Q: Why an archive?
A: To function as a
resource for Columbia owners and owners-to-be; to extract and retain useful
information from the messages posted on the various Columbia forums and to
organize that information in an easily accessed form.
Q: How are the topics
A: A fellow Columbia
owner, Chris McKesson, is also a Naval Archtect. In his work he uses something
called a Ship Work Breakdown Structure (SWBS). He has adapted the format for our
Q: What kinds of topics
can be place in the archive?
A: Any general boating
or Columbia related topics are fine. Site managers retain final approval..
Q: How do folks generate
the information and get it on the archive?
A: Most topics are
collections of email messages captured by an interested individual. These are
collected into a txt (text) file or a WORD document. In some cases the topic may
be written as an article and submitted. Submissions are made by sending the file
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
check the archive before sending in a file. In many cases, the subject has
already been covered. In that case, only send in the new information! The site
managers donít have the time to sort through email message collections
checking for duplicates.
Q: What happens if I
find a problem or a correction is needed?
A: Send an email to Paul
Esterle at email@example.com
explaining the problem or correction.
Q: Can I send pictures
of my boat for others to look at.
A: As much as we would
like to archive all pictures Columbia, there isnít enough room. If the picture
is needed to explain some part of the topic, then send it by all means. It may
have to be cropped or resized however.
Q: Are there any
A: This is a gray area.
The messages should be extracted from the Columbia lists. If you use information
from other lists, it would be a courtesy to ask that listís permission to
repost. Some sites wonít allow it. The archive is non-commercial.
Q: How is the archive
setup and managed?
A: CYOA member George
Istok provides the server space for the Columbia Yacht Owners Association web
site. The archive is a subset of that site. Eric White manages the CYOA site,
Paul Esterle maintains the archive. The archive was built using MicroSoft