Comments on NZ Stormy in Wildiaries

To: "'Simon Mustoe'" <>, <>, <>
Subject: Comments on NZ Stormy in Wildiaries
From: "Paul Dodd" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 18:46:11 +1100
Hi Simon and Chris (and birding-aussers)

I think that your site,, is good - information seems pretty
easily accessible and it's great that photos can be posted.

However, one thing that I have campaigned for quite strongly over the last
while is for one centralised point of information. Admittedly my campaigning
has been around the Birdlines, and I continue to push that point as strongly
as I can without annoying people (I hope!)

To be blunt, I have an issue with the direction that you are taking with
bird-o currently, in particular these email forums that you have set up. The
problem is that it has the potential to take the discussion away from
birding-aus. In other words, there may well be two completely separate
streams of communication going on - one on birding-aus and the other on
bird-o, on the same subject. This is a significant problem, and one that our
New Zealand cousins are dealing with currently - they have both a reasonably
active web-site and a reasonably active mailing list with very limited
connection between the two.

I hope that you'll take these comments on board - as constructive criticism,
not as an attack on what you're doing. I don't have all the answers by any
means, but I definitely don't want to see the birding community divided by
technology. I'd rather see the technology used to unite us.

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Simon Mustoe
Sent: Tuesday, 30 March 2010 5:22 PM
Subject: Comments on NZ Stormy in Wildiaries


I thought I should mention a software update to Wildiaries that may be of
use here. 

You now have the ability to trigger small email sub-forums by simply leaving
a comment on a trip or image.  For example, the pictures of the Storm-petrel

Everyone who comments will receive emails about all the other comments
subsequently left in the chain (until you choose to opt out by clicking
"stop email notifications"). For instance, I've added some comments based on
what has been said today. This way, a paper trail of discussions is kept. 

Errant or abusive comments can be deleted by the owner (I can add others to
this trip to manage this) and the comment trail closed down when it is
complete. This not only promotes the contributions made by the trip owner
but guarantees that the final information is held in one place. The only
catch is that you have to be signed in - which is no different to signing up
for this forum. 




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