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Old 04-05-2007, 04:10 PM   #1
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Rivet Changing domain names on April 11th

In our ongoing efforts to provide our members with the best Airstream Knowledge Sharing Forums in the world, we will be changing our URL from AirstreamForums.com to AIRForums.com effective April 11, 2007.

You will still be able to access our site via our current domain name but you will be rerouted to the new domain name. Please update your bookmarks accordingly.

We thank our members for their continuing support.

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Old 04-05-2007, 04:13 PM   #2
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:19 PM   #3
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:23 PM   #4
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Sorry for the delay in getting back to you all. We are going to go ahead and change domain names. That being said, we need to be extra careful that we don't even come close to violating Airstream, Inc's trademarks with our new tagline/logo.

It is my understanding that it is the use of the word Airstream in conjunction with a trailer, motorhome or other other camping stuff that will cause a violation. Maybe one of our sleuth members can dig up the filing with the Trademark office and post a link here for review.

If I am correct, then it would be best for us to avoid the use of the word Airstream in our tagline. We can still use an Airstream in our logo but only if we do not have the word Airstream in our tagline (or domain name).

I think we can use the word Airstream in our tagline but would have to be very precise in the way we design our logo. I think it's wisest to remove the word Airstream from the tagline all together just to make sure we err on the side of caution.

(Isn't it ironic that in the last year they were trying to add the Airstream name to the WBCCI and at the same time pushed us away from using it in our name!?!)

From my understanding as it is now, we can have in our logo:
- Our domain name (AIRForums.com), tagline (without the word Airstream) and an image of an Airstream in the logo.
- Our domain name (AIRForums.com), tagline with the word Airstream in the tagline, and nothing related to camping, trailers, outdoors, motorhomes in our logo.

If it were up to me, i would choose a tagline without the word Airstream and an image that includes some shiny silver with rivets (side of an airplane of course)
It sux, too, because I know I had the winning entry in the contest.

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Old 04-05-2007, 04:42 PM   #5
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There are various reasons why we will change names but I would rather not go into all the details. Our relationship with Airstream, Inc will remain the same and we will continue to operate under our licensing agreement with them. The old domain will simple redirect traffic to our new domain name.
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:04 PM   #6
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Interesting. Neat new domain, but very, very interesting.....
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:19 PM   #7
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sounds like more political correctness that dogs us everywhere these days. oh well, i do like the new name. it's not like it had to be named "silver trailer talks" or something else weird! thanks for the heads-up.
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:52 PM   #8
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What about the RSS feed?
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:15 PM   #9
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I am not sure what will happen with the RSS feed. We will likely move it to Feedburner on the new name. Thanks for bringing up that point, we need to figure out how to deal with that...
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:31 PM   #10
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...yet another headache for you Andy...

Take the word out, it won't change our community

That's what happends when a smaller company gets bought by a larger one and starts pumping profits...now they want to control everything...

what about dishing the WBCCI and starting your own AirClub?
You could be the new Wally...you already have many, many followers
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As long as the content remains, I don't care what the name is. I am a little concerned that people who are looking for Airstream info will not be able to stumble into us without the word "Airstream" in our URL.
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I am a little concerned that people who are looking for Airstream info will not be able to stumble into us without the word "Airstream" in our URL.
We will likely have a slowdown but within a month we will be in the Top 5 for the search "Airstream" on Google.

There are site stats at the bottom of every page (click on the box that looks like this . We can watch the unique visitors and judge how far down we dip and how long it takes to get our ranking back. But don't worry, our old name will remain functional and so all the traffic will be routed to us anyway.

I have been researching the right way to do this and we will be following all the whitehat search engine rules (as always). I think (and hope) it will be a smooth transition.
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A frustrating thing to have to do Andy, but if it keeps the forum clean and above board then so be it. It will be interesting to see what happens for the short term but I suspect, as you have noted, that those really interested will find the forum pretty quickly.

Thanks for all the effort.
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