Re: Aroid l archive]
- Subject: Re: Aroid l archive]
- From: Steve Marak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:14:32 -0500 (CDT)
The archives at Hort.net aren't maintained by anyone in the IAS or by me
as part of Aroid-L - as you know, Hort.net archives many botanical and
I don't know if they have some site policy on how long to keep mailing
list archives, but it's entirely possible that they only started archiving
Aroid-L in 1996. Remember that Aroid-L has been around since before there
was much of a World Wide Web (anyone else remember "gopher"?) and before
there were the sophisticated archiving options we take for granted now.
I'm a little surprised they have 13 years worth!
I have attempted to keep copies of all posts from the very beginning. I
say "attempted" because, although paranoia is a way of life and not an
illness when you work in IT and I normally keept at least 3 or 4 copies of
important files, that's a lot of disk failures ago, and some of the media
are pretty old and weren't all that reliable when they were new.
But I will see what I can find. It'll probably take a while, since I may
have to rent excavating equipment for all the old floppies and
magneto-optical disks and DAT tapes ...
On Wed, 12 Aug 2009, ExoticRainforest wrote:
> I just went to the site to do a search and discovered that all the posts
> prior to 1996 have been eliminated. Is there any way to recover all of
> these for my personal files? I'll gladly convert all of them to PDF
> format since they are extremely valuable! This would be a great loss to
> the IAS to not have the input of past members no longer available.
> Marek, since I suspect you have a something to do with the Aroid l
> archives I'm directing this question to you but if anyone else knows the
> answer or what I'm doing wrong please do chime in.
> I often use the Aroid l archives to research the plants in my collection,
> especially when I'm working on a new page for web page. I especially
> like to read the older posts which include a many posts from members that
> have since passed including Dr. Birdsey as well as some of the world's
> best known aroid botanists that rarely participate today. Tom, I'm
> certainly not including you and we all appreciate your incredible
> Of late, even though I tick off all the years, I only get responses
> from the past few years. Is there a reason for this or something else I
> should be doing? Do I need to specify only the early years?
> To those of you that don't know the archive exists you may want to begin
> using it when you have basic questions. Certainly, feel free to ask it
> here but you may be surprised at the depth of knowledge already
-- Steve Marak
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