[amsat-bb] Re: broken links

Alan VE4YZ ve4yz at mts.net
Tue Sep 8 16:38:30 PDT 2009

IMHO fixing the existing site is not the answer.  

If the executives will okay the use of a Wiki format, I am sure that 3 or 4
of us can communicate off list to set up a group to install and administer a
Wiki on another server.

We can call it The SIG ( Satellite Interest Group ) or whatever for now.
Any and All AMSAT members can then be registered to maintain the Wiki.  If
the members and executive like the results it can be migrated to the AMSAT
server.  It must include RSS, news feeds, and a forum in addition to all the
stuff ( current or otherwise ) on the existing AMSAT site.

The cost to this 3 or 4 person ( or more ) "steering committee" would be the
registration of a name and a year on a web hosting service such as GoDaddy
what runs a similar server a AMSAT's host.   Or, use the AMSAT hosting
company.  So this small group would have to come up with less than one
year's AMSAT membership to start this project.

We use an Open Source Wiki, no more customized PHP like the current site
that is high maintenance and really hard for anyone to get into the head of
any former code whacker to modify or update.

We need the AMSAT exec okay because there would be a lot of cut 'n paste of
old stuff from the existing site into the pilot project where is would be
available for updating a la Wiki.

I don't do this for a living, I do maintain a couple of club web sites, but
I bet we have a member reading this who is a professional web-whacker who
might oversee the team and keep us from making dumb decisions such as
choosing the wrong open source wiki to being with.

That's my 2 cents and just one warm body being offered for the effort. 

73, Alan VE4YZ
AMSAT LM 2352 

--- On Tue, 9/8/09, Andrew Glasbrenner <glasbrenner at mindspring.com> wrote:

So who among you would like to volunteer to rewrite some of the articles and
bring them up to date?

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