I have this evening been asked by the Cadastral Stream Committee of the NZIS (of which stream I am a member) to cease posting ICS-related material to their LinkedIn group. My most recent post was a link to our ASaTS survey, other had been links to the resources section of our website, and to our discussion on the RCS review.
A similar issue has previously been encountered with posting on the NZIS Members Forum, and also with the NZIS YSG group on Facebook, so I guess we can take that as message received.
Field Notes will of course remain a bastion of free speech, and we the moderation team welcome NZIS-related contributions, so long as they don't breach rule 8 of the code of conduct. In my role on the Positioning & Measurement Stream Committee of the NZIS I will certainly continue to publicise the good work the NZIS does.
Its a SHAME that we - as Cadastral Surveyors - cannot use modern media outlets (no matter what the origin) to garner feedback; canvas opinion and seek professional support and guidance on matters to do with "cadastral surveying" in NZ.
Its a SHAME that other organisations and their sub-groups cannot see the wood for the trees and accept that we potentially share a collaborative responsibility for addressing and responding to the issues that surveyors are facing.
Its a SHAME that these other organisations are not seeking similar feedback from their cadastral surveyor members and fraternity. (I too am a dual member and do not seem to be asked for any/much feedback. Which begs the question - who is speaking on my behalf and what are they saying?)
Its a SHAME that the ICS are seen as a threat (?).
Never mind. Keep up the good work Alex and ICS and Field Notes!!!
That is most unfortunate. I think there is a huge volume of work to do in the cadastral advocacy space, on behalf of surveyors and our clients. The better informed and more people involved in this, the better. I certainly wouldnt want to shut down any discussion - but like Brent, I need to be confident that what is being said (if anything) on my behalf as a member of any organisation, largely reflects my views.