Viewing post #1145621 by jlkapps
|Unfortunately, I think the certificates, medals, etc. (or lack thereof) is largely due to financial issues with the organization. I've seen the same thing happen with our horse show industry when they've gone from true bronze awards to resin models. It's unfortunate but a fact of trying to keep an organization afloat in times of financial difficulty. The medals themselves are mostly provided by the sections that represent the class of irises being awarded so are not an AIS expense.
Everyone also needs to remember that the Wiki is a VOLUNTEER effort. No one is getting rich spending countless hours researching, inputting data, etc. to make it a reality. Are there mistakes? Yes, certainly BUT I for one am VERY grateful to have it available when I need a quick lookup and don't want to have to purchase/dig thru countless R&Is. There is a lot more than just the iris register involved in the Iris Wiki (old catalog scans, art, show info, etc) and it's a monumental undertaking to keep it all improving and updating on an ongoing basis with very little funding or available manpower for the project. I for one am sure willing to overlook a few minor mistakes in details for the good of the entire project.
Have any of you attended one of the Wiki workshops offered at the National Convention? If not, you should sometime as you will get a much better understanding of the work involved and capabilities of it as a whole. Better yet, GET INVOLVED and help with the project instead of being "armchair quarterbacks" about all that is wrong with it!!
Sorry, just had to get that off my chest......