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Postby Ross » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:58 pm


http://www.outerbankslighthousesociety.org



:roll: hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Sorry, there's a story behind that...
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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:13 pm


Hey Ross, can we get an emoticon where it just shakes it head from side to side? That would come in real handy right now!
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Postby Ross » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:20 pm


Well, eventually, I intend to explain to everyone the dictatorship that is now the OBLHS, and how I am appalled and ashamed at their BOD and founders.

I was forcefully removed as designer and webmaster of the OBLHS website, and they replaced my design with THAT. AHAHAHHAHAAH!

I now reserve the right to let the truth be told. But more on that later...
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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:26 pm


I know I am ready to hear the story, since you told me that this website change over was taken place, but that will come in due time.

I can say that the change is a not a good one for the society! :?
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Postby Ross » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:40 pm


Certainly isn't...

A BOD's "leader" that continually lies is disheartening, and amazingly has duped quite a few people in the organization, its founders included. Unfortunately, they will realize eventually.

I'd like to know what else is going on "behind the scenes" where board decisions are made without certain board members. Hmm, amazingly, those board members support me. Wow, there's an odd coincidence.

To make a long story short, the plans were already in motion to allow the president's friend to do the site because the one I made "wasn't what they wanted" or something to that effect. I had heard NOTHING regarding changes or updates to the site since December. My emails went UNRESPONDED. I had forwarded emails from the website host regarding the sites yearly bill coming in, no response except from the Treasurer who was already busy with other things, but was kind enough to respond.

I went to access the site to make some minor changes to some backend programming and lo and behold the password changed! The dictator found it in her power to decide that unless I "made the changes requested to the site and maintain it as we agreed" that I wouldn't get into the site. Wrong thing to do. I got the password to the site, because I do these things for a living, and proceeded to download my code and such and take the site offline. This to the dismay of the Roberts' who, naturally, didn't like what I did. I put the site back up out of respect for them, and eventually it turned into what's there now.

Unfortunately, the dictatorship that is now the OBLHS has blackened the lighthouse world.

By the way, the many emails I tossed between the president and myself were filtered to the rest of the board, they only saw pieces and not the whole story. Duped, unfortunately.

And as with anything like this, it will pass, and the fools shall continue.

Not to mention, I turned down being paid for doing the site and spent countless hours with Judy in it's layout, design, and function. And spent my own time and money volunteering for their cause, only to be blackballed.

Beware!
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:13 am


Why am I not surprised? Now I can appreciate your comments on another topic Ross. I also said there that I had had enough of committees during my working life as invariably some small minded person gets into the top position, becomes power drunk and stuffs up the whole thing and leaves a bl#$@dy great mess for someone else to clean up.

Look at it this way mate, you have learned something about people. Forget them and get on with your life. They are not worth the hassle.
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Postby Gary Martin » Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:56 am


I guess I'm not surprised at what you've had to say, Ross :!:
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Postby Ross » Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:35 am


You're right Kevin, they aren't. Until a little matter of copyright gets addressed, I'll be on them. They pretty much cut and pasted some of my code, which is even more of a kick in the gut.
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Postby vacastle » Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:00 am


And for those who don't already know, I resigned my office as VP of OBLHS several weeks ago. I also resigned from the BOD and from handling the store. All this over the crap pulled regarding the web site, and many other issues that I just could not agree with.

Ross has alluded to much of it.

And also if you don't realize it, I have been and am still in full support of Ross.

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Postby Biggy » Thu Feb 23, 2006 10:10 am


What a shame... All this nonsense from a few power-hungry people. I thought there were more important issues the OBLHS needed to work on instead of getting into power trips over a website. Sad. And what will these people get out of all this?
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Postby Pharoslvr » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:16 am


That is one reason why I resigned from the BOD last year! OBLHS could be one hell of an organization, however, they definitely have their problems.
It is amazing what goes on behind the scenes with that group! It has always been that way and I don't see it changing anytime soon. There are mainly two people who "run the show," no matter who the sitting President or Vice President is.

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Postby Ross » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:39 am


You're right Brent, that could be a great organization, but alas...

Oh well, it's funny, I had been repeatedly warned about working with OBLHS, but I didn't investigate further... lesson learned.
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Postby the_arianrhod » Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:08 pm


Newbie here, but have 2c worth to say...

there's always at least 2 sides to stories. There seems to be things here being 'aired' that stand to be nothing more than pejorative statments, and for what good? All the laughing and poking fun at a website? What fun is that? Who does that benefit? It appears to be more of a personal issue.
From what I saw it seems to be clean and sleek, and easy to get around. Also I don't understand how coding can be 'stolen' or even worse, how anyone can think that html code is copyrightable. Every web page has coding, and I don't thnk any one person can hold claim to ownership to that can they? :?:
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Postby Gary Martin » Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:23 pm


Unfortuantely, the same sorry crap has gone on with the Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse Society. The past president who got things up and going was run off by a power hungry idiot. In their case, they had the audactiy to tell me that they had the RIGHT, yes, you read that correctly, to print as many of my photos as they wished, wherever they wished, whenever they wished. They also informed me that they were planning to do a poster using one of my images... Hmmmm do you think you might have asked permission for the use of cpyrighted material? They went so far as to send a letter to the past president, who had the disk with the screensaver files on it telling them to send the disk to the new crowd, that they had my permission to take possession of the disk and wanted to use it to prepare prints. Now that would look really great, doing 8x10s from a disk with screensaver files on it at 600x800 pixels. That, of course was never given to them. Fortunately, the past president called me to confirm that yarn, not believing that I would have given them that sort of permission, which, of course, I hadn't. That disk has been fed to a shredder and they're out of business insofar as printing my copyrighted photos.

As for your comments, the_arianrhod, try telling Microsoft that code, be it computer program or HTML isn't copyrightable. Computer code is treated leaglly, as I understand it, as a creative product of the programmer. Blatantly ripping off code that someone else has written and using it elsewhere without the permission of the person who wrote the code is nothing more than a copyright violation as I understand it.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:28 pm


Most everyone that has been a member of the board for a while knows that Ross developed and maintained the OBLHS site, and with the new site being made available, it is going to come up that there has been a change and people here would have questions.

While the reason for the change may be personal, I think that Ross did the right thing in posting the information that he has, and if Judy is in full support of what he is doing, then it obviously has merit :!:
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