Mission Statement

History

You may have noticed that there are lots and lots of web pages, ftp sites, chat rooms, and the like devoted to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series of books. With such a plethora of stuff to choose from, how is one to find the precise item one desires?

Back when the Web was just becoming popular, I found myself faced with this problem. I couldn't remember, offhand, where a guide to Aiel society could be found, or where to look up summaries of fan gatherings. To save myself time, I created the first version of the Compleat Wheel of Time Index. I figured that other folks would probably find it useful, so I made the page publicly accessible in May, 1995.

Since then, the page has changed URLs a few times. I've made a few minor changes to the page's appearance, notably the "flame" background. As the number of WOT net resources has increased, the Index has grown, and it eventually had to be divided into multiple pages, because it got so big that it took an unacceptable amount of time to load. This upgrade occurred in June 1997.

Mission Statement/Philosophy

The goal of the Index is to be as useful as possible to as many people as possible. My focus is on meaningful content, not flash graphics or busy animations which "are best viewed using Browser X." Just good, old-fashioned information (with an attractive background design).

"Submission" Guidelines

If you know of a RJ/WOT WWW page which is not on this list, or find another problem, please mail me dilli@wam.umd.edu, so that I can add it to the list. However, please do not send me stuff to archive on my own account, because I have a disk quota, and I prefer to put my own stuff in that limited space. Post it to rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan, or mail it to somebody who maintains a real archive, with lots of disk space.

Furthermore, I'll state right out that since the goal of the Index is to facilitate searches for particular WOT-related data, I will not clutter it up with links to sites with no "original" content. That is, if all you have is some cover scans and a few links, I won't link the Index to your page. There must be something new, or useful, or interesting which hasn't been done, and implemented better, by others before you.

Since I've been maintaining this Index for so long, I have a pretty good idea of what's out there, who created it, and how long it's been available. Generally, I know if documents or art on a page have been plagiarised from somebody else. Please don't expect me to publicise anything which has been stolen from the Tor page, or another fan's site. This really annoys me, since I have had my own material stolen many times. If you ask me to link to your page, be sure that you don't have any plagiarised material on it, because I will report you to the owner of the material.

If you have comments about the content of a page which I have provided a link to, CONTACT THE PERSON WHO MAINTAINS THAT PAGE, not me. With very few exceptions, I am not responsible for providing any of the resources which you can access from the WOT Index. I only provide a convenient way to look for and find them.

Finally, a note on the title.

I know the Standard English spelling of "complete," thank you very much. Look at the entry (in the "WORLD" section) for "A Guide to The Wheel of Time." Sheesh.

"Compleat" in "The Compleat Index of WOT Net Resources" is _not_ a misspelling. Look in any decent dictionary. It is an archaic spelling, used on purpose. It is a reference to the classic fantasy stories of Harold Shea by L.Sprague deCamp and Fletcher Pratt, which are collected in books entitled _The Compleat Enchanter_ and _The Incompleat Enchanter_.


The Compleat Index of WOT-related WWW resources: Mission Statement / P. Korda