With the opening of the new Forum/homepage for the scale at NZ120.org, there's been some discussion at the yahoo group over the e-mail lists future. Primarily its been whether the list should be allowed to die a death and we all move lock stock and barrel to the new forum, or continue in both locations. The pluses for the group are that there's a fair bit of information tied up in the years posts, plus the goodies in the file and photo sections. Its also a passive media, with updates delivered to your mailbox without lifting a finger to do anything. However, its a closed shop. the 104 members are the only ones that can see any of the content, and we can't display our wares to the world. The idea behind a forum is to have a meeting place where people can participate in a more active way. Its not going to suit the armchair modelers I think. The biggest plus is that the forum, photo's etc can be viewed by anyone, which should jack up the scales profile quite a bit, and get some more people doing some modeling. It should also be much easier to follow threads and discussions, which is damn near impossible on the group at the moment.
So to summarise, I think there's no need to have these discussions now. In 6 months maybe there will be a change, but there's no point leaping of and doing something dumb, only to find it wasn't the right move for many people a ways down the track
It's been commented on more than once here at Chateau Dandruff that there's only really a handful of regular commentators (mostly ourselves). I know that we average about 65 visitors a day here, so there's quite a few people who just come for a read and then head off without leaving a trace. While this is OK, its not overly easy to actually run a blog like this averaging 1 reasonable post a day even between 3 of us. Hopefully the new forum site will encourage people out of the woodwork (Woodsworks?) to share what they are up to or ask dumb questions. Remember that we all had to start somewhere, some of our early models were far less than stellar, and we have got to our current levels of skill through shear tenacity and the application of liberal volumes of alcohol (well, that's my story).