Thank you "conrod" and "dieseldame" for your offers to help; I see you are avid participants in this forum and the community can certainly use your help. I know "JK's", and many others, extensive input and experience has been appreciated on this new forum as well as the old one..
I have made up a new ranking designation "Engineering Mentor" (I think mentorships are a great idea). If you wish to have the designation apply to your account, here in the Forum, please "PM" me when you get a second. That will allow you to be recognized as a person of resource and openess to the community at large. That goes for any of you visitors, who are willing to share your knowledge, I would be happy to provide a designation that people will feel comfortable directing a question to.
Additionally, I am always on the lookout for people interested to post news, events, comments and observations affecting the commercial maritime world on "The Monitor" (http://www.dieselduck.blogspot.com
) - www.dieselduck.net's
blog. Let me know of your interest by "PM"ing me or sending me an email and I will send you "invitations" for administrative privileges on the The Monitor- the site's blogosphere presence.
About a wiki, I have actually been thinking about it seriously for the last year, but it is like "how do you eat an elephant" - the elephant being the metaphor for the huge task that encompasses such an undertaking (my usual answer is "one bite at a time"). One late night I thought that "wikineering" would be a good name, but someone already has that name taken. My first bite has been over salted, arggghh! But seriously, it is on the drawing board, and it could really bring a whole new level of excellence in idea and experience exchange for the marine engineering community. Wikipedia is such a a great asset to the world at large, for the information exchange it provides without being monopolized, I think it would be great to apply that to our profession.
Anyways, it is a very real possibility and I would certainly love to hear from you if your interested in helping out in this task, the technical side of things is actually not that difficult, at least I find. The content and its accuracy, is more challenging.
Either way, I am very happy to see that people are participating in the forum, I felt there was some trepidation about the new look and format, and most of all the signing up process. But I believe the level of participation in such a short time means that is that there is a genuine needs for this area. I was looking at the old board and saw that the many regulars on that one, have not signed up here, I hope that all your participation here illustrates to them that the sign up process is benign and easy.
Anyways, I drag on...