Author Topic: How's it looking so far? (Poll)  (Read 6780 times)

Offline CaptK

  • Fleet Admiral
  • Captain
  • ******
  • Posts: 414
  • Karma: 13
  • Arrrrr!!!
    • SailFar.net - Small Boats, Long Distances
How's it looking so far? (Poll)
« on: July 31, 2004, 04:31:47 PM »
Make your voice heard - vote in the poll. :)  (BTW, votes are anonymous, unless you post a reply at the same time.)

I posted this for 2 reasons:

1) Immediate feedback on how you like this forum software, and

2) To show ya'll the "Poll" function, another fun aspect of the phpBB forum software.

You can set up polls for others to vote in using the "Add a Poll" function below your posting box. If you want to try it out, and don't have a real serious poll question, use the "Testing" area down in the "Etc, Etc, Etc" area of the forum. Have fun!

Kurt
My other car is a sailboat.

sailFar.net
Small boats, Long distances...

Bruce Woods

  • Guest
I like the idea
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2004, 10:25:19 AM »
Hey, I may have said this, I just think there are too many topic separated out...why not just have one bucket, and let the thread title separate things?

Hey, I could be wrong, so I voted that I liked the place just fine...

Offline CaptK

  • Fleet Admiral
  • Captain
  • ******
  • Posts: 414
  • Karma: 13
  • Arrrrr!!!
    • SailFar.net - Small Boats, Long Distances
Re: I like the idea
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2004, 08:47:25 PM »
Quote from: Bruce Woods
Hey, I may have said this, I just think there are too many topic separated out...why not just have one bucket, and let the thread title separate things?

Hey, I could be wrong, so I voted that I liked the place just fine...


LOL, Bruce! :D I wiped out a few categories the other day, hoped that helped a bit, BUT... ;)

Right now, without a lot of content, it may not make sense. However, if you look at the Yahoo group, there's close to ***30,000*** posts there! I don't know if this will ever get that big - tho I hope so - but, if it does, it'll be a lot easier to maintain and understand than if it was one big bucket with 30,000 pieces of info int it. Does that make sense? That's why there's an area for each type of boat, etc etc...

That said, that's just my thinking, I am always open to suggestions and improvements! I'm doing this for all of us, and trying to keep an open mind to the possibility that maybe one day there will be 30K posts in the database. :)

Kurt
My other car is a sailboat.

sailFar.net
Small boats, Long distances...

Bruce Woods

  • Guest
Coolsville!
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2004, 09:31:27 PM »
Well, what about defaulting to the lounge? That's the place I want to go anyway.

Hey, congrats on the storm survival!

Offline CaptK

  • Fleet Admiral
  • Captain
  • ******
  • Posts: 414
  • Karma: 13
  • Arrrrr!!!
    • SailFar.net - Small Boats, Long Distances
How's it looking so far? (Poll)
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2004, 09:23:44 AM »
I shifted the categories a bit, created one just about CPYOA site topics, and moved those subjects there, and down. That puts the Lounge up closer to the top, should make it easier to get to the "bucket". :) That should work better!

Thanks, Bruce! It was a good experience, and a wet one, too! :D
My other car is a sailboat.

sailFar.net
Small boats, Long distances...

Bruce Woods

  • Guest
Hey!
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2004, 09:52:06 AM »
Pretty cool. I hope others like it too.

Saw Craig Maven joined; I remember he was very active on the yahoo list.

sanman60

  • Guest
How's it looking so far? (Poll)
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2004, 10:10:58 AM »
Yep, well done!
This should be a very cool place once it develops.  8)

I also think that all the different categories will definitely help out, when it comes to finding/posting specific info. Good job!

Craig

  • Guest
Drinking from a firehose
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2004, 11:00:13 AM »
I agree that the options can be a bit overwhelming at first.  I have found that clicking on the links "View posts since last visit" and "View unanswered posts" is a quick and easy way to see who's saying what.  I like that.  Like most of these forums and sites it takes a while to figure out the best way to use it.  Once we get lots of posts the categories will be helpful for archival purposes.

