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#1 2021-05-20 19:18:35

kenbw2
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From: Anywhere the van takes me
Registered: 2017-11-26
Posts: 790

Forum went down!

Noticed the forum went down today, I assume a minor whoops

It occurred to me though that we have a great little community here, and it would be a shame to lose the hub of that if we had a bigger disaster.

Tiree, would it be worth having some way to get in touch that's not dependent on the dispatchexpertscudo.org.uk domain?


2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Camper Conversion + full time home
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Disassembled Camper Conversion
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#2 2021-05-20 19:25:16

JohnDragonMan
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From: Derby, East Midlands, UK
Registered: 2020-06-02
Posts: 199
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Re: Forum went down!

yeah i noticed it.. was a little worried hmm


- JohnDragonMan
Notice: I have the tendency to void warranties, blow fuses, cause fires, and other fun stuff.
Words of wisdom: Internally rust proof the sills and subframe! both skins!!. There's always user serviceable parts inside. "Oh that shouldn't have happened".
My Crazy Mk2 2005 Dispatch Camper Project big_smile

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#3 2021-05-20 21:27:07

Casper
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From: East Lothian
Registered: 2015-12-20
Posts: 1,858

Re: Forum went down!

Looks like his last post was January. If he has snuffed it lets hope he has a DD set up with the hosting company big_smile

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#4 2021-05-20 22:24:19

tee_cee
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Registered: 2016-03-18
Posts: 402

Re: Forum went down!

Yes. Little empty feeling in the stomach this morning, :-(

Last edited by tee_cee (2021-05-20 22:25:00)

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#5 2021-05-20 23:16:21

kenbw2
Member
From: Anywhere the van takes me
Registered: 2017-11-26
Posts: 790

Re: Forum went down!

Maybe we could share contact details so we can keep in touch in case the forum ever does go deadsies. Don't fancy posting them publicly though!


2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Camper Conversion + full time home
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Disassembled Camper Conversion
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#6 2021-05-20 23:52:50

Casper
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From: East Lothian
Registered: 2015-12-20
Posts: 1,858

Re: Forum went down!

Not saying do this to jump ship but...... If Tiree is on the run from some big bank job you can get 100% free forums from phpbb. How fast it efficient they are i dont know but n a few forums where the owners pay and its quite good forum software. If someone was to make a quick forum it will need folk to log in and post something i think weekly before its shut down or has anyone mailed Tiree lately? His mail address is on the free stickers page/post

https://www.phpbb.com/

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#7 2021-05-21 00:40:02

kenbw2
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From: Anywhere the van takes me
Registered: 2017-11-26
Posts: 790

Re: Forum went down!

I'll drop him an email now actually, but I don;t see any reason to jump ship. I like this forum a lot smile


2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Camper Conversion + full time home
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Disassembled Camper Conversion
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#8 2021-05-21 01:15:16

JohnDragonMan
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From: Derby, East Midlands, UK
Registered: 2020-06-02
Posts: 199
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Re: Forum went down!

im pretty easy to find.. just google my username lmao. most people contact me through youtube.


- JohnDragonMan
Notice: I have the tendency to void warranties, blow fuses, cause fires, and other fun stuff.
Words of wisdom: Internally rust proof the sills and subframe! both skins!!. There's always user serviceable parts inside. "Oh that shouldn't have happened".
My Crazy Mk2 2005 Dispatch Camper Project big_smile

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#9 2021-05-21 07:45:42

Casper
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From: East Lothian
Registered: 2015-12-20
Posts: 1,858

Re: Forum went down!

kenbw2 wrote:

I don;t see any reason to jump ship. I like this forum a lot smile


No i dont like the idea also but if he cant be contacted and this place does grind to a halt then its to late. I am suggesting a plan B in place. If Tiree gets out of jail early big_smile then fine. Business here as usual and delete the plan B.

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#10 2021-05-21 08:12:48

scotchjoe
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From: Northern Ireland
Registered: 2020-01-08
Posts: 70

Re: Forum went down!

This a really friendly helpful forum, If it's only a money thing, maybe a small sub from members would help Tiree towards the running costs.

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#11 2021-05-21 09:20:15

OAT
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From: Borders/Dales
Registered: 2017-01-03
Posts: 632

Re: Forum went down!

The idea of some support via subs or some other means has arisen before and Tiree suggested it was not necessary.  If this has changed, I would be happy to contribute.
I think even more important than the continuation of the forum though is the preservation of the accumulated information.  The forum could relatively easily be recreated but the info might be lost.

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#12 2021-05-21 09:32:30

Tiree
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From: Galloway
Registered: 2013-09-20
Posts: 323

Re: Forum went down!

Eek!

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated!

Sorry folks - just been busy and took my eye off the ball a little  big_smile

The downtime was due to an oversight [card details expired!] - sorry if that looked bad!

This does bring up some valid points though and here are some thoughts:

  • The software this forum is built on is old and I DO need to move it to a new platform.

  • Setting up a new forum is easy - migrating the existing content is a big [but important] task

  • This forum more than pays for itself with adverts [thanks for the suggestion of subs though scotchjoe]

So ... what to do:

  • I'll research a route out of our current forum into a new one - preferably onto a platform that has an existing migration path from our current system.

  • Ken has kindly emailed me separately about this - I'll consult with him on next steps and with his and the forum's permission, I'll add him as an admin of the site.

  • I'd also like to add a couple of moderators to the forum - just to help keep an eye on things and move topics to the correct forums etc - let me know below if you would like to volunteer.

Thanks for caring about this wee forum! We're nearly 8 years old, have almost 800 users and just about to hit 10k posts. On top of the great community - we also help 200-300 odd lurkers who pass through every day.

I totally agree that it's all worth protecting.

C


2006 Citroen Dispatch 2.0HDi bought in July 2013 - Partial camper conversion ........

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#13 2021-05-21 10:40:29

Casper
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From: East Lothian
Registered: 2015-12-20
Posts: 1,858

Re: Forum went down!

Congratulations on not being dead or being in jail big_smile

I do find myself twithought a Expert/Scudo/Dispatch again but do still use this forum now and then and as i have had a lot of help from the place if it did come to subs i also would still be willing to pay so if things ever change dont be shy in saying so

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#14 2021-05-21 11:37:27

JohnDragonMan
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From: Derby, East Midlands, UK
Registered: 2020-06-02
Posts: 199
Website

Re: Forum went down!

ok in the new upgrade, i suggest a like and thanks button... lol as i would have clicked both for Tiree's post.

i remember when FiatForum moved over to the new software..  it was fun.. missing content and whatnot.
if you need a mod for the mk1/2 section ill help out.. i have experience and im sure ben (the boss) over at the FiatForum will vouch for me.

thats if no one else wants to do it...


- JohnDragonMan
Notice: I have the tendency to void warranties, blow fuses, cause fires, and other fun stuff.
Words of wisdom: Internally rust proof the sills and subframe! both skins!!. There's always user serviceable parts inside. "Oh that shouldn't have happened".
My Crazy Mk2 2005 Dispatch Camper Project big_smile

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