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Old 10-26-2007, 07:41 AM   #15
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The New Posts link on the blue menu bar overhead will show all recent posts that a member has not yet looked at -- page after page of them. This can help one understand the posting sequence and the pace at which threads are posted to.

Mods can move threads between subforums; eg, a polishing thread would be moved into Exterior Restoration if it was originally placed under Boondocking. Moderators cannot alter the date & time stamp on a post or thread -- this is important to understand. The latest 30 time-and-dated posts show up on the portal page and mods cannot affect that either -- it's just not in the software.
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Old 10-26-2007, 07:46 AM   #16
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Using the New Post option works great for see post which may of scrolled to the bottom of the Portal page due to high activity.

I am a owner of a Sailboat which I rebuilt and get to do again because of Katrina and I can attest that the methods Boatdoc is using in his rebuild work are the best and he knows his stuff. Boatdoc I know you donít need my approval but it made me feel good to say it. I hope Boatdoc is not singled out unless he is posting in a manner I have never seen him do.

I like all the messages on the Forum it is a Community and we should have some fun and silliness mixed in with the technical issues. I vote with my mouse and select what I want to read some days I am silly some days I am serious, you know mood swings.

Some topics get heated like which TV is best or the never ending saga of the Hensley Hitch, but that is for my combative mood day. The different topics and views are what make it a Community and make Airstream Forums.
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Aerowood & Jim -- I also have been impressed with boatdoc's work and his willingness to share his methods.

boatdoc is a ... boatdoc. And summer is his high season. He has put up the following new threads since he's been able to spend more time here the last month:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...dow-35834.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f427...ess-36175.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...ble-36224.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...ler-36209.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...two-36284.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...ect-36938.html
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:19 AM   #18
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Mods can move threads between subforums; eg, a polishing thread would be moved into Exterior Restoration if it was originally placed under Boondocking. Moderators cannot alter the date & time stamp on a post or thread -- this is important to understand.
And Bob, correct me if I am wrong, but Mods filter posts and remove "Inappropriate" posts immediately until further review. A PM is sent to the poster explaining why it was removed, and that further review is required before the post is allowed.

I personally like this because it keeps a lot of crap and taboo topics out of here. But it is something I think everyone should be aware of.
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:31 AM   #19
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boatdoc,

I understand your concerns. One of toughest things mods are asked to do is balance members individual requests and wishes with those of the forum membership as a whole. It is true that we have many off topic posts, but as many members participate in those forum areas it would seem that they are valued.

About post removal: It's relatively rare that mods remove posts or threads. Examples of times posts are removed include outright spam (free cell phone ads), duplicate posts and posts that violate the forum rules. This last group of posts is fairly small. Threads that have wandered really far or gotten out of hand are usually closed rather than being removed and again, this doesn't happen very often. When a post is removed for a rules violation, it is our practice to notify the poster with an explaination.

Posts are not screened prior to posting to the forum with one exception, threads posted to the "In the News" forum are screened prior to posting and that screening is to make sure they are actually news.

Many forum members view the portal page for thread updates, but it moves very quickly and so you are very likely to miss new content viewing this way. Each thread that is posted to goes to the top of the portal page and the thread at the bottom drops off. This happens automatically (as mentioned earlier) and mods can't alter that process.

Moderators are volunteers and the site owner ultimately sets the tone and topic for the forum but often change is made in response to member need. To date, new sections have been added in response to member requests or many posts about a specific topic e.g. we recently added a subforum for Airstreams around the world in response to numerous posts from the EU. This is member driven change.

If you have specific questions about a post or thread please message a moderator and we'll try to help.
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If I were the one who set up the perimeters for such, I would try to set up agendas that are educational, meaningful and helpful to the community of Airstreamers, and they would be known as "Airstream Forums" and not as a "Different Word Game Forum" or show me your "Exploding Trailer Forum". Thank you, "Boatdoc"
One solution to this problem is to go directly to the forums. Click on the "forums" tab at the top of the page and bookmark it. You can then look at only those topics you desire. DO NOT GO TO THE PORTAL as this is the latest posts from all forums, including "off topic" posts.

Then, DO NOT CLICK ON THE COMMUNITY FORUM. Its stated purpose reads, "This is an open forum to share whatever is on your mind!" So I don't think that word games or "blow up your trailer" are "off topic" if they are posted here.

I use the portal but I don't usually bother with the word games or Airstream games posts. I did, however, enjoy the exploding trailer, though.

I hope this helps.
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:41 AM   #21
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Boatdoc, et al...as mentioned above, as we grow the number of posts does also to a point of cycling through very quickly on the Portal Page. To keep from missing out on anything, use the "New Posts" sort selection. It will show you ALL the threads that have been posted to since your last visit - whether it be an hour, two weeks, a month or year ago. Think of it as your customized portal page - this shows all the threads, not just the last 30 like the Portal Page.

Once you have read the threads with new posts that suit your mood or style, select the "Quick Links" drop down (just to the right of "New Posts") and click on "Mark Forums Read". This will reset the "New Posts" to start over.

If you clear you "New Posts" and want to go back to something posted in the last 24 hours, select the "Quick Links" drop down and click on "Today's Posts" this will show you all the threads with posts in the last 24 hours.

