BBs and Communication
Sleezer, Jim (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 10 Sep 1992 16:30:13 CST
In response to Larry's posting:
I once thought the Bulletin Board would be a good idea and even helped
set up one for a local unit. We thought it would be a great way to
communicate and it was--for those who could access it. We soon realized
that we had created a stratification in the unit--those who had computer
access and those who didn't. Those without computers started dropping
by the wayside and after a few weeks, we shut the system down.
Those of us who have ready access to systems often forget that not
everyone has a computer. Larry, do you want to cut out the boy who
has trouble paying for a uniform, let alone a computer?
If national set up a bulletin board and we all operated electronically,
we would soon see the demise of units and along with them the
opportunity for boys to interact in patrol type units. I'm not ready
to give up that part of the program.
Another consideration is that if everyone got their information from
a bulletin board (those who had access) we would loose the interaction
with professionals and I'm afraid that many volunteers would take
their units in *unacceptable* directions.
For the forseeable future, I think Scouting needs to keep the personal
I have worked in systems where people did annual updates of documents
(like re-registration). Most forgot the procedure from year to year
and we spent more time retraining than we did in doing it on paper
(as BSA does). I don't think we could handle the work load of
electronic access by units and individuals. Even the *experts* in
council offices who do it all the time have problems. The present
system is far from perfect but it usually gets done right in the
Jim Sleezer JHS8 at OSUVM1
JHS8 at VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU
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