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Routes / Re: Southern Tier............
« on: February 14, 2009, 02:44:56 pm »
A great resource for information about the southern tier are the journals for that route on crazyguyonabike.com.
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/categories/?o=3Tzut&category_id=11&doctype=journal

You can also check out the ride registry on this site, http://www.adventurecycling.org/ride_registry/review_rides.cfm, and select Southern Tier.

I'm sure some other forum members can give their specific thoughts on your questions based on their personal experience with the route.
Have fun!

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GPS Discussion / Re: General GPS How To Sticky?
« on: February 14, 2009, 12:46:36 pm »
A "sticky" thread for general gps information pertaining to cycling would be a great item to have. If we have a volunteer interested in putting one together I can assist in getting it set as a "sticky" topic.

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General Discussion / Re: Partial RSS feed
« on: January 31, 2009, 03:16:01 pm »
The RSS feed shows only about half of the new posts every day here, using Firefox 3.0.5. Maybe operator error by this RSS newbie.

I look at the list of topics containing new posts from RSS, then go to the web site and see many more. How is it working for you?

Thanks,

Fred
Hi Fred,
It looks like the default rss link just shows the most recent 5 posts. I did a little searching and found this thread on the simplemachines forum that has a breakdown of the different options you can use. Hope this helps.
-John
http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=25009.0

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General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 20, 2009, 02:38:02 pm »
By upgrading without regard to the links that people have made to the old discussion forums you have broken every single existing link on the internet.  This means that all the great advice that people have bookmarked or emailed or saved no longer work.  In addition, you have provided no way for someone to find those threads if they have the old links.

This means that unless someone is willing to go through all the posts page by page, all the previous information here is virtually unusable.  I had 17 posts bookmarked and now I can't find any of them.  The search function dumps out lots of word hits but I would have to spend hours trying to find the posts I had saved just to relink to them.

This stunning lack of oversight makes me wonder what else is going wrong at ACA.

Ray

Hi Ray,
I'm sorry that you feel this way about the new forum and apologize about your bookmarks. The old forum software was no longer an option for us. As mentioned earlier it often timed out on users or gave errors. The search feature did not work and we received many complaints about it from users. We made every attempt to move all of the user accounts and content over to the new forums so that it is still a valuable resource. We were unable to redirect all of the old forum threads to their link in the new forum. We upgraded the forum software to resolve the current issues with our previous forum software and in hopes that a better performing forum with more features would help it grow and allow it to become an even better resource for traveling cyclists. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience that has occurred.   
-John

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Underground Railroad / MOVED: UGRR maps for sale
« on: January 16, 2009, 06:48:07 pm »
This topic has been moved to [Classifieds].

http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?topic=5328.0

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General Discussion / Forum Spam
« on: January 16, 2009, 04:51:16 pm »
We have been notified that spam was sent to the public email addresses from the forum member list this afternoon. In your member profile there is an option to allow your email address to be shown to the public. We converted this status from the old forums so that it was the same as the setting in the previous forum. Due to this incident we have marked all email addresses to private. If you would like to make your email address public you will need to log into your profile and change the setting.

I would advise leaving your email setting as not public and use the private message feature if you would like to contact other forum members or would like them to be able to contact you. Sorry for the inconvenience that this has caused.

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General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 12, 2009, 04:47:40 pm »
Does this mean a real NNTP newsreader, John? I would love to read with Outlook Express, leaving all the HTTP eye candy behind. Do we have an NNTP server now? Or should I get an add-in for OE that converts RSS to NNTP?

Fred
I think that you will need the add-in for OE that converts the RSS to NNTP. I tested the RSS feed as a live bookmark in Firefox as well as in a program called BlogBridge that I have used in the past to read newsgroup messages and rss feeds and it worked well but I was not able to get OE to recognize the rss feed. If you have some success converting the feed to use in OE let me know.
-John

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Instead of starting a new thread each time I think of a new feature that is worth mentioning I figure that this thread is as good as any place to discuss the new features. We have had requests in the past for the ability to view the forums from a news reader or live bookmarks. This is now possible by using the following link to feed your news reader or create your live bookmarks:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml

Creating a Live Bookmark in Firefox is a great way to easily see the most recent posts on the forum.

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General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 11, 2009, 09:10:20 pm »
It seems to be exactly the same as the previous forum.  How is it any different?  The light blue text is slightly harder to read and it takes a little longer to log on to post a message. ::)
The content is the same as the old forum as it was all converted over to run in the new software. The old software often locked up and cause errors as well as slowed down the entire adventure cycling website. The old forum software was nine years old and no longer developed and impossible to get support for. The search feature rarely worked and we received a lot of complaints about the forum in general.

The new software is current and well developed. It is a full featured and I hope will provide a better experience for everyone using it. Sorry that your initial impressions were not good but I hope that they change over time.

