I was thinking about Jim’s comments about research helping standard setters.  A long time ago there was some debate on the ability of archival researchers to do ex ante research … some back and forth on that point.  I’m not an archival person so I don’t think about whether they can do ex ante or not, and I don’t want to refuel that debate. 

However, I am an experimentalist and I know they can!  My comment here is that experimentalists do not take advantage of that ability.  I may get myself into trouble saying this but many experimentalists could really add a lot more to the profession by studying proposed standards or big potato issues that are hard to do archivally.  Let’s go experimentalists!!!