5 Year Member
Does anybody know of a active Apisto study group?
You describe essentially the foundation of the equivalent of the American Killiefish Association(AKA) with the focus being the Dwarf Cichlids.I discussed this with Ted. It will definitely require more that a couple of people to keep it up and current. As Ted told me, ideally we would need people to "build and maintain a species/photo database for all 'dwarf' cichilds, ... someone to be an articles editor, ... a person to solicit, edit (if unpublished) and publish the articles on the site, and and someone to maintain an articles database" (reference librarian?). In my opinion this means that least 3 dedicated people: articles solicitor/editor to solicit and get articles in condition to publish online, technical editor to keep a dwarf cichlid species photo/database, and a reference librarian to keep current with ferreting out the latest articles on dwarfs. Since we are international in scope, each of these people would also need others to help from many different countries. As I see it we need at least 3 people willing to put in 3-5 hours/week (at least at the start) plus others willing help them occasionally. This is not an easy task. The old ASG often had only 2 people dedicated enough to do it all. It died when it got too much to handle. If you are really interested in getting such a site up and going, think hard about the amount of time you are willing to devote. We can't do it halfheartedly. As the old proverb says, "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions".
This is so true. I have been paying US $20 a month for 6 months for my unpublished website/domain name apistomaster.com because I have not overcome my own inertia to make something out of it. I am a high level procrastinator. I once took a test, a study habits test, but it still accurately described my style of doing(or not) anything. I literally scored in the lowest 99th percentile for putting things off and in the mid 90's percentile of organization...once I get going. I often wonder how and why I have ever accomplished anything. I'm good at ideas but not so good at execution.Its a noble idea and it could work but as has already been said, things like this are ran by a few dedicated individuals for the majority, they never get the recognition they deserve and gradually drop out when they realise that their precious time is better spent elsewhere.