Also of note in the first wave of feedback was the interviewee's thoughts on the issue (which I solicited). Said Userland CEO Scott Young in an e-mail:
But what's the best way to provision a transparency channel with other forms of raw data like word documents, PDF files, video, and e-mails in a way that streamlines the consumption by those who want to do their own fact checking? As straight downloads? Should text be poured directly into the HTML as I did with this second experiment in transparency of my e-mail correspondence? Or are enclosures the preferred route to facilitate easier subscription, downloading and consumption?
In all cases, the heavy lifting that must be done by the journalist to pour that stuff into a transparency channel is not insignificant. I'd much rather have a button on my Outlook toolbar that says "Post to Transparency Channel" than have to cut and paste from an e-mail into a blog. The tools must improve. Also, to the extent that an enclosure aware RSS aggregator like iPodder knows exactly what to do with audio files, subcribers to transparency channels, should they exist, would need universal enclosure-aware inboxes that know what to do with enclosures of all types. We're not they're yet. Perhaps one day, we will be.
Finally, to keep the experiment going, on a time-permitting basis, I will continue to post some of the raw data that goes into my stories and blogs. However, those postings will appear in a Transparency Channel that I've established as part of my ongoing testing of Radio Userland.