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Old 10-30-2007, 05:56 AM   #1
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How the forum has changed over the years.

As I look back over five years and a thousand posts on this forum I notice how much the forum has changed in that time. Back in 2002/3 just how many posts did we average each day? Well, I certainly read every post then, and absorbed what knowledge I could from each one, and contributed where I could. Bacause the numbers of posts were so small, the forum had a feeling of being a group of enthusiasts, chatting round a camp fire. There would be a hot "current topic", and this would be discussed at length by the regular contributors. Over the past five years there has been such an increase in traffic that I no longer get this feel about the forum. I cannot justify spending the time it would take to follow each post, so I now just check "new posts" for any titles that interest me, and read those. I know I miss much of interest, as I sometimes come across old threads that I would like to have read. I suppose this is an inevitable consequence of success, and I feel lucky to have become a member soon after the inauguration of the forum. Do others have different solutions for keeping abreast of current important topics?
We certainly have a great forum, and many thanks to our moderators for their intelligent and balanced efforts.

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Old 10-30-2007, 06:02 AM   #2
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Congratulations on post number 1000!

Everything changes! Sometimes for the better, sometimes not. The forums are not perfect, but a lot of valuable information can be learned here. I also look at the new posts and weed out the things I don't care about and focus on the things I do.



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Old 10-30-2007, 06:11 AM   #3
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I am on several other forums and e-groups relating to my other interests such as antique cars and kayaking. These groups are very good, but not nearly as active as The activity level that we have on these Forums is both bad and good. Bad, as nickcrowhurst says, in that it is difficult to follow the strings of interest, much less everything that is going on. Good in that there is a wealth on information here that is not found on any other e-group that I am aware of.

I think that I prefer this group the way it has become. The good far outweighs the bad.
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:24 AM   #4
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Congrats on post #1000!
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:42 AM   #5
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Hey Nick,

Nice going on 1000! Congrats.........

BTW, I have found a lot of your posts to be very precise, right on topic and full of great info. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-30-2007, 07:12 AM   #6
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Good morning Nick. Remember the detailed discussions on best brake controllers? And the personalities who were around at the start? I highly appreciate your contributions and know the read will be worth my time when I see your username. Congrats on 1,000 -- you've packed a lot into every one! Karma thanks on its way.

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Old 10-30-2007, 07:48 AM   #7
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Not having been around the Forum when it started, I don't know exactly how it was - but I have been in on the start of others and can imagine how this one worked. It must be fun to have seen it grow into what it has become.
I've gotten started very recently with the AirForums having been looking for an AS for a couple of months. What I have learned about 'streamin' in that time (from the Forums) is absolutely astounding! I can compare it with the time my wife and I decided to take up boating on the Great Lakes - having never been on a boat. We both took the public courses on boating and I continued with the special courses on boating electronics, maintenance, navigation, etc...but I'd never turned the keys and started a boat! We eventually purchased a 37' twin engine power boat that we cruised on over 1,000 hours each summer on Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan. What a great three years!! But we learned everything by course work and seat of the britches over time. Here, I've learned so much from the Forums. What a great resource! I've got my TV, I've selected my hitch (down to one of two), and we've selected the AS we want - now we just have to find it!!
Thanks to all for their wonderful gifts of information sharing. I often wish I had the information to share with everyone - for payback. I can only say that I think the FORUMS are incredible. I get a little tired of some bad attempts at humor but the information is often "right on", informative and highly regarded.
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Old 10-30-2007, 07:50 AM   #8
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Congratulations on 1000 posts.

I joined the air forums early in 2002 and I have a low member number of 307. I miss some of the early contributors. I know some of them continue to visit the forums because I periodically check their profiles. I try to spend about the same amount of time as I did early on, however I can only visit limited threads. There is so much that I pass on.

I do appreciate some of the improvements made to the software. I really like the threads that are Unit Specific to our NEU. With these threads, I can put a face to post and even enjoy some of the NEU levity.

