I assume that you know who I am since I have contributed actively to
your ongoing preservation efforts with the IDGA GP group, and I will
be seeing many of the GP folks in a few short weeks at the GDC - which
I am really looking forward to.
You bring up some important points regarding the specifics/goals of
the project, many of which remain unanswered. I contacted Lord_Pall
because I noticed he was working on getting some of the data online in
a usable fashion, and he obviously has been asking for some help with
that all along. After reading through the rest of the group, I was not
aware of any real efforts to convert the data into a usable form until
he got into the nitty-gritty of actually doing it. He posted his
efforts publicly and has repeatedly asked for help in doing that... to
which there has been surprising amount of resistance and criticism.
He very graciously accepted the (very!) limited help I could offer,
and gave me all the tools and access necessary in order to get the
work done; I've never got the sense that this is a 'one man team', and
my contributions have been met with courtesy. That is as much
community as I need! :)
There are many, many, many, ways to run a project. Some people prefer
working out all of the details for weeks or months before they get
started, and others prefer diving in and putting out fires as they
come up. I'm passionate about HOTU, and seeing it alive and kickin'
again on the web is my #1 priority, so I don't mind playing it a
little fast and easy. When things become politicized like this and
turned into a question of moral ownership, it really detracts from the
enjoyment of it all, don't you think? The disparity of visions for the
various projects proposed on here really says something, and I like
the focused effort that HOTUD.org is starting to form into. I think
this is a very viable revitalization project.
I know as much about this project as you do, aside from the little bit
of CSS/PHP/HTML work I've contributed. Perhaps Lord_Pall has a better
sense of where HOTUD.org might go than I do, and a *slightly* more
generous way of asking him about it might yield more nuggets. :)
That being said, if you need information of any kind don't hesitate to
ask. I can't promise that I'll respond right away because I'm really
struggling with the layout/coloration at the moment. (And hell, any
suggestions on design/layout at this point would be great!) Even a
community of two can grow.
The Artful Gamer