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Re: '97 UBC Design - Are you too old to change your ways???

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From: Seaintonln(--nospam--at) <Seaintonln(--nospam--at)>
To: Bill(--nospam--at) <Bill(--nospam--at)>
Cc: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Friday, September 24, 1999 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: '97 UBC Design - Are you too old to change your ways???

All the snipped out language is succinct: see  Dennis' original post, then
go below
>I think that your comments, although accurate as to the existing committee
>structure, would be more optimistic and possibly more willing to tolerate
>loss of inflexible members in lieu of acceptance of new possibilities
>the use of modern technology.
>I would agree that ideally, no volunteer is expendible. However, it must be
>considered when the inflexible volunteer stands in the way of progress or
>attempts to retard development.
This is also a good response, to C Poland's recent post regarding volunteers
as well.
The part that is missed or ignored by defenders of the "old way" is that
there is now an opportunity to increase the number of volunteers
tremendously, and more importantly, to include a much broader body of
experience that would go a long way toward improving the clarity and
effectiveness of the code provisions. There is now a way to produce a wider
range of examples and to find in advance, thru example,  those points which
simply don't work.  There is now a way, thru this process of examination and
discussion, to increase the understanding of the underlying principles
thruout the profession.  There is now a way available to even address the
klunky contradictions and inconsistencies which are editorially inexcusable
in the present format.

 Do "people who care enough to volunteer" care enough to open the process to
the rest of us who care but are effectively shut out of the current process?
Or are the financial stakes too great?

Can leaders like John Shipp get the vested interest volunteers to let go
enough for this to actually happen?