Hello Mike -
You are right - there is no reason for Chuck to feel guilty for not supplying his gathered material for free. Putting together a web site is a BIG task. I do it for a living and do it for fun (vintage-trek.com). Putting Chuck's materials online would be a life's work.
I am pleased to know that when in need of some specific information it likely is in Chuck's portfolio and I can get it. It also is comforting that the materials are in printed form, rather than as a web site that can close without warning.
Skip Echert Renton WA vintage-trek.com
At 10:04 AM 5/22/02 -0600, you wrote:
>Does anyone see what is wrong with this request being made? Chuck gathers
>materials, copies them, makes nearly no profit on them, but does it because
>he thinks it is fun and a great service - and probably makes enough profit
>so that he doesn't feel that he is being totally taken advantage of.
>Now Bruce implies that Chuck should rent the appropriate storage space on
>the web, and take perhaps thousands of hours and put it up for free. I've
>scanned catalog pages before - this would take a huge amount of time to do
>even a fraction of what Chuck offers for sale.
>Am I missing something? If I am, than perhaps I can ask each member of the
>list to take perhaps a month or two of their time to do something for me -
>are there any auto mechanics or house painters on the list? And after you
>paint my house be sure to do so for everyone else on the list.
>Mike Kone in Boulder CO
>At 10:26 AM 5/22/02 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> >From: Chuck Schmidt <email@example.com>
> >Subject: Re: [CR]1st gen GS shifters?
> >>Well since you asked me specifically, Stevan, I
> >>thought I would try to
> >>answer your question.
> >>But upon thinking about it some more I have come to
> >>the conclusion that
> >>to do so would be setting myself up as an "expert,"
> >>and as it's been
> >>said here before, if I did this I would lose my
> >>expert status if I made
> >>my knowledge available to everyone. hee, hee
> >>So I guess my answer is no :(
> >Answering a question wouldn't lose you your coveted
> >expert status. Putting that mound of historical
> >cycling literature you're sitting on up on a website
> >for people to read free of charge would, though. What
> >about it?
> >Bruce Robbins
> >You too can have your own email address from Eurosport.