Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Software to track Merit Badge Counselors
Re: Software to track Merit Badge Counselors
Tue, 3 Nov 1998 19:20:31 -0500
>RJ Sinton wrote:
>> I was thinking of suggesting that our District post the Merit Badge
>> Counselors listing on the District webpage - but then I was not so sure
>> all of the counselors (including myself) would want their names and phone
>> numbers available to anyone who might visit the website.
>Hey, there's an even bigger problem out there!
>Do you know there's an organization that prints not only your name, but
>your address and phone number, and DELIVERS IT TO EVERY ONE IN YOUR
>COMMUNITY WHO HAS A PHONE (*unless* you pay it money)? This
>organization is known as -- your LOCAL PHONE COMPANY!
>Sheesh! Lighten up, folks! There's worse things than being identified as
>a MB counselor.
>YIS, Steve on Cattail Creek <Steven G. Tyler>, Severna Park, MD, USA
You are correct that my telephone number is published in my local telephone
book. But there is nothing about my listing in that book that would make me
any more of telemarketing target than the next name on the list. I do
believe that a special directory of names and telephone numbers of people
sharing a common interest is potentially more valuable to a telemarketer
than your basic telephone directory. We will all certainly continue to get
the auto-dial telemarketing calls but I see no need to provide
telemarketers with additional databases of names and phone numbers.
The posting of the MB counselor list on a Council or District webpage has
many benefits. The list can be constantly updated, easily accessible, and
just think of all the paper that could be saved. But who needs to have
access to this information? Certainly the several thousand Scouts and
Scouters in the Council or District who currently have access to the
hardcopy version of the list should have access but does any one else need
to see the list? Do the millions of people who have Internet access need to
see this information? What possible benefit or use is it to the general
public? A particular MB counselor may want to see how counselors in other
Councils are handling some issue but I would suspect that such an inquiry
would be more efficaciously raised in a forum like this or through a
The reason for my initial post on this issue was whether, in placing a MB
counselor list on the web, it made sense to require a user id and password
or some other safeguard) before someone could access the list (the user id
and password could even be the same for all members of a troop). Perhaps my
complete dislike of unsolicited nuisance telephone calls has prejudiced my
thinking on this topic. From the comments I have received it appears that
most of you do not share my concern. Thank you for providing a forum for me
to raise this issue.