RE: The RPML should be fixed and not abandoned.

From: Dick Edwards (
Date: Wed May 14 2003 - 02:16:48 EEST


Dick Edwards
Mfg. Mgr. / Project Engineer
GemVision Corporation
706 E. River Drive
Davenport, IA 52803
Phone: 563-884-8180 ext. 118
Fax: 563-884-8180

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Subject: The RPML should be fixed and not abandoned.

The RPML should be fixed and not abandoned.

We've been through similar periods of disaffection in the ranks in the
but what's different this time is the enormous worldwide increase in
The Wall Street Journal had a story about it recently. As I recall, it
that 75% of the email volume passing through AOL's system is now spam
they were deleting 2 billion junk emails a day. Times have changed and
RPML should change a bit to accommodate new circumstances.

This is a small group of only 1,800 people. The conversation is pretty
sparse as it is, and getting sparser. Not many of you actually post.
it make sense to split this group into smaller pieces? The power of the

group lies in its size. As a whole it knows more than any individual
and can
answer a wide range of questions. A smaller group simply isn't as
smart. It
is unlikely that a new group will reach this size very quickly and there
past experience to support that.

Do you want this group to be commercialized? Can you trust anyone with
profit motive to provide guaranteed free speech for all? Is there any
guarantee that a competitor will be able to post at will? Maybe today -
maybe not tomorrow. When this was discussed a year or two back, people
seemed to like the idea of the list being associated with a university
is the situation today. It provides stability and back-up and an
forum. I'm not impugning Doug's motives which I believe are positive
constructive. I'm pointing out that this is an issue that's been
in the past and should be again.

Are you aware that one of the most important functions of the RPML is
archiving? When people search for specific topics related to RP on
engines, they will often be guided to past postings from the RPML. This
is a
service that's been provided by Hannu and HUT. It's a major resource to

guide people into this field. Will this continue?

Also, I have to say it is simply discourteous to abandon ship without a
discussion - and before a comment or a response from Hannu. There
should be
at least a modicum of loyalty and appreciation based on recognition that
list doesn't happen without effort. It seems automatic, but someone has
quietly working in the background for many years now to keep this going.
we recognize that?

There are problems here. But fixing them is the simplest and best

Ed Grenda
Castle Island Co. (email)

The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping

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