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General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:21:47 pm »
Answer my own ? How do i post Image -Image>Additional Options>Attach>
Hi Jim,
There are two ways that you can add a image to a message on the forum. One way is preferred over the other but both options are available. The first way is what you mentioned above. Images can be uploaded from your computer as attachments to the thread and displayed that way. This is a less preferable as we have a limited amount of storage space on the server so we need to limit the size and type of attachments.

The other option is to link to an image already hosted on the internet. There are a number of photo sites where you can place images to then link to on the internet or you can use your own personal web space that often comes with an internet account. Once the image is on the internet somewhere you can add it to the thread. An example would be if I wanted to show the current Photo of the Week from the Adventure Cycling website I would do the following:
1. Bring up the desired image in your web browser.
2. Right click, or control click on the mac, on the image and choose properties. Look for the url or location. For this example it is http://www.adventurecycling.org/weeklyphoto/595.jpg
3. In the message that you are composing look for the insert image icon. It is the second on the second row and if you hover over it a tooltip will appear that says, "Insert image".
4. Enter the url into the dialog and press ok.

The image should appear.

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General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:06:25 pm »
How do you like the new forum?

I like it! Fast and does not stall. John Sieber, was it you who chose and installed the SMF software? Good going. I expect it saves you a deal of grief.

Members: this forum has many more options and features than we are used to. If it seems bewildering, give yourself a couple of days to get familiar with navigating it.
Hi Fred,
I did choose the SMF software to replace the old cfforum software that the forum was running on since its beginning. I've been wanting to move the forums over to this software for a long time so it was nice that the time became available to get it done. I'm hoping that the new features and better performance will help to grow the community and make this an even better resource of information on bicycle travel.

There are a lot of new features so if anyone has questions or thoughts this thread is a good place for them. I'll try to keep an eye on it and answer what I can. Sorry that it took so long to get this done.
-John

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Cycling Events / Adventure Cycling Forum Rules and Etiquette
« on: January 09, 2009, 01:12:16 pm »
ADVENTURE CYCLING FORUM ETIQUETTE
Adventure Cycling Association maintains this user-to-user forum for the benefit of all. There are some common-sense rules to follow that help make using the forum a pleasant experience for everyone.

1. Be gentle with newbies.
2. Read before you post.
3. Stay on topic.
4. Be professional; avoid flames or profanity.
5. When answering, quote sparingly.
6. Please don't cross-post.
7. Please don't create multiple threads.
8. Please don't post more than 2 attachments.
9. Posting of pirating information is prohibited.
10. No advertising or solicitation, please.

----------------------------------------------------------------------

1. BE GENTLE WITH NEWBIES!
Remember, everyone was a beginner at one time! We don't want people to feel intimidated. Some may appear on the forum before having read these guidelines, so give people a break if they don't yet know the intricacies of online etiquette.

If you don't have the patience to point them politely toward the posting guidelines, please ignore them and let somebody who does have patience answer them.

If posters get seriously out-of-hand with regard to consideration of the forum community, it will usually get the attention of an Adventure Cycling administrator. The administrator can take appropriate measures for chronically abusive people.

2. READ BEFORE YOU POST
Please make an effort to scan the last few days' posts to see if your question has already been asked and answered. Much of the traffic on the forum consists of the same questions asked frequently. You're very likely to find your answer quickly, and it is a courtesy to others on the forum.

3. STAY ON TOPIC
We don't want to be so stuffy that we frown on every humorous or side comment, but let's try to keep the traffic reasonable.

Adding OT: or Off-topic to the subject is the standard, accepted way of posting side comments. That way people in a hurry may avoid the post if they wish.

It's preferable to avoid perpetuating off-topic threads.

4. BE PROFESSIONAL -- AVOID FLAMES OR PROFANITY.
If you do feel the need to be critical, make it constructive criticism. If you're addressing the behavior in the forum, do address the behavior, not the person. Personal attacks (flame wars) are bad form. Ask yourself: would you say the same thing if you were face-to-face in person?

Avoid profanity: you know what the words are. If most people wouldn't say it in front of their mothers, it doesn't belong in this forum. Even posts which are not flames and which may contain great technical information may be removed because of offensive language.

Remember: you can have a sense of humor, but maintain a professional tone. Your friends may be reading the forum, and there's no sense in giving them the impression you're too temperamental to ride with!

5. WHEN ANSWERING, QUOTE SPARINGLY
When replying to a post, it is often advantageous to quote sections of the original post. However, quoting an entire message can be excessive. Save other people time and bandwidth by quoting only enough to make clear what you are responding to.

6. PLEASE DON'T CROSS-POST
Most people read more than one forum. Please don't make them read your post more than once.

7. PLEASE DON'T CREATE MULIPLE THREADS
Asking the same question in the same forum in a short time can actually work against you. The thread can't be tracked as easily, and some forum members will be so annoyed that they may use their newsreader's filter so they won't see your future posts.

Keep in mind that folks in the forum answer questions out of their own goodwill, so an immediate answer may not be forthcoming.

