Members - This page offers a few words of introduction and instruction about how this website is used in our club.
We encourage members to participate in our website. You may add stories, write up events, update the calendar, publish pictures and maintain your own "members pages". This is risk-free because Google Sites retains a revision history and the webmaster can always revert an undesired change.
This website is built on Google Sites, a free service for writing websites. We suggest reading the Google Sites Getting Started Guide for a tour of its capabilities.
In our website you might see security warnings from time to time, depending on your browser settings: "Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely".
Click "No" in order to see all the content on the page.
A word of technical explanation may put your mind at ease. Google Sites is based on a secure connection technology "https:". If a web page includes a non-secure item, such as an image from another website, then your browser may pop-up this dialog box. The message would help you recognize malicious web pages in sensitive situations such as in financial transactions. However, for the Issaquah ARC club website it only tells you that a web page contains some off-site resource item such as an image.
You can add our website to your "Trusted Sites" list so that you no longer receive these warnings.
Anyone can view this website, no special permissions are needed. Google Sites do not support individual page level permissions; if a site is public then all its pages are public. The work-around is to create another site in w7bi.com that is restricted to group access, and then link to its pages when you need to protect information. Too see this idea at work, here is what we've setup: here is a link to our private pages.
A desired feature is a way for members to send email to the members, while protecting the addressee list from view.
Google Groups is designed for exactly this purpose. We are testing and evaluating this approach in October 2011. We created the group Issaquah Amateur Radio Club and members are welcome to join the preliminary email reflector and see how it looks and make comments. After we settle on a technical direction then we'll be sure to send an invitation to all club members.
A desirable feature is to have a club membership roster, while being very careful about protecting private information.
We will be testing "Google Groups" for this approach. It allows only the group managers to see the distribution list, but group members can send messages to everyone.