Why aren't Timbrel Vault people like Linux Users?
A bit of background so this question becomes clear to the reader. In
my past life I managed a bunch of network equipment, mostly Linux servers. Not a handful, I mean like 50 of them.
I started to install and learn Linux
before there was Internet in my town. In fact I needed to get a Linux
server ( and a Cisco router) running before my town could have
Internet. It is a long long story, suffice it to say that someone
helped me in an email get going, and then once a Linux server running I then had access to tons of discussions and FAQs about issues I
was having with Linux and presto the question was already asked and
answered about umpteen times.
That started in 1997,
and by 2000 I was hiring young people to help me manage the servers at
the ISP and the 50 servers at clients premises. During the interview a
key question was, "what do you do if you are faced with an error or
something is not working on one of your servers?" Of course the answer
is " I would google the error". If you could google and read you could install and fix anything. People were enormously helpful without thinking about charging.
I benefited , and yes I
also participated, from this incredibly helpful community. If I needed
to setup a new service, say squid caching server, there were many
HOWTOs and then when I was stuck on something, the same question was
answered already, or someone or even crowds of hackers would come to my
rescue. it might even be one of the key people who made the particular
software or application. To this day I am amazed how helpful the Linux
community is to one another. It happens with Cisco users and other
groups but not to the same extent. Linux users will spend considerable
time making step by step instructions, share the results, and refine
So now back to building vaults.
you may have noticed I became interested in masonry vaults and domes a
few years ago. I started with domes where there are many masons in my
locality with that skill. I moved to Nubian vaults where there are some
websites, to brick vaulted explained somewhat by auroville. Eventually
I have come to timbrel vaults where I looked at pictures on other vaults.
These sites were helpful in a passive sense.
But unlike the Linux world no one takes the time to make a step by step process and leaves allot for the newbie vaulter to work out himself. Or at least I have not found details on timbrel vaulting. And if you ask a question on email , well I have never received a reply.
Contractor Talk moves in that direction, but not with vaults. Maybe the the pool of vaulters is too small? Dry Wall builders are much more helpful and document much more.