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Re: (eternity) democracy is a bad idea on the net too! (fwd)



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> Date: Sun, 06 Dec 1998 01:07:38 -0800
> From: Bill Stewart <[email protected]>
> Subject: Re: (eternity) democracy is a bad idea on the net too! (fwd)

> At 02:47 PM 12/5/98 -0600, Jim Choate wrote, not in this order:
> > Two major negatives to a free-market approach that are never discussed.
> 
> >There is also the question of data degredation, in the sense of worth, 
> >over time versus the archival/historical worth of the data.
> 
> Huh?  We talk about this all the time.  How much does data storage cost,
> and how long is the information useful to readers and writers,

And you drop it at that point. No, you do not adequately discuss the
ramification of the economic nor of the social and historic motives to drive
the long-term archiving of all data in the network.

The current Eternity model is brittle in several ways. The problem is the
current economic model that all its supporters are wedded to. If that model
changes and takes on the range of responsibilities (some of them outside a
simple profit/cost approach) that such a service should carry it would work.

I made reference to a couple of these in my responce to Adam so I won't
reitterate them here.


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