Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 00:09:54 -0400
From: TERRY IRONS t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOREHEAD-ST.EDU
Subject: Re: Archiving Question
If I understand correctly (but I haven't been looking lately), daily logs
are archived at Mississipi State. If I am wrong, perhaps the rest of my
argument is moot.
Given that archives are available, what are the benefits of using this
new service? Easy access to what we discuss? Is that important?
The more important question is, what is in it for this company to archive
the ADS-L emissives at no charge to us? Something free is not usually
all that free.
I have not looked at this service, but I understand that they are in
business to make a profit. I have visited web pages that have
advertising marquees (sp). If the ADS-L material is placed on such
pages, the list will lose all control of the context in which the
information is viewed. Who knows what will be advertised along with our
discussions of the social/spatial distribution of the popa/soda variable
(And by the by, I am driving myself crazy, and perhaps people where I
live because for some reason I am now using soda and sack much more
frequently than pop and bag, when I have always been a good pop/bag man
which is also appropriate to where I live. GO figure. Wait. THis may
be the twaddle that I am ashamed to let the world see.). I can see now a
Pepsi can scrolling across the top of the page as someone retrieves this
My point is this: allowing the ADS logs to be placed into a commercial
server will result in a loss of control of what happens to the material
and these people will be able to use OUR words for their profit goals.
And as I believe in the ephemerality of the electronic world, forever
re-configured anew, I see no benefit to ADS-L in this request.
Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]morehead-st.edu
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