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0.5 Why did you put this FAQ together?




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This article is from the Dr. Pepper FAQ, by Christopher Flaherty with numerous contributions by others.

0.5 Why did you put this FAQ together?

There seemed to be a calling for one, and no one else was posting a Dr
Pepper FAQ in the newsgroups (or at least not in alt.fan.dr-pepper),
so I figured I'd give it a shot. I must be doing something right
because this FAQ was cited as a reference in the June 10, 1999,
edition of the Straight Dope Online, in an article so generously
cribbed from the FAQ that they might as well have asked me to write
the thing myself. Example:

My sentence: "The most famous (or is that infamous?) imitation, Mr.
Pibb, is Coca-Cola's unsuccessful effort to drive the good Dr out of
the market."

Their sentence: "Mr. Pibb is Coca Cola's unsuccessful effort to drive
the good Dr out of the market."

Coincidence?

Judge for yourself at
http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mdrpepper.html. Anyway, the other
thing I can't figure out is why they supplied a link to a mirror site
of the FAQ (and an old mirror site at that--version 2.02), and not a
direct link to the HTML version of the FAQ itself--especially when
there was information in the article which had to have come from the
most recent version at the time (2.06). Oh well. At least now
everyone will know where to go for the very latest info: right here of
course. "Get a life," indeed.

While we're on the subject, the FAQ was also mentioned in a July,
1999, article on texascooking.com
(http://www.texascooking.com/features/jul99drpepper.htm), where this
site was dubbed "probably the most complete" collection of Dr Pepper
information on the internet. Thanks for the kind words, guys! And
even though they printed a rather specific version of the web site
address (one that pointed directly to what was question 18 -- now 3.5
-- "Where can I buy Dr Pepper merchandise?") instead of the more
general location, I won't hold it against them.

I should also mention the FAQ was cited in The South Talkin'
Dictionary site (http://members.nbci.com/south_talkin/index.htm) as a
source for the definition of ... Dr Pepper, what else? It's slightly
strange that a Northerner like me is being relied on for information
on Southern culture, but I'll take what I can get.

The FAQ was also named a "Site du Jour of the Day" on October 5, 2001.
You can view the citation at
http://members.tripod.com/~SdJotD/2001/0110.htm and thank the reviewer
while you're at it.

The FAQ may not have been cited by name, but I certainly was, in an
article on August 21, 2001, in the Austin Chronicle titled "Dr Pepper,
Texas," written by David Lynch (no, I'm pretty sure it wasn't *that*
David Lynch). You can read it yourself at
http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2001-08-24/xtra_feature.html
if you don't have a back issue handy.

Milly Walker, the Collections Manager/Curator for the Dublin Dr Pepper
Bottling Co. Museum in Dublin, Texas, sent me a very nice email on
November 21, 2002, in which she said "We are very impressed with the
accuracy of your information." That's not an official endorsement, of
course, but I think it says a lot.

Right now I'd like to stress that this FAQ is UNOFFICIAL, meaning that
it is not endorsed or authorized by The Dr Pepper Company, Dr
Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., or any other corporate or business entity
connected with Dr Pepper. Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. owns all Dr Pepper
copyrights and trademarks. Additionally, I'm not employed by Dr
Pepper, nor do I work for the Dr Pepper Company in any capacity, and
Dr Pepper does not compensate me for the time I dedicate towards
writing this FAQ (though I probably wouldn't stop them if they did).
I just put this together in my spare time for the purpose of providing
quick answers to common questions about Dr Pepper which appear
frequently on alt.fan.dr-pepper. So, in other words, please don't sue
me. I'm too broke as it is. Let me know if you like it!

(Apparently, a lot of you like it enough to visit, because the FAQ's
web site received its 10,000th hit on December 22, 1999, and its
20,000th hit less than a year later. The 30,000th and 40,000th hits
came and went when I wasn't even looking. Thanks, and keep visiting!
On to 50,000!)

 

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