[SCA-CHR] Electronic publications...

Sarah R Rogers crystoma at ecn.purdue.edu
Sat Jan 18 21:26:00 PST 1997

Greetings from the Society Chronicler.

Back when the idea of an "electronic chronicler" was being considered,
there was a great deal of study and comment of the idea of warranting
SCA electronic mailing list providers.

It was decided that this was a less than desirable and undoable thing.
It was also decided that, for SCA purposes, a mailing list, billboard
or any electronic distribution for the purpose of conversation could
not be considered a publication, as it did not fulfill any criteria
for traditional publications, and should not and could not be controlled.
The SCA has no interest in your private mail, which is what such a list

As for newsletters distributed via electronic means: Those who produce
a local newsletter are already warranted for the paper copy of the
newsletter. How they distribute it is not the SCA's concern.

The ONLY electronic distribution that the SCA recognizes as a publication
is a non-interactive World Wide Web page, and that is under the auspices
of the Kingdom Chronicler and the kingdom where it is published. This is
not a mandate, but a request that gentles who wish to publish Web pages
for recognized SCA groups allow the SCA to say "this is ours" or "we
do not recognize this as representative of the SCA."

Further, I strongly recommend that local Chroniclers not be in a position
of oversight for a local SCA Web page. The two gentles holding the offices
of Chronicler and Web Minister do two very different things, much as a
Knight's Marshal and an Archery Marshal. Having one answer to the other
is a recipe for disaster.

This is the stance of the Society Chronicler. Under current accepted
practices for the SCA, Inc., you may accept this letter as my official
stance, as long as you let me know you have received it. If you wish to
have a signed letter, please e-mail your address to me and I will send
you one.

I will also be sending a copy of this letter to the Ansteorran Kingdom
Chronicler. I belive this to be a misunderstanding of the practice
of warranting Web Ministers, and that it can be cleared up quickly.

THL Heirusalem Crystoma, Society Chronicler
Sarah R. Rogers, Publications Director, SCA, Inc.

From: Sarah R Rogers <crystoma at ecn.purdue.edu>
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