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You might find that some discussion topics
or problems you are interested in
go beyond the scope of just crystallography,
and may also include other topics such as spectroscopy,
microscopy, materials, chemistry, physics, engineering,
In this case, consider crossposting your article to other
relevant newsgroups using your newsreader so
that it has the best chance of reaching
the widest interested audience. (You have to be a bit careful
here not to excessively cross post as this can upset people.)
The other advantage of cross-posting is that any reply in
one newsgroup is posted to all the other newsgroups to
help continue the discussion. This method can be used
effectively to have a convenient multidisciplinary scientific
discussion. Readers are welcome to correct the idea that
the chance to have a multidisciplinary discussion is pretty
rare, even at international conferences, let alone in the lab.
However, (in theory) the newsgroups are able to do this on
a routine basis.
Some Newsgroups for Possible Cross Posting
This kit is (was?) aimed for new users and scientific users of the internet who
may not have the time to explore for basic, user-friendly internet utilities. This kit includes
obsolescent (but relatively simple and bug free) versions of,
16 Bit Mosaic WWW (Netscape is presently the most popular Web browser),
Wintrumpet Winsock(TCP), Wintrumpet Newsreader, WS_FTP, WinQVT (very good telnet), HGOPHER.
To obtain the software, anonymous ftp to
ftp.minerals.csiro.au/pub/pc/internet to obtain the "self extracting exe" files
and the installation instructions.
Equivalent Apple Mac software is also available in the
(Still under construction)
These types of posts can annoy people and have in the past.
Thus a general suggestion is to make it clear the message is a resume or CV and to only
post this out very occasionally.
(Still under construction)
These types of posts can either be very informative or annoy people depending on how they
are posted out. Commercial messages seem to be considered more
acceptable if it is made clear in the title that the message is
a commercial announcement and if the announcement is not too long winded.
One thing users might like to keep in mind is the idea of FAQs
(frequently asked question files). After discussion on a particular
topic, interested people might like to create an FAQ so that any
conclusions or interesting information are stored and are posted
regularly to limit the same discussion occurring every 6 months or so.
Examples of a crystallography FAQ might be :-
Some of above topics have already been already discussed to some extent
in newsgroups such as sci.chem and sci.materials and thus might be
appropriate to create FAQs relatively soon.
- FAQ sci.techniques.xtallography - structure drawing software
- FAQ sci.techniques.xtallography - molecular modelling software
- FAQ - crystallography information services on the internet.
- FAQ - how to find a colleague's email address on the internet.
There are already some
Discussions on Crystallography
based on postings to the newsgroup.
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