(I'm posting this in TechTalk on the assumption that those members willing to lend 7 equipment are likely to be TechTalk readers!)
Following the brief discussion in this thread, I asked Shaun whether the idea of a central equipment-for-loan register would be feasible.
His reply was:
"Sounds good to me. If you can come up with the initial list then I will add a document to the Guides section of the website - this will sit behind the paywall so that only members can view it."
Shaun also suggested the following edit/update mechanism:
"The easiest way is to contact me and I'll add it to the document. There are a handful of "Guides Authors" for the site and once we've got the list in place then any of them will be able to edit it. There isn't currently a smarter way of doing it but I think we'll manage fine - I'll put my L7C email address on the list so people know who to contact to update it."
So, I'm happy to act as "initial list compiler" and then send it to Shaun.
To keep things really simple, I'm proposing that the list should include just the following fields:
- Item (such as "engine crane")
- Location (perhaps "county" would do?)
- Lender (BlatChat "username")
- Comments (freeform)
If possible (mechanism to be agreed with Shaun), the Lender field will contain a link to the username. Then, if someone wants to enquire of a particular lender, he merely has to click on the link to send a message.
What do you good people think? If this looks like a good way to proceed, please send me a message with your equipment info (or post here if you prefer). Then I'll transfer your input to the initial register.