Speaking for myself, I don’t care how “dated” the IAA website looks. I am far more interested in content than in format. However, I believe that the menu strip at the left side of the opening page needs updating more often.
Also, there seem to be at least one hang-fire project, the headstamp list, and it would be nice to see, soon, the opening “shot” of the glossary of ammunition terms in foreign languages. I know that is actively being worked on, but if it can be easily added to later (??? - I don’t know these things, truthfully), it would nice to get a starter list up on the site. It might even help in adding to it.
For instance, it still shows the 2008 St. Louis show, even though when you click on it, there is some advanced news about the 2009 show.
Many articles have the proclamation “NEW” on them when they have been on the site for more than a year - in some cases, more than serveral years. I think the word “New” should be removed after about six months. It isn’t new anymore.
In the case of the great index for the IAA Journals, I think the word “New” should be removed, but in its place couud be “NEW - Updated thru Issue ###” with a change to the posting everytime Chris updates it.
It should be examined once in a while to see if anything needs to be removed from the site. I am not saying there is - just that it should be checked once in awhile to see if there is anything so dated it is of no use anymore. Perhaps that is being done, and there is nothing that needs to be renewed. I honestly don’t know. If so, forgive this portion of my note.
I hope some of the contributors who are not IAA Members tell us why. I have no objection at all now to non-members using the Forum under the current guidelines. However they are missing a lot, if they truly are interested in ammunition, in not belonging to IAA. It would be interesting, and perhelps helpful, if they would tell us the honest reasons why. I cannot believe it is financial now, when one can have an electronic membership for US$25.00. Few even moderately scarce cartridges at shows now are less than 25.00. “Buy a cartridge, learn about one cartridge, buy a book (membership), learn about hundreds of cartridges.” The price of membership equals dinner for two at a fast-food restaurant! Anyone who can afford the computer to use this Forum can afford an IAA membership, the second cheapest organization to join and remain a member that I belong to, and I belong to a lot of them.
IAA membership by the way, means more operating funds for the IAA so that they can improve the Forum, the Journal and other activities and services for the members. No one makes a dime off of IAA - it all goes to expenses of running the organization (NO SALARIES) and bring “stuff” back to the membership that supports it, and collectors that don’t, in the case of the Forum. Don’t read that as an indictment of you guys who don’t belong to IAA. It isn’t. Everyone contributes here as they want and as they can, and all participants are valuable to the Forum. I know that everyone has their own reasons why they do or don’t belong to an organization. It would be great to hear those reasons though. Maybe something could be done to change minds.
Not sure the Forum needs improving. Pretty good the way it is. I would like to see it easier to post pictures - permanent pictures that would not go away after a time, like some seem to be doing. Of course, perhaps my desire for that is based on my total ignorance and stupidity in not being able to figure it out myself. Could be som prejudice on my part. It points out one of the great things about this Forum - everyone’s eagerness to help out. I have Joe Jones, my Forum partner. Without him, probably wouldn’t hardly take part. I hardly knew Joe and when he saw I had a problem (mental!) he jumped in and took over the job of posting my pictures. What a guy, and there are many others on this Forum. I see offers of picture-posting help, literature, etc. all the time. Great bunch. An honor to be part of it.
I think because of its very nature, the Forum was destined to over-shadow the entire rest of the website put together, and I am not sure that is not just the natural thing. A website, after a time, always becomes sort of a static thing. A good, well-run Forum (kudos to all the Forum Managers and webmaster John Spangler) is a living, vibrant exchange of knowledge, ideas and, yes, opinions. Sometimes things get a little far afield, but that’s o.k. - so we learn something a little outside of the realm of cartridges! Nothing lost there. It is good that it usually remains “spot on” of course, too.
Well, pardon my lengthy reply. You all know I am not noted for brevity of word.