Rich Kulawiec <rsk @
org> wrote in reply to a question from me:
> > Do you remember where this has been discussed, and who proposed this
> > kinds of ideas?
> Vaguely. (Hey, I've had a long day. My brain is tired.) Most likely
> candidates: check the archives of the com-priv and inet-access mailing
> lists, which are the two places that I recall seeing this debated
> at length. I don't recall any mailing list dedicated solely to this
> topic, but that doesn't mean that there wasn't one.
Thanks a lot for the pointer! In reading some of that old stuff I've come
across a really good point which I had missed. This is from
: People are much more eager to use a resource when it's not metered.
: Most people won't use a service for anything but the most vital needs
: when they hear the clock ticking in their heads. The net's ethic
: is founded on volunteer work of all kinds, like the production of
: FAQs such as this one, the moderation of newsgroups, and so on.
: This work would be prohibitively expensive with metered use, and
: the amount of information available would be much lower.
Mike (and everyone else), is there a way around this kind of problem?
Otherwise I will not pursue Mike Nolan's idea any further.
Norbert Bollow, Zuerich, Switzerland Backup E-mail address: NB @
Churchplanters E-mail conference, see http://genesis.acu.edu/cplant/