I am not going to defend myself, but I will say that I only use Forums if I have a technical problem: this is true whether it is an engineering problem I have at work or I need to clarify how to do something in the modelling word. I do not just trawl through forums just for the sake of it I do not have enough time in the day to do that.
I have had a discussion with Frank Davies about the use of forums and I know he posts on RMWeb about the work he is doing on locomotives and Clayton. One outcome of that discussion is the question about the number of people who have access to a forum. Forums outside the EMGS umbrella are usually in the public domain and have a far wider audience then the EMGS forum.
The unceasing comment I get from other Board members is the demographics of the society and the view that a majority of members are not totally computer literate. I am not sure that that is a true representation of the facts. However one thing that is true is that less than 50% of members have ever logged onto the website.
The bottom line is that we do need to look at the website and tweak as necessary but we do need to keep the costs under control. I would like to think that this would be sorted by January when I step down as Chairman but I rather expect it will not. As I said in the Newsletter ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink’