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Re: [webdesign-18] Job/talent board site

From: Scott R.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 11:42 AM
On Oct 22, 2007, at 12:24 PM, Barbara Bailey wrote:

> Instead of a complex site, how about just a forum, like SMF? That  
> would
> take very little time to set up.

I think a significant part of solving this problem has little to do  
with what software we use.  A site that does everything we'd want it  
to do would still be rather worthless if people didn't actually use  
it.  So we need to get some investment from the target community.   
Fortunately that target community is ourselves, so the process of  
collaboratively creating something should go far in creating that  
investment before we even have anything to use.

As an analogy, retailers often print coupons rather than just  
lowering prices directly.  The latter would clearly be quicker and  
easier for everyone involved and apparently accomplish the same  
goal.  But the time spent clipping out a coupon is a sort of  
investment in a sale, and that investment turns out to be more  
valuable than the costs of printing, clipping, and scanning coupons.   
Similarly, I hope an investment of time in our local web professional  
community will be prove more valuable than whatever time we might  
save in using a pre-packaged solution.

I also think we can make something more suited to our local needs.   
But even if we did end up making something identical to what we could  
get pre-packaged, I still think the process has enough educational,  
organizational, and entertainment benefits to be worthwhile.

That said, this is just my opinion.  If most other participants  
decide a pre-packaged solution would be better, that's what we'll do.


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