[NAFEX] Re: nafex Online Exchange Page
hortventures at cox.net
Sun May 11 13:22:10 EDT 2003
I thought this list was not owned (sponsored) by the NAFEX organization.
Assuming that this is correct, there is no reason for the board of
directors of NAFEX to be involved.
I believe that the NAFEX board has made it quite clear they have no
desire to join the electronic generation and offer membership benefits
via the web. This is especially true of publishing the newsletter
electronically despite an article discussing the need for a small
increase in dues because of the cost to produce and distribute POMONA.
If some members refuse to pay this small and necessary increase, total
membership will continue recent year's trend of declining.
The success of establishing a WIKI has been proven very successful in
several other organizations to which I belong.
Eventually the relatively small numbers of new members and an aging
population in gardening/plant organizations will make it very expensive
to publish printed materials and a nonprofit mailing permit's slow
delivery costs continue to rise. The combination of costs absorb all of
the membership revenues and forces them to spend a lot of time in fund
raising to augment the membership revenues unless drastic increases of
dues are approved.
Establishing a WIKI site may actually offer a way to prove that an
electronic presence is the wave of the future. I urge such a project to
be established as soon as possible.
Incidentally, many of the groups use a WIKI to establish pages of
questions, answers, and photos organized by species and subdivided by
clutivars if necessary. I guess geographic considerations and other
criteria could be useful too.
That just my opinion.
San Diego, CA
Lon J. Rombough wrote:
> I have another list on the same server that handles NAFEX,
> .ibiblio.org, and the person who set it up has shown me how it would
> be possible to set up what is known as a WIKI, which would be a site
> where the members themselves can post to the site. This would make an
> exchange page very simple as anytime a member had something to offer,
> they could go post it themselves.
> The decision to have such a thing set up has to be handled by the
> NAFEX Board of directors, though.
> -Lon Rombough
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