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David McNay
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:58 pm    Post subject: Six months old Reply with quote

Adam has pointed out to me that the forum is six months old today.

So....a quick word of congratulations to everyone who has contributed in whatever way to the forum so far. Let's make the next six months, and the next six after that, (and so on!) even more of a success.

Here, have a slice of cake:

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IanA



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, half a slice anyway.........
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David McNay
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a whole slice, there appears to be enough to go around...
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Roxy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Boss: without your efforts little of what has been promulgated in the last 6 months would be 'out there'.

You deserve the big slice - and you can lick the knife!

Roxy Wink
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DerekR
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roxy wrote:
without your efforts little of what has been promulgated in the last 6 months would be 'out there'.

Speak for yourself - some of us have never promulgated in our lives. Wink
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dhubthaigh
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DerekR wrote:
Roxy wrote:
without your efforts little of what has been promulgated in the last 6 months would be 'out there'.

Speak for yourself - some of us have never promulgated in our lives. Wink


Whit dis promulgated mean?, is it like whats happening in David's current avatar?
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IanA



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Pro" means that you're 'for' something. So up with mulgating, I say!
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Malcolm



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just 6 months, where does the time go when you are enjoying yourself?

Dave, where is Hobbes?

Aye
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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Malcolm wrote:
Where is Hobbes?


I thought it was Oor Wullie!


Were only six months old but weve already had over 6,000 posts and have over 140 members. Id say thats pretty good going for a forum dedicated to such a specific subject.

David took the bold step of trying something new - posting photos on a forum rather than adding them to a website. It could have sat ignored on the web like some war memorial websites but instead the result has been staggering.

I think the beauty of this forum compared to a website is you can see the results straight away. You dont have to e-mail the material to someone else and wait to see it downloaded. It also means anyone can add snippets of information to any thread. Who would have known before this forum started how far and wide the men and women of Blairgowrie had spread across Scotland for example.

We have had hundreds of memorials from all over Scotland and the world photographed and transcribed and posted on the forum. In three areas of Scotland (Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, and Perth and Kinross) a fantastic effort by a dedicated band of posters means that nearly all of the civic memorials in those areas have already been posted on here.

Even if the next six months only produce half as much material as the first six were going to end the year with something very special for genealogists, local historians and those who just like looking at different war memorials.
There is nothing else like this on the internet for any other country so I think we can all give ourselves a collective pat on the back for its success, take pride in what has been achieved in such a short space of time, and thank Mr McNay for his innovative use of a forum.

Regards

Adam
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to associate myself with the remarks of the last speaker Laughing
Speaking for myself, I look forward to to collecting a few further afield once my home ground is practically covered. Again for myself, many of the school, office/factory, church and village hall memorials are unlisted and unknown and often throw up some fascinating tales - I hope to see more of these once the main push of the civic memorials nears completion.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DerekR wrote:
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

And a pleasure having been there with you all.
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jamiemcginlay



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with every word Adam said.
I think there were a few of us looking at the idea of a website for Scottish war memorials but David's idea of using a forum format was a stroke of genius Very Happy The beauty is its a democratic format and will grow through a community effort, and thats in perfect keeping with the subject matter.
I remember logging in at Christmas and exploring the site, it felt a bit like walking into a huge empty warehouse, you could almost hear the echoes!...look at it now, thousands of entrys later its shaping up to be a fantastic resource.
Well done to everyone involved.
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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jamiemcginlay wrote:
...look at it now, thousands of entrys later its shaping up to be a fantastic resource.


If we use the UKNIWM rule of thumb of one war memorial per 1,000 head of population it means there should be over 5,000 war memorials in Scotland.

There have been over 6,100 posts in over 1,800 topics. I've only done a rough calculation but of those topics I reckon about 1,500 are photographed memorials. That's a very good percentage of the estimated 5,000+ total so far Very Happy

Still quite a few to get yet though!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
If we use the UKNIWM rule of thumb of one war memorial per 1,000 head of population it means there should be over 5,000 war memorials in Scotland.


I hate to break the bad Confused news but I think 5,000 for Scotland is a significant underestimate. Given that we are including church, school, individual memorials etc, the number should be much higher than this. Dumfries and Galloway has a population of 148,000 and we certainly have over 380 positively identified so far which means we are likely to exceed THREE PER 1,000 head of population Shocked , but perhaps this ratio is lower in Urban areas? Having hunted memorials in Scotland and England, there are many more to be found this side of the border than down south.
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