Urgent technical questions may be directed to Adventure Cycling

8. PLEASE DON'T POST MORE THAN 2 ATTACHMENTS
Please be courteous and do not post attachments unless necessary. Not everyone's browser is equipped to handle attachments, and not everyone has unlimited usage, high-speed internet connections. Some people even have to pay a per-minute connection fee, often for low-bandwidth connections!

If you want people to see your images, it is better to post a URL where others can download them at their leisure. Most ISPs provide a small amount of space for a personal web site, and there are even a few free web hosting sites available.

While you're at it, please try to post in plain test (ASCII) rather than HTML or rich text.

9. POSTING OF PIRATING INFORMATION IS PROHIBITED
Adventure Cycling Association neither condones nor supports copyright infringement. Posts containing copyright information, whether belonging to Adventure Cycling or not, will be removed.

10. NO ADVERTISING OR SOLICITATION PLEASE!
Adventure Cycling Association reserves the right to remove any posts. Posts identified as SPAM will be deleted without notice.

135
Bike Clubs / Adventure Cycling Forum Rules and Etiquette
« on: January 09, 2009, 01:10:34 pm »
ADVENTURE CYCLING FORUM ETIQUETTE
Adventure Cycling Association maintains this user-to-user forum for the benefit of all. There are some common-sense rules to follow that help make using the forum a pleasant experience for everyone.

1. Be gentle with newbies.
2. Read before you post.
3. Stay on topic.
4. Be professional; avoid flames or profanity.
5. When answering, quote sparingly.
6. Please don't cross-post.
7. Please don't create multiple threads.
8. Please don't post more than 2 attachments.
9. Posting of pirating information is prohibited.
10. No advertising or solicitation, please.

----------------------------------------------------------------------

1. BE GENTLE WITH NEWBIES!
Remember, everyone was a beginner at one time! We don't want people to feel intimidated. Some may appear on the forum before having read these guidelines, so give people a break if they don't yet know the intricacies of online etiquette.

If you don't have the patience to point them politely toward the posting guidelines, please ignore them and let somebody who does have patience answer them.

If posters get seriously out-of-hand with regard to consideration of the forum community, it will usually get the attention of an Adventure Cycling administrator. The administrator can take appropriate measures for chronically abusive people.

2. READ BEFORE YOU POST
Please make an effort to scan the last few days' posts to see if your question has already been asked and answered. Much of the traffic on the forum consists of the same questions asked frequently. You're very likely to find your answer quickly, and it is a courtesy to others on the forum.

3. STAY ON TOPIC
We don't want to be so stuffy that we frown on every humorous or side comment, but let's try to keep the traffic reasonable.

Adding OT: or Off-topic to the subject is the standard, accepted way of posting side comments. That way people in a hurry may avoid the post if they wish.

It's preferable to avoid perpetuating off-topic threads.

4. BE PROFESSIONAL -- AVOID FLAMES OR PROFANITY.
If you do feel the need to be critical, make it constructive criticism. If you're addressing the behavior in the forum, do address the behavior, not the person. Personal attacks (flame wars) are bad form. Ask yourself: would you say the same thing if you were face-to-face in person?

Avoid profanity: you know what the words are. If most people wouldn't say it in front of their mothers, it doesn't belong in this forum. Even posts which are not flames and which may contain great technical information may be removed because of offensive language.

Remember: you can have a sense of humor, but maintain a professional tone. Your friends may be reading the forum, and there's no sense in giving them the impression you're too temperamental to ride with!

5. WHEN ANSWERING, QUOTE SPARINGLY
When replying to a post, it is often advantageous to quote sections of the original post. However, quoting an entire message can be excessive. Save other people time and bandwidth by quoting only enough to make clear what you are responding to.

6. PLEASE DON'T CROSS-POST
Most people read more than one forum. Please don't make them read your post more than once.

7. PLEASE DON'T CREATE MULIPLE THREADS
Asking the same question in the same forum in a short time can actually work against you. The thread can't be tracked as easily, and some forum members will be so annoyed that they may use their newsreader's filter so they won't see your future posts.

Keep in mind that folks in the forum answer questions out of their own goodwill, so an immediate answer may not be forthcoming.

Urgent technical questions may be directed to Adventure Cycling

8. PLEASE DON'T POST MORE THAN 2 ATTACHMENTS
Please be courteous and do not post attachments unless necessary. Not everyone's browser is equipped to handle attachments, and not everyone has unlimited usage, high-speed internet connections. Some people even have to pay a per-minute connection fee, often for low-bandwidth connections!

If you want people to see your images, it is better to post a URL where others can download them at their leisure. Most ISPs provide a small amount of space for a personal web site, and there are even a few free web hosting sites available.

While you're at it, please try to post in plain test (ASCII) rather than HTML or rich text.

9. POSTING OF PIRATING INFORMATION IS PROHIBITED
Adventure Cycling Association neither condones nor supports copyright infringement. Posts containing copyright information, whether belonging to Adventure Cycling or not, will be removed.

10. NO ADVERTISING OR SOLICITATION PLEASE!
Adventure Cycling Association reserves the right to remove any posts. Posts identified as SPAM will be deleted without notice.

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