Forum issues

michaelrose55michaelrose55 Orange City, FL
edited September 22 in Forum Topics

I have two things about the forum on my mind right now.

  • My blog has hit the 1000 views mark and now the number of views is shown as 1k. That's bad as there is no way to find out how many views the blog really had and even if anybody is even looking at it. I would like to have that changed if possible.
  • This forum is dead. If I include myself there seem to be 5 active members to this forum (not counting those annoying spammers). I'm just guessing but to me it looks like my blog accounts for at least 80% of the traffic. I don't know what could be done to motivate people to come here and participate but there really seems to be no point to post anything here.

Comments

  • Dear Michael:

    I agree that the current state of the forum gives me great concerns about its viability. Unfortunately, no one has responded to your comment so far, which in itself is a sign that the forum is in trouble. Not surprisingly, it did not recover from the almost two year hiatus.

    As far as the numbering of views is concerned, I do not think that there is a way to avoid this. Probably the software on allows three digits display modes.

    Ulrich

  • StormriderStormrider Vancouver,WA

    I pop on from time to time but don't always log in, just browse anything new. Like Ulrich stated the long down time has killed interest. Anyway to raise the forum's profile ? Highlight on option bar, maybe a note included in any sales offering help/advice via forum ? How about an email to previous users saying it's back and inviting them to rejoin the forum ?
    Owen

  • michaelrose55michaelrose55 Orange City, FL

    I'm counting 6 new spam posts this morning. That means that the spammers now outnumber the active members. I think I will stop posting here.
    It was nice to meet you guys and if any of you ever makes it to Florida please stop by for a visit.

  • RailwriterRailwriter Durham, NC
    edited October 2

    I have appreciated every one of Michael's posts -- and have followed his progress with great interest -- even if I did not feel compelled to follow-up to each of those posts.

    However, with no disrespect to Michael, I think that one of the reasons that his posts have drawn so few follow-ups is that they can be very intimidating to beginners. Very few modelers, particularly most beginners, will have the resources and skills that Michael has. (If I remember correctly, I believe he is a professional engineer and has experience with using many advanced tools from his professional work.)

    On the other hand, I have gotten some ideas and picked up some techniques just from following his posts.

    Unfortunately, spammers and perpetrators of malware are fact of life. The situation is actually much worse for the (currently dormant) Reynauld's Blog. Some days, there are as many as a hundred spam posts in the form of spam comments to existing Blog articles. Fortunately, the Blog has a very effective spam filter that blocks 99+ per cent of these spam posts.

    In the past, the Blog and the Forum have supported each other as each has had strengths. I have not posted any new Blog articles in some time for a variety of reasons, the major one being that there are currently problems with posting images. I had considered posting text-only articles -- but in almost all cases, I found that images would be a key part of what I wanted to present.

    I am sure that Rey is doing his best to deal with these issues -- and I appreciate that he is providing the Forum and Blog venues at all. The way I see it, Reynauld's is a very small business with -- my guess -- a small profit margin. IT support is expensive, and Rey can probably only devote so many resources to having a contractor work on support for the Forum and Blog. Support of the main business Web site obviously has to take priority.

    There are all sorts of issues we could be discussing here on the Forum, among them:

    • The fact that the dollar/Euro exchange rate has improved substantially in the past months. The exchange rate is currently $0.91 to the Euro -- and if the current trend continues, as some time in the future, there will be parity between the dollar and Euro -- as was the case briefly after the Euro was first introduced. Not so many years ago, the rate was somewhere around 0.73. This trend has obviously helped with U.S. prices for European-produced products.
    • The implications from the two latest Roco catalogs issued this month. (This requires you to go to the Roco factory Web site and download these catalogs in PDF format -- and to look through them.) No surprise -- Roco GeoLine is going away. Fleischmann has also issued a new catalog, But, there are also other trends that are evident. but, as Fleischmann is now N scale only, and I don't model in that scale, I haven't downloaded or looked at their catalog.)
    • That Roco has suddenly decided to produce new Era 3 German coaches in the 1:93.5 length format. (Yes, I know this is the Märklin format -- and that these coaches are probably not really "new" but re-issues with new operating numbers.)
    • Others probably follow other manufacturers closely and can comment on the trends in their new releases.

    _If you do want to comment on the above topics, please start a new thread in the appropriate category, rather than replying to this thread. This category is for discussions of the forum itself.
    _

    Writing long posts for either the Forum or the Blog takes time and effort.

    I have spent most of the past few months on chaos-abatement in my work room (my second bedroom), where currently almost all available surface space is taken up by partly-built projects and their components. My main problem is that I have too many ideas. I get an idea for a project and work on it until I get to the point that I have proven the concept works -- or that I have run out of some key materials.

    Meanwhile, I get new ideas for even more projects.

    -- Ernest

  • michaelrose55michaelrose55 Orange City, FL

    Ernest,
    It's not about follow-ups to my posts. It's about nothing else going on at this forum. There used to be a nice number of active members before the hiatus and now they are gone. Even Reynauld's own people like Leif don't post anything as they used to do before. I feel like I'm the only one working on a layout here...

