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Author Subject: The future of the club ... again
captainash Admin

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Post #1
The time has come for another discussion about the future of the club. Membership numbers are dropping and hosting costs are rising, so I gave it some thought over Christmas and have decided to move on.

If anyone is keen to make an offer, I'll sell the company, website domains, hosting etc. If not, I think it's time to close down the website. It's been quite a ride, but after 16 years almost everyone is either on PSOOC or Facebook anyway or has lost interest.

I'm immensely grateful to Stan, Rich, Lee and all the other admins for keeping the place under control. I'm sure they won't mind being relieved of duty Laugh

The GTi-6 and Rallye cars were truly special and we won't see cars like them again. From https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk it looks like there are 110 Rallyes and about 400 GTi-6 left, so the chances of any new members coming to the club is pretty minimal now.

Sad times, but I think it's time. Let me know your thoughts.

Cheers
Ash

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Posted 10th Jan 2019 at 20:54
prism7guy

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Post #2
It'll be a sad day if this place is lost forever. Cry
I've made some great friends and learned so much from this forum and it's members over the ten years i've been a member.

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Posted 10th Jan 2019 at 21:16
lj_6

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Post #3
Sad times if this is to happen, what's the chances of a few of the surviving members cubbing together to keep it going perhaps?

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Posted 10th Jan 2019 at 22:11
eliotrw

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[quote="captainash"]The time has come for another discussion about the future of the club. Membership numbers are dropping and hosting costs are rising, so I gave it some thought over Christmas and have decided to move on.

If anyone is keen to make an offer, I'll sell the company, website domains, hosting etc. If not, I think it's time to close down the website. It's been quite a ride, but after 16 years almost everyone is either on PSOOC or Facebook anyway or has lost interest.

I'm immensely grateful to Stan, Rich, Lee and all the other admins for keeping the place under control. I'm sure they won't mind being relieved of duty Laugh

The GTi-6 and Rallye cars were truly special and we won't see cars like them again. From https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk it looks like there are 110 Rallyes and about 400 GTi-6 left, so the chances of any new members coming to the club is pretty minimal now.

Sad times, but I think it's time. Let me know your thoughts.

Cheers
Ash


I think it should be saved if possible.

Absolute gold mine of info.

Would it not be better to set a date. Say a year from now?

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Posted 10th Jan 2019 at 23:42
gnrlee Forum Owner

Location: Leeds

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Post #5
Sad times indeed,..

I've been here since 2005 I've met some great members and now friends,..
Most of my knowledge about 6/Rallyes came from this site and its sad to see it coming to an end but its day was always going to come,..
If we could back up the forum as a read only archive that would be great but I'm guessing due to the size that this would end up costing? £££
if not then we should at least back up the FAQ section on a blog etc?

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Posted 11th Jan 2019 at 01:31
silky

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Post #6
What are the costs of keeping it running as it is compared to having it read only?
Posted 11th Jan 2019 at 07:24
miki4

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Post #7
I hoped this was an old thread revival but it is a new post indeed.

That would be absoultely sad if the site went offline. So much info accumulated over time, it would be a great loss. It's still a great meeting place and vital for exchange of information, not comparable to Facebook (which is a complete mess imo). I also think that with the cars becoming rarer, the number of enthusiasts won't decrease. Some will leave, others will come looking for a place with like-minded people to communicate with, restoring the 6's they salvaged from abuse, and again others will come back missing their life in a 6. Wink

The 6 is becoming a classic car. Don't let the club die before. I can fully understand your position, Ash, and I appreciate your communication. Some years ago the laguna2.de forum with all its information suddenly disappeared without a notice. If it's your final decision, please let us know the options to keep it up.

Thanks,
Michael
Posted 11th Jan 2019 at 09:56
goldfish

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Post #8
I’m sorry to see this happening, I’m a new member and in Australia these cars are so rare there’s no way I could have gained the info that has helped me save a Gti from the wreckers.
I understand your decision but it would be a real shame to see this website close.
Posted 11th Jan 2019 at 12:10
ale624

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Post #9
damn, theres so much good info on here it really would be a tragic loss to see it all go.

would you mind being a bit more transparent about the site in terms of cost to run?
how much bandwith is used a month, how much storage does the site use?

Cheers,
Alex
Posted 11th Jan 2019 at 16:06
rudolf

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Post #10
I found the site when my cambelt snapped around 2003-2004 and used the info to do the head swap myself. Since then, I've logged in regularly, recently once a day.

