Message #8 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 28 Aug 2003, 6:15 a.m.,
in response to message #5 by Dave Hicks
now from my part. I "talked" to both Ellis and Dave at the time this activity began, and I was one of the guys that much suggested this sort of reference source.
As a pilot-text, a reference for my own, I collected a lot of posts related to daily use of many calculators and began to order them for each family and then for each model in family, so I could "measure" and decide for the final type of text I should have. I was also tracking daily posts so I could add the newest information. Suddenly, in one fatidic day, after lots of hours under current activity, I got home and found a very interesting post about calculator use. I collect it, cleaned it up, and saved it. About 8Kbytes of data overwrote almost 8Mbytes of text and I did not see it. I was tired enough. And I did not realize that till I tried to open it again about a couple of days later, when the "trash bag" was cleaned at least three time. No traces of more than five months of dedicated work...
I'm just finishing some other activities for now and I'm getting back soon to these files, I promise. I remember that one of my concerns was about credits, and I would like to listen from others. What I actually did was to concentrate everything in one text about the same subject at first, then I refined this text and try to make it as simple and easy to read as I thought it could be (another concern: do I know English enough to do it the best way?). But later I thought about some sort of documentary with "interviews", I mean, keep contributor's original text. Then I cut and paste the text from each post with their author's credits. Later I saw that many people said the same thing with a different approach, so I so I joined these "speakers" in one single mentioning with their names. After that, I returned to the original format and finished the one-text-only with many credits at the end of it, but I still don't know the best way of organizing this sort of data. Unfortunately this final text is the one I trashed at once...
I take this kind of task as fun and enlightening, believe me. But I think it must be well done, as all posts in here have their quantity of judgement sense, heavy tech knowledge and wisdom, and in many cases the author's style, and these are characteristics that should never be purged from original posts. As an example that I keep in mind, see db(martinez, ca) posts. Like a few others, he writes everything in lower case, no matter what. This must be kept if cutting and pasting parts of his posts, but I cannot see a way to keep this "format" in an integral text. See what I mean?
Edited: 28 Aug 2003, 10:35 a.m.