06 November 1997
The Electronic Communications Technical Committee maintained the increased level of activity in October that had begun the previous month. A lot of activity took place in the ASI Web Team, where two of the Web Team projects kicked into high gear. The Web Team projects were the focus of the October ECTC IRC Meeting, where the project teams assigned project leaders and added several new volunteers. During the IRC meeting, and in an announcement later in the month, the use of "ICQ" was recommended for real-time communication among the ECTC membership. By the end of the month, eight ECTC members were using ICQ on a regular basis.
The ASI mailing lists received a big boost last month when Bobby Will took over full responsibility for the ASI mailing lists as the new ASI "Listmaster". One of Bobby's first tasks was to create a new ASI mailing list, firstname.lastname@example.org, specifically for the owners of all of the ASI mailing lists. A lot of activity continued to take place on the ASI web site, especially as a result of the Web Team Missing Links and MMM projects. The WebSite Director software that maintains the web site was commercially released in October, and the software on the web site was upgraded to the commercial version. A proposal by Tim Cadell for ASI committee logos for use in the news pages sparked a lengthy discussion about logos for the ECTC and the Web Team.
The ECTC membership stayed at about the same number in October, adding one more member than it lost. Brian Cesar rejoined the group after a brief absence to switch over to a new e-mail address. Greg Garber and Tom Wheeler joined and volunteered to help with some of the Web Team activities. And Noel Friesen and Joelle Cowan rounded out the new additions to the team. On the departing list, James Leveque and Russ Myrick were removed from the mailing list when e-mail to them started bouncing. And Morris Middleton and GJ Bart decided to spend their time elsewhere. At the end of October, the ECTC had 22 active members, with another 47 people in the Observer or Rep categories. You can find the complete ECTC membership listing, which now includes ICQ numbers, at http://www.asi.org/adb/09/01/ectc.html. With the small number of active members, there is a lot of room for new volunteers for ECTC tasks. If you would like to join the ECTC and help with any of those tasks, you can use the form on the ECTC task list page at http://www.asi.org/adb/09/01/ectc_tasks.html.
Here is the latest status information from the individual work areas within the ECTC:
During October, a total of 56 updates were published to the ASI web site, including 25 new documents, 28 modifications to existing documents, and 3 deleted documents. Most of the work in editing and approving the updates was done by Greg Bennett, Tim Cadell, Scotty Gammenthaler, Predrag Lezaic, Ian Strock, Simon Rowland, Bobby Will, Jeremy Kraemer, Randall Severy, Brad Ackerman, and Candace Dicks. Some of the new documents and other updates were submitted by Richard Marsden, John Kruep, and Paul Blase. Peter Kokh played a large role in the huge volume of updates in the system by submitting over 100 documents as part of the Web Team MMM project.
The Web Team Missing Links project was restarted this past month. A new missing links report was generated, showing that over half of the missing links from the previous report have been fixed. Predrag Lezaic volunteered to lead the Missing Links project, and web page updates to fix missing links were submitted by Jeremy Kraemer, Candace Dicks, and Randall Severy. The Web Team Header and Footer Redesign project got underway, with John Peel volunteering to lead the project. As the first of a series of new templates for this project, Greg Bennett created new templates specifically for the MMM articles and a modified set of ADB templates.
The new Web Team Moon Miners' Manifesto (MMM) project was started this past month, with Candace Dicks leading the team. In addition to the large volume of submissions into the Web System by Peter Kokh, Dale Amon started tackling the very early MMM issues, which are only available in hardcopy. Nanci Brasket volunteered to catalog the MMM images in the ASI Image Library.
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