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Attempts to list killies kept by members of the AKA goes back many
years, without any noticeable success. I think that I know at least one
reason why this is so:
Some years ago, during one of such attempts to prepare a list of killies
kept, I asked one breeder of a large number of species (who, by the way,
was active in the AKA) why he has not submitted a list. His answer was
simple and to the point: "I don't want to answer all the letters that
people will write asking for fish". A point that I could well
understand, because he bred many rare killies.
Has anybody else met with a similar response?
I don't think that this sentiment has changed much! Thus, for any such
project to succeed, any breeder who asks for it, must be granted an
ironclad anonymity. Even with anonymity such a project might not
succeed,but without it -- a failure is almost certain.
That does NOT mean that the keeper-of-the-records can not prepare all
the necessary statistical data, lists, etc., but without revealing the
breeders' names. Those that want people to know what they breed, can
have their names listed -- that's no problem.
I think that people without e-mail access are used to write letters and
fill out forms (most of us used to do it), so their participation in
such a project, given an equal opportunity, should be proportional to
those with e-mail.
cgraseck at ludl_com wrote:
> From: Chris Graseck@LUDL on 08/06/98 08:39 AM
> To: killietalk at aka_org
> Lee wrote: I would be more than happy to do that maintenance if a vehicle
> was provided on the AKA website for me to do the updating, much like I
> update our affiliate club news.
> Lee Harper
> I'm in agreement with Lee. A hobbyist maintained list or one updated by a
> single overseer would be a great help for anyone seeking a specific fish.
> If it were sortable by species ( I.E. if you could type in a species that
> you were searching for and a list of breeders names would come up) it would
> be even better. Such a format would quickly identify those fish which were
> only being kept by a small number of people. Thus enabling us to better
> maintain all of our species and strains. As I have said before, people
> will not lose interest in a fish if they know that they are the only ones
> keeping it. Rarity makes a fish special not boring. I think that this list
> would be a great addition to the AKA web page no matter what the format.
> Just my opinion.
> Christopher Graseck
> C/O Ludl Electronic Products
> 171 Brady Avenue, Hawthorne NY 10532
> cgraseck at ludl_com