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[REBOL] Agentcities

From: tbrownell::shaw::ca at: 23-Mar-2002 11:10

I think Agentcities suffers from what I call "Academia Syndrome", or AS. AS is "when folks trained in a university think just a wee bit too much, to the point of becoming absurb." University committees are especially prone to this ailment as it grows exponentially when more AS suffers are together. When a project becomes infected by AS, it... - goes round and round and round.... very...very... slowly. - becomes bloated with jargon, diagrams, charts, formulas, studies, technical commitees, working groups, specs, reports, memos, drafts, consortiums, processes... (point truncated by 4,242 bytes). - is debated to death, literally. - can produce output, but only if you understand Latin. I first encountered AS working with four clinical psycologists on a multimedia cd project that was being distributed to 2000 physcians... where one such person insisted that a bright blue background with yellow text was the best format because his study showed that some doctors are color blind, and that color combination is the best for them. Of course, this was discussed for two days (I'm not kidding) and was concluded that yes, blue and yellow IS the best way to go. (Ack, grieved just thinking about it.) XML creators obviously suffer from AS. I found the Agentcities concept interesting and a similar, non AS suffering project would be a niche for Rebol. Could piggyback on Rugby. TBrownell PS - Rebol does not suffer from AS, nor does Rugby.