[Bell Historians] Possible website project

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford at t...
Sun Mar 10 09:10:42 GMT 2002

I rather agree will Bill on most of this - past issues of the RW as a real
mine of useful information, loyalty to the paper, the permanence of the
printed word, but also the ability to publish in greater detail on the web.

The present RW guidelines are a bit restrictive, but the Editor does seem to
be willing to break his own rules for interesting material. We need to keep
submitting material - recognising that it may take time to appear, and
avoiding sending precious things that might get lost! The declining
subscription base is a problem, and I hope that most of us will continue to
support the RW by subscribing and by contributing material to attract and
interest readers.

I'm not a great web-watcher, and I don't spend much time crawling round
sites to see what's new - though I look at stuff if someone tells me about
it and if I'm interested. I therefore hope that if a site does get set up,
then it will include a system for notifying afficionados when new articles
get published.


----- Original Message -----
From: "oakcroft13" <bill at h...>
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Sent: Saturday, March 09, 2002 7:17 PM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Possible website project

> David Bryant:
> > future website project which I have in mind . . .
> > looking through back issues there seem to be
> > more articles on matters of bell history . . .
> > really very little in this line appearing.
> I'm a great fan of the RW. I have over 20 years of them in the attic,
> they are a very useful archive of information.
> When I set up my website, I considered publishing articles in the RW
> instead, and decided against it, on the basis that the subject was of
> restricted interest. I have never regretted this decision, the
> website has led to volumes of correspondence with people both in the
> UK and internationally who would never read the RW. And people who
> are not interested are free to ignore my stuff, I'm not taking up
> valuable pages in a general publication.
> Out of loyalty to the RW, I feel I should submit occasional articles.
> One job for this weekend is to adapt the paper I wrote on Taylor's
> adoption of true-harmonic tuning to fit the RW publication
> guidelines, and send it in. But then I ask myself why I should
> bother? Probably everyone who is really interested has already seen
> it (it has been read by 42 people since I posted it to the web). But
> if people don't keep sending in copy the RW will surely die.
> I think the clinching argument is that it is possible to publish far
> more infomation on the web than ever the RW would be able to carry.
> Bill H
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