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The IM Project Page Has Vanished

Wednesday April 21st, 1999

The IM Project page has been taken down at the request of Netscape. Netscape was the contributor of the Instant Messaging API document, and they have taken it down pending further review. As far as we can tell, there is nothing more to the story at this point. We'll let you know when the page comes back online.


#14 Re:The IM Project Page Has Vanished

by DougV

Wednesday April 21st, 1999 4:37 PM

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One of the reasons that people are reluctant to become involved in Mozilla is because they fear that Netscape/AOL will forget the meaning of "Open Source" and try to take control of the project. They do not want to be seen as unpaid employees of Netscape/AOL; they want to know that they are the ones who control the project that they are working on.

There is no valid reason to censor a web site dedicated to open source programming. If there was an error in the specification, then a suggestion could have been posted. Design flaws can be corrected. However, to totally remove code pending a review suggests to me that AOL was nervous that someone had revealed too many secrets about its Instant Messenger. If they just wanted to iron out details of the standard, they could have let the public make suggestions as well. The decision reeks of Big Brother.