Dear all as it appears that some incorrect facts are presented and an understanding or should i say respect of other people's views and no doubt some will disagree with even this - thus i rest my case.
The creation of the Ceylon Database is to represent as best as possible all families of Ceylon now Sri Lanka - this doesn't distinguish between race, background, colour, caste or any other division that we as humans put. The base of it started with the DBU Journals which in themselves for the above reasons have had 99% correction or addition rate. With this in mind as my initial search was for my grandmother (a Burgher), i realised the need to expand and help others in a similar way.
I don't sell CDs although i have had a request to place the reports on to a CD being a first and no major problem. I will however release down the track a Free repeat free CDRom for all countries across the world either for the libraries and or socities this of course will probably not end up in countries like Latvia or the North Pole it will relate to the countries that have been touched or involved by migration or origin. As with people involved with just there own families alone cost is part and parcel of the hobby or profession as quoted "Genealogy is an expensive business ". For the reports i send people not all will be charged and that is made clear from the start and options are given. If a charge is applied then as most(not all) have commented on the more than reasonable if not to little charges applied. For the people whom put in the work it is a fairs fair scenario. As i have found with many that they hold useful info to all back and the emergence of a possible charge encourages the 'trade off' as it were between reducing the charge and gaining previously unkown info. Many many elderly are not charged as it is really not for them or for me for that matter, but most importantly the future generations and they need to know the details they have a right to. If i have made any profit out of recieving any charges i am more than happy to show my outgoings to ingoings and that does'nt even begin to reflect the hours put into this - i do it all for the enjoyment and the need that has presented itself. Might i also say this is a once of charge entitling that person to future updates free on request. I have come across some huge rip-off merchants or pofessionals wanting to charge $300 plus for a couple of generations, initially while finding my feet in this i went through some adjustments and rationalisation. Essentially i don't want to make money i have a real job for that, what i do want to do is help towards some of the costs as i am sure my wife would not appreciate the loss to our family of all these expenses. Finally on this matter of charging i don't want to put it out of the reach of everyone and always weigh up the given situation of the individual. Your comments on this will no doubt be varying and once again this proves the point.
In saying all this I whole heartedly agree with Wendy and Anne and no doubt dear Sandy with regards to making information available, experience and shall we say my great Aunts have made me learn a number of issues and to put it simply everybody is different. If we look back at the history of Ceylon/ Sri Lanka and as a prime example the Dutch Burgher Union Journals - they have been found frought with errors either for caste, colour, race, adoptions or falling out etc. Some people these days take exception to the facts and want to alter eg my Great Aunts - staunch British and as far as they're concerned of British blood and they don't want to know the fact they come from the Huns! Others its a matter of falling out with the family, divorces, or simply they don't want "LIVING" information reflected at this stage. The internet is more than just a public place and it has its advantages and disadvantages. It is not a matter for me or anyone to question why someone wants information to be removed it is a respect for that persons feelings and the Law backs them up as well. The comprimise in all this is the fact that as i gather the info it is for the families affected and the later CDROM that addresses those concerns and individuals opinion. It will also be done in a way that it will be traceable that is the records of that family refect the migration and at least first gens into that country so the researcher is tracing from locality and kept records not looking for those that have left the face of this earth. The strength of the Ceylon Database is constantly growing as both the crossreferencer and finder of lost souls. We as genealogists find no problem with the sharing of information and helping each other out, it becomes a mutually sharing and enjoyable experience, one which i will continue and look forward to doing with everyone. As you also know every family has its blots while we revel in this others don't. In this matter of removal it doesn't need to be a blot but rather a respect for the indivduals point of view that is reflected. My approach to Fazli was on a genealogist to genealogist level - without inflamed feelings in order to dampen the matter down- i was approached as someone who has become a friend and the information was confided originally. I can see both sides of the fence and in fact there are many more. At the end of the day those who are deceased are slient and it is our job to be there voices, while the living have a voice and should be heard, respected and not laid to rest on the internet for now anyway. Remember all this infomation and other like it is only removed or not reflected on the internet and therefore it is not the case stated "With our demise history is not well served when valuable data is thus lost", it is just a little less public but available to those involved and their descendants.
Further comments will only strengthen the arguement of different views require each its own respect of the view and of others.