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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 01:24 am
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Herb Kephart
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Don and I have been trying to think of ways to make FreeRails better--more specifically to increase the number of quality posts."Attaboys" make the OP feel good, and there is nothing wrong with that- we all appreciate a pat on the back, but we would like to see some more substantial posts in addition to them.

One complaint for quite a while was the "difficulty" of posting photos. Thanks to Don, this couldn't be easier now. What else can be improved?

Either post your ideas here, or if you would rather the other members not see what you have written, send them to me in a PM. We will discuss (off line) any suggestions, and try to get back to you--if for no other reason than to say "THANKS".

So put your thinking caps on--every day we have plenty of members that visit to see what's new- and my feeling is that from that number we should be getting at least 3 new posts--5 would be better--per day. Is there something about FreeRails that keeps YOU from posting?

We have a core group that post on a regular basis, and they deserve a THANK YOU from the rest of us-- but the rest of us--myself included--could do more.

Think, dang it, think!


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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 11:55 am
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What about a subject specific photo session? Not a competition as such as an excellent model poorly photographed could miss out to a poor model photographed in excellent conditions. Rather a 'Show Us Your' sort of thing, weather it be bridges/trestles, a locomotive, town scene or just a favourite model. This could apply to prototype railfanning photos too.

I'm in the process of moving and changing scales (will post more on my adventures in On30 as soon as I have adventures in On30:bg:) but I can post some older photos of my HO logging models if it'll get things moving...



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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 01:29 pm
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Thanks, Russ!


Come on the rest of you--now is no time to be bashful!


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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 02:21 pm
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Hi,

after put in brainstorming mode I came up with some suggestions:

A "tutorials" or "how to"  forum without limitations to scale, gauge, techniques etc. where anybuddy may post small and big tutorials on building, maintaining, repairing everything that is in any way modelrailroad related.

A "work in progress" section for photos and descriptions of projects in any state from start to finish. No need to be ashamed of much/many started but not yet finished projects.

A "tips'n'tricks" forum where users may post their hints on using tools or materials in another than the intended way to reach special modeling results.


As some users might,  just as me, be no native english speakers and might feel bad/ashamed to write with mistakes it may be useful to provide a "foreign language" forum where our spanish, french or german speaking friends may post in their native language and if the need arises someone other may do a short translation. One point of any foreign language is, that it is more easily read and understood than written or spoken.

Helmut,
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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 02:45 pm
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Thank you Helmut

You gave us some things to consider.

As to the language thing--we have several posters whose command of English is somewhat less than a native, however, very seldom, if ever is any problem with understanding what they wrote. The old saying your English is a lot better than my [insert language], is almost always true. One poster sends me copies of a story that he is writing  and posting on FreeRails, for me to edit- and I am happy to do that, but there is very little in the way of corrections, or suggested changes that I can make.

Looking over your post, I would say (quite truthfully) that you are much better at our language that vast sections of our population that have been born here



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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 03:19 pm
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I personally enjoy photo competitions, I have used them in the past to make me "get off my butt" and do some modelling. However it does need sufficient participants to work.

Just a simple theme title is all that's needed, e.g. "Bridge", or "Red"...

I take Russ's point about comps being as much about photography as model making, but it can't be denied that this "online" aspect of the hobby is highly dependant on pictures, and so possibly encouraging good photographs is as important as good modelling?

My personal circumstances are currenly leading me to perhaps get back into the hobby more, so I may be posting some stuff soon anyway, but a just-for-fun incentive like a comp would probably get me focused faster.

My thanks to all involved for all their efforts in running this place, it's my favoutite MR site to visit by a long way.

Cheers

Phil

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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 03:31 pm
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No need to be upset about using "English" differently...I speak only Texican with emphasis on local "twang". There are places in Texas where speakers may go from English to German and mix in some Spanish or even Cajun (kind of like French).

I do believe that there needs to be more photos of projects in progress even if they never get finished. I have had many ask "where did you get all that junk on your layout?"...all that junk is projects that either didn't work out or looked much better with rust, weeds, and dirt thrown over them. So, get out your camera and send us some photos.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 05:46 pm
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 Don't worry about the english, I know people I work with who can't speak it or write it. Just send pics of interesting stuff.  One time I expressed that I  was leary of putting my stuff up against some others stuff, because I thought theirs was so much better. One guy told me be inspired not intimidated. It is nice to see what other pick out of some of my posts. I think I got past the worring what others say if it is real negative. I have missed a number of things when I thought that I was finished with something. I have learned quite a bit from this site and that's proof you can teach an old dog new tricks. The forum is a little like public speaking in that not all are real comfortable writing in there comments. I guess I would like to see people just stop in and say hi, I'm still out there and having fun. I suppose there are those who have had there feelings hurt by not being able to understand the joking but this is a far more friendly site than others I've seen.
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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 06:12 pm
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wclm wrote: One time I expressed that I  was leary of putting my stuff up against some others stuff, because I thought theirs was so much better. One guy told me be inspired not intimidated. It is nice to see what other pick out of some of my posts. I think I got past the worring what others say if it is real negative.                

Clif K


That advise about not being intimidated was good advise Clif.

You should have seen some of the stuff I tried, when I was just getting my legs under me.

Heck, I still have some pretty monumental failures, turdy comes instantly to mind, the botched paint job I had on a box cab. ( I laugh but it still haunts me lmao! )

You will find more supportive than mean spirited comments here.

There are plenty of places out there for snobbery, we try to keep it to a minimum here.

And Helmut,

You do just fine, if it were not for spell check, you would not have a clue what language I was trying to communicate in....the closest I can think of would be Klingon.





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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 07:03 pm
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Hi all,

thank you for your kind words. I was just remembering when I was starting out into internet some 10 years ago. I had a solid 6 years of english lessons in school another 15 years before I did my first steps in the world of internet forums and it took me a few month after this before I got enough courage to make my first posting in english language.

Between school and the first internet posting in english I only read some english train magazines and tried to read a few books not to loose all the knowledge from "those old schooldays".

So, knowing it might be not easy on some people to write in english I intended to offer them a friendly welcome in their own language. Ok, point cleared, and now to other ideas ..L:

Helmut,
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