Thanks for all your efforts in the Varsity... really. Great job! Drop me an e-mail, at your conveience, please. Thanks, again. --RWSmith 10:47, April 19, 2007 (EDT)
Varsity emblem information moved
Thanks for all your hard work. The BSA 'V' emblem* information has been moved to the Awards page. The Varsity emblem was moved because it is not a rank. Despite what may appear on other web sites, BSA policy specificly states that "the Boy Scout requirements shall be the basis for Varsity Scout advancement."
--Optimist 22:38, April 20, 2007 (EDT)
Thanks for alerting us to the typo - that is exactly the way it should be done. The requirement pages are locked to prevent anyone from changing them, either maliciously or inadvertently. The sysops scan recent changes frequently, so if you put an alert anywhere, it will be noticed. Scouterdennis 10:28, October 23, 2008 (EDT)
- Re: typo fixed
- Not to sound like the crank here, but it reminds me of the company who bought their employees laptop computers, only to chain them to their desks so no one would steal them.
- Perhaps there are currently not enough vigilant editors for this site to catch every vandal or well meaning snafu (Type I errors of commission), but the risk of adding this layer of having administrators making changes increases the likelihood of discouraging new and revised changes (more lethal Type II errors of omission).
- Take for example the infamous sloppiness of *official* BSA publications: The Religious and Community Life Bronze Award has two very different sets of 2006 "latest" requirements one from the Venturer Handbook, and the other from the TRUST handbook. The Venturing Silver Award requirements have significant differences between the current Venturer Handbook and the Venturing Leader Handbook. (Pity the poor youth trying to figure out the real requirements.)
- The Usscouts.org site does not track these differences either; their pages have not been updated since Aug 6, 2007. And gee, no one has ever bothered to contact site so the pages could be edited by an administrator. I think you would be stunned if you did a careful comparison of official BSA requirements and Usscouts.org pages. I have found a number of typos, missing requirements and other bone-headed errors on that site.
- Paradoxically, it is the constraints of the administrator-update site model that degrades Usscouts.org. It is the value of user controls of the wiki-update site model of Meritbadge.org that will cause it to leapfrog it to the top as a Internet subject authority. Have you googled many Scouting topics a year ago and now? I have been watching with interest as Meritbadge.org has climbed from as many as six results pages back to the first page, and even the first item in some searches.
- Meritbadge.org does not have as many Scouter editors as Wikipedia.org to police and revert vandalism. I remember back even three or more years ago at the amateurish state Scouting topics were on Wikipedia.org; I'm certain there must have been a natural reaction to call for content-controlled authoritarianism. Wikipeda.org is now the poster child for the value of wikifying content brings to a site.
- Usscouts.org has its place and I do not want to see it go away. But its the wiki content is what brings long-term value to Meritbadge.org -- this is why my money is on this site for ultimately becoming a major Scouting subject authority along side of the BSA and Wikipedia site. Meritbadge.org perfectly fills the void that those two sites cannot fill.
- Meritbadge.org is not there yet. My plea is to show patience with the wiki process. I thought it was a good compromise to not allow anonymous editing, along with the immediate suspension of Meritbadge.org vandals; I also realize that even with this there still posed an administrative nightmare. But I do now fear for the new trajectory caused by locking down so much content does for the Meritbadge.org's destination. I strongly believe that the harm this does may not be detected for a few years when this people begin to realize that this site has become as dead as Usscouts.org.
- The Internet does not need two Usscouts.org sites. This is my opinion. My apologies for rehashing this topic you all probably covered in your discussion forums. Missylou2who 11:23, October 24, 2008 (EDT)