PanoTools mailing list archive
|Date/Time:||Fri, 18 Mar 2005 03:04:54 -0000|
|Subject:||New PanoTools list moderator|
At the request of several users and with John Spikowski's consent, I have accepted the
volunteer job as PanoTools list moderator & manager (i.e. list mom). John and I will share
the task of initial membership screening to prevent spammers from joining. The list will
continue as is on Yahoo for the foreseeable future and I have no intention of changing how
this list operates. Our list will continue to be a place to freely exchange information and
ideas on Panorama Tools and related topics in a courteous manner.
As members of all lists realize, the actual members of a list always changes. Members join
to learn, pass on their knowledge to newbies and, more often than not, lose interest in the
list (but hopefully not the art) and either stop actively posting or drop off the list. Only a
small number of hard core users actively post for years on end. Probably the biggest
reason for members dropping out is that after answering the same questions many times,
any list starts repeating itself. In my opinion, this is where panotools.info comes in.
Yahoo's groups allow for a FAQ (frequently asked questions) section but a simple FAQ
doesn't do justice to all the tricks and tools and techniques that the members of this
group created over the years. There is a wealth of information out there but no central
location to learn how to find a nodal (entrance pupil) point, meter a scene, blend multiple
exposures, create a 16 bit layered Photoshop file, etc. A new user can learn many tricks
an techniques by going through our list archives but that is tedious at best. A better
solution is to build-up the panotools.info site to be a knowledge center not only for
PanoTools techniques but making it *the* place anyone doing a search for "panorama
creation tutorial" will find our little corner of the world.
Building up the panotools.info site is in everyone's best interest but it takes time, effort
and some money. John has assured me that panotools.info will remain free but everyone
is urged to contribute as best they can by contributing a tutorial, Photoshop action,
graphic, translation, organizational skills, and even a few euros, dollars, pesos, yuan, etc.
Finally, our users are a diverse group and there is no possible way I, or anyone, can make
a decision that will please everyone but please be assured that I will manage this list in a
manner that I believe is in the best interest of the community as a whole. John has done
all of us a service in creating this list and deserves commendation for doing so over the
past few years. Let's all give John three cheers and move on.
Regards, MfG, etc.
The new list mom
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