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Old 03 October 2003, 05:06   #11
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We may find that the reason for the current "link"/confusion is that our friend Mr. Martin Stacey, may be involved in the web sites development.
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Old 03 October 2003, 11:50   #12
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Jackeen, BIBOA must be the most confused organisations in the whole world. Your site is not the one that my shortcut leads to. And when I key in BIBOA on Google I get. bleedin' 'ell, yet another site. I have to say, even though,I am a member of the esteemed body, this is one 'ell of an unfocussed heap of conflicting interest groups. Eh?
You should experience some the committee meetings Mike

BIBOA remains fundamentally divided into the racing vs cruising fraternity although there are some who vehemently deny this is the case. Add in the inevitable cliquiness that can occur in any club or organisation and I'd tend to agree with your description.

Fundamentally though there are some very friendly, committed and helpful folks in the club trying to do their best for the cause of ribbing in the UK. (Although alas rarely SIBing!) As with all organisations it needs the active contribution of its members to make the club work. I've done some time on t' committee and as cruising coordinator. Prob'ly did a bad job but I stepped up. The one thing that really pissed me off when I did was the critiscm from some who were quick to moan but didnt want to otherwise contribute.

And thats not a dig at Mike or anyone else specifically I hasten to add.

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Old 03 October 2003, 16:18   #13
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Yes, I tried but to no avail.

To be honest folks you can get as much support and companionship with other ribbers as you need through jolly old RibNet so why join a club where you have rules and you have to pay?

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Old 05 October 2003, 03:32   #14
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I agree with you completely.

(Don't tell John Kennett this though - he may start to charge for the service!)
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Old 05 October 2003, 05:48   #15
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Don't tell John kennett this though - he may start to charge for the service!
Don't worry, I've got no plans to do that. It's the fact that it's free that makes RIBnet so good -- start charging and there will be less people and it becomes less useful.

Any other get rich quick schemes would be appeciated though

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Old 05 October 2003, 06:26   #16
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Itís your choice to join BIBOA or any other club/organisation you see fit. All I ask you is to put your sour grapes back where they belong and not attempt to dissuade other prospective ribbers/sibbers to join an organisation - whatever it may be - just because you did not get what you wanted out of said organisation. We all join clubs (or whatever) as we feel we want to 'belong' to something and possibly get something we would not otherwise have found.
I completely agree with the jist of this thread i.e., BIBOAs' website being a shambles, but invariably a thread deviates from the reason it was started in the first instance and I'm afraid it is 'here we go again' - verbally bashing BIBOA. I will support and defend many people within BIBOA as they are stalwarts of the rib community. They sacrifice much of their time - thanklessly, I might add - for the benefit of their members. Cruise organisers / co-ordinators, people like Brian, Alan W, Jim and Yvonne, Paul L etc, all willingly spend hours and days piecing together and arranging interesting and varied cruises. It is largely a pain in the proverbial as people let you down, the weather plays havoc with your arrangements and at the end of the day, like it or not, you feel personally responsible.
I will say no more, but ask you please to keep your unsolicited opinions to yourself.
It is surprising that the people who moan and complain the most are those who never do anything anyway! Actually, Alan W put it better than I did in his previous post.
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Hi to all,

I haven't really followed this thread until today, so thought I would try to clarify some of the questions about the website.

Firstly, the official site currently in www.BIBOA.com.
There are NO other domains currently in use.

www.biboa.com was put up as a placeholder (since the old www.biboa.co.uk went away), and we have been busy building a completely new website to replace this.

http://www.yate.org.uk/ is work in progress and is being put together with help from Martin Stacey by myself and a number of other members of the club. Clearly it is not finished but hopefully will be live by the end of the month.

The intent of this site was to address the 3 main areas of members of the club ... racing, cruising and safety, and hopefully address everybody else as well. As part of this you will be able to apply for membership online, and hopefully renew and buy clothing as well.

The only thing we have decided not to put on the site is a forum, as there are plenty of others (RIB.net, Boatmad, UKOffshore) that cover this need, and the club probably does not want to be associated with some of the more controversial threads on these forums.

The reason it has taken so long to update/rebuild the site is that so few people actually get involved themselves and contribute. There is a request on the www.biboa.com site for contributions from which so far I have received nothing!

Currently all the content has come from myself, Jackie Hunt, Jim and Yvonne Mackintosh, Gary Ticnker, Neil Mcgrigor, Keith Slater and a few others who also regularly contribute to Riblines.

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It is surprising that the people who moan and complain the most are those who never do anything anyway!
Thanks to Charles for this, as unfortunately it is all too often true. If you want to improve the website, please provide feedback in one of two ways ...

1. Send contructive feedback on what you would find useful on the site, and we will try (where possible) to accomodate.

2. Provide material, pictures etc that we can publish on the site.

You can reply to me on this forum, or you can email me directly at mikepshelton@hotmail.com.

I hope it at least clears up the issue of the doamains. Looking forward to all your contributions
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For those of you interested, the new BIBOA website is now up and running ... www.biboa.com

Still being updated and extended, but comments welcome

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new BIBOA website is now up and running ...
Mike, have you perhaps posted a teeny bit in advance of completing the work?

"Welcome to the Web Site of www.biboa.com - This page is a place holder for the home page of your own web site."
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Old 29 October 2003, 11:32   #20
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I think it depends on where you access from, as it takes a little while for all the links to disseminate (the old site says 24-72 hours) ... but from my machine it now finds the new site. Give it a day or so and you should see the new one.

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