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Forum Closure

PostPosted: 11 Apr 2011 10:29
by D1023
The hosting deal for this website expires next month and it will not be renewed and so at some point after that the forum will go offline. This notice is a heads up to allow members time to put their heads together and set up a new forum if they so desire.

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 12 Apr 2011 09:57
by D5185
Thanks for the heads up Tim.
The obvious first question is can someone else take over the account and renew the contract so that we do not lose all of the history etc?

If this is not possible we will certainly need to have something else as I find the technical forum absolutely invaluable and would feel cut off from all the wealth of knowledge and experience that the group brings.

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 12 Apr 2011 10:13
by D402
MacRat and myself have plans are in motion with Tim's support and blessing, lets see what can or can't be done.

This forum is so valuable to the Preservation Movement, we will do what we can as with the PD News site but bare with us as we have work, wifes and lives as well.....

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 12 Apr 2011 15:44
by D5185
Hi Phil

Glad to see that you are on top of things - we'll leave you be then.

P.S. It was nice to meet you the other week.

Cheers

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 15 May 2011 17:24
by D402
What do users what from this forum if it continues? It's a lot of time and effort to sort this out. I'm prepared to put the work in if users still feel there is a need. Any suggestions for new sections and mods most appreciated....

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 16 May 2011 10:08
by D5185
Phil

I do hope that you continue to operate the forum as it is the only real place where we can exchange ideas and information in a more controlled manner. The reduction in postings of recent months does not mean that we have lost interest, just that people only ask questions when they actually need an answer rather than asking for the sake of it. It is a most useful resource which I do not believe can be replaced by WNXX or other similar places as we tend to stick to the point on here rather than going off at a tangent.

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 16 May 2011 18:05
by 50019
D5185 wrote:Phil

I do hope that you continue to operate the forum as it is the only real place where we can exchange ideas and information in a more controlled manner. The reduction in postings of recent months does not mean that we have lost interest, just that people only ask questions when they actually need an answer rather than asking for the sake of it. It is a most useful resource which I do not believe can be replaced by WNXX or other similar places as we tend to stick to the point on here rather than going off at a tangent.


Agreed........

The technical section in particular cannot be replaced by WNXX whilst some of the others possibly could.

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 16 May 2011 21:44
by D402
Thank you for the support and interest. Also thank you to one, yes only one person who has offered to help mod things.....

What sections do people want, don't want etc?

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 17 May 2011 09:50
by D5185
Phil

Just my thoughts but I guess that purely from looking at where the posts are, the ones to get rid of are the Railtours, volunteering, Appeals and liveries sections as these are generally covered by WNXX and as such are a hang over from the old forum with its much bigger list.

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 17 May 2011 12:22
by Kev Jarvis
The technical section is the one I would want to keep if at all possible. It's a great way for us all to share experiences and issues.

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 17 May 2011 19:03
by royaloak
Agree with Kev about keeping the technical section going.

A quick question if I may, is the "loco" section updated or has it been left?

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 17 May 2011 19:22
by MacRat
royaloak wrote:Agree with Kev about keeping the technical section going.

A quick question if I may, is the "loco" section updated or has it been left?

There isn't a "loco" section on the forum .... you're not thinking of the main site at: http://www.preserved-diesels.co.uk/engines/index.htm are you?

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 18 May 2011 18:50
by royaloak
MacRat wrote:
royaloak wrote:Agree with Kev about keeping the technical section going.

A quick question if I may, is the "loco" section updated or has it been left?

There isn't a "loco" section on the forum .... you're not thinking of the main site at: http://www.preserved-diesels.co.uk/engines/index.htm are you?

Um yep :oops: , sorry.

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 19 May 2011 20:25
by L835
Could the "appeals" section be retained too? I've found it very handy when searching for that odd bit!

Re: Forum Closure

PostPosted: 03 Jun 2011 06:47
by D402
The PD Forum will be staying and operate along the lines of the current set up. Many thanks to Tim Farmer for allowing this to happen. Thank you to those who have offered to help, I'll be in touch in due course.

Hope it remains a useful resource and exchange of advice and gen.