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Old 20 August 2015, 04:23   #61
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I've moved this discussion out of the bilges for now.

So far the only specific suggestion that we've had is to change the moderators from time to time, but without explaining what that might achieve.

Being "more friendly" has also been suggested, but that's down to everyone to make RIBnet what they want it to be. No one has volunteered to be on a welcoming committee so far, but there do seem to be a few more replies in the introductions forum.

For the record, as I've said before, as far as I'm concerned the internet is a big place and there's plenty of room for everyone. I have no problem at all with people setting up other forums or Facebook groups if that's what they want. They may well be complementary and serve different purposes.

I am, however, becoming tired of reading posts here from people who just want to extol the virtues of their preferred groups. It's pointless and a bit rude. I particularly object to posts that make unsubstantiated claims about people being "regularly shouted down" or otherwise abused on RIBnet. It's simply not true. Someone disagreeing with you is not abuse, it's a discussion.

If anyone has specific, practical suggestions to improve the forum then let's hear them. If anyone feels that a specific post is abusive or otherwise breaches the forum rules, then please report it. Otherwise let's just get on with what we enjoy.
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Old 20 August 2015, 04:50   #62
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Taking on board you're request for practical suggestions John....

The 'like' function on FB can show that your 'effort' to post has been appreciated without necessarily warranting an actual response etc (nice ego rub if nothing else). Could that address some of the earlier comments re posting as a new member / no responses etc?

I know other forums have a similar function (and that we have 'views') and that this has probably been discussed before..... Must admit I tend to lurk more these days (no real reason behind that, poss just older and more experienced / less to ask) and I'd likely be inclined to hit 'like' after a read than comment....unless I had something useful to add.... Could help make everyone feel a bit more 'loved'?

I like both the FB and Web forums..... Primarily as I like looking at / talking boats..... But I couldn't be arsed to search FB for past discussions.... That's where a forum wins hands down.
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Old 20 August 2015, 05:14   #63
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Yes, that's something I could get the technical bods upstairs to have a look at.
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I've read this thread 3 or 4 times, and each time wanted to add to this topic and add value without really knowing what to say...... Here goes!!!
1. IMO the mods here do a great job, it's not easy, takes a lot of people's most precious asset, and is a thankless task, so thank you for what you do
2. RN (Ribnet) can at times appear to 'outsiders' , (new members, or those who don't know either in real life, or through many years of online chatting ) a little cliquey at times, those with a sensitive disposition may get upset, or feel shouted down. To take the pub analogy a new member of the club easily upset by the old boy in the corner shouting abuse, regular members just ignore him. You will never overcome this, the new member either needs to grow thicker skin, or move to another club which will often be just the same. (The grass is very often not any greener, or the beer taste any different)
3. FB or RHIBS, it really is very similar pub to this one, just different decoration, and some different drinkers, many, like me, drink in both, more often lurking than posting, but nevertheless drinking in both.
4. Like all pubs there are really nice people and a few numpties, they both have their share.
5. There will always be people who think their pub is the best, the one and only. It's their right to say so, and even if it is their opinion it's not OK to rubbish all the other pubs, but they may well do so anyway.

After that long ramble (sorry), RN is great, but so is FB, don't try and change it, you'll never please everyone even if you do.
(But a 'like' button would be good!)

Keep up your great work!




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+1 to all that, the app is easy to use AS LONG as you have a good internet connection, otherwise you get repeated timeouts, or at least I do.
Also I tend to use the app, "on the fly" so responses are naturally shorter & can seem more abrupt than usual
You might try the mobile view of the site (no app needed) when you have a sloooow connection. It should load automatically on a small device but you can also call it up on the full site by scrolling to the bottom of the page and selecting the mobile view from the style picker in the bottom left.

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To return to the full view there is a link at the bottom of the page (center) as well.
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You might try the mobile view of the site (no app needed) when you have a sloooow connection. It should load automatically on a small device but you can also call it up on the full site by scrolling to the bottom of the page and selecting the mobile view from the style picker in the bottom left.

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I didn't know you could do that, thanks. You learn something new everyday
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I have, and it's surprisingly simple. All you need is Tapatalk or the free RIBnet app (available for iOS and Android) and uploading pics from your phone is as easy as can be
Ah... its as easy as uploading a pic on a forum could ever be. I'm not complaining about that. But from android I can click my picture in the gallery tap share and pick FB ap (actually I can't coz I uninstalled it!!) and its on. Not aware I can do that to tapatalk. Plus if I'm not mistaken if I don't have signal it will queue it for later (certainly does with twitter).

Not saying its hard with the forum, just easier on FB.
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I've moved this discussion out of the bilges for now.

So far the only specific suggestion that we've had is to change the moderators from time to time, but without explaining what that might achieve.

Being "more friendly" has also been suggested, but that's down to everyone to make RIBnet what they want it to be. No one has volunteered to be on a welcoming committee so far, but there do seem to be a few more replies in the introductions forum.

For the record, as I've said before, as far as I'm concerned the internet is a big place and there's plenty of room for everyone. I have no problem at all with people setting up other forums or Facebook groups if that's what they want. They may well be complementary and serve different purposes.

I am, however, becoming tired of reading posts here from people who just want to extol the virtues of their preferred groups. It's pointless and a bit rude. I particularly object to posts that make unsubstantiated claims about people being "regularly shouted down" or otherwise abused on RIBnet. It's simply not true. Someone disagreeing with you is not abuse, it's a discussion.

If anyone has specific, practical suggestions to improve the forum then let's hear them. If anyone feels that a specific post is abusive or otherwise breaches the forum rules, then please report it. Otherwise let's just get on with what we enjoy.
It was nice previously when the Mods didn't contribute if you ask me - kinda like the speaker of the house. They become independent and arbitrate, not participate.

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It was nice previously when the Mods didn't contribute if you ask me - kinda like the speaker of the house. They become independent and arbitrate, not participate.

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Are the mods self appointed?
Why aren't they voted in like a democracy? Or if they are voted in why can't they be removed by another vote

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