Can I send an email 'letter to the editor'?
If so, I'd like to ask everyone why the forum is not more popular?
It would seem to offer members lots of opportunities to discuss pretty much anything to do with collecting Malayan stamps, request help with their collections, and contribute to increased knowledge of our particular sphere of philatelic interest.
Also, given the wide geographic distribution of our members it would seem to offer a means of taking part in the club, even if attending meetings is too expensive or inconvenient.
(As an aside, it would be nice to see web copies of the presentations that are shown at club meetings on the website. It might even convince casual visitors to join the group, (if the club will pay my train-fare I'll take the photos and write the articles
Is it simply apathy, or are other factors at work?
Are our members generally technophobes?
Are they keen 'clubbists', enjoying the company of other members, rather than the remote communication that the forum offers?
Are they predominately casual collectors, (like me) - filling the gaps in their collections on an occasional basis, without perhaps the wherewithal or inclination to be more active?
For myself I have felt unable to contribute to the research projects as my collection is quite modest, but at the same time I do like to interact with other collectors.
Also, my knowledge of Malayan philately is bounded by visits to the Post Office in K.L. as a lad and the general history and geography of the peninsula as taught in the Min.Def school in K.L. and Bourne School in Singapore, (I don't quite understand why the schools taught Malayan history and geography to us children of forces/diplomatic parents who were bound to be going back to the UK and who would then have to catch up on their UK studies).
I do know how hard it was to get hold of Perlis and Terengganu definitives in the 60's, and I know how much harder it is now to get anything but mint issues.
I suspect that the serious amounts of uncommitted capital needed to build an in-depth collection of a country with such a diverse and complicated philatelic history as Malaysia limits the contribution to serious research that most collectors can make, but isn't there room and inclination towards less intensive chat?
Answers, preferably in an email, or better yet, on the forum, please.