Appreciate all the work!

Craig

curtis

  • Guest
some constructive suggestions
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2004, 10:31:35 PM »
Kurt,

I know you aren't the type to go off and cry if someone says what you've
done isn't quite perfect so I know you won't mind a few suggestions.
[insert one of those silly smiley things here.]

This is quite a change from the prior incarnations of the CPYOA site.
Those were more a small collection of useful tidbits of information and an
informal registry of CP owners.  The old one was maintained by hand.
It complemented the yahoogorp forum quite nicely.  This is more
automated and you've managed to get a lot of users and a lot of postings.
The down side seems to be that we've lost a few things.  We lost the library
section that had compac specs and brochures.  Its harder to see who is in
what region - this may be a reflection on the Internet itself but a lot of
people seemed to have omitted any contact information not even listing a
location.

So now on to some constructive suggestions.  If it is easy to change the
profiles section, add a pair of multiple questions on "where do you sail
most" and "where have you sailed".  It would be better if this were a set
(a large set) of checkboxes with each state or at least regions, such as New
England, Mid-Atlantic, other Northeast, Great Lakes, Chesapeake,
Carolinas, etc.  So we are not entirely US centric it would be nice to list
Canada, Mexico, Carribean (maybe more detail that that), Central
America, and at least each other continent.

It would be great if we could get people's LAT/LON but most people don't
have any idea what that is.  We could also ask that question.  The point
though is to make the location more searchable.

If we then had the ability to look to see the list of people who had checked a
given state or region, it might just catch on and when people updated their
profile we'd get some of those who had been previously registered.

Another thing would be to restore the library section.

There should be a link from the forum page to the index page.

For me the digest made the difference between something I was willing
to deal with and something I wouldn't have time for.  When you set this
up I browsed the topics but I knew I'd never come back to the web page.
But I would read my email, so the digest should keep me active .

At this point , with the digest I wonder if the yahoo forum still serves a
purpose.  Thats a digresssion.

Another thing that would make the forum really useful is if we could
really get a compac FAQ started.  A good FAQ needs to have a lot of hand
editing and someone with the spare cycles to observe what questions keep
getting asked over and over again and collecting excerpts from good
answers on the forum.  I had envisioned the FAQ section as a place to
discuss what should be in an FAQ.  Maybe I can stop griping and
actually contribute in that way.

Anyway.  I hope I didn't hurt your feelings.  And if I did TOUGH LUCK!
[insert another goofie smiley thing here.]

Seriously though.  You've done a great job.  Thanks.

And have a great Thanksgiving.  We compac sailors have a lot to be
thankfull for in life.

Curtis

Offline CaptK

  • Fleet Admiral
  • Captain
  • ******
  • Posts: 414
  • Karma: 13
  • Arrrrr!!!
    • SailFar.net - Small Boats, Long Distances
Re: some constructive suggestions
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2004, 06:25:01 PM »
Quote from: curtis
Kurt,

I know you aren't the type to go off and cry if someone says what you've
done isn't quite perfect so I know you won't mind a few suggestions.
[insert one of those silly smiley things here.]


WAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!! ;)

Quote
This is quite a change from the prior incarnations of the CPYOA site.
Those were more a small collection of useful tidbits of information and an
informal registry of CP owners.  The old one was maintained by hand.
It complemented the yahoogorp forum quite nicely.  This is more
automated and you've managed to get a lot of users and a lot of postings.
The down side seems to be that we've lost a few things.  We lost the library
section that had compac specs and brochures.  Its harder to see who is in
what region - this may be a reflection on the Internet itself but a lot of
people seemed to have omitted any contact information not even listing a
location.


