[Sca-cooks] Search Techniques

James Prescott prescotj at telusplanet.net
Fri Oct 5 13:54:12 PDT 2012

I also want my information to be stable and searchable.

The "slowly changing" that I wrote is because some people are either not
joining the email lists at all, or are not posting there, but instead
relying on Facebook (or Google+).  Not my choice, just an inconvenient
(for me) change in the world.

I was a member of some old Usenet groups (anyone remember those?), but
then my ISP stopped carrying them, another unfortunate change.  There
has been no replacement for those groups.

I have copies of special emails on this list saved from as far back as


At 10:30 AM -0700 10/5/12, lilinah at earthlink.net wrote:
>  James Prescott / Thorvald wrote:
>  [gigantic SNIP]
>>  For questions, I'd still use this list, and other SCA lists, rather than
>>  Facebook for queries, though that is slowly changing. [more snippage]
>  I really do not like Facebook.
>  I mean, it's fine for finding out what my friends did yesterday. 
> But since old posts disappear into the mists of a few days ago, i 
> highly dislike that so many SCA e-lists seem to be migrating there.
>  I like real e-mail lists because i can look for old posts that may 
> have the answer i want, instead of having to ask the same old 
> question over again. I like that i can study the evolution of 
> concepts such as chivalry within a certain group of people. I can 
> search for names of resources and worked out recipes (again, seeing 
> the evolution of interpretation over time) without having to ask 
> what they are redundantly.
>  I feel similarly about blogs replacing websites. That is, a blog is 
> good as a diary. But in many cases, again, old stuff disappears 
> into the mists of a few months ago (although that can depend on the 
> blog site and the blogiste). I have to hunt for information that 
> may not be discoverable, depending on keywords or how the site is 
> set up. I guess people don't want to have to update their websites, 
> and with a blog all they have to do is write that they've added 
> info or changed an interpretation.
>  I guess i'm just an old fogey - in wanting some information to be stable.
>  Urtatim Crankypants
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