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I wanted to address a few of the issues that have been raised.

Casey wrote:

"Compared with the IT industry, the structural engineering concepts
can be highly complex. Structural design is not based on the kind of
"rule of thumb" concepts that are common in a lot of other industries.

For these reasons, I believe posting ones' sample calculations online,
is not appropriate."

While I take your point, and understand where you're coming from,  I
feel like I need to point out that the examples that are out there
aren't put there as complete solutions that you just grab and blindly
use.  They're out there so that people can learn from one another.
Bits of code to illustrate a concept, not entire programs that can be
grabbed and blindly put into place.

In the same way, the goal of the site is not to put examples out there
that can be pulled and used blindly.  Nor do I think that would
happen, since in order to actually do anything with them, someone
still has to have a valid engineering license.

However, I do see a huge benefit in putting examples out there that
can be studied and discussed within the community, so that we can all
learn.  I also think that such examples would be beneficial to
students who are trying to grasp some of the concepts, and can't
afford design manuals that generally cost at least a hundred dollars

On a personal note - Richard, while I'm not sure if this was your
intent or not, I felt like your response was a bit of an insult to me
for attempting something like this.   So you know, I grew up in
construction.  I recently finished  building my own home.  While I
don't begin to think that I know it all (on the contrary, I have a LOT
to learn), I also don't think that wanting to collaborate with other
engineers is the same as wanting to steal their spreadsheets and use
them blindly.  Nor do I think that using computers to assist in the
design process equates to sloppiness.



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