  • el Gato Gordoel Gato Gordo Colorado Spring

    I wish I had more going on with the new layout other than cleaning out the room. I'll post more when I start insulating and sheet rocking. Then look out!Benchwork is next!

  • Hello Everyone:

    Good to see that a discussion is coming to life. Let us try to get the forum back online!

    Ulrich

  • Hello, my friends and thanks for all your help and comments. It also is a mystery to us that the forum is doing so bad. I spoke to our IT guys and they told me the traffic for modelers using the forum to read articles is really high but that does not help us. We have to figure out how those customers can contribute. We sent out numerous mass e-mails, posted to social media and so on. I will take to a few marketing people to see what we can do to bring it to life. I will get this resolved somehow.

  • BahnerBahner East Bay, CA

    @reynauld1963 said:
    Hello, my friends and thanks for all your help and comments. It also is a mystery to us that the forum is doing so bad. I spoke to our IT guys and they told me the traffic for modelers using the forum to read articles is really high but that does not help us. We have to figure out how those customers can contribute. We sent out numerous mass e-mails, posted to social media and so on. I will take to a few marketing people to see what we can do to bring it to life. I will get this resolved somehow.

    You've got an uphill climb ahead of you considering the difficulties with the previous forum, but it can be done.
    My 2 cents. Among other things, take care with wording/phrasing when replying. The last post in my Z scale layout thread reads:
    "Looks really good and the pink foam board is really easy to work with. Don't forget to post images when it is complete."
    My first thought was, "Well, alrighty then, I'll be back and post images in 2-3 years 'when it is complete'". It was likely not the intention to dissuade additional update posts from now until layout completion, but phrasing like this can be taken literally and reduce visitation to the forum.

    Ralph.

  • el Gato Gordoel Gato Gordo Colorado Spring

    Good point, Ralph! I also suggest "like" or "thanks" buttons on posts. That gives encouragement and feedback to posters, thus promoting further participation.

  • Gordon:

    Great idea.

    Ulrich

  • BahnerBahner East Bay, CA

    @el Gato Gordo said:
    Good point, Ralph! I also suggest "like" or "thanks" buttons on posts. That gives encouragement and feedback to posters, thus promoting further participation.

    Agreed! A good forum promotes positive feelings and should be a comfortable, non-pretentious place to spend some time in whether a beginner or a seasoned veteran.

  • michaelrose55michaelrose55 Orange City, FL

    My post in my own blog didn't get any reaction so I'm trying again here. How do you post a video? There is no button for it. It must be possible as Rey posted a video when he was trying to sell this layout: https://forum.reynaulds.com/index.php?p=/discussion/884/10x5-german-bavarain-custom-layout-forsale
    Or is he the only one who can???

  • BR42BR42 Auburn

    Michael:

    I think you can host the video on a different website. Rey is hosting the video on Youtube, and uses a picture to display the link.

    Ulrich

  • michaelrose55michaelrose55 Orange City, FL

    @BR42 said:
    Michael:

    I think you can host the video on a different website. Rey is hosting the video on Youtube, and uses a picture to display the link.

    Ulrich

    I'm hosting the video on youtube. Trying to use the picture button to place the video does not work. Somebody should post a tutorial about how to do it.

  • BR42BR42 Auburn
    edited October 2

    Tried to trick the system, but made no headway. Will keep trying.

    Ulrich

  • michaelrose55michaelrose55 Orange City, FL

    @BR42 said:
    Tried to trick the system, but made no headway. Will keep trying.

    Ulrich

    Rey would know, can't you just ask him?

  • BR42BR42 Auburn

    I will ask him.

  • michaelrose55michaelrose55 Orange City, FL
    edited October 3

    @BR42 said:
    I will ask him.

    Thank you.

  • BR42BR42 Auburn
    edited October 3

    Michael:

    Here is how I finally did it. The link to the embedded video below is "www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-AlXUx7s0o". You can enter the link directly by putting it into the text with a https:// added to the front of it:

    If you use the link function of the forum, you will get

    youtube.com/watch?v=e-AlXUx7s0o

    which gives you a clickable link without picture.
    Ulrich

  • michaelrose55michaelrose55 Orange City, FL
    edited October 3

    You mean like this?
    ""
    Doesn't seem to work... Still shows it as a link and I did not use the link button, just entered it as text.

  • BR42BR42 Auburn

    Michael :
    I took =10& and now it works. It should read

    watch?v=

    Ulrich

  • michaelrose55michaelrose55 Orange City, FL

    Thanks a lot! I still believe somebody (like you) should post a detailed tutorial...

  • BR42BR42 Auburn

    Michael:

    Thanks for the great video. I guess it's my turn to show at least a few train shots!!

    Ulrich

  • Michael, I see your video just fine. All I do is copy a link form youtube and drop it into the text box, works fine.

  • Great video Michael, it really shows the large size of the layout.

  • BR42BR42 Auburn

    Yes, just make sure there are no symbols between watch? and the letter v which appears to be the case with all links from youtube itself. Anyting between the ? and the v, and the forum software defaults to displaying a link.

    Ulrich

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