In reply to G8ADD:
In reply to GW0DSP:
Well, I’ll answer that as long as you realise that you are debating
with me and not the MT!
First of all, practicalities: you have to advertise the post and get
candidates, you then have to send out voting forms to perhaps hundreds
of participants, getting their addresses from whichever database is
applicable. This costs, Mike, and the only income of SOTA is the fees
for awards, which are run on a none profit making basis.
We have a Reflector which is free of charge and open to ALL who are interested in SOTA, maybe it should be done here.
And what doyou end up with for AM? The most capable administrator? The most
active participant? The most knowledgable mountaineer? THe most
skilful cartographer or surveyer? No, you get the winner of a
That is a very good point Brian, I have to agree with you.
In fact just to apply this limited democracy we
would have to start charging people a membership fee or a fee for
using the facilities. Would this be popular? Guess!
To obtain a democracy and membership with a voice, no price would be too high.
As for the monopoly aspect, where does this come into play? It is rare
that something like the P150/P100 question needs considering, the work
is more concerned with maintaining the summit list
Fair comment on the monopoly analogy, point conceeded.
and where software is involved there is not much room for the independant > opinion of the AM!
It would appear that there is NO room for the independant opinion of the AM, well in Germany anyway.
I know that democracy is a widely approved of system of government,
and perhaps one day we might try it out for the first time, but
usually what we have is an elective oligarchy where the only necessary
skill for the incumbant is garnering votes. SOTA is too serious for
Have you swallowed a dictionary Brian;-) But it works both ways, surely we already have a oligarchy, we are ruled by a few men’s (MT) votes. The incumbents garnering votes could also be applied to the MT’s MO.
I have come to see both sides of the coin Brian, yes, the MT does without a doubt do some sterling work on our behalf, for free, it’s a thankless task and the MT can never win!! If our MT pleases one group then they upset another group etc. I suspect these “arguements” will still be debated in ten years time Brian.