With the unreliable service of internet "Free Based Software" these days, I recently began to have concerns that one day we might wake up to find that our forum host, Network54 had gone out of business. That's not all that farfetched if we look at the recent problems with Photopoint, Homestead, and Zing. In fact, I would be amazed if Network54 continued to be free or even available for the forseeable future.
With that in mind, I, along with a few trusted MWRines have begun a tedious project to protect MWR and its vast wealth of collected knowledge forever. For the past month, Ian P. and Tito have been working tirelessly to write scripts and various routines to copy the MWR forum onto a searchable permanent CD archive. This past week Ian sent me a prototype edition of the first MWR Forum CD archive. It is a fully searchable CD that has every single MWR post back to day one. The amazing thing is that many, if not most of the extant images are also on the CD. Sorry we couldn't revive images that were dead links.
So far the CD has worked fairly well, with just a few bugs to overcome (not a problem). Once we begin distribution, it will be a fairly automated process, and we can produce periodic update CDs say every six months (or so). If Network54 goes belly up tomorrow, I will immediately switch to another software package. But rest assured, we have saved all previous postings from Network54 to date.
Ian and Tito have put in countless hours and I feel very strongly that their efforts should be rewarded. I propose that we charge a modest fee, strictly for their professional programming services. I worried about charging money for content that had been contributed by others, but look at it this way--- It would simply be impossible to pay royalties to everyone who ever posted to MWR. So instead, I propose that we vote to give the proceeds to Ian and Tito. For the record, I will not be accepting any of this money except for any personal expenses that might be incurred with shipping, etc. I strongly feel that this type of personal sacrifice of time and effort must be rewarded.
What are your thoughts on paying a modest sum, say $20 for a copy of the MWR archive CD? (That's close to two years of invaluable milwatch info folks.) Look at it this way, anyone could have spent countless hours saving page after page of MWR data; Ian and Tito spent the time and did it. Let's reward them for their efforts.
Anyone have a problem with my idea?
Your thoughts please,
This message has been edited by militarywatch from IP address 18.104.22.168 on Jul 18, 2001 1:45 PM
Posted on Jul 18, 2001, 1:31 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124