The question of under what conditions words should be repeated
has come up several times that I can remember:
I have two concerns with the reposting of information: context and
the potential to modify someone's voice. The first point
I already covered in the June conversation. As for the second,
I don't believe at all that anyone has acted in the past with
malicious intent, but I do see it as a possibility when the words
are posted under the control of someone other than the author.
I guess I actually have one more reservation: where the information
is reposted. I've been involved in a few conversations about Deja's
habit of repeating people's postings and making them available
under different conditions than they were originally posted under.
I'd be deeply disturbed if someone took my postings and charged
people to read them,
But I'd also rather not see things too restricted to the point
where you can't make a copy of someone's post to keep for
For some people, what type of public the chatterbox is governs
their behavior there, and also the question of whether they will
even use it or not. For that reason, I think it would be best
for the nature of the chatterbox to be clarified officially--one
way or the other--to prevent any misunderstandings. Either
everything said in the chatterbox--and the site--should be
subject to reproduction, or there should be restrictions
(only with the author's permission, or only on Perl Monks,
or only as a paraphrase). The important thing is to decide
so that we aren't all operating under different assumptions.
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