More History

In a recent Oracle Magazine there’s a question from Marco Pinzuti about why Oracle Magazine articles are available for the past 5 years only. The editors respond they do not host old articles because technology moves quite fast and there’s no reason to keep old content which is most likely not relevant to current users. Although I agree with this fact – Oracle RDBMS indeed move pretty fast – I do not agree with Oracle’s approach of removing oldish content from Oracle website, because
1) I don’t like broken links
2) from time to time here and there pops up a question “where can I get the article, it’s not available anymore”
3) there’s a lot more “suspect” content out there which sometimes is completely wrong, so everyone should remember about this
Good thing is they say

We do not currently plan to maintain a historical archive for most content that is more than five years old, but if other readers are interested in an Oracle Magazine archive, please send an e-mail to opubedit_us@oracle.com

If you, like me, think that old articles should not be deleted from Oracle website, you simply have to write an e-mail to them. You can help this “History Campaign” by spreading the word about such option too.

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One Comment

  1. Posted February 23, 2011 at 14:48 | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve just discovered that Oramag published my request to keep the OTN archive in the 2011 Jan/Feb issue. Without a response though, so let’s see what all this mean.

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  1. By System Statistics « Oracle Scratchpad on December 17, 2010 at 22:13

    [...] and discovered that it’s no longer available. Apparently the editors have decided that any technical articles over a certain age should be withdrawn in case they are out of date and misleading. (Clearly they’ve read my [...]

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