Another Documentation site is looking for sponsorship.

Posted 20 Dec 2001 at 15:28 UTC by cmacd Share This

The contraction iof the World Wide Web continues, and another resource that helps make learning about things posible is under an ecconomic threat.

One of the early uses of computer networking was USENET. Very quickly afterward, once folks got tired of hearing the same questions over and over, the periodic "frequently asked questions" posting was invented.

it did not take long before an FTP server was created at ftp://RTFM.MIT.edu/ to capture these postings and make them freely available to all.

With the invention of the web, a fellow by the name of Kent Landfield set up a system which makes a mirror of the content at RTFM, and makes a searchable version that can be browsed at http://www.faqs.org/faqs/. My understanding is that this now absorbs 3/4 of a T1. Unfortunatly Kent has lost his sponsorship, and so he has been put in the position of paying for this bandwidth himself.

Kent has always distanced himself from banner ads and any sponsorships that might be seen as having an effect on the content of the site. Indeed many of the actual FAQ authors would be quite upset if the site were to start becoming any more commercial than say PBS.

The content is as diverse as USENET itself. (Even my Skating FAQs are in there somewhere.) so the site is a favorite spot ot quickly get up to speed on almost any topic.

I don't know if any of the crowd here is in a position to help out, but if you are you can get contact details at http://www.faqs.org/save_faqs-org.html


More info wanted, posted 20 Dec 2001 at 18:39 UTC by jwb » (Journeyer)

I always want more information from these sites that need money. faqs.org doesn't say how much money they need. When NPR begs for your money, they tell you how much they want to raise and what they are going to do with it. faqs.org is just opaque: how much do they need, what do they need it for, and how much are they raising? I think they should disclose this much simply to gain the trust of prospective donors.

I was going to give them $250 but their limit is $50. I wonder why. More information is needed. I don't like mysteries. Are they afraid of having a dominant sponsor? Is it amazon's policy or theirs? More mysteries. I don't like them.

PS: Ibiblio might be able to spare a fractional T1 for the faqs.org library.

ibiblio.org would be glad to host faqs.org, posted 24 Dec 2001 at 13:59 UTC by gregorsamsa » (Master)

As I explained to Kent some weeks back, we'd be glad to host faqs.org and we would have no more restrictions to his server access than we do for the Linux Documention Project or any of the other over 500 projects we host. We would still be glad to host faqs.org at any time that Kent decides that he'd like a good home for his project at ibiblio.org.

Last time, I spoke with Kent he was still hot on having his server in his place with his bandwidth covered by a sponsor of some sort. We can't cover bandwidth to his place, but we can give him a home away from home ;->

Still willing to host.

Paul Jones

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