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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 08:21 pm
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I agree that some sort of forum-topic that emphasizes regular contributions and regular progress would be great. Photos especially. I do notice that a lot of forums tend to allow guys to regress to their comfort zones. Anything that could be done to minimize that would be a real innovation. One possibility would be to create a culture that says attaboys are unnecessary/passe.

I also agree with EVERYONE who says speaking English like Winston Churchill isn't necessary here! There are plenty of non-native speakers here who make themselves understood very, very well.

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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 12:23 pm
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JohnB wrote:
I also agree with EVERYONE who says speaking English like Winston Churchill isn't necessary here! There are plenty of non-native speakers here who make themselves understood very, very well.



Very true. We spent 6 weeks travelling across the USA in 2008. One of the memorable experiences was a woman telling my wife how she loved her accent. Her reply: 'I didn't know I had one until now". It gave us all a good laugh to the extent both her and her husband invited us -a family of 5 strangers- into their home for almost a week. We still stay in regular contact (They live in Memphis).

 

Helmut, don't be concerned about the language thing, we're all friends here and friends don't worry about it. Those who will make an issue of such things are not welcome here (and I'm sure I speak for everyone here on this).


Just had another idea for an interesting thread. Some time ago Trains magazine ran a photo issue called "A day in the west". A series of photographers took shots of railroad operations in the western US on 1 specific day. With our broad international membership maybe we could something similar. 

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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 01:33 pm
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A great big thank you--to all who have responded with ideas

The list is getting large enough that individual responses and comments early on will be difficult. This is GOOD!

The more ideas that can be presented, the easier the choices will be to make FreeRails even better.

Keep the ideas coming- I'm generating a list. I'm greedy. I want more!

Some might be impractical, a very few impossible--within the framework of FreeRails.

But when the number of suggestions dwindles off--

And all have been discussed by Dave Don and I--

I will respond to each one by PM, and let you know what was decided and why.



Mosslake made a comment about FreeRails, that I particularly like

"Helmut, don't be concerned about the language thing, we're all friends here and friends don't worry about it. Those who will make an issue of such things are not welcome here (and I'm sure I speak for everyone here on this)."

I think that says everything about our members on the subject of language!




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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 05:36 pm
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Although not specific to getting folks to bang more on their keyboards, perhaps consolidate the forum to a smaller list of sections. Narrow guage, standard gauge, etc. There are splintered stand alone sections that could be moved (On30 & HOn3 for example) into Narrow Gauge for example. And there are others here that could be eliminated as they don't draw much attention which would be better off being in General Discussion.

I know that on other forums (non-MR related) I hang out on, forums with fewer sections lead me to read and get more involved. Forums with a lot of sections prompt me to skip areas that don't look interesting. Just sayin' since ya'll asked.

 



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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 06:09 pm
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Point taken Dwayne, and thanks for your feedback. :thumb:

The reason there are so many sub-forums here, is because of feedback like this, they were requested.


Perhaps a trimming is in order.L:



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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 08:19 pm
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Thank-you for your replies.

If you could tell us the Sub Forum you visit the most

And which Sub Forum you visit first

ONE CHOICE ONLY for each of the above

Keep the reply simple

Example:- General Talk/On30

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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 09:24 pm
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I might echo Dwayne's suggestion but although I read the forum most every day, I don't often post here.
However, I wouldn't combine the On30 thread as that is one of the more popular ones (IMO).
The hardest part I have when coming here is trying to find the new posts for the day.   I know the date is there, but it would be handy if the current date posts were either in bold or marked with a "Today" as in Fine Scale.
I don't want to create extra work for our hosts but just offer suggestions for next time around.
Thanks for listening:apl:



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 Posted: Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 09:54 pm
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Ma Blood-

The posts that you have not read show up as different colored blocks all the way on the left of the title--except for "sea" theme" which has revolving seashells for the unread posts.

Also, if you click "recent" at the top of the forum, you will only see the latest posts.


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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 12:57 am
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Well, I will say "my piece" also. I think we need one section for "1:35n2" and another for "Others".....

Nobody give a hoot what I want to do, so ya'll do whatever is needed. I do think that "narrow gauge" might be better with everybody included. You might have a section with "Standard gauge" for those who model wide gauge stuff. And for those of us(many thousands) who like monorails could have their place also.


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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 03:28 am
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Although my scale of choice is 1:37n2, I definitely learned long ago that other narrow gauge scales are ripe for borrowing ideas and techniques that I can use in my scale. I steal ideas from On30 in large quantities and this would be easier if all narrow gauge topics are in one location.  :)



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