2001 and 2006 the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN)
and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS)
operated a discussion forum in which users could
raise issues about SCAN's websites, post queries
on research topics and engage in discussions
about historical records in Scotland.
The Forum has had to be
discontinued for various reasons.
Firstly, there were technical
performance problems with the Forum software.
Secondly, very few of
the postings resulted in an active discussion
and most were very specific genealogical enquiries
which were better handled by an appropriate
archive in Scotland.
Thirdly there were inappropriate
drain on staff time in monitoring the Forum
was preventing the NAS Online Resources Team
in preparing content for the websites and carrying
out work towards the digitisation of records
and preparing metadata to allow the digital
images to be made online.
When the SCAN website
is redesigned in the near future, some of the
content from the Forum relating to general aspects
of Scottish historical records will be used
to augment the Knowledge Base and other parts
of the website.
There are several active
discussion forums concerning Scottish history
and genealogy, including the Talking Scot website