Rescued documentation issues

Dan Gahlinger dgahling at
Tue Oct 27 08:54:18 CDT 2009

HOW is this a mistake?

The whole point is to make it "easy to preserve" and "freely share".
Everything that goes against that just suppresses knowledge and information.

The best way to preserve something is to:
1. make it as easy to get a hold of as possible
2. make it available in an easy to replicate format
3. ensure as many people as possible can get a copy if they need/want one

In the end, having it in a universally available format (PDF for example)
and available on the web would be best.

Can someone explain why "hording" documentation and keeping it private on
a "degradable" media like paper is a better idea?


> Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 20:33:32 -0700
> To: cctalk at
> From: healyzh at
> Subject: RE: Rescued documentation issues
> At 4:34 PM -0700 10/26/09, Rich Alderson wrote:
> >Never discard the paper just because you have converted the information
> >content to an electronic or chemical form.  If you don't have room for
> >it, pass it on to the next individual who also cares about these things.
> This is advice to live by, and I do just that.  That is why I am 
> involved with the CBHRC.  Our society is moving away from storing 
> knowledge in easy to preserve (and freely share) forms.  I fear that 
> future generations will realize what a mistake this is.
> Zane
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