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Re: Great source for content

"Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> _____/ On Thursday 25 August 2005 17:28, [T.J.] wrote : \_____
>> Just thought I would share this with anyone
>> interested.
>> http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
> I guess you are quite right:
> http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/docs/contributor_copyright.html
> "The Factbook is in the public domain. Accordingly, it may be copied 
> freely
> without permission of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)."
> However, where has all the fun of creating your _own_ site gone? Any 
> average
> programmer can take freebie content, push in some templates (easier than
> ever due to the emergence of CSS) and upload en masse.

How can you create a website without content?
As I said in my OP this looks like a great source of content.
Why spend hours researching the facts about a country when
you have a site, like this where you all the information is readily
available in a format that you can simply copy extracts from?

> To make any profit from advertisements, you need to get some 
> well-justified
> ranks, thereby traffic. If you intend to plague our Web with spam to
> achieve that goal, well... let's not continue this discussion. But that's
> the reality when it comes to most freebie-content sites...

I am sure if most visitors that are reading a web page
they would rather have the information on the page rather than
having links out  to where additional information is.

> Fraudulent(ish) content, so why not destroy the Web too? That's why I hate
> public content. It makes the internet an easy dumping ground for duplicate
> content, as valid as it may be.

What is fraudulent about copying content from one website and
including it on another?
If anything it makes the content easier to find.

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