Just having the site up and running and constantly being improved is great. Let's not ever declare the site perfect or even good enough Remember when Borden 's ads claimed their milk was good because it came from contented cows?? Troyer's Dairy in Union City, PA had a billboard: OUR COWS ARE NOT CONTENTED. THEY ALWAYS STRIVE TO DO BETTER We need to think outside the old box. If the website is going to become our new major tool for Class management, we should also consider reworking the entire operation of the entire association It sure would be great if we could find a way to compensate Bradley financially so he will WANT to continue for the long term...or at least until he turns 30 by which time I hope the old fart finds and trains a replacement for himself!!! Retired 30 year old Bradley should be sailing not managing a damn sailblat organization. Let the youngsters he recruited do that while he plays. Perhaps it is time to do as the ILCA constitution says and write up a set of By laws to "carry out the functions and responsabilities of the region." Our current system with an Executive Secretary and a mailroom may be outdated. If the information gathering and dispersal chores of our class management are going to be largely handled using tools maintained by different staff, the funding should be moved from the old newsletter, mail and phone staff to those who manage and gather information for the electronic media. Funds dedicated to information gathering and dispersal is a HUGE portion of annual NA Class Budget. Between 1999 and 2002 no less than $25,000 per year was spent on labor whose sole purpose was to gather regatta information, make schedules, get results, write articles and format the information for the newsletter and website. ( side note>>>I used to spend a few thousand bucks year on film and developing. We should have some available dollars from that budget with digital cameras in use) In recent years the class has listed under 30% of the events formerly publicized on our website and in our newsletter. Articles, results, and photos are nearly non existent in the newsletter and available for only a handful of events on the website. Since late 2002 the members have been able to bypass the paid staff and list their own events. Although the member contributions have been much greater than in past years, the total number of events and the timeliness of their scheduling has been pathetic. If the Class Secretary is no longer going to perform the vast majority of the information and scheduling task, we must consider re assigning the funds formerly allotted to the paid staff for accomplishing those tasks. How much money should we take out of the Secretary budget? $25,000 is merely a good number for discussion. If the website team can earn some money through advertising or merchandise sales ar some other schemes, the Class operational budget for electronic media could be much greater. Would the Electronic Class Management officer be a good concept for a Constitutionally defined title?? Should that person be elected or carefully hired by the executive committee?? I don't know. I do think we need that officer /manager. As JDE would harp endlessly>>> Someone needs to provide due diligence in the management of those funds as they are class assets. Certainly we could use those funds to pay website developers When the paid staff did the job, we used to have information about 300 or more regattas on line and in our newsletter. In recent years, at some times of the year, we have had as few as a dozen future events available for our sailors to read and become excited enough to plan a trip. The website has not had information about over 150 regattas at any time in the last three years. Nobody is doing over 75% of the work we used to pay someone $25,000 to do for us. If we really wish to organize a successful effort to solve the abysmal performance resulting from our under-managed attempt to "have people schedule their own regattas and publish the schedules on line." I believe we need to do a bit more than "make the website easy to use." Unless we want to do it ourselves, We need to give someone else a reason to do the work. How about??.....T$25,000 we used to budget for staff to do that. Suppose we were to have "bounty hunters" who could find regattas and publish "defined information which meets certain specifications" on our website. Then they could collect the bounty!! Using my $25,000 budget and assuming every regatta posted on line in 2005 was paid for we could have paid $250 per posting. We didn't. We didn't offer the money and we didn't get the job done. No one was told the money was available ONLY if that specific work was done!! I bet if we defined the necessary information and offered a $25 check for posting the information, we could get 500 regattas posted to our website in a year. That would use only $12,500 and leave the other $12,500 for those who develop and manage the site. Just think, some kid could spend all weekend Googling yacht club websites, calling a few people, making certain the information was correct and when he posted the results after each regatta next summer, he would receive a check for a 25 bucks per event. Local guys might hustle to post their own events so some snowed in Canadian kid with a computer in North Overshoe would not beat them to the post and suck up that $25 posting bounty which had been budgeted for trophies and beer!!! Not to pick on one kid but I bet sailor327 could find twenty events this weekend, get them posted, and find and publish the results later for that $500 which would become a new sail. Just turn him and the rest of the webbies loose to make our game great. The kids might become addicted to the money and post events years and years in advance. They could take out loans for college with their future "results payments" as collateral. On the website...which is the focus of this thread. of course you could disagree with me about doing this and ruin the future not just of sailing but of our world as the kids would have no money to go sailing or to school. Don't do it. But when the kids with no educatiuon find their way to the pool halls and end up as drunks on the streets, remember whose fault it was not!!! What else can we do with the website to make Laser sailing boom???