RE: Reading the Entire SL4 Archive [WAS: Re: Not the only way to build an AI]

From: Michael Vassar (
Date: Sat Dec 17 2005 - 08:38:00 MST

Well, readers are welcome to lurk, to e-mail particular posters, etc,
without reading up on the archives. They can also, I think fairly, skip
over many of the posters and threads once those threads and posters reveal
themselves as not worth paying attention to.

>Michael Vassar wrote:
>>I don't agree that reading the complete archives before contributing is an
>>unreasonable standard. I did just that, and the site explicitly asks
>>people to, or at least used to do so. However, it's an unattained
>>standard. If people were just asked to read the SL4 wiki there might be
>>more compliance.
>Could I just do a reality check with you here? :-)
>When I joined (July 2005) there were 11,725 messages on SL4, and I would
>guess they averaged about 200 words each (maybe someone can analyse the
>archive and tell if my guess is wide of the mark).
>That would be about 2,300,000 words. 8-)
>So that is like reading ten seriously heavy books.
>Ten seriously heavy books filled with occasional nuggets of wisdom, buried
>in dense thickets of naive mistakes, drivel, invective, non-sequiteurs ...
>Myself, think I would rather be thrown into the Total Perspective Vortex,
>than have to read that lot.
>Richard Loosemore

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