[xsl] Opinions, please. Keep entire archive or toss old?

Subject: [xsl] Opinions, please. Keep entire archive or toss old?
From: Mulberry Technologies List Owner <xsl-list-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 15:30:38 -0400
Friends --

I have recently received two apparently unrelated requests to remove
the first several years of the XSL-List archive from the server.

Both were from people who seemed to be embarrassed that they had
asked beginner questions and wanted to be known for their more
advanced contributions. One also implied that since the practice of
XSL has changed over the years the older postings are misleading.

My personal inclination is to reject the requests, and the premise
behind them. We all start every new technology as beginners, and
those of us who know many things were beginners many times. That's not
something to be embarrassed about, in my opinion. I also do not see
that the practice of XSL has really matured that dramatically; people
are still asking many of the questions we were discussing in 1998.

But before making such a decision, I thought I'd ask the list for
your opinions. (I would be willing to lop off the first few years
if we really don't want them; I am not willing to edit the archive
in any more manual or judgement-based way. I will not, for example,
remove postings by people who don't want their names in the archive.)

So, what do you think?

-- Tommie
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