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Frank Hagan

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  1. The built-in search doesn't work well with our archived posts (we have over 80,000 posts on the board now). So I have added Google site search to the forums. A search for "Princess 22" or "weekender keel" will now pull up the hundreds of posts pertaining to those topics, even the archived ones.


    it does have Google ads on it; I haven't priced the ad-free business version yet, but may consider it later. Not sure how much they charge for it.


    The old search is also still available, just select "Forums" under the "Search" section:



  2. Looks like the PHP file limit was reset to the default of 2MB when we restored the server. I've increased it to 20MB. Its rebuilding now, but will take an hour or so (so don't test it before 10:45 Pacific time).


    The forum settiings were the same, no post can have more than 16 MB in total file size including images. That should be plenty!

  3. We had a brief outage of all websites on June 2 when we had to reinstall the server OS. This affected all HOSTkabob.com hosted websites. Server security has been tightened up a bit, so please let me know if you see anything unusual in the forums, especially in regards to posting images, email notices from the site, etc.



  4. Clicking the "Report" link when you see a spam message does help! I can then go in and zap them.


    For a long time the Invision Power Board shared database of spammers worked really, really well. As soon as one IPB board banned someone, they were prevented from registering at any of the other IPB boards. But the spammers have found a way around that, and we've had about 5 spam messages in the past 2 months.

  5. I don't recall if the measurement is taken with the deadwood in place or not. I think it should include the deadwood, which you probably haven't placed yet. The deadwood moves the measuring point up on the stem enough to make it another 3+ inches in length overall.


    The plans are with my Weekender at a nephew's house, but that's what I recall. My original website on making my Weekender is up at http://www.frankhagan.com/weekender/ and I've got some information there (warning: very ugly, 1990's era site that was hand coded. I knew it was ugly then, and its even uglier now).

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  6. Spammers are getting through our automated system lately, so I've changed permissions for "New Members".


    When a person signs up and confirms their email address, they are a "New Member". Previously, they could post a message and have it appear immediately on the forums. Now, their first message must be approved by me before it appears. If approved they move to "Members" status and can post just like everyone else.


    messing-about.com is pretty pristine compared to other Internet forums, with a great user community and not too many spammers. I'd like to keep it that way!

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  7. It's definitely not a financial transaction you want to repeat very often; the cost of materials is probably more than the boat is worth. But, the process of building it with your Dad isn't something you can put a value on.


    Check to see if you have a Sea Scouts chapter near you as well; if you itemize deductions the gift of a boat to a charitable organization can be taken at fair market value.

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