Dan Wallach (dwallach@CS.Princeton.EDU)
It's a contradiction to both post a document to the world *and* to
assert ownership. Now, I happen to be actively updating my documents
and nobody's volunteers to do it for me, so I'm the defacto owner.
Yeah, I've got a copyright thing on the files, but I don't expect it
(nor care enough for it) to hold up in a court of law.
If Walnut Creek wants to redistribute my information on a CD-ROM, fine.
I do other things to make money, and I appreciate the extra publicity.
Here's an amusing thought:
Walnut Creek basically writes your bits onto the CD-ROM without any
real value-added. If somebody else wants to truly add value to your
FAQ, don't call them evil; call them a collaborator!
I think many of the FAQ authors are overly concerned with "control"
over their FAQ. Mellow out, folks! It's not like Walnut Creek is
ursurping your rights to continue doing what you've been doing.
Admittedly, I'd be happier if they'd let me pick *any* CD-ROM from
their collection, rather than just the ones which have my stuff.
One last big, then I'm outta here: Before I had the time to start
hacking my FAQ into HTML, a bunch of other Web pages sprang into
existence. I contacted several of the people who wrote these pages
asking if they wanted to help me out, rather than doing half-baked
jobs on their own. Nobody bit -- "I don't have the time." Whatever.
Finally, I just hunkered down and lost a few days of my time to do it
myself. I think my stuff is better. If somebody else disagrees, they've
got other documents to reference.
My goal is to have each and every computer programmer and office worker
either see my FAQ personally, or know somebody who has. Any distribution
mechanism which gets the word out is fine by me. Anything less than a
year old has URLs to current information, and that's what really matters.
-- Dan Wallach // firstname.lastname@example.org // Phone#: 609-683-4673 http://www.cs.princeton.edu/grad/dwallach/
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