Re: ethical considerations

From: Rod Decker (
Date: Mon Oct 23 1995 - 12:28:26 EDT

>Subject: ethical considerations
>I detect a consensus among most respondants, to wit: one should not use
>messages from B-Greek outside this forum without specific permission from the
>authors of all these messages. Before that consensus is set in stone, please
>consider the following.
>1.) What we do here is really not analogous to a lecture hall or a journal or a
>newsletter, is it? In those places, one expects to find fairly polished,
>fairly "final" expressions of someone's views.
>2.) According to the consensus stated above, I would be transgressing if I were
>reading this list in the computer center in the library and buttonholed another
>religion major to show them a message on the screen, would I not? I would be
>showing material from the list to people it was not sent to--people *not* on
>the list. This seems a bit onerous to me.

Another aspect of this question that hasn't been included is that the
entire discussion of the list is archived on a _publically accessible_ web
server. Then, too, some "list members" are local redistribution lists--
which anyone on the local serer may access. (I accessed the list that way
last year while usin Univ. of Wisc.'s system.) At that point, consensus
among list members becomes a bit moot if a non-list member can retrieve ay
or all the comments and cite them as "published" (in one form or another).
I'm not sure what general practice is in that regard. James, I know, has
set up a policy for citing the papers on his web site, including the
appropraite form for referring to them.

That said, it would still (I think) be common courtesy to ask permission
for many uses, esp. if it were for citation in print or for redistribution
to other lists. (That could become more difficult down the road as email
addresses change from time to time.)


Rodney J. Decker Calvary Theological Seminary
Asst. Prof./NT 15800 Calvary Rd. Kansas City, Missouri 64147

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