One of the main things I chose to do when taking over from Mike Q was to make the CPYOA a place where the owners provided the content, not just one guy at a keyboard somewhere. Mike spoke to me many times of his dismay at the lack of participation in the previous site, so I figured the best thing for me to do would be to put the tools in front of the CPYOA, and let them build the ship the way they want it. :)

This has worked pretty well, we have some great regulars and lots of new people all the time coming in to chip in with info, help, suggestions. I've been real pleased that people have found the forum easy to use, mostly. :)

This will also be easy to hand off to some future CPYOA webmaster in the future - all of the applications which make up the site are Open Source, and have wide user bases with both active developers and communities, so I expect them to remain viable for a number of years yet.

I still have a bit of information from the old site to add here, including a couple of the spec pages/brochure info (the ones posted so far are in their respective boat categories). They are more of a pain to convert than the other info that was there, but I'll try to get that back up towards the top of the list to complete. Other things are in the Articles section, I have most of the old content that was available on the prior CPYOA sites posted there.

Someone else suggested a Registry, that's something I'll try to find a solution for and, if successful in that quest, will add it within a week or so, maybe less. IIRC, I have a php Form Generator available through the hosting company that may work...

Quote

So now on to some constructive suggestions.  If it is easy to change the
profiles section, add a pair of multiple questions on "where do you sail
most" and "where have you sailed".  It would be better if this were a set
(a large set) of checkboxes with each state or at least regions, such as New
England, Mid-Atlantic, other Northeast, Great Lakes, Chesapeake,
Carolinas, etc.  So we are not entirely US centric it would be nice to list
Canada, Mexico, Carribean (maybe more detail that that), Central
America, and at least each other continent.

It would be great if we could get people's LAT/LON but most people don't
have any idea what that is.  We could also ask that question.  The point
though is to make the location more searchable.

If we then had the ability to look to see the list of people who had checked a
given state or region, it might just catch on and when people updated their
profile we'd get some of those who had been previously registered.


Idea's noted, approved, and if possible, actionable. :)

Quote
Another thing would be to restore the library section.


Library section? I don't remember that. What we have now that may fill a similar functions: The Books and Movies categories here, and also the "Articles" category. Is that the sort of content you mean?

Quote
There should be a link from the forum page to the index page.


I can do that, will just have to figure out how. Curtis, if you knew how little I know about php and all this stuff, you'd be amazed that I've gotten it working this well. :mrgreen: To get to this point took 2 solid weeks of worth of effort at minimum - sitting in front of the computer for close to 12 hours a day. Then another couple of weeks getting it smoothed out a bit, and adding in the Gallery and Classifieds pages. You or Mike Q could probably have done it in a couple of days, I know. But I've no formal training in computers or coding, no exposure to learning about php except that, once I had this forum up and running, I'd open a file, hand edit, save, and run it to see if what I did worked. (I can see you cringe! :mrgreen:) Do lots of that, and even I can get the thing working with enough attempts. :) I do not think you are attacking me, I am just letting you know that what we have here is the result of basically maximum effort with a minimum of finesse, in many ways.

Quote

For me the digest made the difference between something I was willing
to deal with and something I wouldn't have time for.  When you set this
up I browsed the topics but I knew I'd never come back to the web page.
But I would read my email, so the digest should keep me active .

At this point , with the digest I wonder if the yahoo forum still serves a
purpose.  Thats a digresssion.


Well, glad to have you aboard, hope we can start seeing posts from many of the guys who are bound in one way or another to the Yahoo site. I'd like to make it obsolete - for the same reasons you archive all that content.

Quote
Another thing that would make the forum really useful is if we could
really get a compac FAQ started.  A good FAQ needs to have a lot of hand
editing and someone with the spare cycles to observe what questions keep
getting asked over and over again and collecting excerpts from good
answers on the forum.  I had envisioned the FAQ section as a place to
discuss what should be in an FAQ.  Maybe I can stop griping and
actually contribute in that way.


Let me know when you want to start... :evil grin and sadistic chuckle: :mrgreen:

Quote
Anyway.  I hope I didn't hurt your feelings.  And if I did TOUGH LUCK!
[insert another goofie smiley thing here.]

Seriously though.  You've done a great job.  Thanks.


