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RE: Convention St. Louis Memorial Day Weekend 2002
I think there are people here who really do not realize how or what is done
with the registration of fish for the show/auction. Even with a computer
program designed to give individual numbers to each entry you have two
major things to consider.
First: If you use a Class ID - then to have an organized auction you
would be required to auction by class - because the standard order is
Class# - Entry Number (ie: Class 5 Entry 7) Thus to organize the list -
you are required to auction the class completely before moving on.
Second: If you use a system where each fish entered is given a number
beginning at 1 for the first fish entered and continuing until you have
400-500 entries - then what you have is this: All the fish are auctioned
from a single breeder at a time (in other words - I enter 10 fish in the
show - I am numbers 1-10.) Now someone has to set up a system (be it boxes
or otherwise) for the people bagging the fish to place the entries in order
and every person working on bagging has to make sure they do it right. I
don't know about you - but I don't want to spend all morning double and
triple checking the order of the bags. It could be done - but it is asking
alot of extra work for a few people - the ones responsible and have to face
the BS if something goes wrong.
Third: Somewhere along the road - people seem to think there is some
powerful Computer Program that does all the work for the poor humans behind
the keyboard. I can tell you in 1998 - I did not see anything of the
speakers - I literally hurt my eyes staring at a computer screen for well
over 100 hours that weekend and that does not take into account the
hundreds of hours trying to write the database to make the work easier on
everyone. (whether it helped or not is not the discussion). Mike J. is
absolutely correct in the difficulties - I could detail a few more.
Please - always remember - the committee putting on the convention works
their tails off and by adding additional work on them - in reality we are
creating a long term problem - a period in which the hobby seems less fun -
sometimes it lasts for several years. We are all volunteers - and so don't
look for added work please! <chuckles>
At 10:14 AM 10/3/01 -0700, you wrote:
>I like the ideas you presented here.
>I would suggest one refinement that might get us the best of both worlds,
>which is a group of random bags of fish in predictable block order, or in
>reality, a semi-random order [is there such a thing?].
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