed prevails?
	7.  The department of anthropology at the principal
	    college in country C has the reputation of
	    fomenting dissent.  Thugs have caused damage G;
	    we call on scholars around the world to petition
	    our government to take action R.
	8.  What is a good combination of microcomputer software
	    and hardware to record parish vital statistics in
	    the field (electricity is reliable only a few hours
	    a day)?

        Anthropology's concerns are inclusive.  Almost all these
	topics invite cross-posting among several existing news-
	groups; the contribution of sci.anthropology is to provide
	a unifying perspective and tone, that of contemporary aca-
	demic anthropology.

Some Issues
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1.  Moderation:  the usual:  folks like the quick response
    of an unmoderated group, and no one is in a position to
    assume the responsibility of moderation.  On the other
    hand, net polluters are an annoyance.  Moreover, this is
    a decision that needs to be made right, the first time;
    my sources report there just is no precedent for a news-
    group toggling its unmoderated status.
2.  Name:
    a.  relation to allied groups:  some favor organization
        of an entire subhierarchy, along the lines of

             sci.anthropology.sociologic
             sci.anthropology.physical
             sci.anthropology.linguistic

        and so on.  To me, this sounds both too ambitious,
        and also rather mistaken.  While the emic view, from
        within the discipline of anthropology, is that anthro-
        pology subsumes linguistics, primatology, economics,
        sociology, folklorific studies, and so on, practitioners
        in those areas legitimately argue that they have their
        own paradigms and status coordinate to anthropology.
        Therefore, I propose that we recognize and even celebrate
        the likelihood of crossposting to our fellow newsreaders
        in sci.bio, sci.econ, soc.history, sci.lang, soc.culture.*,
        sci.archaeology, and others, but we impose no necessary
        relation between any two of these.
    b.  sci.anthropology?  sci.anth?  sci.anthro?  soc.anthropology?
3.  Participation:  creation of a newsgroup requires, among other
    criteria, an affirmative vote by at least 100 newsreaders.  Are
    there that many of us, worldwide?  I would think so, but, unless
    I receive email or other indications from a number comparable to
    this, I will have no interest in initiating a Call For Votes.
4.  Alternatives:  someone with deeper experience than I can describe
    the success of the ANTH-L mailing list.
-- 
Cameron Laird                           +1 713-579-4613
[email protected] (claird%[email protected])
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