The Future of Tarboard (was The Cairn on Kanchenjunga)

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Posted by Jock on May 22, 2006 at 01:30:56 from user Jock.

In Reply to: Re: The Cairn on Kanchenjunga: some musings on ancient put-downs posted by PeterH on May 21, 2006 at 22:13:52:

One chap's shambles is another chap's unshambles. It appears that the Dogs' Home has got itself knocked about a bit, but is otherwise safe for a few more years. However, leaving aside Iain's penchant for hyperbole, the subsequent development of his thread gave us a great piece of photojournalism from Kathy S and some superb photos from Robert Thompson.

Now returning to the core of Peter H's post. I disagree that it is all to do with 'climate', (What could be more welcoming and inclusive than Tarboard?) but rather it is the medium that shapes the message. It is a very well kept secret that our prolific webmaster maintains a second discussion board! This is powered by an almost identical 'engine' to Tarboard. The genteel atmosphere in this other place makes Tarboard look like the crowd along the Thames on Boat Race day. However, extended essays are conspicuous by their absence. In contrast, the early electronic "Signalling from Mars" did not lend itself to instant comment and was a anthology of well written essays.

Now the great thing about recent developments - and I'm really excited about this - is that a number of Tarboarders have started hosting material elsewhere and posting links on Tarboard. This dramatically increases the scope of what we can share with each other: not just extended essays, but photos, sound files and even video. Hands up those who followed Ian E-N's link in message 21974.

One final point, TARS is not overly criticised on Tarboard. On the contrary, thanks to the diligence of TARS officers, Tarboard contains regular ‘plugs’ for forthcoming TARS events, newsletters and publications. The overall impression is of a busy, businesslike organisation. Most Tarboarders realise that TARS and Tarboard are independent of each other and are linked only by a partially overlapping membership and a common interest in AR and his works.

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