This is an important discussion and I hope it
doesn't degenerate to personal abuse or further disparaging
Not everyone sees paper publications as
clutter! I have been involved in and used the internet, almost since its
beginning, but still prefer using hard copy when it comes to important
Aroideana has been around for many decades,
servicing both the hobbyist and professional botanist. I believe, in that
regard, the IAS is unique.
Digital is not everything, and, as some of the
professionals on this list have alluded to, has its own problems in relation to
This is actually a part of a much larger discussion
that the board of the IAS needs to have regarding the future of the IAS and what
The professionals can publish information in a
range of other publications which makes life harder for those of us who don't
have access to those publications. This would be our loss.
If some chose not to pay the pittance that is our
annual membership because Aroideana is not published in full colour then that is
I have seen comments from individuals that they
won't join the IAS because they might only access the website once or twice a
year. I use it a few times per week!
As one of the non-professional I say "What the
Hell?" On average I spend more money on plants/seeds per week than what
one year's membership (including my copy of Aroideana) costs me.
Maybe there needs to be a balance between
professionals wanting black and white or line drawings versus the "eye-candy" of
glorious colour pictures.
What must not be lost sight of is the incredible
value of our organisation, the work it does and its publications (both hard copy
and internet based).
What must also be kept in mind is the wonderful
work that is done by volunteers within our society. I, personally, give
them ALL my thanks and appreciation to them.
For most of us we put in a small amount of money
and receive access to a phenomenal resource.
It would be good to see those that want change
putting in effort to do something within the IAS to bring about change or
While on my soapbox, I have also seen negative
comments about the CATE-Araceae website. This site is part of a much
bigger botanical vision but has the potential to be the most incredible resource
for aroid nuts. There is a mountian of work to be done there but very few
volunteers actually contributing. I have seen some of the capabilities in
development on CATE and they are spectacular.
I welcome discussion but rather than critics these
things all benefit by having more volunteers giving input!
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Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 2:14
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Colour Pictures in
Also, not having piles of paper publications cluttering up my work
area is another definite plus. I do, however, print and mail hard copies
for the six remaining technologically challenged members of our