Another Move - New Format

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

  1. Jim,

    Add my thanks and praise to all above. I am surely in whenever you get it settled!

    Thanks again for all you do for us!

  2. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    Excellent move!! I'd be glad to contribute as I have offered before and/or pay membership here and get a forum with more features and capabilities ... such as RSS feeds :grin:

    Just let me know where and when to sign up and send the membeship dues :thumbsup:
  3. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    are there discounts for those who don't own boats :huh:

    Just kidding. I'm in just let us know.
    Thanks again Jim, for my Virtual boating experiences and such a great community.

    When we move sites does Gary have to contact the local authorities as a registered SeaRay offender? I'm just curious... :huh:
  4. dad's turn

    dad's turn New Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    I'm in just let me know what the cost is.
  5. Stray Cat

    Stray Cat Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Pool 10 Guttenberg, IA
    2006 300DA Sundancer
    350 Mags / Bravo III
    Ditto - :thumbsup:
  6. Arizona240DA

    Arizona240DA Banned

    Jun 20, 2007
    The ROI here is nearly immeasurable; only waiting to send a check or provide my credit card number.

  7. Asureyez

    Asureyez New Member

    Apr 22, 2007
    Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
    Sea Ray 460 Sundancer Hardtop 2001 - SOLD
    Cummins 450 Diesels
    Some thoughts on membership

    By contrast a sight devoted to discussion on diesels in boats, a somewhat narrow population when all boaters are considered charges 25 bucks a year for membership. Non paying people can hav elimited use but not fuull privlidges like responding to posts or opening photos ...

    I find the few times a year I ask questions plus the invaluable training I get from reading about the trials of others and the solutions offerred from professional technitions and manufactirers makes the cost well worth it.

    If you were to organize the site an "association" with a governing board that would allow the site to be self governing and directing.

    If this site had a membership fee that was graded to boat size; say under 28' $15 bucks a year; 28' to 38' $20 bucks; and 39' and up $25 bucks it would make sense.

    In the member posting ID, I'd recommending only showing length of membership and the number of posts, but give only a designation based on class of boat size, drop the "Admiral" type of nominclature as it incentivizes motor mouths to post senslessly to get a merit badge.

    I would also encourage the idea for non boat parts and gizmo manufacturers to advertise their wears in "badge type " ads and their CSR's to have Q & A sections on their products. The advertisers should be SR boat centric i.e. no realeste advertisers for instance. The ad revenue would offset the cost of operation to members.

    In items for sale, if members could list their boats for sale, they might get the ad for free but would pay $100 bucks if the boat sells to another member.

    Just some thoughts.
  8. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    Re: Some thoughts on membership


    You want some kind of "dockage fee" scale?


    I agree... but it should be INVERSE to size. Under 28' $100/year; 28' to 38' $50, and 39' and up $5/year... Otherwise, I'll register my dinghy. :grin:
  9. Bill Gillespie

    Bill Gillespie Member

    Apr 20, 2007
    Danville, CA
    2006 44 Sundancer
    Cummins QS5
    Add me to the list of members when appropriate.

  10. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars

    How about these questions in light of your suggestions:

    I think I have initiated 2 threads in the last year and they were to make others aware of certain boating related news. All my other posts were responses to help another boater with his issues or to help him fix his boat. Why should I pay for the privledge of solving other people's problems? Don't misunderstand me here....I am more than willing to pay my share of the overhead, but I have a problem paying more to help others just because I own more fiberglass.

    The member posting ID thing may have some merit, but I would like to see us move toward more specific boat information rather them less in signatures, ID's or whatever. I'm at the point where I just don't usually take the time to ask qualifying question on location, boat model, engine or drive type in order to answer questions. If the original poster doen't provide us enough information for us to give him quality answers, then he should be stuck with the general and many times inaccurate answers he gets as members have to guess at the specifics of his boat.
  11. Asureyez

    Asureyez New Member

    Apr 22, 2007
    Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
    Sea Ray 460 Sundancer Hardtop 2001 - SOLD
    Cummins 450 Diesels
    Fair Points

    FrankW I understand ... maybe we need to have a Bos'ns rate, and for Gary, a dingy rate where any boat under 18'5'' is 300 bucks!
  12. CSR_Admin

    CSR_Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    If any relevent company wants to advertise, like if a local dealer wants to sponsor a regional forum or something thats fine. But I have no intention of using ad revenue to support the site. I personally find ads on a site to be interesting as long as they are relevant. On lots of other forums I go to I have found some pretty neat stuff this way.

    This site does not need to be member supported. Content will never require a membership to be viewed, and you will never need to pay money to participate or ask questions.

    The reason I want to accept donations at this point is because I get member after member asking if they can donate some money. I am over my head in programming duties so I figure its the right time to accept some of those donations and put them towards the site. What I have come up with is as follows:

    Silver Sponsor - $25 annual donation
    Gold Sponsor - $100 annual donation
    Platinum Sponsor - Any significant contribution in time, money or services

    For example, First Born spends a lot of time moderating this site, so he will be a Platinum Sponsor. I just spent a grand on the last server move, this upcoming server move, software, and some custom programming, so I will be a Platinum sponsor too. We have a member that donated a web server to us for hosting the site so he will be a Platinum sponsor (I will only let you know who it is if he wants, I'm afraid if the server goes down he might get bombarded with emails like I do!)

    The only extra privileges i can think of for sponsors would be additional image storage, maybe a free boat classified, maybe I'll think of more things. I just want people that donate money to the site to be recognized, so this should accomplish that. We will still have the various levels of seniority based on post levels.

    If somebody wants to donate money, great, if they don't thats great too. Active participation is whats most appreciated :thumbsup:
  13. Asureyez

    Asureyez New Member

    Apr 22, 2007
    Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
    Sea Ray 460 Sundancer Hardtop 2001 - SOLD
    Cummins 450 Diesels

    Okay so gimme a PayPal link ....

    And I want a burgee!
  14. CSR_Admin

    CSR_Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    OK, we are now on the new server, but apparently the VB guy did not preserve any of the forum settings. So I think I am back at square 1 :smt021

    So post away, and give me some time to get things the way I have spent the last 7 days to get them.
  15. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Jim............I am on the new site but I didn't get a re-direct from my old URL. I was using a URL for new posts for the last 24 hours. Maybe you need a redirect for a variety of combinations of possible URLs. Also, I noticed I don't have the right editor in my profile. I had to change it to get the additional smilies and text editing capabilities. Is this something everyone will have to do?

  16. Go Aweigh2452

    Go Aweigh2452 Active Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Olalla, WA
    its in my signature
    6.2 Horizon MPI w/guardian system
    Just a suggestion, but maybe a member that owns a marine store would like to sponsor the site? Over on the dark side at we have Boatfix as our coorporate sponsor and he gets lots of biz from us because he has great prices...
  17. CSR_Admin

    CSR_Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    Good idea, I'll keep that in mind.
  18. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
  19. Rich122

    Rich122 Member

    Aug 7, 2007
    MYC-Stony Point, NY
    '10 540DA, t/t:Amanzi350-40hp
    Raymarine G150s HD MFDs/48kw Radar/DSM300 Sounder
    Cummins QSC8.3-600s
    Pod Drive/Skyhook
    21.5kw Onan
    I'm in lot of valuble information on the site and well worth an annual membership fee.
  20. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    Jim, I would develop a special avatar supplement to idnetify the supporters on the board, similar to what did. that way the contributors get the recognition they deserve in addition to the little benefits. Nothing else needed from my view.

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