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Bill MacDonald

  1. Admin Musings - Part 7 - Forum Participation

    At breakfast last Sunday we got to chatting about the number of new members over the past couple of years, and whether that was translating into a more active forum. While the forum has basically quadrupled in size, daily post counts and member visits have only increased by about 2 times. I opined that I thought the usual 80/20 rule applied, namely 20% of the members accounted for 80% of the activity. Turns out, I may have been overly optimistic. I found this study, done in 1996, ...
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  2. Remembering Lance

    This simple notice appeared on the pages of WoodCentral yesterday.

    Lance Kennedy of Oak Point, Manitoba passed away last February of a massive abdominal aneurysm. Lance was a Ponder and wasn't always quite in step with the rest of the world. Lance and I kept in touch over the years, often by phone, and visiting one another although we lived about 1400 miles apart. I had called Lance to wish him a Merry Christmas and left a message on his answering machine. His wife, Karen, called ...
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  3. Autistic Drummer Boy

    Any of you that have, or know, a child with autism will appreciate the challenges involved. This is my 11 year old grandson who has severe autism, but is developing a flair for playing the drums. Its quite and achievement for him and I hope you enjoy watching it.

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  4. Administration Musings - Part 6

    Today's theme is technology and social media.

    I'm old enough to remember our first phone. It was black, with a rotary dial, and it sat on a table in the front hall. It rang infrequently and calls were short and to the point. If it rang anytime after 11:00 pm, it was always bad news. As kids, we didn't call each other, we just ran next door and knocked on the back door.

    Not much changed till my teenage years, when I recall a second phone got added for the wall in the ...

    Updated 12-23-2010 at 07:15 PM by Bill MacDonald

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  5. Administration Musings - Part 5

    Today I received a question which said " Who moderates the moderators?"

    Well, the hackles went up along with the bloodpressure, and my initial response was going to be something along the lines of "I do. You got a problem with that?"

    But then I got to thinking about it a bit more, and to me at least the answer is a lot more complex than it might first appear.

    Lets take a moment and look at the overall structure of CWW&HI. At the ...

    Updated 12-22-2010 at 11:44 PM by Bill MacDonald

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