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    I'm hoping that the management of WoodenBoat will introduce us to the new administrator of this Forum.
    Scot Bell did an awesome job, and we'd love to meet his replacement.
    Will there be one administrator, or will it be a team effort by management?
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    Great question.
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    It needs sorting out. Three threads now have spam attacks, and the black triangle does not work.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    And who is running the Store?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    And who is running the Store?
    and who is the publisher of woodenboat books?
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Ill portents and dark omens.
    There are two kinds of boaters: those who have run aground, and those who lie about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    My understanding is that you can contact the new administration at:

    wbfadmin@woodenboat.com
    True dat. But it makes reporting spam so much more difficult.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Mashing the black triangle actually goes to that wbfadmin@ email acct., so it's still easy-peasy to report spam.

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    Unfortunately, until there is an active administrator who has the requisite permissions and vBulletin knowledge to address the issue, the spammers are going to be an inconvenience. The current version of software this site is running on is already out of date and needs an update. There are also a number of plugins for the forum, where for instance a new user's first post must be approved, as well as other enhancements. Unfortunately, these require an active, engaged administrator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    True dat. But it makes reporting spam so much more difficult.
    Either path has no garuntee you'll get some action for your effort, or a reply for that matter.

    Earlier today I was trying to post a reply, had trouble getting on (server's busy, come back later) then once I GOT on had a reply composed. Went to add a couple images & got a 'veil of tears' I couldn't get past. Like a thin, white screen I could still see through over the whole page.

    I'm thinking there's stuff going on 'behind the curtain' affecting forum performance. Won't be surprised if it disappears for awhile either if there's some changes in store The Management isn't quite ready to tell us about....

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    Just a guess, but a likely culprit would be spammers trying to run an exploit. Until the forum software is updated and spammers dealt with, they'll continue to flock here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scot View Post
    Mashing the black triangle actually goes to that wbfadmin@ email acct., so it's still easy-peasy to report spam.
    Well, it's good to know that there is at least someone home.
    I just wish they would pop in and say hello.
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    There was a thread about this topic a year or 2 ago. At that time the board was running the freeware version of the software and MySql that were already several years out of date. God knows what version and flavor of unix the OS is. It is probably running the same version. It’s amazing the board is still actually more or less functions and the spammers haven’t overrun the system.

    It could be worse. Big banks are still running Cobol for critical systems. OMG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Well, it's good to know that there is at least someone home.
    is there?
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Greetings, folks--
    I'm Matt Murphy, editor of WoodenBoat. We (WoodenBoat) are currently working on an upgrade to the Forum, and aiming to 1) improve the user experience, with easier image uploads and graphics; 2) employ better spam blockers; and 3) improve functionality on mobile-devices. To quell any concerns: We do not anticipate the Forum being down for any appreciable length of time, or at all. I'm currently the interim moderator as we work through this transition, and I'll keep you apprised when we're poised to make the upgrade--which may be several weeks from now.

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    Matt,

    thanks for chiming in, among your many other duties. It's great to here that the Forum will continue--this really is a great resource, and one of the few sites online that I visit regularly.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Murphy View Post
    Greetings, folks--
    I'm Matt Murphy, editor of WoodenBoat. We (WoodenBoat) are currently working on an upgrade to the Forum, and aiming to 1) improve the user experience, with easier image uploads and graphics; 2) employ better spam blockers; and 3) improve functionality on mobile-devices. To quell any concerns: We do not anticipate the Forum being down for any appreciable length of time, or at all. I'm currently the interim moderator as we work through this transition, and I'll keep you apprised when we're poised to make the upgrade--which may be several weeks from now.
    Thanks for the update!
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    Thanks, Matt!

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    So, I don't know anything about systems, or software versions. I'm lucky I can post photos. just not my thing. I can build a boat though. wcha.org The wooden canoe heritage association just updated their forum. Wow! what an improvement. Ease of use and it looks is amazing.
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    Thank you Matt.

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    Nice to see you here Matt,and thanks for the positive news about the future.

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    Thanks Matt.
    That was a great post to see.

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    Thank you for posting and giving a good explanation of what's to come.
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    Thank you, Matt.

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    Thank you Matt! With all it's foibles, the WBF is a pretty magical spot on the interwebs. Your support of it is truly appreciated.
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    Great news.

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    Thank you, Matt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Satter View Post
    So, I don't know anything about systems, or software versions. I'm lucky I can post photos. just not my thing. I can build a boat though. wcha.org The wooden canoe heritage association just updated their forum. Wow! what an improvement. Ease of use and it looks is amazing.
    They've got a like button!
    I'm not sure i like a like button.

    Matt, my vote for 'No Like Button'.
    It's all fun and games until Darth Vader comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsie View Post
    They've got a like button!
    I'm not sure i like a like button.

    Matt, my vote for 'No Like Button'.
    My vote too!

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    Matt I'm looking forward to the improvements you've hinted at, and your taking over the helm here as well.

    (Hope is that the changes I've seen in other forae making them less user-friendly and accessible aren't going to appear here anytime soon!)

    And count me on the side of those casting a no vote for a •like• button.

    We know what we like and what we don't; I see no value whatsoever in keeping score.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Satter View Post
    wcha.org The wooden canoe heritage association just updated their forum. Wow! what an improvement. Ease of use and it looks is amazing.
    Yes, that's an improvement David! Follows a pattern evident in the one at forum.fyneboatkits.co.uk There's no • there either.
    Last edited by sp_clark; 02-01-2023 at 09:27 AM.

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    I don't need a like button either. But whatever works for everyone is fine with me.
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    Thank you, Matt, for your encouraging words. A lot of us have been worried about the future of this place.

    I have a question of particular concern...will all the old threads and links be able to be transcribed over to the new platform?

    Jim

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    Ok, My 2 cents. No politics. Unless it's related to things like Historical preservation laws or the like. I'll back away slowly now.
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    Thanks Matt for the update. Much appreciated.
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    There are good reasons why the original "Misc" was bifurcated into "Misc Boat-related" and "Misc Not Boat-related" which became (thanks to Mr Cleek if memory serves) The Bilge.

    Sure there are provocateurs, ill-mannered jerks, and mindless ideologues often with highly idiosyncratic personal ideologies. But more than most open forums, there's a good deal a wholesome values debate. The way Scot managed things worked quite well. Light touch, tolerance, and no debating any judgements.

    We are a crowd of many pungent personalities and without the Bilge there would be more conflict than the epoxy wars in the upper decks. Those of us here from the beginning remember those four decker days. This is better.

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