National's Web Site
Ronald W. Fox (us018956@POP3.INTERRAMP.COM)
Sun, 7 Jul 1996 13:19:32 PDT
Well, it's been a while since National's Web site was up, and
I've got a couple of observations.
1) The opening paragraph states that "if you are a boy between
the ages of 7 to 20", and goes on to state that you might be
interested in one of the BSA's programs. No mention that young
women between the ages of 14 to 20 have options in the BSA
program as well. No recognition that few males over the age of
about 12 care to be referred to as a "boy". I realize that an
opening paragraph has to be concise, but this misses the mark.
2) There hasn't been a change in the "What's New" section since
the site opened. Currently, it touts a tour of Norman Rockwell
art that ended 2 months ago. Doesn't project an image of a
program that's really with it. And, just who is BSA's target
audience for this site, anyway? Do they think youth between
the ages of 7 to 20 care about an art exhibit tour? How about
something on what's been happening at the High Adventure bases
this year? How about some news about some of the remarkable
achievements of units or Scouts around the country?
3) There are a few typos and grammatical errors on the site. This
was O.K. for the start, but it's been two months or more now, so
these should have been cleaned up.
4) Of course, one of the biggest things is that there's no resource
material (read, BSA publications) on the site.
5) Finally, there's no Webmaster E-Mail address. Can someone name
another site on the Web that doesn't have a Webmaster E-Mail
The average youth accessing www.bsa.scouting.org has seen quite a
few sites. He (or She) is not going to be impressed with a site
that obviously hasn't been maintained since it was put up.
Bonus: I'll send a CSP of Des Plaines Valley Council for the best
.JPG or .GIF of a design for a Troop or Council Webmaster patch.
Please understand that my comments here are intended to try to
get National to make the web site that officially represents
our movement attractive to the very people who we are trying
to attract into our movement. I'm glad that National finally
put a web site up, but I fear that National doesn't understand
what to do with it.
Cubmaster, Pack 69
Des Plaines Valley Council
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