Frequently Asked Questions

I get it, it's perfectly normal to have some questions about things on any website.  That's why I have launched this Q&A / FAQ section to help answer things so you don't have to keep wondering about it.  (It's not like you couldn't contact me, right?)  At any rate, please read some of my grand explanations to questions below, and feel free to submit one of your own via the contact form.

Research Questions

I've noticed you don't use citations in most of your articles, why is that? Good question.  The main reason for this is that the majority of the material I am working with is either online already, or is common knowledge.  That being said, it is always a good idea to cite things.  My intentions have always been to having physical or digital documents that have the information I'm providing, and have information linked.  Sadly, I'm one person, and that takes a lot of time.  I'm making progress on that as I go, but it's a work in progress.  If it is not cited, however, chances are it's a culmination of quick Google searching.
I've seen some of the posts on here posted elsewhere, is this a copyright issue or plagiarism? Your concern is valid.  Let me tell you right now that "The Havoc" is not the only place where some content is posted.  A good way to tell if it's a legitimate repost or not on this site is if there's a disclaimer statement at the bottom.  I do have articles posted on DVIDS, so it is entirely possible that you have read those articles there.  There was also a period of time where I posted content in a series on another website, and that info is now over here as well.  Regardless, any data, text, or information that isn't mine is directly pointed out.
Some of the content you've posted just seems to be a rehash on already posted information, why are you recycling content? Usually recycled information that I provide has some other context to it as well.  I'd refer you back to the question about citations when answering that question and just add that most of that rehashed information is done so to provide a connection or a new point that wasn't made in the original argument.
I gave you stuff to look through, and haven't seen you comment on it yet! Oof.  I have so much stuff to go through right now it's kind of pathetic.  Rest assured, if you sent me something to look at, I will look at it eventually and will have a comment on it.  I just can't always get through documents as quickly as I'd like.  History is a series of rabbit holes, and I have to explore each one.
Are you one of my students? Maybe.  I will say that if you reached this site through a plagiarism validator, I am not your student.  Any content that is posted here I have already received a grade on by my academic institution and that class would have been long-over by now.  No papers that I've composed are from classes that I am currently in.  (Yes, this has really been asked.)

Access Questions

I do not live in the United States, is there a reason that I can't get extended access to the site? The main reason for this is that it's less red tape for me.  Is there anything sensitive on the site?  No, not really.  But it makes it easier for me to explain that I am associated with a site that's operated, maintained, and frequented by an American member base than a foreign one.  That doesn't mean you can't view the rest of the site.  There's plenty to see without the access.
Why are there limitations on who can access certain parts of the site? The only real reason for this is that I want to track where some data is going.  Granted that's difficult to do on the internet once data is out there, and I'm sure someone could figure out a way to pull files without the access.  Still, this gives me a paper trail on certain things that are posted, and that's the only reason that wall is there.
What kind of content is behind there? Just documents.  No, really...that's all there is.  Documents that you could find on DTiC or through NARA, or by simply calling your local military historian.  There's really not much special about them.

Creator Questions

What powers this site? WordPress runs the content management service.  It's not a WordPress server though, and I do all of the updates by hand.  There's a bunch of mods that are used too that make the site work as smoothly as it does.
How do you make your banners? Clip art, brushes, random pictures, and Microsoft Publisher - of all things.  PNG's are a wonderful thing, and I use them to my advantage whenever possible.