Re: Changes at Expressobeans.com
Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:45 pm
Gotta say, with no money available some great things have been done to this site in the last few months. Well done EB team.
Art discussion forum.
whalaw wrote: ↑Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:20 pm
Update: June 22, 2019
I'm amazed at the progress the Tech Team has made and is making with the site. For me, it's running smoother than it has in five years. Thank you for heeding the EB call, Tech Team. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Although, I do realize it's a "team" effort, I want to acknowledge 1nkling, individually. He has done a wonderful job coordinating everything and keeping our Members apprised of the progress. Thank you, Ben.
Here's where we stand on the back-end:
1. Certificate of Merger has been sent to State of Georgia - Upon receipt of same, we'll run Legal Publication Notice again. Then, we can finally finish it up by dissolving the NY EB. I have some monetary requirements to complete with NY, before they will issue a Dissolution. - more below.
2. I've filed documentation to end Workers Comp with NY. We're in a slight ( a few hundred dollars) dispute over the final amount owed. NY claims EB owes until 04/22, because that is when I cancelled the policy. However, our position is we should only owe through 02/11, when our "employee" resigned. I've read the statute and "employee or no employee" is the key element. I'm waiting to hear back from one of their agents to discuss.
3. We should be all paid up now with the payroll service. They are to still provide W2 at year-end.
4. 2018 taxes - I started to put this together last weekend. I intend to finish them by the weekend after the 4th of July Weekend. Then, I have the pleasure of starting on my own taxes.
In my initial post in this thread, I made the commitment to update this thread at least twice a month. Now that we've begun to turn the corner, I'm adjusting that commitment to once every month or so. Obviously, if there's a pressing/urgent matter, I'll/we'll address as needed.
There have been numerous positive changes over the last couple of months. However, I do still have some concerns about the long-term health of EB. The world has greatly changed since 2003, when EB started. Back then, we didn't have competition from social media and/or other "collector" sites. So, membership was active and passionate. An example of what concerns me are the following two threads:
My TRPS article thread has over 5100 views, with 12 replies, and only two offers to volunteer/assist (my thanks to those two, by the way). 1nkling's "Logo" thread has 464 views, with 11 replies and no offers to assist/volunteer, to my knowledge. Those numbers concern me. Active and passionate membership has always been the "secret" to EB's success. We need that from our members to remain healthy. So, what can you do to help EB continue on a positive path?
Finally, I'm ending with the call to TRPS, again. There are a couple of extra tidbits regarding TRPS, which I'll disclose as we get closer to the date. It should be a great time in San Francisco. Please come see us out there, if you can. Thanks and enjoy your weekend(s).
Online art scavenger hunt. Perhaps with changing feature artist participation? Bonus offered to those that attend TRPS with hunt/stop at EB's booth? Just throwing ideas out there. Would be a good way to expose artists to those new to the hobby. I'd throw-in some $ to get commissioned handbill/prints as prize/rewards.