Russell: I agree with your synopsis of the situation. I believe that in order for a system such as this to become a reality, the church would need to get behind it.
I am uncertain of exactly what the future of this system is, however I believe in it and I hope to see something become of it. My intent is not to create something that can be provided to every ward today... especially if it means that the functionality of the application would be negatively affected.
My point regarding e-mail security isn't that we shouldn't be using e-mail at all. This web-based system uses E-Mail to contact the teachers for results. My point is that if we are going to go as far as setting up a reporting system, let's keep it as secure, simple and feature-rich as possible. Going with an "E-Mail Only" reporting system would require sending actual data via e-mail (a practice that I am not especially keen on) as well as decreasing and, in many cases, eliminating many of the benefits the system currently provides (I'll spare you the specifics for now
) In my opinion, the best way to do this is with a centralized website as this reporting system has been designed. Even if this design is currenly not in accordance with church policy, I still believe it keeps things as secure and simple as possible while providing some seriously powerful features. On the other hand, I fully understand why church policy is as it is and I even agree with it.
I think something will happen to make this possible one day.... I just don't know the what's, how's, and when's.