One From the Mailbag —
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 04:10:41 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Concerning storis on your textfiles website
I am the author of several stories on your textfiles
website, probably a good 13 stories. Maybe it’s just
meaningless text to you but it was a lot of hard work
on my part. I notice that there are no author credits
on my stories and I am very interested in hearing why
you removed author information. I find it offensive
but I’d like to hear your side of the story instead of
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 10:34:16 -0500 (EST)
From: Jason Scott
Subject: Re: Concerning storis on your textfiles website
I never removed a single author credit on a single story. In fact, I
never edit a file, unless I wrote it, or I retrieved it from a dead
medium, like off a printout (indicating that I transcribed it so
people know what the source was).
These files have come to me from archives, CD-ROMs, old floppies, and
printouts. I do not edit anything. Your accusations are insulting;
you say you want to hear my side and won’t assume, but then you do
coming out of the gate.
People might remove author credits and then put them on their BBS, up
on a site, or on compilations. I get them from there; the corruption
happened elsewhere. Feel free to send me your original works and I
will happily host them.
Speaking of insulting, I run a site called textfiles.com and have for
7 years. I spend thousands of dollars a year hosting them and work
with many people to save these files off of dying mediums. Do you
seriously think it’s “just meaningless text” to me?
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Wow. Wouldn’t it have been nicer to have just said, “Hey, my name’s not on a number of files on your site that I authored back in the day. Could you make a note to that effect?”
And, yeah, the “meaningless” part is pretty moronic as well. I could understand if you were marketing a “.txt” line of toilet paper with old text files printed as decoration, but sheesh…