What a step forward! I applaud your determination and will visit you soon at the ISM. Watch for me (Hyperion DeCuir aka VE4NSA). You pointed out that Second Life (SL) is not for everyone and I totally agree.
Interesting move, one which I think is a great idea. I haven't got into Second Life myself, but I can see the benefits of having a presence there. I don't have enough time to spend in the real world, let alone a virtual one as well! :)
Unfortunately, too many folks escape into virtual reality and get lost. Ultimately we want them to come to us in real life, especially amateur radio. It will be interesting to discuss how we could accomplish that using a tool like SL.
A whole new ball game. One of these days, I might have to get into SL just to see what happens there, like being a virtual tourist visiting a new country. :)
At the same time, I also agree with the notion on having the website more interactive and animated. The danger is that it will require folks like you to spend so much time to get it done. To go with your educational and
Interactivity is a great thing, but animation can cut both ways. Properly done, it can really enhance the functionality of the site (think orbital projections, being able to examine 3D models of satellites, etc), or tutorials on working the different kinds of satellites. Badly done, animation is something which impedes usage of the site (Hands up who hates those Flash animations on the front page of company sites?). And of course, someone has to maintain it.
training theme, I have always wondered why we don' t have any online courses for our members and non-members that would make the website a great e-learning portal and encourage learning and participation.