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   MODERATORIAL [was Re: Announcement: XML Convert 2.0 Beta]

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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: xml-dev@XML.ORG
  • Date: Tue, 09 May 2000 00:58:34 +0100

At 08:50 AM 5/9/00 +1000, Marcus Carr wrote:
>Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
>> There
>> is a default assumption among some readers that software announced here has
>> a significant amount of free availability (personal use, non-profit, etc.)
>> unless specifically mentioned.
>I think that might be your assumption,

It wasn't meant to be my personal view and I have already had private mail
supporting this position. We have had discussion on this list earlier where
several members have urged that software announcements have a minimum of
metadata. It takes time and effort to visit sites and I was merely trying
to reflect these views.

When I post "moderatorial" messages to the list, I try hard to reflect the
"median" of the readership. This isn't easy - and I found it difficult to
take such a position during the recent discussions of list mechanics.

> perhaps driven by the lean environment
>of academia. It certainly isn't mine - if I believe that software is
>for a project, I will build in the cost. I can only do so if I'm aware of the
>product though.

I do not advocate either personally or as "moderator" that only free
software should be announced on the list - only that the metadata be
*briefly* included. The primary criteria is that any announcements
(software/conferences/jobs/books etc.) be of general interest to the
XML-DEV community.


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