visited the seaint.org website to read the transcript of the online chat with S
K Ghosh and Susan Dowty regarding the IBC 2000 and Prof. Ghosh's experience in
transcript was difficult to follow and specific questions could either not be
adequately written or interpreted to provide a sufficient response. I found the
idea fascinating, but became quickly disinterested because the format of an
online chat requires the reader to keep track of conversations out of order. In
other words, as one person is asking a question, five more questions may be
received or commentary by the host posted before even one response is given.
Trying the create a continuity in this type of a discussion is most difficult to
follow - especially in retrospect.
would seem much more beneficial to present specific questions submitted prior to
the meeting for the speaker to respond to and then for the speaker to post a
written response before the start of the chat which would then only require
those who submitted the questions to seek additional interpretation from the
speaker to help clear up any misinterpretation.
did not appear to be much "meat" in the chat session.
alternative, an online discussion format - a bulletin board format that can
remain on the seaint server as compared to a real-time Listservice discussion
is, in my opinion, much more appropriate for this type of question and answer
period. This way the question is clearly posed - using graphics where necessary,
and the respondent can take the appropriate time needed to respond rather than
try to summarize in a one or two sentences as Susan and S.K. were instructed to
do at the beginning of the discussion. The advantages are obvious. Those who are
not participating still have the benefit of the thread to help with issues that
they are concerned with.
I understand that this creates more work for SEAINT, I am willing to offer the
Structuralist.Net Bulletin Board Discussion Forum to SEAINT as it is already set
up for bulletin board discussion in a friendly format that allows for use of
graphics or attachments of documents for support. I am willing to have Shafat or
anyone he chooses to Moderate the discussion forum and will provide authority to
anyone within SEA who wishes to do this. I intend to offer this to compliment
SEAINT's services rather than as a replacement inasmuch as the information can
be easily linked from the SEAINT or SEAOC web services. If you are interested,
please let me know and I will set up a dedicated forum for each event and you
may post as many questions freely to it and the guests can respond at their
leisure to each of the questions and continue the discussion for as long as they
S. Wish, PE
-----Original Message----- From: Shafat Qazi
[mailto:seaint-ad(--nospam--at)seaint.org] Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2001 12:11
PM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: Live Caht with
The next live
chat on our web site on Friday April 6, 2001 at 11:00 AM with Douglas C.
Hohbach, chair SEAOC Seismology Committee.
Please plan to join us in
our chat room. I have a ton of questions to ask. I am sure you have too. Some
topics of discussion are:
1. What is next after Seismic Design
Manual 2. Rigid Diaphragm Analysis for custom homes? 3. Use of
Cantilever columns and impact on R values 4. Why do keep changing seismic
design equations so often? 5. Can List members participate in reviewing
drafts prepared by Seismology committee?