This is to notify Peter Moylan that his 1992 article titled "The
Case Against C" has prompted a long discussion on comp.lang.c .
I was in some doubt over whether to post the following comments, because
they are wildly off-topic for AUE. They are on the subject of how an old
scholarly article can suddenly reappear. If that bores you, skip to the
next thread immediately. I suspect, however, that some here will find
the topic of interest.
The immediate question is, of course, why a report I wrote 26 years ago,
and which caused only a minor splash at the time, would suddenly attract
attention again. Some research papers can do that, if the topic was not
fashionable at the time but is now seen as important, but the article in
question is not a research paper. It's more of an opinion piece.
I think I know the answer. Some time in the last few years I decided to
make my past research publications available on ResearchGate, which is a
web site that aids in sharing publications. What is happening, I think,
is that younger researchers who search for something of mine then ask
themselves "what else has he written?". They're tracking down things
this way that my generation had to spend tedious hours in a library to
find. Finally, the internet is giving researchers a genuine benefit,
something to counterbalance all the rubbish that one finds on the net.
ResearchGate has a competitor called Academica, which is run by Google.
Now and then I get messages from them saying that someone had searched
with Google for a paper of mine. If I follow the link, there's a demand
for money, so I don't take it any further. I suspect that this started
out as a trial of Google Dianetics ... sorry, I mean Analytics, a
technology that appears to have turned out to be useless, but now it
appears to have turned into a way to get money from insecure
early-career researchers. I'm probably going to have to train my mail
program to recognise mail from Google as spam.
Peter Moylan http://www.pmoylan.org
Newcastle, NSW, Australia