On Mon, 2 Nov 1998, Ron Klatchko wrote:
> Paul J. Lucas wrote:
> > I don't understand why you (presumeably as a webmaster for your
> > website) wants to use a spider to index somebody else's web
> > site.
> You're right. I'll inform Excite, Alta-Vista, et. al. that you see no
> need for it :-)
They are different since they are in the business of only
indexing other people's websites: they have none of their own
documents to index. Different animal.
> Here's the reason I developed spidering capability. In an academic campus
> setting, most departments set up their own web server. There has been
> discussion here at UCSF on creating a single interface that would allow
> surfers to search all campus servers in one go. Given that many of the
> servers have no searching capabilities, spidering capability was needed in
> order to do this.
OK, I'll buy that explanation.
> That said, I saw a feature that I needed that I also thought would be
> useful for the community at large. So I developed it and gave it to the
> SWISH-E team. That is the model for open source. Instead of asking why
> feature X isn't in something, why don't you go ahead an implement it.
To the guy who questioned SWISH-E's and SWISH++'s "open" source
model, be sure to read the above paragraph several times until
you understand it.
Received on Mon Nov 2 13:36:10 1998