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Reorganizing Marine Science & Physiology

Discussion in 'ScubaBoard Site News' started by Akimbo, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    As part of the ongoing effort to make information easier to find on ScubaBoard, we will be reorganizing the Marine Science & Physiology forum by splitting it into Marine Science & Conservation and Diving Physics & Physiology forums. Diving Physics & Physiology (and related sub-forums) will be moved into the Scuba Diving Central category. Threads will be moved to their related forums as time allows. As you can imagine, it will be a fairly time consuming and labor-intensive process. We apologize in advance for any confusion that this process might cause.

    In addition, a new Marine Science Pros forum will be created in the ScubaBoard Pro category.
     
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  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hmmm. I understand and concur, but it makes it a little difficult for those of use for whom Marine Science IS about physics.... We will survive. :)
     
  3. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Do you think that differentiating between diving physics and physics as it applies to the marine sciences will be that confusing?
     
  4. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    No...that is why I said I concur with your decision.
     
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  5. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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  6. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

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    I love it. Let's do it.
     
  7. Schwob

    Schwob Solo Diver

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    Wondering in unqualified ways, hence asking, not arguing. You have your reasons, I ma sure:

    Is the Marine Science Pro forum open to non-Pros to read or closed?
    If the latter, why?
    What is the demarkation line between the pro and non pro marine science forums?
    Might my hypothetical dumbass question thread be moved from the non-pro to the pro forum if one or several pros found it interesting enough to chime in (if they still bother after having their own space without the ignorants like me)?
     
  8. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Open... for now but that could change if needed. The Commercial Divers forum is open and has worked OK. Do you feel that Marine Science Pro should be restricted?

    It isn't formally defined at this point but I would say receiving a check (or wanting to) would be the primary differentiation. Again, the Commercial Divers forum influenced my thinking on this. We are open to suggestions to improve the forum title or description that would make it more clear.

    Do you work in, or want a career in, the marine sciences? Scientists, technicians, educators, boat crews, and students can post information and questions here.​

    Maybe. Would that be a problem? IMHO there are no dumbass questions that are sincere; no matter how basic. Let's not forget that the purpose of asking a question is to cure ignorance on the subject.

    We are all here to learn and members are free to share their expertise or not.
     
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  9. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'd like to think that an answer you get from a question on the Pro forum might be a bit more credible than an answer you'd get from some arbitrary forum. I'd like to think that.
     
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  10. Akimbo

    Akimbo Just a diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I try to remember that credibility in any highly diverse public forum depends on providing justification for opinions. It is also very educational when done well. "Akimbo" and "tursiops" don't have Wikipedia pages so it's hard for readers to judge if we are "experts" or just Internet crackpots.

    NOT directed at tursiops:
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    ScubaBoard members should never presume that their reputation precedes them. As a result, we should try to illustrate answers with the reasoning behind them. Fortunately that can often be done with links rather than turning every reply into a technical paper.
     

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