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In the last two issues of SCIWAY News, I've talked about the need for a Web-based bulletin board where anyone in the world could ask a question about South Carolina, and any interested South Carolinian could answer. I also believe we would all benefit from a well known online location where South Carolinians could easily share information with each other.
"Ask SCIway," the service I hope will meet these needs, is now online. You can find it by going to SCIWAY's home page (http://www.sciway.net) and clicking the dark blue Ask SCIway button. (Please click your browser's Refresh or Reload button first.) This initial version of Ask SCIway includes seven "forums." Four of these forums are for posting questions and information about South Carolina history and genealogy. The other three are "feedback forums" where you can post comments and suggestions about Ask SCIway, SCIWAY News, and the SCIway Web site.
Anyone can read the messages posted on Ask SCIway. But if you want to ask a question or post other information, you will need to register first. This process–which is required by the software we're using–costs nothing, takes about a minute, and does not require you to reveal any information about yourself.
Once you've registered, you can ask a question or join an ongoing discussion thread by choosing the appropriate forum and clicking a "Post new topic" or "Post reply" button.
Ask SCIway is an experiment–I don't know of another state that has anything like it. Because it's a new idea, it probably won't take off like a rocket. But I do know that there are LOTS of people on the Internet who want to ask questions about South Carolina, and I hope many of you will stop by regularly to help answer their questions. and if you would like to serve as a moderator for a new forum, please let me know.
All Ask SCIWAY forums are monitored and guided by one or more volunteer moderators. These moderators can answer questions about their respective forums and edit or delete inappropriate messages.
Our South Carolina history forums will be monitored by Cricket Jenkins, James Rhodes, and Peter Wilkerson. Gene Jeffries will moderate the genealogy forums.
Cricket Jenkins is the office manager for the Forest Resources Systems Institute in Clemson. She was born and raised in Anderson, and now lives in nearby Starr. Cricket is beginning to develop a Web site for the Institute, and she's also a computer science major at Limestone College.
James Rhodes is a financial analyst for First Union Corporation. While he currently lives in Charlotte, he grew up in Laurens County and returns home often.
Peter Wilkerson is the senior archivist at the South Carolina Historical Society in Charleston. Originally from College Park, Georgia (which is near Atlanta), he now lives on James Island. Peter has developed the Historical Society's popular Web site and online catalogs (http://www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org/) as well as SCIWAY's history section (http://www.sciway.net).
Gene Jeffries was born in McRae, Georgia, but his ancestors lived in Orangeburg and he has lived in Columbia since 1969. He served in the United States Navy for 20 years, then worked for the South Carolina Department of Corrections for 12 more. Gene is the Webmaster for the Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society's Web site (http://www.ogsgs.org/), and he moderates the Society's online discussion group (listserv).
I am grateful to Cricket, Gene, James, and Peter not only for volunteering to serve as moderators, but for helping test Ask SCIway. They have saved Ask SCIway users considerable time and frustration ... and me even greater embarrassment!
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