Another Move - New Format

Discussion in 'Announcements & FAQs' started by CSR_Admin, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. CSR_Admin

    CSR_Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    New User Notes: When posting you may see a "de bug" error. Please ignore this. This error is the result of the site trying to send an email to somebody that has tried to subscribe to that thread. Do not hit the submit button twice as your post will be submitted twice.

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    The current server move is a bust. I have phpbb people and server people all pointing fingers at each other as to why the email function won't work. I am basically at a standstill and see no way to resolve it. I am going to go at this forum a different way. Here is why, then how:

    Since this site basically generates no revenue I have always tried my best to keep expenses to a minimum, which meant I was the one to fix things, and upgrade things and screw things up in the process. This makes the forum often have glitches and otherwise not work.

    My new approach is to do what every other enthusiast forum does, have memberships. This way the site can generate some revenue that will go into a fund to have everything that breaks professionally fixed instead of me hacking at it. I have no idea yet how these memberships will work, most likely they will just give users some enhanced features, like added picture storage. other than a few added features for members the site will remain completely free to all, and paying for a membership is only an option, hardly a requirement. Many have offered to send me money to help offset costs so this is just a formal way to make that happen.

    I already have a vbulletin board set up and have imported this entire forum to it. It is almost all working at this point. I have a company making a very nice looking site design. Why vbulletin? Because getting support is just a matter of sending them money. It should be much more reliable because of this. With phobb I was on my own with no support.

    Sooo...please deal with this screwed up site for the next couple of weeks, and know that I am putting the pieces together right now to come out of this with the best site possible. We probably won't have the virtual marina, but we will have a proper photo gallery which should work almost as well. Thanks!
     
  2. Half Off

    Half Off Member

    416
    Jan 25, 2007
    Dubuque, IA
    280 Sundancer 2004
    4.3 Apha 1's
    Sounds like a logical decision to me. I consider the information I get from here very valuable so I will be a paying member when you get it set up.
     
  3. osd9

    osd9 New Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    MidAtlantic
    2003 410DA
    Caterpillar 3126-TA w/ ZF 80-IV
    Sounds to me to be the right decision. Just let me know where to send my membership dues!.....I'm in...Oh...and thanks again for all the hard work and time your putting in...
     
  4. JeffM

    JeffM Member

    526
    Oct 6, 2006
    Magothy River, MD
    2000 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    5.7 EFI w/Bravo III
    What Dominic said....and emphasis on the THANK YOU for all your time and frustrations.

    Just let me know what I need to do to join.
    Jeff
     
  5. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Active Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Shelton, CT
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    Maybe $40 a year and a free burgee? :grin: :smt021

    Do what you have to do to keep it running!!!
     
  6. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Jim,
    What ever it takes. Keep up the good work. Only thing we don't want to bring the wrath of Sea Ray down on us if we start charging, I'm sure there is someway around it :huh: Thanks for everything you do. Will we have to get new user id? passwords? When do you think it will happen?
     
  7. ImpulseIII

    ImpulseIII Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore/Venice FL
    2001 410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126TA
    Hey Jeff, Kick in for me and I'll pay you back at next years BIH get together :smt043 :smt043

    How's things?
     
  8. DuckBoater

    DuckBoater New Member

    53
    Apr 25, 2007
    Eugene, OR
    Pretty sure I heard marqbarq say he would cover it for everyone in the PNW.... :wink:
    but in case I heard wrong, this site is still a huge bargain to me at whatever membership fee. It is too bad that SR corporate won't help out since this site does more than most dealerships to keep owners happy and committed. Just a thought.
     
  9. KeithD

    KeithD New Member

    149
    Jul 16, 2007
    Lindenhurst, NY
    310 Sundancer 2000
    350 Mag Bravo III (2)
    I gots no problem kicking in some cash. This forum is great.
     
  10. Shining

    Shining New Member

    704
    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate NY
    Boat less / Sold
    5.0EFI BII
    Good move Jim. My son runs a forum. He recently switched php to vbulletin and he says it's like night and day. Worth the few $ for sure.
     
