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    Updated the software again tonite, As of right now, there are not many changes, but in the near future im going to ask you all what features you would like me to put in. You can see most of the changes in the Search, FAQ's and Profile areas (links on top).

    If you find any odd images, bugs, or problems, please let me know! Im one step closer to co-branding the forums with other websites... i cant wait This upgrade was a huge step, so far, everything looks fine.

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    So far so good joe!!! I do have a question though. Do you have an inactive user policy? I was wondering because I was looking at all the members and there seemed to be alot of people that were inactive.And having users like that takes up user names and makes it harder for potential users to get the name they want.

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    Fubar, i dont as of right now... Do you think i should delete a user if they dont post within 3 months? What type of inactive user policy would you like to see?

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    I would give them a reminder of their membership if they don't post in over a month, and in the reminder give them the option of continuing their membership or terminationg it.And if there is no reply give them 2 more months, send them another reminder and from there if no reply is recieved delete the user. But if that is alot of trouble don't worry about it, it was just a thought.

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    Actually its a very good suggestion, I like you idea, It shouldnt be too much of a problem, and i probly could make a script that does it for me I'll put that in my to-do list.

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    One other thing, how did Mike get "cool cat" next to senior member?

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    Once you get 100 posts, you can have your own custom user title

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    Aaaaaahhhh, very cool

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    One other thing I was thinking, when you do get co-branded with other sites the traffic here will definetly increase. As a result you may wind up with many users who will deteriorate the healthy environment this site enjoys( I hope I share others opinion), so I was thinking you you may want to have an email that goes out to new members that is like"the Ten laws of Bikeforums.com" or something like that because no one really reads the terms of service. And that way if extreme measures have to be taken, the members can't say," I didn't know". And also, if you need some moderators let me know.

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    Good point fubar, I currently have a great group of mods who help out when they can, but i will need more in the future, i think im going to end up with 4 - 5 super-mods who can help mod each forum when needed, instead of 1 - 2 mods for each forum. I would also like to have another 5 - 10 community advisors & welcome crew, who dont moderate the forums, but just help out new members with questions about the forum, and welcome new members to the forum.

    As for the community rules, I think thats a great idea, i would really like to keep the quality of these forums very high, and personaly, i think they are very high quality as of right now.

    What rules would you like to see here?

    Heres some basic rules off the top of my head:
    * Respect all members
    * Dont attack others
    * Keep your posts clean
    * Dont spam, or make duplicate posts
    * No Advertising
    * Keep your signature under 5 lines
    * Dont post copyrighted info

    Hmm, thats all i can think of right now, we have room for 3 more laws / rules Any ideas anyone?

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    I would have one that prevents gender biased discussions, or discussions that would or could offend women in particular.

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    Joe:

    Can you tell whether a member comes in here and just views replies vs a member who actually posts. I was thinking about Fubar's idea of deleting inactive members. I was wondering if many member just come in here and read posts and not post.

    I know that I come here very often to read posts but don't necessarily post all that often.

    Also, about the rules and regulations. This is a quality site and you definitely don't want it to degrade but you may want to be careful about bombarding new members with rules and regulations. Most of us come in here for enjoyment and many new potential members may be turned off by the fact that as soon as they join they are all of the sudden bombarded with these regulations.

    This may be a case in which you may want to deal with an offending member individually.

    Anyway, that's just my take.

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    Ahhh, you're not a dull bulb Joe Pozer.
    Good point, I guess there would have to be like, less than one post in three months or something. For the rules, true, but if people come in here and start causing problems and posting offensive stuff and just breaking rules in general, members who joined for the clean site will be turned off. I think it is more important to keep the members who have been around for awhile than change the rules for rude people, there are plenty of other bike forums websites.

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    Good point's, I really don't want to have very strict rules, just enough rules to keep the members in line, and keep the forums high quality.

    I guess the two main rules for the forums, are 1) Respect other members, 2) Keep your posts clean. I think I'll write up what those rules mean, the basics of them at least, and include them in the welcome email that all members get when they register.

    Joe Pozer, I have been looking at my logs quite a bit, For every 100 new visitors that come to the website, 8 become a registered member, Of the 1120 members that I currently have, 993 of them have less then 5 posts, and 457 of thoes have zero posts. For every one post on the forums, there is 20 more people who lurk / read that post. So basically, we have a ton of lurkers. This site does over 100,000 page views a month, with only 1200 posts a month, on avg, each thread is read 70 times.

    BTW, this month, were looking to hit over 1700 new posts!

    Im working on a script that will email all the users once a week with the latest 10 topics, last 10 polls, last 10 calendar events, forum stats, and user stats with log in info. What im trying to do, is get the registered members to come back to the forums every week, to see what's new, read the latest posts, and hopefully say hi, and post something here.

    Also, with the co-branding, Im looking to co-brand with around 10 - 15 other cycling websites, so our traffic / members should go up about ten-fold, from 1,200 posts a month, to 12,000 posts a month, and from 1000 members to 10,000 members. Those who need help, will get help faster, and get more help then they currently can get. Sadly, the co-branding may not happen for another month or so, the development of the forum software is taking a lot longer then planed. Those numbers just above may be a bit optimistic, but my goal is to have 7,500 members by the end of the year, with over 75,000 posts.

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    It's a good idea,for the webmaster to control. the posting actually it is happening, and you should visit some of the bike/cycling website, and you will right away want to get away from the site, the members are not only rude they are downright very very rude,, and to say about a posting of a gentlemen who wants to sell a jersey, he was called a dumb liar, a nincompoop, so I made a posting, defending the said gentleman, guest what one member told me, to polished my english, coz' they have class, ", I replied that for a person to live longer he should give respect and respect is the key to long life,, but in our site, all the members are polite and good and we respect the opinion of all the members, and for that I offer a toast to Joe
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    Here's to Joe!!

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    Joe, if you are planning on that kinda volume(users), I suggest getting a chat room in before that happens(you did say something about a chat room I think).

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    Fubar, yeah, im working on getting a java IRC client to work with the member database, Im also trying to setup the server to have its own IRC server, to host cycling chat rooms

    I wish i had more knowledge and money to put this site together how i want to, but both are in short order, so its taking ALOT longer then ever planed... but good things come to those who wait, right?

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    I'm sorry Joe, I am kinda going "do this, do that!!!" to you aren't I? Don't misunderstande me, I love the site and I think you do a great job.

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