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Old 01-22-11, 06:47 AM   #1
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Extra stuff beside your names

I'm curious, a lot of y'all have extra stuff next to your names, there look to be stars of various colors and numbers, something that looks like a bird, something else that looks to be maybe a t shirt. What do all these things mean?
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Old 01-22-11, 06:59 AM   #2
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Click on a star or shirt and I think you'll find that they designate paid subscriptions.
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Here's a pretty good summary:

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Red Star = Contributing member in a very OG way.
Yellow Jersey = Titanium level
Blue Star = Moderator
3 Blue Stars = Administrator
Eagle = Sheldon Brown Memorial / Service Award
Username in red = user online and not in stealth mode / invisible
Username in black = user offline or in stealth / invisible / lurking mode
Username swirling around in rainbow colors = you need to stop taking whatever you are taking.
Sheldon's Eagle is also known as Igor. And I'm not sure what the OG means there, but basically back in the days of yore we didn't have any yellow jerseys to spare. Red stars were used instead.
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Old 01-22-11, 07:49 AM   #4
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Here's a pretty good summary:



Sheldon's Eagle is also known as Igor. And I'm not sure what the OG means there, but basically back in the days of yore we didn't have any yellow jerseys to spare. Red stars were used instead.
As I recall - and that is always in doubt at age 71 - when the forum got started, Joe charged no $$ and there were no ads. It was purely a forum of love. One day he felt he could not pay the server bill - ran out of money. So, a bunch of us contributed money to "the cause." When the forum finally had paid memberships, those of us that had voluntarily contributed way back when were honored with lifetime memberships and a "red star." As paid memberships were instituted, red stars were awarded to those who paid the small (maybe $30) 33 year membership. When the forum became commercial, I believe that when Joe sold it, we were grandfathered in by the agreement of the sale, but I am not sure about that. Well, actually, I am not SURE any more about much of anything!!
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So is BF corporate owned now?
Thanks for the explanations.
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Yes

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Also, it is my understanding that paid memberships lose all the ads. At least, I never see any ads unless I log out and view the forum as a visitor.
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Great question, Lucille, and welcome aboard. I've been following some of your posts about setting up your bike. At this rate you'll hit the 50-post requirement really soon, then you can PM folks. It took me a long time to get to 50 - I joined in 2003! LOL
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Horatio,
I'm actually kinda shy in person, but I think all the helpful people here have helped me feel ok about asking stuff. And of course, once I found out y'all like pie it was like coming home
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As I recall - and that is always in doubt at age 71 - when the forum got started, Joe charged no $$ and there were no ads. It was purely a forum of love. One day he felt he could not pay the server bill - ran out of money. So, a bunch of us contributed money to "the cause." When the forum finally had paid memberships, those of us that had voluntarily contributed way back when were honored with lifetime memberships and a "red star." As paid memberships were instituted, red stars were awarded to those who paid the small (maybe $30) 33 year membership. When the forum became commercial, I believe that when Joe sold it, we were grandfathered in by the agreement of the sale, but I am not sure about that. Well, actually, I am not SURE any more about much of anything!!
I, who get so much out of BF, want to thank you Dnvr, for contributing $$ way back when to keep the forum going until it became what it is today. It sure has brought me many smiles
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I just noticed you location as 'Texas', what part are you from?

I probably missed it in the introductions section because there are just too many new ones to open every one of them to see where people are from. Maybe that should be a requirement in the intro threads. I wonder if it could be set up like a fill in the blank page with drop-downs that people have to click on to move to the next step of posting a message.

They could use drop-downs like this:

Country:
State/Province:
City:

each of which would end up in the title line and would be required before the poster could move on to finish their posting.

OK, sorry for the hi-jack but that is sort of a pet peeve of mine in intro threads on websites and you have to open everyone of them to find people in your area. But if the title lines required the original poster's location, it would make spotting local (potential riding partners) much easier.

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I just noticed you location as 'Texas', what part are you from?

I probably missed it in the introductions section because there are just too many new ones to open every one of them to see where people are from. Maybe that should be a requirement in the intro threads. I wonder if it could be set up like a fill in the blank page with drop-downs that people have to click on to move to the next step of posting a message.

They could use drop-downs like this:

Country:
State/Province:
City:

each of which would end up in the title line and would be required before the poster could move on to finish their posting.

OK, sorry for the hi-jack but that is sort of a pet peeve of mine in intro threads on websites and you have to open everyone of them to find people in your area. But if the title lines required the original poster's location, it would make spotting local (potential riding partners) much easier.
There are regional sub-forums where you can find "locals" who are interested in sharing local issues and the like. I agree. I would love to have everyone have near their avatar their location - where it says "location " - but some do not feel predisposed to let us know where they are, which makes for a bit of confusion when someone posts such things a

"It is 25 below zero here" - and you haven't a clue where "here" is.

But, folks could just as easily place strange or incorrect city (and even state) names under the system you suggest.
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I live just south of Houston. But I'm not yet a candidate to go riding with, I anticipate that it might take a few weeks for my muscles to quit screaming in agony after my first good ride, lol.
I'm thinking that people can put in their location, and if they don't maybe they want to not publish it?
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There are regional sub-forums . . . .
. . . .But, folks could just as easily place strange or incorrect city (and even state) names under the system you suggest.
I suppose that's true even if the drop down list contained only real locations, they could still choose something other than where they actually are: but why would anyone do that? I guess I'm just too used to Texas hospitality standards where most folks are open and honest.
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I live just south of Houston. But I'm not yet a candidate to go riding with, I anticipate that it might take a few weeks for my muscles to quit screaming in agony after my first good ride, lol.
I'm thinking that people can put in their location, and if they don't maybe they want to not publish it?
Houston eh, not likely I'll ever get that far from home (about 600 miles from Fritch) for a bike ride. Oh well, good to see other Texans on board.
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Sheldon's Eagle is also known as Igor. And I'm not sure what the OG means there, but basically back in the days of yore we didn't have any yellow jerseys to spare. Red stars were used instead.
Wasn't there a red lantern, or did he get left behind?
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FYI - DnvrFox is the founder of the "Fifty Plus 50+" forum, as well as other good deeds at Bike Forums.
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But I'm not yet a candidate to go riding with, I anticipate that it might take a few weeks for my muscles to quit screaming in agony after my first good ride, lol.
Reminds me of my "reintroduction" to cycling when in grad school. My neighbor convinced me to invest in a decent road bike. Then he took me on a 3-mile ride. Thought I was gonna die! I was a 3-pack-a-day chain smoker just a few months before that epic ride! Now my wife thinks I'm superman when I ride 30+ miles. lol

Hang in there. You'll be pushing your limits in no time.
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