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

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Post #51
Quick update ... the admin gang have come up with a rough idea of how to streamline the website a bit as we move forward. It's evolved over the years so this is like a trimming of accumulated fatness.

Changes
1. Remove requirement for any kind of membership
2. Remove the ability to upload attachments. Attachments put quite a load on the servers, so if we all use third party image hosts (photobucket etc) it'll speed things up.
3. Remove the gallery
4. Remove the following forums

  • The Thread Bin
  • Comedy Central
  • Off Topic
  • Meets / Events
  • I Spy
  • ICE
  • Security
  • Insurance
  • Wanted
  • The Parts Bin
  • What's It Worth?

  • Thoughts?

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    Posted 22nd Jan 2019 at 20:27
    Ben_W

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    Post #52
    I'd agree with most of that, apart from removing the Wanted section. That's a section that is still going to see some use as time goes on I'd think.

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    Posted 21st Jan 2019 at 21:52
    prism7guy

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    Post #53
    I also agree with most of that, the wanted section could come in handy as Ben said now that these are getting rarer.
    What if the time to live was brought back for that, so after say 60 days of no activity any threads in the wanted section are auto deleted?

    If there's no requirement anymore for membership, there could be an influx of old returning members or even new members joining in. I'm just wondering whether it would be worth keeping the Off Topic section too, just incase lots of activity occurs again it would save things being posted in the wrong sections. Once again, could have a time to live so it doesn't get too congested with inactive threads.

    Glad to see that the future of the club is looking promising again though Thumbs up

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    Goldie the track car.
    Posted 21st Jan 2019 at 21:57
    gnrlee Forum Owner

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    Post #54
    prism7guy

    all that sounds pretty fair,.. off topic could probably intermingle in with General if it's 6/Rallye related
    otherwise most off topic stuff will probably just happen over FB

    I like the idea of Keeping the wanted section and like you say delete threads over an agreed age,..

    to get the forum back to being free it needs to be shaved so that its running costs are a lot less,..
    I'd love to see the likes of old forum members that had a wealth of information and avenues for replacement/New parts come back! and of course see new members! Smile

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    Posted 22nd Jan 2019 at 12:58
    alcon

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    Post #55
    I too agree with the time limit idea....too many folks come on here looking to buy that VTS rack that sold five years ago!

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    Posted 22nd Jan 2019 at 13:17
    mocinim

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    Post #56
    Looking good guys glad to see where staying open

    Who made gnrlee admin ? That’s dangerous Guns

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    Posted 22nd Jan 2019 at 17:16
    gnrlee Forum Owner

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    Post #57
    Razz

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    Posted 22nd Jan 2019 at 17:47
    goldfish

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    Post #58
    How about just combining the sales and wanted?
    Posted 23rd Jan 2019 at 12:03
    goldfish

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    Post #59
    quote:
    [quote="alcon"]I too agree with the time limit idea....too many folks come on here looking to buy that VTS rack that sold five years ago!


    There's a VTS rack for sale? 😉
    Posted 23rd Jan 2019 at 12:04
    ale624

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    Post #60
    "1. Remove requirement for any kind of membership"

    eh? as in, the £5 a year membership??
    making it optional? or non-existant?
    Posted 23rd Jan 2019 at 16:57
    jeffers Forum Owner

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    Post #61
    quote:
    [quote="ale624"]"1. Remove requirement for any kind of membership"

    eh? as in, the £5 a year membership??
    making it optional? or non-existant?

    Non existent.

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    Posted 23rd Jan 2019 at 17:08
    pug_306

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    Post #62
    I also think you should need to be a paid member to view anything on the forum.

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    Posted 23rd Jan 2019 at 18:06
    captainash Admin

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    Post #63
    Yep, making the forum public again. It’s the only way to encourage people back.

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    Posted 23rd Jan 2019 at 18:34
    Cjwatson27

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    Post #64
    I’d prefer to pay more money for a closed site than a free for all site, what happening to us paid members when people start joining for free ?

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    Posted 23rd Jan 2019 at 19:11
    miki4

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    Post #65
    I imagine we could need some moderators if the forum will be free for everyone.

