Just a brief thought....
You must remember many years ago now the fierce debates that went on between
computer buffs. Which was the best - the BBC, the Spectrum or the Commodore.
To try to convert one user to another alternative system was an
impossibility. The same can be said today with PC users and Mac users. I use
We all know how strongly you feel regarding MD's and generally I have to
agree with you. But don't take the bait - it's a total waste of time. On my
part as an archaeologist, I have given up even trying to understand where
such people are coming from and their discussion only becomes acrimonious
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Barford" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: More MD? finds on ebay: Reply to "Edward Thompson"
> Edward Thompson and/or Peter Hyams write collectively, separately or
>> Paul Would you like me to publish the Email you sent to me off list.
> I think that such an action could only be seen by the majority of the
> members of this list as that of a crass, uncultured, unprincipled lout. It
> would also be the ultimate demonstration of your complete inability to
> consider the full consequences of your own actions.
> The message to which you refer is one I sent privately to dissuade you
> taking the action against a fellow list member which you threatened on
> November. If you look beyond the penultimate paragraph containing the word
> which so obviously titillates you, you will find ninety percent of it
> somewhat awkward questions about your activities on the site which we are
> now once again (at your insistence) discussing. Questions similar to the
> ones I raised last night and you seem to want by this tactic to avoid
> I think its worth you considering carefully whether it really would be
> helping your case to place the earlier set of questions also on public
> record to add to our ongoing discussion here about the involvement of the
> Portable Antiquities Scheme in such activities. I personally am quite sure
> it would not be in the least helpful to your case to do so. This is why I
> raised them privately with you three months ago.
> I obviously bore in mind the possibility when I wrote that message that
> might attempt to do retaliate in this manner, and it seems I had not
> misjudged you. I therefore made certain that there was no point of it
> I can not - if I felt I was called to do so - explain myself and my
> motivation for doing what I did. Perhaps you might like to ask yourself if
> you can say the same.
> Paul Barford