What does it cost to run, how many paying members are there, and do you get any income from ads?

If there is no chance of keeping the forum active, can you get archive.org to get a full copy?

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Posted 11th Jan 2019 at 18:23
mocinim

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Post #11
What a shame need to know the costs chap I think it’s definitely worth saving even if just as a read only
There’s to much good knowledge here to waste
Pm me the details would you chap

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Posted 11th Jan 2019 at 23:50
captainash Admin

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Post #12
All very valid points, and it’s good to know that the information on here is still worth keeping. I agree that keeping at least some parts of it available would be best, so what are people’s thoughts on removing all the non-essential forums and keeping the rest as a read-only archive?

Mind you, if we’re doing that, we might as well keep the rest Hmm

Financially, our current hosting is something like £55 a month, with membership covering about £20 or £30 of that. It doesn’t sound much, but for me, it’s £300 a year that I’d rather use elsewhere. If we stripped the website down a bit (removed gallery, for sale, maybe some of the forums) we could drop down to a cheaper (slower) hosting package and reduce costs that way.

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Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 06:43
jeffers Forum Owner

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Post #13
Ash, could you hang fire n speak to me n Stan before you do anything please? One of us will be in touch directly..

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Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 07:33
Day666

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[quote="jeffers"]Ash, could you hang fire n speak to me n Stan before you do anything please? One of us will be in touch directly..


My fingers are crossed Lee x

I would be gutted to see it go but I understand the reasons
Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 09:09
captainash Admin

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Post #15
Yes of course. No massive rush, just thought I’d open it up to discussion 👍🏻

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Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 10:33
jeffers Forum Owner

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[quote="captainash"]Yes of course. No massive rush, just thought I’d open it up to discussion 👍🏻

PM’d Thumbs up

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Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 11:27
alcon

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Post #17
If you were to remove sections in a bid to decrease costs, I'd recommend axing the following as no one uses them:
Comedy Central
Off Topic
I Spy
I.C.E.
Security
Insurance
The Parts Bin
and perhaps What's It Worth?

This would leave the core subjects that everyone finds useful. I for one am in the middle of an extensive restoration of my Rallye and I'd be kinda lost without some of the info that's contained within these main sections. I've felt for years now that the sections I've mentioned above were a bit of a waste of time and few people have added to them, so I'd not miss them if they were scrapped.

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Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 11:28
Cjwatson27

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And insurance could go hopefully just to p**s off adrain flux

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Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 11:48
jeffers Forum Owner

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[quote="Cjwatson27"]And insurance could go hopefully just to p**s off adrain flux

Flux are just ripoff merchants imo! LOL

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Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 11:52
jeffers Forum Owner

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[quote="alcon"]If you were to remove sections in a bid to decrease costs, I'd recommend axing the following as no one uses them:
Comedy Central
Off Topic
I Spy
I.C.E.
Security
Insurance
The Parts Bin
and perhaps What's It Worth?

This would leave the core subjects that everyone finds useful. I for one am in the middle of an extensive restoration of my Rallye and I'd be kinda lost without some of the info that's contained within these main sections. I've felt for years now that the sections I've mentioned above were a bit of a waste of time and few people have added to them, so I'd not miss them if they were scrapped.


Agreed! Thumbs up

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Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 11:58
Carl GTI

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Post #21
I joined here after the CXOC forum suddenly vanished - that was another great forum with lots of banter and lots of knowledgeable folk.. Having owned both VTS's and GTI-6's these forums have been a wealth of knowledge, but I fully understand the decision to shut up shop if it comes to it.
Perhaps I'll have to join Facebook if that's where it's all at now?
Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 20:05
mocinim

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Is there any chance of buying a digital copy of the faq data

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Posted 12th Jan 2019 at 22:36
jeffers Forum Owner

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[quote="mocinim"]Is there any chance of buying a digital copy of the faq data

Lads, nothing is happening imminently, just give it a bit of time! Thumbs up

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Posted 13th Jan 2019 at 00:31
Day666

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[quote="jeffers"]
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[quote="mocinim"]Is there any chance of buying a digital copy of the faq data

Lads, nothing is happening imminently, just give it a bit of time! Thumbs up


Thanks Lee Thumbs up
Posted 13th Jan 2019 at 16:01
Cjwatson27

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Post #25
Rumour is there only doing it to delete your project thread Damien lol 😂

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Posted 13th Jan 2019 at 17:19

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