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Re: [Killietalk] Killietalk Digest, Vol 67, Issue 45
> Message: 4
> Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 01:47:03 -0500
> From: "Ken" <ken_combs at sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: [Killietalk] Virtual Events, et
> To: "'killifish discussion list'" <killietalk at actwin_com>
> What's up Don?
> Anyway's I know the mods ain't too keen on AKA stuff or suggestions being
> discussed here, but this is kinda for general consumption for clubs and
> auctions too...
> My wife regularly does "net meetings", some kinda deal whereas phones and
> computers hookup and everybody can talk, blah blah blah...
> This may be a old idea but; talking that one step further, I thought there
> was some kinda way to have a camera and have "live" video stream over the
> internet via "invite" only...I'm 100% certain a 3rd party company like Webex
> or someone can hook this up provided someone has a digital vidcam (I
> "should" be in the know about this, but I almost hate computers anymore)
> Anyhow, it seems like a "wow"/cheesy idea, but the impact could be large if
> it catches on...we wouldn't want to kill the incentive to travel, but I
> don't see it...proxy bidding, speaking events, et could be vaulted into the
> 21st century for a lower cost for the disabled and elderly (the west coast
> thing this yr comes to mind...I'm not going, but would "pay" even $100 for a
> "virtual" thing for the speakers, auctions, et.)
> I'd love to take this on IF a couple folks would project this with me...I'm
> pretty sure the best/lowest cost/best fit solution isn't that easy to come
> up with http://thinkofit.com/webconf/video.htm
> Any thoughts?...KC
One of the sticky wickets here would be the $$ involved. If those not in attendance would deposit their $$ with their in-person bidders, that'd be better. Then, you have to worry about the transport of the fish - those not in attendance would have to trust the locals that were doing the work. Further, someone on the call has to monitor what people have bid versus what they've deposited/pledged, which needs to account for shipping, too. The local doing the bidding would have a *lot* of work to do.
Plus, you probably need better comm hookup than you think; my guess is some sort of confernce-call number with the local bidder being on a good cellphone, and a decent enough camera uplink, maybe a webcam, maybe not.
And, I still think it's better to show up in person and see the fish swimming around and how they look in the bag, before getting too fancy. Remember that at a big convention a typical pair of fish is up for auction for less than a minute, and there's no opportunity, realistically, to view the fish once they're up for auction, though sometimes the auctioneer will show off something really nice or rare.
Finally, I think if you're not attending but you are bidding remotely, you should pay whatever fee is required to attend and bid. Most clubs charge a few $$ to help defray expenses.
The basic idea is no different than an affiliate club member showing up with his list of fish and $$ from his/her fellow club members who cannot attend. Now that I think about it, someone gabbing on a cellphone during an auction would cause me as the auctioneer to really be annoyed (like I'm the most patient person to begin with.) So, you'd have to do this without being annoying.
*shrug* The more I think about it, the less likely I think it works anywhere but on paper.
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