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Frank Hagan

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Frank Hagan last won the day on August 5 2018

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  1. I added a new feature for Supporting Members: messing-about Clubs. What are Clubs For? Clubs are intended for your local racing friends, sailing club, one class association, or really any group of people you want to provide a place to share. Create a family genealogy club, or a club for your hunting buddies. Clubs can be for businesses too; while you can't place ads on the pages, you can create a community for supporting your side hustle or giving your customers a place to discuss your product or service. Supporting Members can create and manage their own clubs, fully integrated with messing-about. Club owners can add new sections to their club, like forums, galleries, calendars and more. Members of the club will see content in their activity streams, search results, and will get any notifications they have configured, just like the rest of messing-about. Non-members will not see the content if the club is set to private. Clubs can be for political or other controversial topics. We don't allow "adult content" (porn) as it affects the content filters that block sites by IP addresses, or any illegal activity like copyright violations through file sharing or conspiracies to kill Frank. Especially that last one. Public, Private, Open, Closed Club owners choose an appropriate club type to determine how much they share with the rest of us. While some clubs for boat-related topics may aim to be fully visible to the community, others dealing with non-boat or sensitive subjects may want to be more hidden, and messing-about provides the tools to do that. Types of Club Content Club owners can add a variety of content areas to their club - forums, calendars, files and so on. These content areas are fully functional just like the rest of messing-about. For members of the club, and for public and open clubs, the content will appear in search results, activity streams, users can follow them, embed links to them, and so on. If a user has permission to see a forum (for example) within a club it will behave exactly like other forums they see - and the same for all other kinds of content. Each content area an owner adds can have a custom title, and will appear in the club navigation. This means, for example, that you can have multiple forums within a club, and give each a different name. Club Locations Clubs have built-in support for Google Maps, allowing users to specify a physical location for their club. Let's say you run a community for one class sailing enthusiasts; each club might be tied to a particular region's meetup. The Club Owner specifies the location when setting up the club, and clubs are then shown on map on the directory page: Each Supporting Member can create two clubs per year in our Clubs section. Supporting Members donate $12 per year to help support messing-about, and the support has helped us stay online as our server costs have increased. If you are not sure if you donated, make sure you are logged in and go to the Clubs section. If you see the green "Start a Club" button you're a Supporting Member. If not, and you'd like to become a Supporting Member, you can do so by visiting our Supporting Member order form that accepts credit cards or PayPal.
  2. New benefit for Supporting Members: Clubs! Supporting Members are entitled to create two clubs per year for family, local class association, community or any group of people they care to invite. In each club, you can create forums (topics), polls, calendars, and events. The Supporting Member controls whether the club is open to everyone, or completely private (and a couple of options in between). Your club does not have to be boat related, but our normal rules apply. And we ask that everyone honors our primary rule on messing-about: Be nice. The club remains in place and active (unless abandoned), even if you don't renew your support in future years.
  3. It appears to be fixed.
  4. On desktop or larger displays you may notice that several posts are displayed incorrectly. I have a support topic in for this and will keep you updated. I apologize for the inconvenience - it popped up after a recent security upgrade.
  5. Thanks, guys! I have to kick myself for moving from a supplier I had been with, completely trouble free, for three years. The thing is, I went with another company for the server in Las Vegas that I respect and have had good luck with in the past. And the lure of saving $264 a year in server fees was pretty strong. But it wasn't worth the hassle. With the donations from the Supporting Members, hosting fees I charge for others and occasional ad revenue I'm at a break even point. So no tears, just a lesson learned.
  6. I had to restore the forum software from a backup done on 1/4/2019 due to problems with a server that I describe here. It's unrelated to the issues this thread had, but we can pick up from where we are now. I apologize to everyone; you will see that anything you posted from about Jan 4th until earlier today, including private messages, are now gone.
  7. In my efforts to reduce costs where I could I made what was, in retrospect, a bad decision and moved to a less expensive server back around Jan. 4th. After several days on the new server, I realized it just wasn't worth the downtime and problems getting things to run smoothly. I have reverted back to my prior data center in Dallas, on the more reliable server. While it costs me about $22 more per month, it is at least stable. BUT, that means posts from about the 4th or 5th until today are lost to the ages, and I won't be able to recover them. You may have posted, replied, etc. and now they are gone. It's nothing personal, just my screw-up!
  8. I can move it ... have to find it first, but I'm assuming it will show up as a new post!
  9. Hmmm ... see what you can do now. I have Supporting Members with "unlimited" upload and storage now, and Members with unlimited total storage and 2 GB per post.
  10. I think I may have killed this one ... let me know if you see them popping up like that again!
  11. Thanks for the screen shots. There are some issues with both the ad placement and also the "Supporting Member" group I created. Will try to employ some fixes.
  12. I have been forced to upgrade the server for messing-about.com due to increasing resource usage. After negotiations the new configuration still results in a 60% increase. I have added Google Ads to help defray the cost. Several of you have asked about ways to support messing-about.com. There are two links in side column on the main index page: $12 a Year Supporting Member - Member status will be upgraded to Supporting Member and ads will not be shown to you. $60 a Year Premium Supporting Member - Includes the upgrade to Premium Supporting Member, and optionally provides a year of hosting your website at HOSTkabob (a 50% discount from our regular rates). You can choose to pay by credit card or PayPal after clicking the link. The forms pop-up, so if you don't see them ... turn off your pop up blocker and try again. Or, if you prefer to keep it casual, you can send money via PayPal to frank@frankhagan.com. Finally, I want everyone to know that we completely understand if you don't decide to join in the monetary support effort; messing-about has always provided free access to those who qualify simply by virtue of their contributions and ability to "be nice" to everyone else. It is an honor for me to be associated with all of you.
  13. The server has been upgraded, and luckily there hasn't been any disruption that I can see. To pay for this I have added advertisements in two areas, at the top of the page and in between the first and second post. I'm using Google Ads, which at least monitor the ads and keep them virus free. For those who want to contribute, there are two links at the top right of the main index page to support messing-about.com, a $12 a year option to remove the ads, and a $60 a year option that removes the ads and optionally includes a full year of HOSTkabob website hosting if desired.
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