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PaulB

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Non-VOC Member
#1
First Impressions of the new VOC Forum

Well done guys. I'm sure it will be a great success:D

Paul
 
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Graham Smith

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VOC Forum Administrator
VOC Forum Moderator
VOC Member
#3
To start up a post you go into the forum you think best suits the topic, then you start a new 'Thread'.

Threads are topics and posts are replies to threads.

It'll all make sense after a while!

Regards
 

Rapide

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
#5
Great!

Well done on this superb initiative.
I am looking forward to its evolution, Great!
 

samueljohn

Active Website User
VOC Member
#6
The VOC has now stepped into the 21st Century and it is an exciting start.
Great job by the group responsible for this and hopefully it will be used frequently as the communications tool it was designed.
Cheers to all and many fine posts to come.
John R


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VincentHRD

Website User
VOC Member
#7
I would love to know who thought up the entry procedure. He couldn't have made it more difficult if he had deliberately tried. He will have to better than this to rival jtan.
 

Glenliman

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
#8
For a moment I thought I would be asked to use my secret decoder ring to get in. Very tricky, much ado, but keeps the low forehead Velocette owning types out, it's way beyond their capability. :) I really like the elitist thing, keep it up!


Glen
 

Graham Smith

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VOC Forum Administrator
VOC Forum Moderator
VOC Member
#9
Hi VincentHRD

It was I who thought up the entry procedure for the VOC Forum (GS, MPH Editor)

I 'joined' the forum on numerous occasions while testing the system and could always do it in under five minutes. I can't understand how you've been having difficulty, as once it's been done - that's it, you don't have to do it again. If you were really struggling with something, let me know and I'll see if I can change the process to make things easier for the future.

The point is, we had to make registration 'difficult' to a certain degree.

Any forum like this on the internet will have a similar joining procedure. The problem we have, is that if the procedure is too simple, 'spammers' can automate the process, then flood the whole site with multiple registrations and their offers of Viagra, potential 'wives' from Russia (tempting I know!) or pornographic websites - I'm sure you've all received them at one time or another.

With the 'manual' procedures we've put in place (like putting in your date of birth and typing in the set of characters that appear), if a spammer does manage to set up an account with us (highly unlikely), we're in the great position of being able to ban them instantly and remove all messages they they may have posted within a couple of minutes.

The only thing that makes our forum slightly different to others is that we have to work out who's a VOC Member and who isn't. I'm sure most Members of the VOC will appreciate the parts of the forum that are only available to fellow Club Members.

The other reason we ask for your date of birth, membership number and full MPH mailing address is because that's something only YOU will know. This will stop non-VOC Members gaining access to the Members-only section of the site. As I say, it only takes a couple of minutes of your time.

Finally, please note - we are not trying to rival jtan. I'm sure jtan will continue for many years to come.
 

TouringComet

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VOC Forum Administrator
VOC Member
#10
I would love to know who thought up the entry procedure. He couldn't have made it more difficult if he had deliberately tried. He will have to better than this to rival jtan.
The type of people that send you spam email have developed automated mechanisms to register for message forums, and then post spam messages to the forum. The registration process you saw here is common on these types of message forums, to prevent those spammers.
 

Robert Watson

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VOC Member
#11
No Secret name for me, beside I'm one of those low forehead Velocette owning types, and I got in with no sweat. Something new for my spam software to deal with!!
 

Phil Mahood

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
#12
GreyFlash - first post

Hello all,
Congratulations, Graham. Thanks for all the hard work. Yup, it wasn't easy to register. But, you reset my password, and got me back on stream in just a few seconds. I'll keep posting to learn the ins and outs of this and then get the Ontario Section Forum moving.

Cheers, Phil Mahood
 

VincentHRD

Website User
VOC Member
#13
I already belong to jtan and the New Bonneville Forum on Delphi forums, which contains hundreds of other forums accessible to me, and on neither did I need to go through the hoops necessary to enter this forum. Neither of the forums I have mentioned suffer from spammers. I have a unique membership number for my membership of the VOC, so why is it necessary to repeat my address and date of birth? This is after all only a motorcycle club, not a secret society. Am I missing something somewhere?
 

PaulB

Well Known and Active Website User
Non-VOC Member
#14
VincentHRD,
This new forum is a quantum leap in terms of improvement over the old forum and I feel those responsible should be applauded and commended. The registration procedure is slightly more complex than most, but then we have a "members only" area which does require some additional security.
Please don't moan, just use it and enjoy it :rolleyes:
Paul
 

Graham Smith

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VOC Forum Administrator
VOC Forum Moderator
VOC Member
#16
Registration too much trouble?

I have a unique membership number for my membership of the VOC, so why is it necessary to repeat my address and date of birth? This is after all only a motorcycle club, not a secret society. Am I missing something somewhere?
Yes - you're right. You do have a unique Membership number, this is why we need YOU to quote it so we know who you are. We can then manually confirm your status as a paid up VOC Member, then grant you access to the whole site.

Unfortunately, there is no way of automating this process (unless you're an expert on php hypertext programming - if you are, please contact contact me and I'll get you to write something into the code to automate the system and save me having to manually approve all applications).

Or are you suggesting we should open up the WHOLE site to non-members?
 

Phil Mahood

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
#17
Great Step Forward

Graham & Team,
Marvellous job. I know it is a lot of work to get one of these things going. This development will pay off for years and years. No, this isn't a JTRAN rival. Listservers and forums are two different animals. Hope all your planning works out and that we can keep these pages clean and cheerful.
Regards,
Phil Mahood
Ontario Section S.O.
 

Glenliman

Well Known and Active Website User
VOC Member
#18
Graham, I was joking about the level of difficulty in registering, although I was hoping it would be too much for the Velo owners. On reflection I can see where a Thruxton owner might make it through, and apparently one did, so it can't be all that difficult.

As you say, once registered you are done, it is just a click to enter.

Try to please everybody and somebody isn't going to like it.
 
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Graham Smith

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VOC Forum Moderator
VOC Member
#19
I'm sure Robert Watson took your comments about Velocettes as tongue in cheek.
 

Comet Rider

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VOC Member
#20
It's getting there

As with all forum's it takes a little getting used to, as all run slightly differently. But I feel that it's a good start compared to the old club forum, and if we all use it then GOOD.:)
 
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