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RE: A pint of Guiness

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gary Preckshot []
> Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2000 10:49 PM
> To: LDP
> Subject: A pint of Guiness
> I will bet a pint of Guiness if we state a requirement for
> SGML/DocBook, less than 5% of new contributors will complain over
> the
> first year, and in two years, no one will think twice about it.
> This is serious. A pint of Guiness makes this more than a 
> theoretical discussion. The problem with your proposed bet is 
> that the people who get turned off won't complain, they'll 
> just go away. You won't find out anything unless you have two 
> avenues for contributors and don't bias either of them by 
> making one or the other purposely harder or less attractive. 
> Then you'll be able to tell by the way people choose. They'll 
> vote with their feet. 

What?  If you make it a VOTE, the it's not what Gary just said.  To
rephrase, if we don't many anything other than SGML an option, then in the
first year, less than 5% of the people who want to write documents will
complain.  Durring the second year, nobody will complain.  While I'm QUITE
sure that less than 5% of the people will complain durring the first year, I
don't know about that second one.  Either way, the point is that you CANNOT
make anything other than SGML an option, or it would invalidate the pretense
for the bet.  Wow, I can't believe that I just wrote that...

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