    An option to make a donation could be good.

    I think it is worth to keep at least important pictures in a local gallery, e.g. these that are vital for understanding the how-tos in the FAQ. Another option could be to save the whole gallery by reuploading the pictures to another hoster and modifying the according posts?
    Posted 23rd Jan 2019 at 19:34
    pug_306

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    Post #66
    You should need to be a paid member to view anything. The info on here is worth the money every year. People can see it for free with no need to pay which I think you should change.

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    205 Turbo 340bhp
    Posted 23rd Jan 2019 at 22:47
    jorg

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    Post #67
    great to see plans to save the forum moving along so quickly. I have never had an issue paying towards membership and would of been happy to pay more. even though its being made free again I would still like to make a yearly donation towards the running costs if possible.

    pug_306 does make a good point about everything being available to view. Can the setup of the forum not be changed so you have to join/log in to see the main threads. I have had to sign up to countless forums to get information. If its free it should not put people off from signing up.

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    Posted 24th Jan 2019 at 10:13
    Day666

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    Post #68
    I’m up for what ever keeps the site up and running Thumbs up

    I too would also still like to donate (for a free site) to say a thank you Thumbs up
    Posted 25th Jan 2019 at 20:44
    davidmartin

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    Post #69
    I too would like to make a donation, Forum info has saved me a packet over the years.

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    Posted 25th Jan 2019 at 20:22
    Cjwatson27

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    Post #70
    Would prefer to pay more for a members only forum, can’t see how a free for all forum gonna help we’d need 10x the admins we have now

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    Posted 25th Jan 2019 at 21:09
    mik

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    Post #71
    quote:
    [quote="pug_306"]You should need to be a paid member to view anything. The info on here is worth the money every year. People can see it for free with no need to pay which I think you should change.


    Especially the tech info. It has saved me loads.

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    Posted 25th Jan 2019 at 21:37
    stan_306gti6 Forum Admin

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    Post #72
    As much as making it pay only helps towards the running costs, it has to be said that when the forum was free the traffic was much higher and that's where the majority of the technical information came from.

    Being pay only is unlikely to add much benefit to the technical element I feel as history has proved.

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    Peugeot 306 GTi-6
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    Posted 27th Jan 2019 at 08:39
    pug_306

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    Post #73
    If you look at all the threads there isn't much to add, people will be paying for the info already on the site.

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    1992 205 GTi6
    205 Turbo 340bhp
    Posted 27th Jan 2019 at 08:55
    Nose

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    Post #74
    quote:
    [quote="captainash"]Yep, making the forum public again. It’s the only way to encourage people back.






    I can see both sides of the argument in view of a paid membership to be honest. There're a couple of things i'd like to mention. Firstly when i was in one of my previous clubs, membership was free to a point, but if you wanted any tech info or to buy and/or sell parts, you had to pay for a 'full membership' to gain access to said section. I also think that due to the age of our cars now that most of the 'tech info' is already out there for people to dig out for free anyway. Just re Ash's quote above, i'm 200% behind encouraging people to join and rejoin the forum, but i don't think its a case of encouraging them back, is it not more of a case that our cars are simply becoming that scarce now that there's simply not that many owners of 6's and Rallye's out there to join? 500 Rallye's guys!! and that was late 90's, god knows how many are left, 6's i have no idea on either but you get my train of thought, there's simply not enough cars left out there to increase membership significantly. I'm all for the forum, ok its not the busiest place on earth but christ there's some VERY VERY good people associated with it and i know my car wouldn't be anywhere near where it is without it. Thankfully looks like it'll be saved by what i can see on here and massive thanks to those behind the scenesThumbs up Thumbs up . When all is sorted i'd still like to pay a contribution.

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    Posted 31st Jan 2019 at 18:48
    captainash Admin

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    Post #75
    Contributions always welcome Thumbs up

    Thanks to everyone for the feedback, I guess we'll see how it goes. I have just removed the need for membership, so everyone should have full access to everything from now on.

    Please let me know if anything hasn't gone to plan ...

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    quote:
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    Posted 14th Feb 2019 at 20:50

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