CMC Magazine October 1, 1995 / Page 15
From: Markus Schlegel
To: email@example.com Subject: letter to the editor In his article about the "Untimely Death of Yahoo," (CMC Magazine, September 95), Louis B. Rosenfeld takes an apporach which, considering Yahoo alone, certainly corresponds to my experiences in searching the Net. However, the situation doesn't seem hopeless; solutions could exist. In a distributed environment for the retrieval and dissemination of information, much of the responsibility rests with those actually offering information. A few guidelines that could be helpful for the info-provider:
- Do not enter vanity-pages into any search engine
- If you are planning a page, check to see if other pages do the same job
- Describe what your page adds to knowledge not otherwise available on the Net
- Link to other homepages and people, describing what you think their pages add in new knowledge; describe who these people are, and how they relate to you professionally. (Remember that possibly enough "cool links-pages" already exist).
All this bases on the understanding of two concepts, which might eventually turn out to be quite relevant: on one hand, you will have to be ready to share your really relevant information (the "who-information", as opposed to the "what-information") with an unknown reader. That is mainly a question of courage, examples, however, exist. On the other, some research points into the direction that the passing on of information in the form of hypertext will be much more what it has been--oral tradition, "frozen" into links to other sources of original information. In all, distribution is all about moving away responsibilities from clearinghouses, while significantly increasing the responsibilities of every single Net-citizen.
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