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  1. There's a Facebook group here that some Underground modellers may be interested in joining. I've only just found it so its possible others might have missed it too. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1220087231336388/
  2. I would be the first to admit that our website is not acceptable and should be a lot better. It was first started many years ago and since then various members have tried to maintain it but as the software has been described as coming from the ‘Age of the Dinosaurs’, we know it’s time to move on and do something better. We now have a willing volunteer who has recently redesigned his employer’s website but before he gets too far into the planning we need to establish what makes a good website. What would you expect a good Club website to contain? What should be included or perhaps more importantly, what should we leave out? Feel free to share examples but I don't just want a list of web pages - I would like to know why you have nominated a particular site - what's good (or bad, in which case it might be better by PM!). Many thanks Mike .
  3. We've never had it so good! to almost quote a certain smug Conservative politician. The internet today is a land of plenty. Flickr, Photopic, You-Tube et. al. lead the charge, followed by a multitude of worthy club/society or home-made web sites. It seems almost all the historical information we need is there at the click of your mouse. But what of the future? What will the big hosting sites do when their contributors pass away, cease to pay their hosting fees (if applicable) and fail to log in for (say) 12 months ? Will the content be deleted? Who, if anyone, will decide what to keep (cute pictures of kittens?) or not (the only surviving digital record of a 120 year old photo which, after it was scanned, was destroyed in a house fire). What about the clubs? anyone who has been a member of a club or society will be familiar with their life-cycle. A group of friends start meeting informally and set upon some worthwhile activity which they all contribute to in a rush of enthusiasm. When money gets involved, (as it always does) one person suggests they form into a society with a committee, chair, secretary, membership etc. etc. As the organization matures it becomes increasingly harder to find people to fill the roles. Key people move on, or die, and eventually it is wound up. The website it created then exists un-managed in cyberspace until the hosting agreement comes to an end. Then its gone. The personal website is even more at risk. You know the type. "I've scanned all my grandads / fathers photos and present them here free for all the world to see." I love them, affection and gratitude oozes from every page, you can feel the blood and sweat lavished on them by their authors as they grappled with html coding. But again, what happens when the author is no longer capable and the money runs out? Discuss.
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