Sweep articles under the carpet?By Chris Williams. Published: 17th Jul 2004, 23:22:46 | Permalink | Printable
Letter Now, here's an interesting email from a reader that hit our inbox earlier today:
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 12:02:59 +0100
Subject: Now that sense appears to have struck the RISC OS market
Might I suggest that all the news items relating to the dispute are archived and restricted for general viewing. There is now little or no point in people, especially non-RISC OS users, being able to read about the bust up, fight or what ever!
As you will see this is being mailed to you from a PC...... I still use RISC OS though, and yesterday renewed my lapsed RO Foundation and Select memberships again.
I must admit, to have felt that the writing was on the wall, prior to sense being seen, I have admittedly grown accustomed to Windows XP through using my Alpha, and for internet access tend to use the PC natively.
I now intend to acquire the latest Virtual RiscPC / Adjust version to run on here and a newly acquired top spec PC. My Acorn RiscPC has many years of life left in it, and will be retained for the forseeable future.
This is an eyebrow raising, and therefore unusual request, we'll admit: the 'archiving' of articles to basically hide them away, which many will see as tantamount to censorship. It's been a while since we were last accused of censorship, mind you, and the last time someone asked us to tear down an article, our legal person wept with laughter.
So no, there will be no article removal, even if some of you would prefer the outside world to not know of the recent troubles - look, newsflash: it's already been reported outside of the RISC OS bubble (The Reg, OSNews, etc.)
As Santayana once said, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." The coverage of the dispute on drobe.co.uk should serve to remind everyone as to what happens when, depending on your viewpoint, one party decides to upset the boat for their own gain. It also means we can hold each party accountable to their public statements and claims, now and in the future.
It also gives us something to look back on in a year or so, hopefully when we've all fully moved on and enjoying the next round of developments and drama.
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