One of the facts of life with which we live is that Turkotek's
resources are extremely limited.
Financially, our group is willing to commit up to $400 annually. That's
not a problem. We spend less than $300 and unless some specialized
hardware need arose or we took on something that greatly increased our
need for web space, our budget won't constrain our activity.
On the other hand, we have very limited manpower resources, all of it
volunteer. This has a number of implications. Let me share a few with
1. We cannot do everything that we think would be worthwhile.
There just isn't enough time. For example, we don't have announcements or
a calendar of events, even though both would be useful. By their nature,
those things are labor intensive - they need to be edited and posted, and
when they are no longer timely, they need to be deleted. There's also the
potential for hassles with the people who send them to us and want
2. The volunteer providing the free labor has to be
doing something from which he gets pleasure. It isn't like having a paid
staff person to whom we can assign responsibilities. We have already had
suggestions through this meta-discussion for expanded services. I'm happy
to help get them set up, but my time is stretched about as far as I want
it stretched, and expansions can only happen if some volunteers take on
maintenance of the relevant sections. This, I hope everyone will
understand, is not something that I have the authority to implement by
myself. Our practice since the beginning has been to bounce any proposed
policy changes off our Gang of Eight, and adopt only those on which we
This is not intended to throw cold water on anything, just to help
apprise everyone of the realities of adding significant new elements.