Joe Farina wrote:I like the idea of having a Europe-based forum. Since Colin's forum was US-based, and it's been the premier holography forum for all these years, I think a change would be refreshing. Colin mentioned that for every 1 poster on his forum, there were approximately 50 lurkers who did not participate. Maybe some of these are Europeans who would feel more comfortable on a forum based in Switzerland.
Ahmet chose to make this an English language forum, so that doesn't change. As for the different time zones, I think that's irrelevant. Most of the activity on Colin's forum seemed to occur between about 7AM to 3PM eastern US time, and I have a feeling it will be the same on Ahmet's forum. As for multiple forums, the fact is, there are few holographers worldwide who would participate in any forum, and multiple forums would be inconvenient.
By the way, I emailed Colin before this forum was established, expressing my heartfelt thanks for the Holography Forum. Thanks again, Colin!
One of the biggest things that help me is not only the forum but coming out of the cave and meeting face to face with other holographer in a local setting, it’s kind of hard to travel to Switzerland.
With a big push coming next year in 3d there need to be some USA base forum/site, it’s already started here in Visalia I am visiting a Jr high school to talk about 3d and holography. Look I’m not in this for my own glory, way to old for this power stuff and would close it if the forum proved to be ineffective, if this site had groups in it I might fill more comfortable to let my efforts go. but I think colins reaction to close the forum and move it to a Europe-based and discourage any USA based forum out of fear is a bit of a over reaction, a bit like the fears of global warming. Give me some good reason to close my efforts? And I would do it in a heart beat.