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==Duplicate Requirement==
==Duplicate Requirement==
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requirement 6h and 7a are the same. Which is it?[[User:Gregoryo1|Gregoryo1]] 01:06, January 22, 2011 (EST)
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Requirement 6h and 7a are the same. Which is it? [[User:Gregoryo1|Gregoryo1]] 01:06, January 22, 2011 (EST)
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:While these two requirements are ''very'' similar, they are in fact correctly written. —'''''[[User:RWSmith|RWSmith]]''''' ''[[MeritBadgeDotOrg:Bureaucrat|(Bureaucrat)]]'', 10:29, January 22, 2011 (EST)

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    Requirements updated

    The requirements were updated in 2009, these requirements are out of date. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bassbusta (talkcontribs) March 24, 1010. (Please, sign and date your posts on talk pages.)

    NVU

    Although still available, is no longer under development. It's replacement package is called KompoZer, which shares much of the same source code as NVU, but had been updated to current coding standards. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Brianmpenn (talkcontribs) December 29, 2007. (Please, sign and date your posts on talk pages.)

    Requirement 9.a.

    I have concerns about the wording of requirement 9.a. It gives the impression that it is always wrong to give or receive a copy of a computer program that is protected by copyright.

    This is not necessarily true; nearly all open-source software programs are protected by copyright, and they encourage redistribution (i.e. giving copies to friends). For example, not only is it not illegal for me to make a copy of OpenOffice.org and give it to a friend, it would be encouraged by OpenOffice.org and Sun Microsystems (the copyright holder).

    The requirement should be that scouts should not accept free copies of copyrighted software if redistribution is restricted. Are others simply adhering strictly to the requirement or going further and explaining it correctly to scouts? --Mryan 20:03, February 6, 2008 (EST)

    I respectfully disagree. There are various types of copyrights and terms-of-usage. OpenOffice is licensed under GPL (Gnu Public License) and other packages fall under Apache or Mozilla Public License agreements, etc. Open source projects are hence deliberately not covered by conventional copyrights precisely in order to avoid this conflict and make this specific distinction. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tjk (talkcontribs) 12:59, October 15, 2009. (Please, sign and date your posts on talk pages.)

    Field of study

    How is it that computers is classified in "physical science"? FWIW, I suggest a "field" of Technology be created... but there could be a better way to put it. --Estrabd 15:10, January 3, 2010 (EST)

    I understand your suggestion; but actually, there's a bit more to it than that. National determines what the fields of study are, as well as categorizing merit badges in those fields. While this categorization process technically remains in place, it is a throw-back to the days when advancement required a certain number of merit badges from different fields of study. That does not mean field of study is no longer relevant; it still is... at a national level, e.g., from a program perspective. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 13:37, May 14, 2010 (EDT)

    Duplicate Requirement

    Requirement 6h and 7a are the same. Which is it? Gregoryo1 01:06, January 22, 2011 (EST)

    While these two requirements are very similar, they are in fact correctly written. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 10:29, January 22, 2011 (EST)
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