As many of you are aware....we have had many group project forums in the past with a couple going on right now. I just closed the Longboat group which had been going for several years. It had soon run its course. All closed groups will have their logs moved to the appropriate forum. None will be lost. Keep in mind all groups are not permanent. They will wind down and close as they lose steam and participation. This will done to preserve valuable forum real estate and also keep the site fresh and exciting with new possibilities for the membership. As the administrator I will pose the question in each group forum when it looks like interest and participation crawled to a stop. It will be up to the membership if they want to keep it open...but that means its up to the membership to keep it active.
If closed....All pinned topics and non logs will be moved . Nothing will be lost.
To start a new project forum, it must meet this criteria.
- must have 6 - 8 current members actively building the project and willing to start a log in a separate group area. Group will be open to any member wanting to participate. No exclusions.
- subject can be suggested by any member as long as they meet the criteria. Its time to rally your fellow members should you wish to start one. If you are among many building one model now and there are more than 6 - 8 logs already started, why not take the initiative to contact them to see if all of you want to start a group. Just an idea.
- the forums must contain only Build logs following the same guidelines for naming them as the other build log forums.
-all non-build log specific info related to the project that will help the group of builders, will be posted as a pinned topic above the build logs by a moderator.
If you would like to suggest a topic for such a group build area...you may list it in this forum.....Try to rally your fellow members to start and participate in a new group.....or if there are already more than 6-8 "scratch" or "kit" forum build logs started and you can convince those builders to move their topics here.....we can do that as well. But if that happens.....we will move all similar build logs here for convenience and consistency....even if you are NOT among the 6-8 who want to start such a separate group project forum. But PLEASE...be as detailed as you can when suggesting a new group be started.
List the name and type of ship or item.....scratch or kit......POF or POB....solid hull....what will cost....time frame....where to get plans....kit...or supplies. What would the goal and aim be if any for the project you are trying to start.
JUST ONE MORE SUGGESTION.....The project DOES NOT need to be for a complete ship or boat. For example. If members wanted to start a group about making a ship's stove or a capstan....that is fine too. As long as there are 6-8 members who are actively doing so. Trying new techniques and sharing them as well as working on the same exact thing.....if you want to start a group about using a lathe to turn cannon and it will active participants...that is great and worthwhile.
A group project such as this....its about learning together and exchanging ideas as a group on any one subject. This structure is offered to make it easier and more convenient. So think outside the box. But we need 6-8 members to start one. And the key word is ACTIVE PROJECT.