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Old 06-18-2005, 11:07 AM   #1
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Why is there a forum on where people have been?

What I mean is, anyone on any forum will warn everyone to be careful about letting anyone know that you are away. To my way of thinking that makes encouraging members to share the information that they are not home a risky practise.

So, why?

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Why is there a forum on where people have been?

What I mean is, anyone on any forum will warn everyone to be careful about letting anyone know that you are away. To my way of thinking that makes encouraging members to share the information that they are not home a risky practise.

So, why?

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Old 06-18-2005, 12:06 PM   #3
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I imagine you are referring to this forum: Who's Camping or Went Camping This Weekend
The purpose was to help members meet other members who may be in the same area while rv'ing, or just share how your outing went.


I can understand your concern, most members do not post their specific information (Address etc) but usually just a city or state.
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Old 06-18-2005, 12:20 PM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">who may be in the same area while rv'ing, or just share how your outing went. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


The forum title doesn't say that. If I were looking for that sort of thing, I'd probably go to one of the regional sections or the campgrounds sections.

& suppose I may as well say here as I have said elsewhere that I find IRV2 subdivided to the nth degree, or should I say to a discouraging degree. I just found out today that there is a special photos section and think huh? Making a person go do extra clicks?????

So,I go where I know a person or two and that is it. But as I said elsewhere, all the buttons work, even if they are confusing.

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Old 06-18-2005, 12:41 PM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">& suppose I may as well say here as I have said elsewhere that I find IRV2 subdivided to the nth degree, or should I say to a discouraging degree </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I can appreciate your frustration, we are constantly looking for ways to improve irv2 and the forums, we have actually trimmed down quite a few forums and the moderators and administrators review this on an ongoing basis

Besides the forum, as you found we have a photo gallery, we also have a campground review section, along with a classified section and a pretty extensive links section.

iRV2 started about 5 years ago and justs gets better with age, it's the members we have that really sets us apart.
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Old 06-18-2005, 01:03 PM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">it's the members we have that really sets us apart.
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Here, Here I'll tip one to that.

Little Kopit do you have a suggestion (s) that will make things better?
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Old 06-18-2005, 01:04 PM   #7
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BTW I must say thank you for answering. That is not true on all forums. For that I applaud you.

But re. fragmentation, I know I'm not alone. In my line of work, I know the general public finds too many cubicles, frames, etc. just too much.

Computers make frames eaiser for the IT souls to manage, but they have a down side.

So, keep pruning, joining with judicious time for trying out.......


OK, ParTheCourse slipped in there, so, suggestions. Modernize the title for the section for Truck Campers. To me they are Truck Campers.

Make it easier to review a thread that you are posting to. I made this suggestion to Brad earlier today. I was posting on a thread responding to a post on page two, when there was a post on page 3. I had clicked reply on page three and was afraid to go back to two from that window and lose what I'd written so far. So, I went to another window to double check on things.

Over at rv.net (which is the easiest format of all to follow {granted they have the $}when you click reply there is a link to 'view topic' you can even specify the page to view now.

But the best of these schemes is/can be via invision free. The forum I hang out at which uses invision free is http://campfiresoapbox.com. You have to be a member to post, of course. When you click reply, you see the last 10 posts and if you want to see more there is a clear link to click on. I say is/can be above because Chris (cmoehle) likes to tweak things. BTW I'm a facillitator over there.

One does not have to know enough about browsers to open a new window. I also deal with new computer users in my work. I've had reason to check in this past week, not too many regular computer consumers in my neck of the woods hang out on forums, but some do.

& a way to preview your post with a change of format and font before it gets posted, oh, what I would give for that one. I know how to widen the window, but oh for a preview. I'm one of many who has trouble proof readin my own stuff.

Thanks again for the response.

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Old 06-18-2005, 06:39 PM   #8
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Kopit, as Scott noted, we are constantly looking for ways to improve on what we have. We recently trimmed some Forums, but as soon as we do, we get someone wanting a specific forum for something that is near and dear to them.