As with life, the family has grown and changed. We must adapt to the change if we are to continue with the success of the AirForums.

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Old 10-30-2007, 09:37 AM   #9
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I am fairly new to this forum as well. Never even had a travel trailer before. Indeed the amount of information is quite overwhelming at first - it takes some creative search work but the results are well worth it. Amazing amount of experience here!

I use and participate in forums alot - what stands out the most to me here are the people. Few rants and flames - just good folks willing help newbies and old hands alike.

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Old 10-30-2007, 10:10 AM   #10
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When I pulled my half gutted GlobeTrotter out from behind a barn 7 years ago I had no idea of what it would have originally looked like or how it could be restored. The only source of information seemed to be a collection of 20 odd sites on this new thing called the Airsteam Web Ring.
The mistakes I made from lack of info still glare at me from time to time.
Now I check in nearly every day just to see the hot topic and wouldn't consider starting a new project without searching to see how it was done before. What an evolution. Thanks to all who contribute.
BTW. Is there any quick way to find your first post? Might be interesting to look back and see how much of a newbie I was.

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Old 10-30-2007, 10:15 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Tom Nugler
BTW. Is there any quick way to find your first post? Might be interesting to look back and see how much of a newbie I was.

Found this on your list of posts, way back in '03!
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:17 AM   #12
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I first got into Airstreaming in 2001 which was prior to these forums. The only place I could seem to find anything was a forum on Compuserve that was directed to RV's. My early questions brought nothing but negativism towards Airsteams and could have potentially turned me away.

I instead found the Hunter Hampton Yahoo list serve and my early Airstream interests were fostered there. I think Andy R even visited that site and posted initially that he was developing something different that was more than just a list serve or repository of linear posts. I don't believe Hunter liked the competition and gave Andy a somewhat cold shoulder.

I had no idea that this site would ever develop into what it has today. Hats off to all of the members since it's your postings that make this site what it is today!


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Old 10-30-2007, 11:33 AM   #13
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I think this site is fantastic BECAUSE of the high level of activity! Have a question? It will be answered in minutes (if not seconds). What more could you want when you're elbow deep in some fix and don't remember the next step. I have other forums I visit where it could take a week to get an answer - by then I'll have figured it out myself!

Of course, as the forums change, so do the people in it. I started out with all the usual hitch questions, how to pick a tow vehicle, what to look for in a trailer, how to fix that trailer, and now I just want to know great places to camp. Some people go back and get a second trailer and repeat! So everyone is at a different place in their journey, from having finished a shell-off resto, to having just discovered that Airstreams are still being made. I think there's room for everyone here!

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Old 10-30-2007, 05:55 PM   #14
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Forums Appriciation

You seem somewhat melancholy about what the Forums have become. Judging by some of the responses to your post, your early involvement helped to make these pages as valuable as they are to us newer folks. Because I have been at my job for over 30 years, I know that change can be difficult to accept. I question the attitude of some of our younger folks while at the same time I marvel at, and know that I will miss the great majority of good people I have worked with. I was introduced to Airforums 2 &#189; years ago when we bought our 345. My wife found the site and immediately started mining it for information. Along the way she got to know some very helpful people via the net. Eventually this led to our attending a Forums Rally. After our second rally, I started to pay attention and to post on these pages. What has resulted is a great deal of knowledge and more importantly a number of people that we consider friends. We attended the Balloon Rally in New Mexico earlier this month and met a whole new group. When I arrived home from work this morning I found that one of the couples that we met sent us a DVD filled with pictures from the event, and two Hawaiian print shirts, just because they matched the interior of our coach. I don’t know how to place a value on knowing these kinds of people. So while I can’t follow all of the threads, and I have certainly posted a bunch of silliness with my new friends, I appreciate that this site has developed the way that it has and look forward to more of the same. Ron PS: title should read Forums Appreciation

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