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  Re: [Aroid-l] Selling plants on the aroid website??????
From: Ken Mosher ken at spatulacity.com> on 2005.11.01 at 05:51:07(13484)
Hi Brian,

I think one of your last statements probably settles the matter; "it
will not be an easy task." You understate, creating an auction site is a
huge task, and handling the money makes it even harder.

eBay has spent many millions of dollars just on the functionality of
their site, and millions more to ensure security and confidentiality.
The best we can probably do would be to improve the trading part of the
site. I haven't been there in a while so I don't have any suggestions
for improvements right now.

The trick to having an all-volunteer web site like aroid.org work well
is to automate as much as possible. The automation takes the burden off
the webmaster (or other moderators) by allowing the work to be spread
across many people. (As an example, wouldn't it be great if the group
that maintains all the genus/species listings with photos had a
web-based interface for managing those entries? It would take a lot of
work off the hands of the webmaster. But the entire thing would have to
move from the world of static HTML to being database driven.)

Of course, the automation takes a lot of effort up-front by someone. And
then if that person can't maintain it after its creation, when it breaks
or needs enhancement (they always do) then somebody has to dive into
another person's programming. That's always a challenge!

I think is speaks volumes that a large web site like aroid.org works at
all while being run by volunteer(s). I'm not sure who helps Albert, if
anyone, but every person who references our web site owes Albert, past
webmasters and all the content providers a huge debt of gratitude. 95%
of our members probably don't know how much work it takes.

-Ken Mosher

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