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Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by YachtForums, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. YachtForums

    YachtForums Publisher/Admin

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    As of this weekend, we've made alot of changes around YachtForums...

    1. We're proud to have Oceanco, Sea Ray and SonShip come aboard.

    2. We've added additional ad positions around the perimeter of the forums. The banners rotate with each new page you open, displaying our different site sponsors. Click on their banner and you are taken directly to their website.

    3. We've completely re-designed the site and added many more user features. It might take a return visit (or two) to get the feel of it, but members will have much more powerful tools available to them now.

    4. We've installed new software that will index each thread in YachtForums with all the major search engines, ensuring tons of new yacht owners & enthusiasts will find us.

    5. We're preparing a postal mail-out to 25,000 documented yacht owners. This starts in June and continues through August.

    6. The front page is under development and will feature stories, articles, new products, links, events and more.

    I hope you like it. I'm going to get some sleep now. ;)

    Carl
  2. brianwill

    brianwill New Member

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    New Look is Great!

    Carl,

    The new look of the website is great. Please accept a well-deserved "atta-boy" for all your efforts in providing us with an outstanding collection of forums for the yachting-enthusiast community.

    Best regards,

    Brian
  3. captainccs

    captainccs Aye, aye capt'n

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    Congratulations! I know how difficult it is to jump start a forum. Keep up the good works!

    And I know that feeling as well :)
  4. CTdave

    CTdave Senior Member

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    Great job Carl! The site is looking better & better everytime I visit!
    It would be cool to see a regestered member # next to the members names. I see that on another site (not as good as this one though) and everyone takes great pride in their member #'s (there will be thousands soon!)
    Dave
  5. YachtForums

    YachtForums Publisher/Admin

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    To Brian, Denny & Dave...

    Thanks for the positive remarks guys. After about a thousand hours of work (no joke), and several bags of Snyder's pretzels, we're just about ready to float this boat. I really expected a few people to make some negative comments, to which my reply would have been, your membership just went... poof! :p

    Seriously, there's been a few instances when the monitor was about to collide with my baseball bat! Over the past 6 months, I've begun to understand what HTML stands for... "How To Miss Life". :rolleyes:

    Carl
  6. fish

    fish New Member

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    Great job Carl! Everytime I come here I am amazed at how much bigger and better it is. Guess it is like kids, it is amazing how fast they grow up :)

    Fish
  7. YachtForums

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    Thanks Fish! It's you guys that make this happen too. Collective knowledge and shared experience are the value here. It's all about content. Thanks to all of you for being active on the site.

    I wish more people would stop lurking and start posting. It seems like you've got to ruffle someone's feathers to get them involved, but that sometimes makes the content less desirable. On a couple of occasions, I've even posted inaccurate information, just to get knowledgeable people to speak up! I don't mind being the fall guy if it gets people involved.

    Glad you guys like the site. I'm really pleased with it, but I'm a little prejudice. ;)

    Carl
  8. Qocean

    Qocean New Member

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    Only one negative comment; your internet clock is off by a few hours.

    Other then that i like the new look. Really like the New Posts Hyperlink at the top of the page. i can read all of the new post without looking for them.
  9. YachtForums

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    I was waiting for someone to notice this. Good catch! Actually, the system clock is correct, it's based off GMT, which is five hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone. Each user must set their own clock (in their individual control panels) to the appropriate time zone. The system has no way of knowing where you are located and what zone you are in... without a little help from you. ;)

    Thanks for mentioning this. Again, good catch!

    Carl (Eastern Time Zone) Camper
  10. Qocean

    Qocean New Member

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    All times are EST. The time now is 05:19 AM.

    That is the copy paste from the bottom of the main page. GMT or Greenwich Mean Time is rarely used by individuals in North America.

    I understand were you are coming from, ah its kind of some internet humor. We are arguing about time, when the internet is accessible world wide!
  11. fish

    fish New Member

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    I agree, it would be nice if the lurkers would chime in from time to time, but most forums are the same way; lots of people staying on the sidelines watching the world go by vicariously living thorugh the posts of other's. Eventually something hits near home and they chime in and realize there is nothing to be scared of. I have learned so much, and saved so much $$ just by asking questions on forums, I am hooked. The wealth of knowledge is amazing indeed.

    THanks again,

    Fish
  12. YachtForums

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    VERY well said, Fish!

    I've written for a few magazines and worked as the managing editor of one of them, only to discover editors were scouring forums to find content for their articles! Most people reading magazines assume the writers and editors possess a wealth of knowledge they can rely on. Well, that may be true in some cases, but it's not always the case. Many magazines are editorially biased and advertiser influenced. I've gotta tell you... in several cases, I've met writers (and editors) that had no interest in boating and never owned a boat! I don't know about you, but I don't want advice from anyone who hasn't been down in the bilge with me.

    With Forums, you get REAL time information, by REAL users, REAL fast. With forums, you can search archives and find the exact information you need to make sound decisions. You can learn from other's mistakes and give a head's up to those about to make the same. You get press releases the same day they are released, not a month to two months later. You get a wide variety of opinions from users with hands-on knowledge. In many cases, you make new friends with a common interest. As a collective set, we have the ability to initiate change in the industry, as manufacturers quietly observe and address future product offerings.

    Carl