The other thing I find helpful about using the "New Posts" sort tab is that it shows a little more about the posts that appear there. It shows the forum they are posted to in the right hand column. This makes it very easy to scan down the list and skip over the off-topic or subject matter that doesn't interest you at the moment - where as on the "Portal Page", just the thread's title appears - not the forum subject matter. I find this helpful if I have limited time and only want to read particular subjects and save the rest for later...

Hope this helps ~

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Is there anyway to mark a thread "don't show thread", so it never appears on portal or new posts until it is unmarked?
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:40 AM   #23
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Boatdoc, et al...as mentioned above, as we grow the number of posts does also to a point of cycling through very quickly on the Portal Page. To keep from missing out on anything, use the "New Posts" sort selection. It will show you ALL the threads that have been posted to since your last visit - whether it be an hour, two weeks, a month or year ago. Think of it as your customized portal page - this shows all the threads, not just the last 30 like the Portal Page.

Once you have read the threads with new posts that suit your mood or style, select the "Quick Links" drop down (just to the right of "New Posts") and click on "Mark Forums Read". This will reset the "New Posts" to start over.

If you clear you "New Posts" and want to go back to something posted in the last 24 hours, select the "Quick Links" drop down and click on "Today's Posts" this will show you all the threads with posts in the last 24 hours.
wow! this is great. all the time and hours spent on here, i never used the quick link tab. thanks so much!
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Boatdoc, et al...as mentioned above, as we grow the number of posts does also to a point of cycling through very quickly on the Portal Page.

Hope this helps ~

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Shari, as moderator, can you look up any statistics like the number of posts per day?

It's my impression that the forums have actually slowed down from a couple of years ago. Back then it seemed that the portal page would completely change every hour, now it sometimes takes a full day. I know it changes with the season.

Just curious
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Is there anyway to mark a thread "don't show thread", so it never appears on portal or new posts until it is unmarked?
Nope, sorry ~
However, there is a built-in feature to "Ignore" a member if you want. It can be found in your "UserCP"

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Shari, as moderator, can you look up any statistics like the number of posts per day?

It's my impression that the forums have actually slowed down from a couple of years ago. Back then it seemed that the portal page would completely change every hour, now it sometimes takes a full day. I know it changes with the season.

Just curious
Yes, the admin/mods can look at any number of statistics.

For example:

I just checked the 'new posts' and 'new threads' activity levels for September 26 thru October 25, 2006 and compared it to the same dates this year.
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2006 - each day the number of posts ranged from 215-482
2007 - each day the number of posts ranged from 323-811

New Threads
2006 - each day the number of new threads added ranged from 14-38
2007 - each day the number of new threads added ranged from 12-39
Quite a jump I would say in the new posts! Not so much in the new threads - I can attribute this to the incredible database of information that is already evident and long-running discussions. The reason the portal page seems slower to change is it's the interface most people use. If they only view the most recent 30 threads and only post to those threads showing on the portal page they will seem to stick for a longer period of time. The more people use the "New Posts" feature and post to threads #31 and above...the faster the portal page will cycle! The portal page is really intended as a first glance at the most recent "active threads"...not necessarily the "best". It's also there for "non-members" to get a taste of what's going on - non-members can not use the full-featured sort tools, like "New Posts" since they aren't members, the program doesn't know when they last visited.

Another indicator of the growth is the number of individual member visits per day. Again using September 26 thru October 25, 2006 and compared it to the same dates this year.
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2006 - there were between 492 & 755 different member visits per day
2007 - there were between 648 & 891 different member visits per day
Of course these numbers ebb & flow month-to-month during the seasons, but I'd just wanted to share the past month to explain the point of discussion. There is definately growth happening...not decline.

<On Edit:> Another thing I just checked, there have been 111 different threads posted to within the last 24 hours (click on 'Quick Links' > 'Today's Posts') the programming of the portal page is such that every single one of those has cycled through the portal page over the course of the last 24 hours. How long they stay is dependant on how active they are and how many posts are added.

Stay tuned though...there is another change in the wind that may effect the perception of 'slow portal churn' ~

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I looked at the stats on the forums page and noticed that the average number of posts/threads has gone up on average. Over the life of the forums it has been 13.35 posts per thread and in the past month it has averaged 19.28 posts per thread. Several threads have had a brazilon posts and would give the perception that the portal page is stagnant because they are frequently being posted.
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Just my thoughts..

boatdoc,
You are a unique restorer and, I salute the way you apply the knowledge from your other profession to improve your unit..I have similar dreams, unfulfilled, along the same vein of thoughts. Plzs, keep me in your loop.
Now..
I don't know of many that haven't been censored at one time or another in the past. Some deserved it, others it was a "grey" area..A few were either kicked out or, drummed off. I have been slapped a few time as well..
Personally, I don't care for censorship, so far as it applies to what a members has to say. As long as we're civil toward each other and, don't get into a flame feud.
Spams, sexual website, etc...That's another matter, and needs to be kept off. In that, I am thankful Andy R and, the moderators work hard to keep the house clean.
I have been here for over 5 years myself and, like you, have tried to share a little bit of this love for this Airstream Life style. We all bring a different plate to the table and, I have enjoyed hugely, reading, seeing what others had to shared.
Having said that, I am outta of here..
See ya down the road.
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