Thanks, Curtis - no hurt feelings at all, anything you've named is something I'm aware of or have been aware of. I've gotten some help with the place from moderators and helpful folks in general, but all of the backend stuff is me flying solo, and it's time consuming, so it ain't all done yet.

We'll get there. :)

Quote
And have a great Thanksgiving.  We compac sailors have a lot to be
thankfull for in life.

Curtis


Thanksgiving was awesome. Lotta great food, good times with family. Didn't get to boat, but did get 2 more coats of Cetol on my new companionway hatchboards. :)

Again, Welcome Aboard, Curtis, and Thanks! Toss out ideas anytime!
My other car is a sailboat.

sailFar.net
Small boats, Long distances...

Offline CaptK

  • Fleet Admiral
  • Captain
  • ******
  • Posts: 414
  • Karma: 13
  • Arrrrr!!!
    • SailFar.net - Small Boats, Long Distances
How's it looking so far? (Poll)
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2004, 11:45:11 PM »
Sort of a PS to Curtis' message -

The forum page logo has changed a bit. While changing the look of it, I also made the link point to the CPYOA Home page. :)
My other car is a sailboat.

sailFar.net
Small boats, Long distances...

curtis

  • Guest
How's it looking so far? (Poll)
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2004, 10:28:28 PM »
Kurt,

Just to follow up on a question you had.  The "library" was a section of the
pre-Michael web page.  It had stats, brochures, and some other stuff in it.

Anyway, you really are doing a great job.  I'm not a big PHP programmer
either but I do manage to get by just fine.   I know this stuff can take quite
a lot of time.  If there is some way I could help, let me know via email.

I was away from email for a few days.  If I get some spare time in front of a
computer I'll try to go through archives of the compac mailing list and put
together the start of an FAQ.

btw- thanks for the code hint.  Quite frankly I'd rather the interface just let
us type in HTML since I'm perfectly capable of doing that.  It doesn't look
to me as though there is any way I can turn on HTML.

Curtis

dusty

  • Guest
Re: How's it looking so far? (Poll)
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2006, 09:30:34 AM »
aye, 'tis the best. ar, me autopilot flew off nay three years ago. she was a charming lass, and turned the head of many a sailor. i'd yell, "AVAST ME HARDIES! Keep yer grinders offa me wench, or I'll be 'avin' tea w'ich yer mums" 'Twas a good rule to be broken, not 'avin' a woman on board, until ya sets her down at the binnacle one too many nights.  they won't be 'avin' much a that.

Offline Defiant

  • Deck Hand
  • ***
  • Posts: 27
  • Karma: -3
    • Motor City Boat Werks
Re: How's it looking so far? (Poll)
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2016, 06:55:39 PM »
IMO There needs to be a mobile view for phones, etc   
This is one of the most difficult sites to use for two reasons:

1) no mobile view that I can find
2) no native photo hosting,  leading to the lack of photos posted
3) the lack of photos detracts from the info users provide, because hey, a picture is worth a thousand words. Let's find a way to incentivize photo posting....





Online Salty19

  • Fleet Admiral
  • Commodore
  • ******
  • Posts: 2372
  • Karma: 37
    • Island Time Pictures
Re: I like the idea
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2016, 08:07:55 PM »


Right now, without a lot of content, it may not make sense. However, if you look at the Yahoo group, there's close to ***30,000*** posts there! I don't know if this will ever get that big - tho I hope so - but, if it does, it'll be a lot easier to maintain and understand than if it was one big bucket with 30,000 pieces of info int it. Does that make sense? That's why there's an area for each type of boat, etc etc...

 
Hey, I may have said this, I just think there are too many topic separated out...why not just have one bucket, and let the thread title separate things?

Hey, I could be wrong, so I voted that I liked the place just fine...

Well, years later we are up to just shy of 67,000 posts, a strong indicator of active participation and plenty of members who like to discuss our wonderful little boats.  And boy am I glad this isn't "one bucket" of posts! 

There is very little activity these days on the yahoo page.  Well, none I can hear over the soft din of crickets.