Posted by Caroline on July 07, 1997 at 13:22:53:
I have been talking to Myretta about this board and all the amazing information that is coming out of the woodwork. Thank you, all of you, for all your posts on the subjects, which are keeping me mightily entertained, and very busy! Here are a few things that we are thinking of doing here, and your input would be appreciated.
1. A bibliography. A list of useful books. If you know of any, maybe you could give me details, ISBN number etc. And a short review, saying what you like about it. E-mail me, and I'll put it all together.
2.A list of links and websites. I'll do the permission thing, if you give me the link. Again, by e-mail, please.
3.A guidelines for the top of the page. My main concern here is that we differentiate between wild guesses, Things- I -read -somewhere, and quoted facts. I think if we do not do this, we are in danger of building up a bank of "information" which is a mixture of half-truths and suppositions that no serious historian coming across our board will allow to pass without derogatory comment.
There are several "facts" accepted by the Republic of Pemberley that are at present being passed on, which are open to discussion and perhaps could be rectified on this page.
This is what I had in mind as a guideline;
1.Whilst in no way wishing to discourage anyone from posting on this board, it would be appreciated if posters would give sources of any information passed on. If the most accurate you can be is "I read somewhere that......," that is fine, as long as it is clearly stated. If you know the book, film, or website that provided the information, then, we would love to know about it, too.
2.Please do not create links without permission. If in doubt, just post the URL.
Perhaps I should say that I am more than happy with what the posters have put up so far, and if you get a sharp "Where did you get this info?" from me, I'm not trying to call your bluff, I'm just trying to find it for myself.
If you think that the guideline needs changing, please say so on this page.
4. I am at present toying (and I mean toying) with the idea of my own web page. I had thought of doing a monster of an Austen-trivia time line, not with boring things like battles, but interesting stuff like which composer wrote what when, when certain houses were built, when certain china patterns were first issued, etc. Dates would be about 1775 to 1825. I thought our fan-fic writers might enjoy this kind of stuff. However, it's strictly at the germination stage at present..... Comments, of the geek-type, or the interest type would be appreciated.
5. Lastly, I would like to make it clear that although I am English, a history/geography buff and I lifelong Austenmaniac, I don't consider myself an expert on anything "Regency." If I come over either as an expert or as a bossy boots, it isn't my intention. I still have a great deal to learn, and am constantly revising the knowledge I do have. I love your posts, and look forward to some good academic tussles!
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