scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Council Web Site Rules
Scott Sutton (sysop@MICROBIOL.ORG
Tue Mar 14 2000 - 17:54:46 CST
I am replying on-list despite your admonition as I have struggled with
two of these rules and I think that they are a universal concern.
On Tue, 14 Mar 2000 17:28:56 -0600, you wrote:
>No, I'm not bragging that our Council Web site rules. Rather, the
>sublect refers to a memo which I just recieved from one of the D.E.'s
>in our Council (Samoset in Wisconsin). This is a _draft_ of a memo
>that will be sent out to all units within the Council regarding rules
>for posting web sites. The DE has asked me to look them over and give
>recommendations and I am asking all of you to do the same. Please let
>me know what you think about these proposed website "guidelines". How
>would you feel if you got this from your Council office? Where do you
>think that changes could/should be made? Thanks in advance for your
>input, and please reply off-list to conserve band width.
> Jim Peterson Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 379, Blenker, WI
> reply to email@example.com
> I used to be a "Singing" Eagle - C-8L-97
>Guidelines for Scouting Unit Web Pages
>Rules to follow
>7. Sites must consider the safety and privacy of their participants
>(unit members) by obtaining permission to release information about,
>or images of, any individual.
>8. The unit must notify the council office of the existence of the
>site, so that the council may review and approve the site�s content.
These two are going to be very difficult to follow. I don't know
about your troop, but we rarely agree 100% on anything, let alone web
content. It is difficult enough to get assistance maintaining our
page (http://microbiol.org/bsatroop127) without receiving written
permission to use the image of every scout in every photo. We have
settled on a committee approval to use images, providing that no scout
is identified in the pictures.
#8 makes sense from the council perspective, but is a howler from the
troop web master perspective. Is your DE seriously proposing that the
troops all submit to a censor at the council level prior to
publication of the site (and changes to the site)? How are they to
get the site to the board of censors for approval? What incentive is
provided to the troop to compensate the volunteer's time in not only
constructing the site, but then making changes to the site in response
to this censor's mandates? #8 is not a workable provision and will
only serve to discourage web site generation, which is correctly seen
in Recommendation #4 as an excellent recruiting tool.
BSA Troop 127, Arlington TX, Longhorn Council