Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:41 PM
This is a very complicated answer. But the short version would be that newsletters, etc. can not be posted here in any "usable" fashion - this is only forum software. It has many limitations. You can upload .pdfs or .docs. But the problem is that any news, photos, etc can only take the form of a topic which quickly becomes disjointed, rambling, with no way to organize anything. Don't forget that anyone can post anything to a topic. So each topic can become long and off topic quickly. And if not posted to regularly, eventually falls many pages back.
You are not the first chapter/affiliate that has come across this problem. Eventually the Affiliate "webmaster" loses interest, and because he is the only who knows how the website is put together, it is hard for someone else to step in. I devised a solution and the software for this problem on Palmpedia. It has been set up to accommodate the needs of Affiliates while allowing for multiple parties to help maintain a web presence - a sort of hybrid website - free and easily maintained, with many features. But it hasn't received much interest. You may wish to contact me or check it out.
Nevertheless, I will talk with the website committee and see if they want to further fragment the Affiliate Forum. However, I am unsure of exactly what you are suggesting. Did you want to have a separate sub forum for Affiliate Meeting Dates and another for Affiliate News? And then have those further divided into a separate forum for each Affiliate? Probably a 'no-go' as we have been trying hard to keep the number of forums to a minimum. And another concern that would need to be worked out is who would take the responsibility for moderating and maintaining each Affiliate's sub-forum?
Feel free to contact me via PM and we can discuss this in more detail if you like.
Thanks to those of you who help make this a fun and friendly forum.