Re: National's Web Site
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Thu, 11 Jul 1996 13:10:10 -0500
Keith Tilley responded to my posting about National's "lame" web site:
>If what you're saying about the BSA web site is true, then I guess I just
>don't see the point of it. You said:
>>The BSA's web site is NOT designed to do anything but to serve as an
>>example to local Councils.... the original intent is not to communicate the
>>:programs of the BSA to the world....
>What a tragic case of a missed opportunity! Even if there are a couple
>hundred (maximum) Scout Execs who want guidance on Web pages (which,
>incidentally, could be supplied cheaper offline), there are many thousands
>of other people who search the Net and maybe, just maybe, want to learn a
>little about Scouting. We're always complaining that the good news never
>gets published, and we're squandering a great opportunity to address that!
The problem of getting that advice and guidance offline, is twofold.
First, it's costly if you go the "professional route" (the BSA's site costed
them...us..$43,000 to establish....I'll talk about that later) and you get what
you can pay for (and in some cases, you don't get what you paid for...the
BSA site is a good example of that too!).
Second, if you go the volunteer Scouter route, you enter into a situation
whereby it *could be* interpreted to "mean" that "you're not anything
unless you have a computer and are online like we are", which would tend to
make a lot of Scouters that *just barely can afford* a uniform and a couple
of books have to go out and get a computer and modem and software "to
I agree with you that there are lots of people out there interested in
Scouting, and that's why Chris Marley's US Scouting Service Project is
"doing" such great "business" over the past couple of years. Like anything
else, we volunteers have a better idea of what Scouts and Scouters are
>Also, Mike, I frankly disagree with your comments on the spelling and
>grammatical errors on the site. There is no excuse - professionalism
I agree. But I can't throw stones at them, like I stated, when my OWN
pages are full of errors. I take it that as time goes onward, that like I'll
be able to go back and fix my errors, that they will do the same as well.
Also remember that the BSA may NOT have supplied the text for the
pages....or that the text they did supply was edited by the webprovider.
Thanks for the comments, Keith!
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