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Re: BNL delivery
>>It might be wise to not get our shorts all in a bunch as the experiment works its way out.<<
I agree. What will be difficult to sort out is what the real impact for members is. Just because the on-line version may be available to the net before some members get the prinbted version is in itself not a negative, even though it's been presented as one. It's the potential affect of that event that may casue problems.
For example, Bob mentioned that e received several inquiries on fish before he received his copy. Did they purchase all of his fish so that an AKA member was denied a species? Did the number of inquiries/sales go up or down? Where any non-AKA members enticed to join or at least consider joining?
And there may be other questions worth examining.
Of course, ALL of our comments on this list are from the point of view of internet connected members, even those with concerns have access to the F&E online so that they themselves are not at a disadvantage. What do non-connected members feel and experience.
Perhaps the F&E listers could be sent a quick check list to review (one page) with each tranaction or lost transaction. i.e., member vs. non-member. I-net access or not. Sourced from on-line listing, BNL or other. etc. This type of measurement would help quantify the real issues regarding an on-line listing.
Oh, BTW, Joe forwarded me a draft of the tri-fold membership flyer/application form. It's a real cool idea and should capture some new members. I'd like to suggest that the AKA sends a handfull to everyone that lists in the BNL, or any requesting member, to include with shipments of fish to non-members. A little advertising could go a long way.