[Annelida] Commercial vs Goodwill
(by g.read from niwa.co.nz)
Mon Apr 30 21:57:38 EST 2007
Brian Paavo wrote:
> By choice and culture academicians like to disseminate information
> freely (which I support) but the waters become a little muddy when we
> freely add value to a product that brings funds to others without a
> reasonable quid pro quo.
I assume Brian's concern relates to casual transactions between
individuals. In my experience the situations where identification
services provided by an employee of an organisation (academic or not)
involve significant real work there will also be a requirement for
significant money to be found to pay for them.
Anyone is allowed to ask Annelida-relevant questions on this list, and
if the information in the reply has some economic spin-off then that is
fine. Remember the 'diseased' oligochaetes question back in March? I was
pleased that an Annelida member could readily help someone with a
problem seriously affecting their livelihood. However, goodwill only
goes so far, and if it looks as if someone is someone trying to exploit
the list by dipping their bucket in the well too often, or by not doing
enough to solve a problem for themselves, they will probably be ignored.
Geoff Read <g.read from niwa.co.nz>
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