Many thanks for all the messages of support. I only hope they’re justified.
The man who deserves the real thanks is Gary for putting together a proper system in the first place. Taking over something that works well is easy. So I shall be doing my best to ensure that I don’t do anything to jeopardise that.
A couple of things. If you are expecting a plethora of whizz-bang new features very soon, then don’t. My priorities are to ensure I can backup and reinstall what we have now. Then to ensure I understand how all the bits fit together. That will involve input from Gary training me as I come up to speed and working on any issues I’m not able to fix. If we do this right, then nobody will spot when Gary finally relinquishes control.
Of course there are some areas for improvement but I don’t see there is any need to change things about just because I can. Any changes will be introduced gradually and have a small impact. Completely changing the site simply because some shiny, new Web technology is the current rave does not appeal to me and is very unlikely to appeal to the users either.
A number of people expressed interest in this position, and others have “outed” themselves on the reflector as having very useful knowledge. It would be crass to ignore them and I’d like to be able to draw on their experience and knowledge later on when changes do need to be made. Or as marketing people would say “leverage the collaborative resources to deliver synergistic, best-of-breed web deliverables.”
I can’t think of much more to add now other than as a regular user of the reflector and now member of the MT I’ll make sure that if I write anything in any official capacity then I’ll say so. If you don’t see anything in the sig then it’s my personal opinion.
And once more, thanks to Gary for all he’s done in the past.