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Old 24 November 2009, 06:09   #1
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Ribnet Commercial Skipper Register

We have a happy bank of Skippers who work with us (you all know who you are)

However sometimes we need new people to join the crew.

It would be useful to have a public register of qualified people available to work.

Ribnet and Mr Meo have helped when have needed emergency cover but more names would be helpful

Any suggestions?
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Old 24 November 2009, 07:10   #2
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Speaking as one of the "happy bunch", I agree that at times we all have to ask for helms at short notice, If it was possible to have a link from here with some details of who could be available would be great BUT our main problem will be overcoming data held on systems. I know you hold quite a few names for shortlisting , I am sure loads will now volunteer!
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I've often thought the Ribnet commercial section wasn't really commercial, a lot of the Posts are people selling courses, which whilst I understand is a commercial activity but it's not the same as boat charter or boat driving.

Perhaps we could split the section into Sub Groups.

Commercial and charter operations
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If a Boat Driver posted her/his/its details and experience freely on Ribnet would that be a DP issue.?

By The way I've worked for Simon in the past and found it enjoyable work for anybody interested. and he's a straight guy to work for. As I'm sure C2 is but I aint worked for him so can't comment
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I've often thought the Ribnet commercial section wasn't really commercial, a lot of the Posts are people selling courses
Stu, you're talking bollocks!

Have a look through the threads here and you'll find all sorts of commercial topics: people (yourself included!) looking to buy courses so they can qualify for commercial work, there are people looking for skippers and instructors, there are people looking for work, there's lots of stuff about coding and legislation and qualifications - but where are these lots of posts selling courses?

We could possibly have "work wanted" and "work available" sub sections but I'm not convinced there's enough traffic to make it worthwhile.
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Commercial Yachtmaster Power, but I'm based in Salcombe and it would need to be really interesting to get me to travel! However if there is a local requirement I would break out the lifejacket!
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I tried to establish a thread where people could post their details but it didn't seem very popular.
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Stu, you're talking bollocks!

Have a look through the threads here and you'll find all sorts of commercial topics: people (yourself included!) looking to buy courses so they can qualify for commercial work, there are people looking for skippers and instructors, there are people looking for work, there's lots of stuff about coding and legislation and qualifications - but where are these lots of posts selling courses?

We could possibly have "work wanted" and "work available" sub sections but I'm not convinced there's enough traffic to make it worthwhile.
I'm sorry John I musta forgot that's your job.

I accept that my wording was wrong but it is a section that covers a lot of subjects and is cluttered in my opinion.

re the work wanted It's not a bigee for me as I get my work outside of this forum. On the occasion's I've been looking for a driver it would have been far easier for me to hit a drivers available section stating qualifications, experience and stuff and then contact the driver than to have to wade through CV's.

Let's take Cookies posting it will be buried in a month therefore anyone looking for a Commercial Yachtmaster would miss out on a very good one Unless they had super forum searching powers.

I don't know what your plans are for growing the forum or getting more trade members but It strikes me that that Ribworks has a lot more corporte money thrown at it than Ribx so maybe the commercial section could be worthy of some elevated managerial attention

Having said that. It's your ball you play with it how you want
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John - would it be worthy of a 'Commercial Drivers Available' sticky thread - then people can add their names with probably a standardised format of content... Is there a way that you can make those posts 'editable' so people can add their name and then ammend the quals, experience etc as time goes on? And delete their post if no longer available? And maybe so that each user can post only once in that thread to force them to edit/delete? I guess that all depends on how flexible the security privilidges in vBulletin are. If you are really getting carried away then it would randomise the order of replies to the thread so that the first few people in the list don't get all the enquiries...

... or given that peoples availability it highly dynamic is it better for people just to post a 'skipper wanted' thread when required?
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I accept that my wording was wrong but it is a section that covers a lot of subjects and is cluttered in my opinion.
That's true enough. I got distracted by dealing with you talking cobblers!
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On the occasion's I've been looking for a driver it would have been far easier for me to hit a drivers available section stating qualifications, experience and stuff and then contact the driver than to have to wade through CV's.
Sounds like a good idea, but I don't know how workable it would be in practice. It would need to be kept up to date to be any use for a start. At least with a "skippers wanted" post you have a good chance that anyone applying will actually be available!

The we'd need to look at what information we hold, and who has access to it. Is it enough to just be able to PM people, or email via the forums? Or would you want mobile numbers for instance?
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Maybe just an addition the the Trade Directory section could work well?

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