Originally posted by Headhunter
One idea I have is for the reference section. A glossary of Rib and other water usage terminology would be helpful especially for newcomers. Also a directory where problems previously discussed could be filed in an FAQ section. Plus an indexed section of previously posted URL's which point us to suppliers of relevant items or items of interest.
John, thanks for your suggestions. The idea of a FAQ is definitely worthwhile, and something that I have had on my "to do" list for a while. There are definitely a few topics that come up repeatedly. A glossary would also be useful.
Links pages can be useful, but unless they are carefully categorised and maintained can quickyl become unusable. I'm sure we've all seen links pages which are just a massive collection of unsorted URLs! As part of the upgrade that will see the directory relaunched I will be changing the links page to a more comprehensive system that will allow people to add links as they find them.
Any membership system that is put into place must be very simple and easy, so I think that anything involving number or frequency of posts is going to be a non-starter.
My suggested scheme keeps the forums substantially unchanged, doesn't restrict peoples ability to ask questions or give answers, but does mean that I don't have to rely on people to pay up when they sell a boat (thanks to those that have paid, no thanks to those of you who haven't when you should have!) and anyone else who wants to support the site financially can do so. It will also be fully automated and not reply on me being able to manually process registrations.