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Re: [Killietalk] AKA Registry
Yes, Bill, you pretty much nailed it. There are details instructions on
the site, under the FAQ section, but your synopsis is short and to the
point. When originally conceived, the registry was to be a way for
everyone to register what they were keeping (or interested in keeping).
The value of that information is obvious to everyone, but I was a bit
naive and figured everyone would jump right in and participate fully.
Partial (or outdated) information is far less valuable. My hope was to
have a "species maintenance committee" that would mine through the
database and identify "at risk" populations to target for greater
propagation efforts. Most AKA members would like to know if they had a
species that was very rare in the hobby, and if the SMC contacted you
and said that your population of X was the only one left in America, you
might be motivated to get some of the offspring distributed instead of
just letting them die out as you loose interest (not implying anything
bad, but none of us can maintain every species equally well).
I didn't make any provisions for auto-deleting old entries in the
program because, frankly, I never occurred to me (at the time) that that
might happen. I wish I could tell everyone that signing up your fish in
the registry is the most important thing you can do to help the AKA, but
I doubt that's true. I do still think it is of value, and I can't think
of any other way to obtain the information it is designed to maintain.
Bill Shenefelt wrote:
> Hi George;
> I may be wrong but here is what my take on it is.
> You go to the registry and input all the fish you keep. You go to the
> bottom to the "add listing area and pick a genus and species to get a big
> listing of probable species. If your fish is in the current list to let you
> just select it with a check box, If it is not in the list, you submit it
> for addition (most likely it is there though). You go down the listing
> checking the box beside each fish species and population you wish to have in
> your list. Once you add them to your list, then go to the listing above and
> start filling in the information on your fish. You have a lot of options
> for the fish you list by the drop down boxes. In the first box you can pick
> fish, eggs, other or even a box if you do not have the fish and want to get
> it. In the second dropdown box you can choose to display that you are
> maintaining it, or if it is available or something new. In the third box
> you can pick who you allow to see it,; only the species maintenance
> committee, all or only AKA members. The last is a check box to use if you
> want to list it in the F&EL. There are two boxes text boxes you can fill in
> yourself if wanted. The first is for a price if you are listing for sale.
> The second is for any comments you wish to make. For example "only 2 pair
> available", "call first," "express mail only" "oh boy, I'm getting eggs"
> or anything you wish to say. Maybe you are not listing for sale but getting
> fry. Stick that there. It is your box to use. You can add, change the
> information or remove fish any time you want to and should do that to keep
> your list up to date. You can even list a fish you do not have, but want.
> As best I can tell it stays until either you change it or someone like Barry
> gets disgusted with receiving complaints since he is getting pestered about
> people having stuff listed and never updating it and thus loading down the
> site with false information. (I hope that would never happen though).
> Looks to me like a great resource. It is very easy to use and can be
> changed instantly by the individual supplying the information.
> Remember though, if you list a fish for sale and submit it to the F&EL, it
> will go in there and it will be there for a month whether you have any more
> or not. Also if you do not update your list frequently, you may get email
> or calls for a fish you no longer have for sale, just like can happen in the
> F&EL. Again a superb resource if you use it properly.
> Hope that helps (and hope I am right about the above) .
> Bill Shenefelt
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