  11. JeffM

    JeffM Member

    526
    Oct 6, 2006
    Magothy River, MD
    2000 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    5.7 EFI w/Bravo III
    No problem! :grin: That pic of Dominic and his flag was worth every penny!

    Hoping to get out for Saturday/Sunday. Are there any nettles up your way? As I recall the Sassafras is pretty fresh, so maybe there aren't too many (any)?

    Jeff
     
  12. ImpulseIII

    ImpulseIII Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore/Venice FL
    2001 410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126TA
    We have not been to our boat for 3 weeks but from what I hear nettles are not a problem on the Sassafras. I hope Still Pond is the same as I am thinkinng about meeting Tim (Festavus) there tomorrow. Are you guys going to be up this way?
     
  13. JeffM

    JeffM Member

    526
    Oct 6, 2006
    Magothy River, MD
    2000 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    5.7 EFI w/Bravo III
    We're thinking about an overnight Sat/Sun in the northern parts of the bay where we hope there won;t be any nettles. No definite plans yet; I was reading about the marinas on the Sassafras. We spent a night on the hook there last year and liked it but we both sleep better in a slip. I guess we're not comfortable enough with our anchoring skills yet!
     
  14. CSR_Admin

    CSR_Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    I was just out on the boat 2 nights ago near Kent island on the Chesapeake and was amazed at all the nettles, seemed like every 2'.

    I don't think donations will make Sea Ray mad, this ship is kept pretty tidy so I can't imagine they would want to shut it down. What do i know though....

    You shouldn't need a new login or anything. The move this time should be absolutely seemless. (Heard that before huh)
     
  15. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    QSM-11
    Jim, count me in!

    I'm sure this hasn't been a fun few weeks for you...
     
  16. Tallahassee240Sundeck

    Tallahassee240Sundeck New Member

    207
    Jul 31, 2007
    Tallahassee, FL
    This site is a great resource and well worth it. Just make sure you don't get hit tax-wise on a membership issue. I am sure there is a way to set it up, and if there are any CPAs on this site, I bet they will chime in. Just a thought as it was an issue with a motorcycle board I used a couple years ago.
     
  17. SearayPaul

    SearayPaul Member SILVER Sponsor

    875
    Oct 11, 2006
    Simpsonville, South Carolina
    34 Downeaster
    Cummins 5.9 480hp
    Count me in Jim. Your site was my only boating for most of May June and July. Since I did almost no boating this year I can use some of my gas money.
     
  18. Skip

    Skip Active Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    Potomac River/Chesapeake Bay
    07 52 DB
    Truly Blessed III
    R6800 CRM MANs
    Thundering Towers of Teutonic Torque
    2010 Nautica 12' RIB,
    MAN R6800 CRMs
    Jim
    I am in, and thanks


    regards
    Skip
     
  19. capt_jack

    capt_jack Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    180
    Jul 10, 2007
    GA
    185 Sport
    4.3 Merc
    Well, to avoid that I can help you out. I am a server administrator who owns a large server management company, I can provide a free server to run those forum on and help you manage it as well. Our connectivity is in a first class datacenter in which i have a large cage in. If you want to take me up on the offer just let me know. We deal alot with forums and such, so administration isnt a problem.
     
  20. Sea Ray 300

    Sea Ray 300 Senior Sea Ray Enthusiast

    612
    Oct 12, 2006
    Scituate, MA
    2005 300 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0 liter with Bravo III drives.
    I absolutely agree. Thank you for all you do.

    A simplistic solution, of the top of my head, is not to charge a membership "fee", so as not to ruffle any corporate feathers, although I agree that corporate should be thrilled that we are here, as there is no doubt that our members and prospective members add to their bottom line.

    Perhaps, a newly designed decal, or other inexpensively produced item, could be "sold" for, say, $40.00, and a newer version anually.
     

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