Of myth and reality (take III)

Subject: Of myth and reality (take III)
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2002 14:35:39 -0400

Bruce Byfield wondered: <<Are you suggesting that if Bill Swallow isn't
volunteering to write an article, he has no right to criticize, then?>>

Nope. I was suggesting quite bluntly that he publish the article rather than
restricting himself to criticizing it on techwr-l. I believe Bill's got good
things to say about this, and as I noted, the best cure for a shoddy article
is one that blows it out of the water with a cogent, better-supported
argument. Doing so here will inform perhaps 5000 readers; doing it in
Intercom potentially informs 25,000 readers, of whom many will have read the
misleading article. Which is the more effective forum?

<<Even if he didn't, as a reader of a magazine,and as an active member of
the field, he has the right (established by tradition) to criticize.>>

I think that's precisely what I was getting at. I think the only place we're
disagreeing with is the forum, and while techwr-l is certainly an
appropriate place, I think Intercom may be more effective. My apologies to
Bill if my message was construed as "put up or shut up". I see in retrospect
that it could certainly have been misread that way.

--Geoff Hart, geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
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