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From Aug 2006 - Nov 2013 WeDig provided a live forum for diggers & fans of Vindolanda. It has now been mothballed and will be maintained as a live archive.

Here you will find preserved 7 years of conversation, photos, & knowledge about a site many people love. Vindolanda gets under the skin. (Figuratively and literally as a volunteer excavator!) It's a place you remember, filled with people you remember!

Thanks for 7 great years!

We Dig Vindolanda 2.0
Andy, I am shocked, -shocked-, that you guys aren't sitting around waiting to write posts here every night! :D

Seriously, I've always considered anything the Staff writes here to be a bonus -- a well-received, much-appreciated bonus. I do want to create a corner of wedig for staff to leave essays/vignettes. And I'd like to encourage it. I think that's valuable. But it'd always be there as a friendly option, with nothing further expected or implied.

I think we've still gotta look at local access as being a big stumbling block. If it's too hard at the end of a long day to find a computer to leave a post or a thought, then nothing I do in recreating the site will help overcome that.

Sue, I totally agree. The forum threads are a bit balkanized now, I think simpler will be better for sure!

Everybody, please keep the ideas coming. The more I know about what people want, the better WeDig 2.0 can be.

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This is stunning! Brilliant! Huge congratulations, and more power to the entire Vindolanda crew for what I'm sure will be a -lot- of work to clear the Stage 2 hurdle. Wow. The tablets could come back home? That's incredible.

We Dig Vindolanda 2.0
Hey Tim. I love the idea. When I first started wedig, I downloaded some trial software that could "terraform" buildings, trees, grass, and lay it on terrain using satellite info, so the dimensions would be perfect. And once it was done you could make a "movie" just like that, amazingly realistic. Unfortunately the full software was crazy-expensive and the learning curve crazy-steep. So I never went anywhere with it.

But even without that kind of detail, I definitely would like some kind of 3D thing to show the site over time. Something that's clickable so, say, you want to see the Antonine HQ: first you go to the Antonine time on a timeline slider bar, then mouse-over until you see the "Headquarters" screentip, then click and a screen would pop up describing a bit of what's known about it and how it might have looked. Lot of work. -Lot- of work. But it'd be a blast.

One thing that's simpler is this free 3D object creator software called "Art of Illusion." You can put together a pretty good picture of a samian bowl without a lot of work. I think it'd be fun to create a page that has various 3D pictures of the types of pottery that you can find on-site. That's something that I think is within my grasp, and it might be fun & useful for diggers to have. I'm going to be working on it over the winter.

We Dig Vindolanda 2.0
Hey all. Thanks for some great ideas. Laura, you're right on. We need a proper gallery. When I signed with this forum host, it was with the impression that they were working on one. But 2 years later, I think I'm done holding my breath. :D

Andy & Bryan, I'm totally on board with weekly excavation diaries. A fantastic historical record, & a way to see the site unfold live. Michael's pics are amazing; it'd be nice to have a spot where progressions like that were easier to access. The question is: how do we motivate folks to post? A big problem is site access. The public computers at the Twice Brewed are run by the county council, and they block all forums, including us. I think a big piece of the puzzle is making it easy, easy, easy for people to get at a computer and post whilst they're digging. Is there any room for a cheap old laptop or two onsite, if somebody had an old one they'd donate?

A part I can work on is making the forum as simple & straightforward as possible to negotiate. I'm going to look at ways to organize the "stuff" on the screen so that it's easier to see where you want to go and how to get something posted. And I want to pull extraneous things out to their own pages. I want to create a more proper Web site. The forums will still be the key focus, but things like news, links, excavation reports, photo galleries will get their own pages. I want to declutter the actual -forum- bit. Keep it tight & tidy & inviting, and a place where people & threads won't get lost.

Andy & Justin, you guys are fantastic about posting here and staying involved. As much of that as you're willing to keep doing will only help make the site better. I also think it'd be brilliant to get an occasional post by Robin & Pat on their experiences, Barbara with some neat tidbit of what's happening down in the conservation labs, the folks down in the Museum with a fun story or two. I figure, best case, this site could become a repository for a kind of collected experience of the place. Again, possibly aiming too high but worth a shot.

Anyway, that's about where I'm at now. Any & all ideas, keep 'em coming.