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I'm holding off on commenting about this initiative for a while. Partly because
there haven't been any actual proposal details floated and partly because in the
absence of details I can't think of anything to say about idea of certification
that I haven't already said, and more than once.
But mostly, it's the timing. This discussion and the link to the STC's
"monumental day" announcement started hitting my inbox just an hour or so after
I happened across a discussion from last year in which an STC chapter reported
that it had surveyed its members and 46% of them had responded that they weren't
going to renew their membership for 2010. I think it's going to be a few days
before I can mentally decouple these items.
> I've spent a few minutes, without success, looking for one of the many emails
> I received from the STC during the time late last year and early this, with
> lengthy explanations for the actions that were taking place.
> One of these missives clearly listed revenue generation as one important
> reason the STC would create some form of certification program.
> Once that decision was made, there seemed to be little interest in discussing
> the benefits to the membership, what form the program should take, how to
> design and administer the process . . .. I'll admit, though, at just about
> that time, I decided that I lacked the interest to sing along, let my
> membership lapse, and stopped reading the emails.
> There may, in fact, be an excellent and detailed plan for the certification
> program -- this would be different from the other attempts to create one, and
> potentially welcome news.
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