Sheesh, does anyone else feel like this argument has been going in circles for awhile now?
dhwilkin, we're talking about more than just him and me. a lot of people posted a lot of stuff, and they deserve to know that it hasn't gone to waste.
Man, I completely agree. However, the means to provide this data is entirely in cmoy's hands. He is currently investing his energy into upgrading Headwize, rather than giving out the archives. Obviously he sees giving out the archives as a secondary goal.
There are two ways we're going to get the archives: cmoy himself decides to let jude back-up the data, or somebody manages to persuade cmoy to let jude back-up the data. Somehow, I don't see either happening in the near future. cmoy seems to be looking out for his own interests right now, namely making Headwize better. If he gives the archives out, yes he is helping the overall community, but maybe hurting Headwize because fewer people would go there. Which would be, ironically enough, a good thing because then cmoy's bandwidth bills would go down. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like cmoy sees it this way.
He has always had this stance on sponsorship, and if you'd rather have a fancy, commercialized forum, then post elsewhere.
Commercialization does not always equal bad. The effect depends on how it is implemented. You know, kind of like a gun can be good and bad, all depends on how it's used. I think jude is mature enough to handle this eventual development for Head-fi and not alienate everyone that will at least give it a chance.