Jim Scheef wrote:
> What we should emulate - grow toward - is the Computer History Museum
> website. I understand that they have a professional staff and it took
> them some time to build all that, but that should be the goal to which
> we aspire!
> Of course you disagree, you're in denial.
We will never have the funding the Computer History Museum has. As a
professional web designer, I can tell you that they probably spend about
$20-30,000/yr on their web site support, not to mention the initial
outlay of funds to pay for the original site, which was probably another
$30,000 if you count equipment. The Computer History Museum is not a
volunteer outfit. Despite our lack of a stand-alone web site tell me of
a volunteer group like ours that is larger and more active with proven
accomplishments in our area - preserving computer history. This does
not mean that we do not have a significant web presence, we certainly do!
I thought we already agreed that the yahoo group will be our "web site"
and that the web page we have for our domain is just a guide post.
Honestly, our previous site was not where it needed to be, it was not
forward-thinking web 2.0. I put up a simple uncluttered web site which
has been copied by others in the classic computing arena as a model for
how to do it.
We have so much else going on, all of which, including this email,
communicates quite nicely through our Yahoo group page. Member web
sites contribute by funneling information and details through the MARCH
group. For example the recent announcement posted by Dan about our CP/M
weekend in April. We have three hacker sessions planned for the next
few months, TCF, HOPE, etc. We have large group rescue efforts
coordinated quite nicely. Don't our actions speak for themselves, so
much more than a web site? While we struggle with the basics of making
this group an organization, we have a huge amount of accomplishment
happening where it actually counts - preserving computer history.
I guarantee that way way way more people have learned about MARCH from
member YouTube videos about our activities than our old web site. It's
the way of the times, social networking sites provide all of the tools
one needs to run an organization like ours.
It's not like your opinion has no weight, it does. I guess would much
rather see you complete your "Green Screen Experience" project than get
side tracked by things like our web site and organizational charters.
The Yahoo Group, in conjunction with the other web resources we use, has
an organic structure that works very well. Why spend time copy and
pasting into our web site from the sources that already handle the task
of communication quite nicely?
Can you answer this question - What group despite the lack of funding
is more dedicated to vintage computing and has a larger active
population? Somehow we're the best, and it ain't because of our one