On 8/16/02 10:54 PM, "Jeffrey Goldberg" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 16 Aug 2002, Chuq Von Rospach wrote:
>> [...] USENET fails to scale because it sends every byte every where in
>> case anyone anywhere might want it.
> I always thought that Usenet was a nice combination of push and pull that
> scales remarkably well when it should.
If you got the binaries out of USENET, and had some way to deal with rogue
sites and trolls, USENET wouldn be downright wonderful. Unfortunately, since
neither is really true, it's become unusable in the mainstream unless you
live in one of the backwaters that hasn't become intolerable yet, or you
filter like crazy, or both.
Binaries are horribly inappropriate on USENET, and the lack of any content
policing mechanism means that the people who thrive on inappropriate content
have driven most of the rest of us off the system. If you can't police the
trolls, the trolls will win. And have.
> But I completely agree with you that it would be stupid to confuse
> presentation format with archive format. Particularly where the
> presentation transformation is not easily reversable.
And that's been the problem to date. It all gets mixed together, and when
you have a hammer in your hand, everything turns into nails.
Chuq Von Rospach, Architech
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