The owner of IRV2, updates software from time to time, based on what is available and what we need to do with the forums as they develope.

So your sggestion does not go unnoticed. Feel free to comment at anytime and you can always PM one of the moderators or administrators if you want to discuss an item but not on the open forums.

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Well, I tried to reply earlier, started it, went off to check something, and come back and that reply is gone, but it left a ghost. I can't get the reply button to work. I've tried - logging out, clearing cache.....& finally have discovered the quote button. ??? BTW the reply button for other threads works, but not here. ???

Anyway, thanks for your reply too Ken.

I think where I was going was this business of seeing so many options with all of these frames. Sure, rv.net has the subscribe option, which is easy to get used to. What I went to check out was garden web. http://www.gardenweb........ They are one of the non-responsive forums from admin and technical help, but they are a big detailed site. It's totally different software, which is way over my head, but it's not too hard to navigate. The search feature works quite well and the alphabetical list of topics or 'forums' is easy for me to follow. Still, I was thinking that they might have some options worth your looking at.

Of, course, they have a very plain wall paper, no visible frames, which I also prefer.


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Each site/forum uses a different software to drive the message and discussion boards. I have run across some sites that I really do not like and some that I learn to appreciate with some use and practice. There is no one software packege that will make all of the users happy, so we make what we have work to fit the members usage.

We also offer a Technical help forum for any one having problems or concerns navigating the site. There are some issues that have been discussed in the past on this forum.

Time to load up and go camping....I wish I could stay gone..

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In addition to being new to RVing, I am a webmaster. I've received many kudos for the many web sites I've created since I started in this business in 1993. Because of health reasons, I'm giving up the business.

This is so you know that I know what I'm talking about. I've been looking at a lot of forum sites. IRV2.com is the best by far. The people on here are friendly and, most important to newbies, helpful. There is an old axiom, "you can't please all the people, all the time." This is one of the most intensive and creative web sites that I've seen. It is well structured and provides something for just about everybody. I, for one, miss not seeing my RV brand on IRV2.com. As with any web site, things could be improved. It is commendable that this site does improved and grow. I always told my clients, "A web site is NEVER finished!" I'm sure this great site isn't either. Sometimes, you will have technical problems, but it's not always the web site's fault. Many times, it can be the computer or even the person operating the computer. There are any number of browsers out there and they all operate a bit differently. JavaScripts were created by Netscape, yet, the 6.0 and above Netscape browsers can't use all JavaScripts.

Suffice it to say, that there are all kinds of problems in developing a web site. This is one of the best.
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George, thnks for the kind words. I'll be sure that all of the administrators see your kind coments.

As for Brand specific forums, we do have a couple that are spnsored by the manufacturer. We have had request for every brand of RV there is and have found that too many forums will dilute the main thrust of the site. We recently thinned the forums and consolidated a few. We are constantly watching the developments and trends of the members. like you said a well maintained site is never finished. You have to keep up the changes and pleasing the members to have it be a success for everyone.

I do check a couple of other RV and Diesel truck sites and even before I was appointed as a moderator, I truly like this site the best. It does have the most informed members and a very minimum of problems. It takes a very dedicated bunch of moderators and administrators to keep ahead of things...or at least close to even.

I am sure Warpath has approached National about sponsoring a site. Some of the manufactures feel that they should not pay to have someone "trash talk" their product, even though they will receive plenty of benifit from the sharing of information.

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And I've put a note into Bill Rowell's mailbox regarding George's suggestion for a National forum when Bill returns from the iRV2 Rally in Pennsylvania.

And George, many thanks for your thumbs up. Many hours are spent (all volunteer by the way) managing and upgrading this forum. But for those of us who enjoy people and RVing, it's a labor of love!

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I'll second that emotion! Thanks George.
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