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    Updates at www.TheTandemLink.com

    We have added two new Message Board features to www.TheTandemLink.com

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    * The first is our "Tandem Rally Round-Up" Message Board. You will find a new link to it on our "Events" page (aka. Tandem Rally Calendar): http://home.att.net/~thetandemlink/RallyInfo.html

    The Tandem Rally Round-up is a free Message Board where tandem enthusiasts can share comments regarding the various tandem rallies they have attended.

    Its purpose is twofold in that, prospective rally hosts will be able to read what rally goers like and don't like about the events they have attended. At the same time, it will provide prospective rally attendees with insight into what previous attendees thought of certain events.

    At present I have broken the Boards into groups that consist of forums for International, Major US, Other US, Off-Road & Commercial Tandem Rallies & Events. Some of the Major International & US Events are already set-up as Categories unto themselves and include a Poll feature that lets you rate the most recent event on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high).

    Note: This wasn't an original idea and was, in fact, a suggested enhancement to our Events page by folks who thought an on-demand compendium of Rally feedback and comments in a user-friendly Message Board might be of value. This is not intended to compete with other outlets for "Travel Diaries" or "Rally Reports", per se; instead, it is hoped that it will be more of a "consumers guide" to tandem rallies. (Flame Retardant Suit On)

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    * The second is "TheTandem.com's Classified Ads" Message Board. You will find a link to it on our "Tandems" page. http://home.att.net/~thetandemlink/tandems.html

    TheTandemLink.com's Classified Ad Message Board is provided for use by private tandem bicycle buyers and sellers. It includes separate groups for Tandems with separate Sell & Buy forums, Tandem Components with separate Sell & Buy forums, Tandem Accessories with separate Sell & Buy forums, and a Miscellaneous group with forums for Apparel, Transportation, and Potpourri. Dealers may use but should guard against "marketing" or "overusing" boards. This is just "another outlet" for classified ads that anyone is free to use. We noted that http://www.tandemmag.com's continued availability remains a year-by-year "gift" to the tandem community from Greg S. It is hoped that his utility will grow into one that can "pick up the slack" in the event Greg decides to sunset his Web site in the future.

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    At present, anyone can read or post to these Boards. If "hackers" or "spammers" descend on the Boards I will be forced to invoke a "members only" posture. Anyone want to take any bets how long we can go?

    Oh yeah, can you say "Beta Testing". I have never used these things before and slapped these together during the past 24hours. I'm sure I've screwed up something and, unfortunately, it will be the initial users who find out where the holes are.

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    I've not used aimoo based fourms before but it looks top notch. Thanks for taking the effort to set it up.
    Gravity kills.

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    Is there a way to read the website http://www.TheTandemLink.com without all the floating popup ads? I was trying to read the classifieds but gave up in frustration over the overly obnoxious ads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrEWorm
    Is there a way to read the website http://www.TheTandemLink.com without all the floating popup ads? I was trying to read the classifieds but gave up in frustration over the overly obnoxious ads.
    Unfortunately, it's the 3rd party AIMOO host site for the classified ads and rally round-up that has the pop-ups and, yes, they are incredibly annoying. The AT&T servers that host www.TheTandemLink.com are devoid of any such devices and my site is also commercial content free. In fact, I temporarily shut-down both forums for a couple days as I contemplated their future existence. However, I subsequently put them back on-line after several folks advised that any pop-up blocker software plug-in or the use of the Mozilla or similar, non-Explorer/Netscape browsers will eliminate the floating billboards.

    Not sure this is of any help and, rest assured, as time permits I am investigating other software packages and/or host locations.

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    This seems to be a pretty good tool for blocking pop-ups, etc...
    http://toolbar.google.com/

    NOTE: I'm not sure if it was the addition of Google's pop-up blocker or if AIMOO is still developing it's web tools, but a small "close me" link now appears under the floating ad window that will rid the page of the annoying moving window.
    Last edited by livngood; 06-30-04 at 11:17 AM.

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