Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 26, 2016

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The discussion was about Patch-L and the SPC Facebook Group. For those that don’t know Patch-L is what you might call a list serve (it’s now a Google product) whereby you can send an email that goes to everyone that is subscribed to receive messages. The Facebook Group was set up in 2012 as a place for online patch collectors to meet up and swap. Patch-L has been around for a long time in the hobby (I don’t know when it was started) and has a lot of veteran collectors.

So the issue was a Patch-L member decided to part ways with a pointed opinion on why he felt the SPC Facebook Group was better. I will confess that as Brad England and I have shepherded the group along we made a conscientious decision to not be restrictive on posts in the group. We didn’t ban using the word eBay (yes that even came up this week!) or posting things for sale. It has some times been compared to the wild west with everything from questions, people sharing their collections, and of course selling and trading taking place.

However, I do want to say publicly that we are not trying to smother Patch-L or for that matter any other organization in the hobby. When we created the group in 2012 there was no plan to push out more established associations. In the slang of the Internet the group has just gone “viral” and will likely have 10,000 members by this summer. ISCA and Patch-L and any of the other established pieces of the hobby are still important. I think of it more like Glenn Chase’s excellent website where under EMail Lists and Discussion Forums he lists 5 of which the SPC is just one option.

However, I do want to say publicly that we are not trying to smother Patch-L or for that matter any other organization in the hobby. When we created the group in 2012 there was no plan to push out more established associations. In the slang of the Internet the group has just gone “viral” and will likely have 10,000 members by this summer. ISCA and Patch-L and any of the other established pieces of the hobby are still important. I think of it more like Glenn Chase’s excellent website where under EMail Lists and Discussion Forums he lists 5 of which the SPC is just one option.

 

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