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Old 23 June 2006, 17:49   #41
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On a toobless mission tomorrow. A couple of my mates (landlubbers) have bought an old 17' dory to go fishing and they're out for the maiden voyage on the evening tide tomorrow. Went to see their investment last night - what a heap of shite!, even if it has got a 1990 Yam 70 (with PTT!) If I'm not online by 21:00, call the coastguard!

good luck with the new prop - give it some air
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Old 24 June 2006, 06:44   #42
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Hey, Gray. If I've said something to offend you, I'm sorry. The SW guys and myself like a bit of a laugh, but never intentionally set out to 'P' anyone off.
Nope you haven't offended me at all!! Apologies if I implied this! I like the banter!
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Old 24 June 2006, 13:23   #43
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Nope you haven't offended me at all!! Apologies if I implied this! I like the banter!
Oh Heck! You must be the only one. I'll try to remember to get right on your nerves fairly soon.
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Oh Heck! You must be the only one. I'll try to remember to get right on your nerves fairly soon.

Nah, you aint got on mine yet either-You must be slipping

Give it a week or so and you'll be a perfectly rational normal human being
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Old 25 June 2006, 04:16   #45
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John - Ive just read through this thread and It does actually seem as you read through it that you are lightening up a little.

I have some comments and a suggestion.

The reason the chat room doesn't really work - is that it relies on everyone being online constantly all at the same time - This in my opinion is a level of "geekiness" beyond your average boat owner. Because of this the Forum is a great medium to have idle chat as you can post your comment and go away and do some stuff and come back later and check the replies and so on - even if you miss several days the conversation is preserved and you can catch up and add your points which is ideal for the slightly more casual computer user.

We all love RIBnet - indeed many people I now call friends I have met on these pages.

I do however sympathise with your desire to keep the content largely useful and RIB related.

So I have the perfect solution :-

Open a new forum heading in the "Rib Talk" category called "Idle Chat" or as on my forum "Random Ramblings" or something similar and promote this as a place for everyone to just chat and communicate and have fun. This section can then be set to auto prune threads that have not had a reply for say, a month, and everyone will be happy. We can all return to yakking away without a care - alice can spout his usually pointless rubbish - but most importantly you preserve the RIB orientated content on the rest of the forum as there will only ever be a months worth of worthless idle chit chat posts at any one time.

This also gives you a place to move any discussions on the rest of the site that you feel have degenerated into worthless babble. knowing that they will be there long enough to be read by those that are interested but will be autoimatically deleted once the interest has gone.

I do agree with you that the content of your forum is important - as it was the content after all that enabled us all to find the site in the first place.

I would be interested to hear what others thought of my suggestion but to me its the perfect solution to the problem and win win for everybody...
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It was sounding very good until I got to the bit about 'worthless babble'. Then I decided that you could shove your suggestions up your a**e.

Does make sense Roy. I've also noticed that some members have been known to hijack a decent interesting thread and send it off on some locally based witless tangent. Most of this appears to emanate from the St.Austell area. These 'babblings' could also be removed from the original 'hijacked' thread and placed into the new section.
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Roy, great suggestion


and i do believe alice had two worthy posts out of the 70 so cut the girl some slack.

nice to see some support for Alice coming out of the woodwork and a general interest in a bit of humour.
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It was sounding very good until I got to the bit about 'worthless babble'. Then I decided that you could shove your suggestions up your a**e.

Does make sense Roy. I've also noticed that some members have been known to hijack a decent interesting thread and send it off on some locally based witless tangent. Most of this appears to emanate from the St.Austell area. These 'babblings' could also be removed from the original 'hijacked' thread and placed into the new section.
Ah yes, 'Babbling', reminds me of that god awful noise your opti was making on full chat, got really loud whem alongside but as I pulled away soon faded into the background, reminds me of the charge of the light brigade but in your case your only wasting 60 horses!

Yes I think Roy's idea is good, this forum is first and foremost a superb database of Rib info and to loose track on an informative/interesting thread is a shame (Eksrae's excellent Gulf Of Mexico thread springs to mind). Forgive Alice, she's ugly even by Goongumpus standards!
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"Random Ramblings"

mmmm...... randum ramblins. sownds lyke wot de gaiy ramblin assoshiashun wud av .

de botemadd syte az a sekshun corld torkin bollix.

de trubbul iz dat ifn dis syte ad wan mowst ov de powsts wud bee inn itt.
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all yours for a start........
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mmmm...... randum ramblins. sownds lyke wot de gaiy ramblin assoshiashun wud av .

de botemadd syte az a sekshun corld torkin bollix.

de trubbul iz dat ifn dis syte ad wan mowst ov de powsts wud bee inn itt.
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all yours for a start.....
fank yew. iym verry prowd dat mi werk iz apreeshiatid



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hew jardun(nobbur).....joyn dayt sep2005......powsts 1835

i nead too werk arder to cach up wiv yew

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mine are babble, yours are priceless...
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John - Ive just read through this thread and It does actually seem as you read through it that you are lightening up a little.
Oops. Looks like I might have to work a bit harder at being pompous and up myself them. The next person who suggests I have lightened up will be banned!
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The reason the chat room doesn't really work - is that it relies on everyone being online constantly all at the same time - This in my opinion is a level of "geekiness" beyond your average boat owner
I'm inclined to agree. It's something that has been requested a few times, and been tried on two separate occasions, but has never been very successful.
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Open a new forum heading in the "Rib Talk" category called "Idle Chat" or as on my forum "Random Ramblings" or something similar and promote this as a place for everyone to just chat and communicate and have fun. This section can then be set to auto prune threads that have not had a reply for say, a month, and everyone will be happy.
This is a possibility, and "time expiring" the threads could be a good way to make it work.

Would you see this section having any rules, or a genuine free for all?

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Would you see this section having any rules, or a genuine free for all?
I'm not suggesting anything goes or it could turn into a hateful slagging match

But a greatly relaxed set of posting guidelines where people can feel free to post stuff that has no right to be preserved along with the rest of the ribnet content. Common decency should still be encouraged but most importantly so should fun.

I think if you give it a go - it will become a very popular thing - people will be able to chat away about any old rubbish (keeping them online and in the forum). And they are only a click away being able to ask and answer serious RIB related questions.

If anything it should improve the content of the rest of the site - as long as people are encouraged and guided to know what belongs in the permanently stored forums and what should be in the non permanent forums.
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Would you see it replacing or supplementing the current "Other stuff" section?

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that would depend on if you relaxed the "rules" in the other stuff section
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Would you see it replacing or supplementing the current "Other stuff" section?

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John,

Is there a way that if you do this - that the "babble, nonsense, abuse, humour" pages won't show up if you clikc new posts? I am sure that many of your users - like me click "new posts" each day and probably would prefer not to have the nonsense appear?

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I suppose that would depend on how you define 'Nonsense'
I've read quite a number of 'serious' posts on here which are absolute bollix.
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The SW guys are now off with their own forum and will be interesting to see who follows. Chris
I don't know whether to say:
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Would you see it replacing or supplementing the current "Other stuff" section?
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that would depend on if you relaxed the "rules" in the other stuff section
OK, I'l try again with that question . . .

If we had a "Not quite a chat room" section, would we still need the "Other stuff" section in its current form?

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