8223Re: [RedHotJazz] Take It Easy
- Nov 3, 2010-----Message d'origine-----
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 4:10 PM
Subject: [RedHotJazz] Take It Easy
> Take it easy with the criticism of the red hot jazz web site. It is theFirst the ADMIN part :
> best anthology of traditional jazz that I have ever seen and is a total
> marvel. It is a superb teaching tool to show students how jazz developed.
> Yes, there may be some errors, but so what? Almost all publications
> have some small errors. I continue to be amazed by the depth and quality
> of the work.
I suppose you meant "PLEASE take it easy..."
And since there hasn't been a previous "Take it easy" topic, there CANNOT
be any "re: Take it Easy".
Well there is one, from this post on... but this is NOT the Bix forum, the
archives are organized by threads and a "re:" with an unrelated subject line
is the most confusing thing one can figure out on a Yahoo group.
Now for the personal one :
Everyone acknowledges the huge interest of this monumental work, but
what you call criticism has nothing negative, on the contrary.
It only means feeling involved in the ways the website could be improved,
rather than prosternating in front of a frozen museum piece.
Some things cannot be altered, even if one wished to, because it would mean
re-writing the whole site from scratch. Like more searching facilities, the
possibility of listing numbers according to different criteria, or
presenting them in another order than alphabetical...
The truth (and this is no criticism) is that no-one today would consider
building such a huge website in pure html, without a database, and with such
deprecated techniques as tables and framesets, also adopting a streaming
protocol which was already obsolete six years ago - not mentioning the poor
quality of the
It works, for the time being, and loads much faster than many a crazy
website with flashy anims or pics, or endless intros. Procedures which are
just as outdated as the ones I mentioned.
But for how long, and on how many of today's and tomorrow's browsers, I
I worked on Scott's templates years ago - only three pages I filled in with
Django stuff - and he was already aware, at the time, that manually
inserting data and links between the too familiar <td> and </td> tags was
one of the less rewarding taks one could think of.
Back to the previous comment, I remember there *were* corrections, applied
after they had been suggested by some of this group's members.
They mainly concerned wrong links to soundfiles - and once again, there is
nothing easier than confusion when you type everything by hand.
Now, I think the best thing which could happen to the Archives would be a
bit of interaction - like the possibility of correcting wrong
information, adding articles and data.
The only way to keep them, and this group, alive in the next
And without prostituting themselves to the current fashions or
latest gimmicks, pre-war history and music need to adapt to the
Hoc censeo... etc. etc.
P.S. Since no-one replied, except for one (rejected) attempt to suggest the
whole planet to look for the RHJ contact addresses, I will undertake the
task of getting in touch with whoever is currently in charge of the website,
and let you know. Not done yet? Sorry, I am not a full-time mod, not even a
full-time anything. Help and advice gladly accepted, uncontrolled
interference, no way!
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