Yes, you can comment on whatever you like: that doesn't make your comment of equal value to every other comment, though, because your level of experience with and commitment to, the project are not equal to those of the people you are criticizing.DonaldMiller wrote:I stand by what I said completely. It matters not how long I have been a member. As a member, I can comment on whatever posts I'd like. MaryAnn Spiegel, who DOES do outstandingly professional quality work, made this post. Her reading of "Anna Karenina" was a real revelation to me. I would never have understood the story as well as I did after listening to her read it than I would have if I had read it myself.
So, you know Hugh personally? How could you possibly know what he does or does not like?It appears that a club has hijacked Librivox, something which I'm certain the founder of it would not like.
Actually, many of my favourite readers have said, in past iterations of this thread, that they would not have participated if they were being judged on their voicework. I'm thinking of Peter Why and Martin Geeson, who are both excellent, but undervalue their own contributions.The idea that you are here to "Crank them out like sausages" is awful, and no doubt you drive away people who would be interested in making listenable books, rather than just making books that are read any which way.
Have whatever goal you like: but please stop suggrsting that everyone else is wrong to have goals which are not the same as yours.
We already know about computer-read text...many of us work with it on a daily basis. This isn't some sort of revelation, here.With the advent of computer voices, only people like MaryAnn, Elizabeth Klett, Ariel Lipshaw, Bob Neufeld, and so one (the real solid core of Librivox) will provide a genuine service and add to the Social Contract that the Creative Commons movement is aimed at attaining.
There's no hijack: you are just demanding that a group that was founded on contribution by all who could record to a basic standard instead meet criteria that are significant to you, because you wrongly believe your criteria are the axiomatically right ones, and that people who do not share them are somehow less wise than you are.No computer however "intelligent" can find insights in works of literature and pass that along to others, as the core readers -- who actually work at their volunteer jobs do. With the quickly approaching time when computer voices will sound decently good, there will be little need for a private club. That time will be the province of those who have read and understand the words on the pages they are reading. It is not I who has an "attitude," for I came here with the idea of contributing something of significance and not with the idea of joining a club who have clearly hijacked this most noble idea of making products for the public at no cost.
This is hubris on your part.
Choose whatever standard works for you. Accept that other people do not, and will not, share that standard.