Concealing precise locality data
una at DOLIOLUM.BIOLOGY.YALE.EDU
Tue May 24 13:06:14 CDT 1994
Tangental to the current discussion of concealing precise locality
data for important natural history materials, I would like to point
out an incident in Usenet this past week.
There was a recent formal proposal made to create a new Usenet
newsgroup, rec.outdoors.caving. Initial comments were favorable,
but then members of a large, semi-private mailing list began to
oppose the proposal. Their position was that cavers can not and
should not discuss the details of specific cave sites in a public
forum, because the information could (and probably would) be used
by unethical parties to invade the caves and/or pick them clean.
The proposal to create rec.outdoors.caving has been withdrawn.
Una Smith smith-una at yale.edu
Department of Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8104 USA
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