“Five scientist-explorers were exploring an abandoned outpost in the Expansion Regions one day when they came across a freshly-excavated artifact, still humming with power and covered in unknown controls.
“The first, a galari, said ‘We should transport this back to our laboratory, so that we can investigate it properly, and spread the word of our discoveries. Think of what we could learn from it!’
“The second, a kalatri, said ‘Take it to our laboratory, yes, but we must keep this quiet. It could be dangerous, or disruptive, or corrupting. It is best that people do not know of it until we can be sure they will not be harmed, and use it well.’
“The third, a codramaju, said ‘We should keep it quiet, but so that we can master it before others know of it. We could build a hundred new technologies with what we learn, and be wealthy beyond our dreams.’
“The fourth, a linobir, said ‘We should master it for its power. The elder races built machines powerful beyond imagining. If this is one of these, the galaxy would be ours for the taking.’
“But the fifth, an eldrae, said nothing – for with the press of a keyswitch, both he and the artifact had vanished away.”
– anonymously-posted extranet joke