See Q #9 for specific information.
This is where you come in. If you stumble upon an interesting
dead medium -- and the definition is very broad -- either by accident or
as part of your regular research, by all means, write it up! Send it to us!
Please include enough information for readers to locate and persue your sources; book title, author, publisher, year, etc. If a citation from a website (increasingly common) a URL that The Moderator (the fool writing this text you read) can verify it's availability. We assume you are sensitive to issues of copyright and no-fee access; if unsure, ask the Moderator.
Personal experience is also more than acceptable, but please, make your relationship (its designer, a user, an observer, a salesmammal, etc) clear.
In general, if in doubt, ask. The goal is to prevent, and undo, the loss
of historical data.
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If/when you find the information you seek, we'd collectively appreciate
it if you'd post it to the list for the benefit of the rest of us.
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You must reveal the source(s) of your information, the more accessible the better. The best reference is one that others can potentially access (eg. library book, film, etc). Less good, and more typical, is an article or chapter in an out-of-print or otherwise hard to find source; include all information where possible (author, date, publisher, page number, etc).
Poor sources is by far the most frequent reason for rejection. I can't emphasize how important sources are! Without sources your information ins only hearsay; interesting, but unfortunately not useful for research.
Electronic sources are problematic; while they are certainly convenient from a couch-potato point of view, they are not reliable. Links get moved, and sites disappear. While there's probably nothing you can do about this, if your web source refers to other non-electronic books, films, etc PLEASE copy these into the body of your Note; that way if the electronic source disappears these likely more persistent sources can be searched for.
First-hand reports may be fine, too, but please try to keep some rigor in your story: list the circumstances (you worked on system X in 1923; you fell into an old cellar where you found...) and context, and external references where possible.
There is no minimum or maximum length, but if if you've got more than
a few thousand words consider serializing it ("parts 1 through 9") or
write me first.
At the top of your submitted Note should be two "header" lines:
Dead Medium: [your title here] Source: [your sources here]If the sources are in a table at the end, or embedded in the body, then say so in the Source: line.
Poor or missing sources is by far the most frequent reason for rejection. I can't emphasize how important sources are! Without sources your information ins only hearsay; interesting, but unfortunately not useful for research.
The body is plain text (specifically NOT Word or other format; do "SAVE AS PLAIN TEXT"). Keep line margins 80 columns or less if possible. No fancy formatting. No attachments please!
Tables and formatting are problematic right now. At least keep them exceedingly simple, as I will have to hand-massage for distribution.
Pictures remain a problem. At present, there is no way to distribute
graphical data in the list, but I want to include them at least in
the web archive. Please write me about this.