Since my rant this last weekend with the ACBS I have learned several things. One of them is that when you shoot off your keyboard at a large group, you will hit the hardest working person in the heart, before you even wing the main target. I also learned that I am a fool for not having the foresight to see that….. Maybe it’s my place in this play. To be the trouble maker, to call out what needs to be called out. I have my reputation as a nice person to loose and not much to gain here. But its worth it if it makes the classic boat community a better place. But in the process, if ripping the heart out of a good person that is trying like hell to make a difference as well, than it was a foolish rant. I was crushed when I realized that. And for that I am sorry…. Egh!
There are more positive ways to tackle the problem…. possibly helping the webmaster, not trashing her….I have over the last week, shared many emails with the webmaster, and to be honest, she has already tried all that I have ranted about. Dang! I feel like Fred Flinstone being caught in his ballet lessons…… Obscure reference.. But true…It’s tough, forums can be very difficult to build. And finding experts in a group that is not Internet driven can be the most difficult. That and the Asian hookers, and Viagra spam, and it’s enough to say,”forget it”. Just the monitoring of it can be a part time job. And the larger they get, a full time job.
The sad thing though is that it needs to be done. Online information is critical for the ACBS to maintain one of its key mission statements… “To serve as a communication channel for our membership, the public, and any other entities regarding information relating to historic, antique and classic boating. This includes serving as a clearing house and referral service for all information relating to historic, antique, and classic boating”. Otherwise it all falls onto each local chapter, and thus makes the main ACBS seem rather political and out of touch!…. Oh crap here I go again… Here… Click on this and please enjoy the woodyness of it all…
So there, now I am as guilty as the ACBS in there linkage use… I told you, it’s very cool.