orpostersthattproducethemostincomprehensibleposts, Or The Most Grammatically Irritating Posts That Make Your Read Simply As A Mental Challenge To Yourself Rather Than In Pursuit Of The Content Which You Gave Up On From The Very First Glance At The Post.
On a broader level though, and without being licky-arse about it (what an unfortunate term…), the real award ought to go to a certain Mr Clerkin. The opportunity rarely rears its head to say it, but I think most members and observers are highly grateful for his provision of the magnificent resource that is Archiseek – both as a comprehensive repository of information on a host of architectural matters, and as a highly credible platform for public expression on so many issues. Regardless of the fact that it’s your baby as you’ve said before Paul
, your commitment with time, energy and no doubt substantial finance to the project, and perhaps most importantly of all for users, to the upholding of high standards of credibility, reliability and site stability is to be warmly commended.
There is also a fine aspect to the Forums section that is maybe under-rated. Like Continental television where you don’t appreciate what you have at home till you see the muck abroad, Archiseek goes with the flow in a distinctively Irish manner that you rarely see elsewhere on the internet. The amount of British and US forums that are regulated to within an inch of their lives is simply mind-numbing – ironically often entire threads that go slightly off-topic get devoured in bickering over ‘sticking to the point’ and ‘keeping on focus’ when the debate could have otherwise been rambling along nicely, or getting back on track. The Americans in particular are nothing short of a joke in this regard, with some UK sites not far behind. The ability in Archiseek to be able to go off-topic, even if only slightly, within a post, within a thread or even within a forum itself I think is a very healthy thing. Similarly the intertwining of architecture with planning and development and often environmental issues is a unique and worthy part of Archiseek that is again highly commendable. It stimulates debate, allowing it room to breathe and develop, and for issues to be teased out. It also adds variety and a certain element of unpredictability to the boards. It seems to be a deliberate policy, and by and large it works exceedingly well.
What I must say to have found bizarre about the site ever since day one though is the near-exclusively male membership of the forums, genuinely leading me to wonder if there were in fact any women in architectural education in Ireland at all! Obviously many of the country’s most renowned practices have women very visibly working at the forefront of their operations, and internet-wise most ‘niche’ forums tend to be male-dominated, but really Archiseek just takes the biscuit! Are Irish women just not interested in design, planning or development?! Not even the majority female students in third level (all with internet access) as sw101 has highlighted see fit to contribute?! The only time women seem to come on board is when they want to enquire about alterations to the house because the lesser half is whinging ‘no you do it, you’re better at that sort of thing - I wouldn’t know what to say.’
Anyway…..as usual I’ve blathered on for three pages with what could have been said in three words.
Thank you Paul.