New V8 Bulletin Board is under test for a launch next week

New V8BB features
These will be welcomed by many members and further features will be added later but a key point for many V8 enthusiasts is the V8BB remains a valuable online resource for all V8 enthusiasts as it's designed to attract good quality postings in terms of content and style. Most important it is not a complicated forum package.

The new V8BB will continue to be available on an "open-to-all" basis but only for viewing posts, the access rights for posting messages will now be a "member-only" benefit as part of an MG Car Club membership package. There will be clear user terms & conditions and rules with improved security. V8 members will have to apply for Registered User status disclosing their MG Car Club membership number and other essential information. Full details and a guide will be available on the new V8BB.

The new V8BB has been created with the very helpful support of fellow V8 member, Malcolm Bailey, who runs his own website and internet services company Artisan Internet. More


Any feedback with your views on the new V8BB, our aims for the V8BB, its appearance and functionality and the user registration process will be welcome. More

See our previous new V8BB reports. More

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Good progress is being made with creating a new V8 Bulletin Board and it is now undergoing a period of intensive testing with the help of a team of fellow V8 members before completing commissioning for a launch next week. Many members have been in touch over the last few weeks, following the difficulties with the original V8BB, to say they miss their daily visit to the V8BB as they like the good quality information in the posts and messages our board has attracted. The new V8BB has a similar appearance and style to the original V8BB with three categories of postings available from the homepage - the main section with V8BB Messages where individual topics can be launched attracting a thread of postings and two support areas: V8BB User Guidelines and V8BB Announcements & Notices.

The useful Archive search facilities on the original V8BB will still continue to be available as there is a huge store of postings on the original V8BB which can still be searched using key words in the search box. Feedback from fellow members indicates this a welcome feature. The link to the original V8BB search facilities is: www.v8registerdata.net

What are our aims for the V8 Bulletin Board?
Our aims for the V8BB are to attract good quality postings in terms of both subject matter and how they are expressed. Since the launch of the original V8BB it has succeeded in attracting posts with real substance usually with reference to either acknowledged sources (like workshop and parts manuals or other recognised authoritative sources) or to direct personal experience or knowledge to support the advice or views in the message, rather than simply bold assertions.
The general style of the original V8BB has been polite and welcoming so many members who might not have posted messages on a forum find they have been able to do so on the V8BB as the system is so straightforward and there has been a low risk that a someone might respond with a barbed comment as a response saying "nonsense" or other discouraging or unpleasant comments. So the emphasis has been on quality and not on quantity of messages on the V8BB. It is not a chat forum where users can post single sentence conversations. The V8BB has rarely suffered from domination by one or two people posting on a high proportion of the threads but it is something we wish to avoid.

Good moderation of a bulletin board like ours is necessary because the arrival of one or two individuals bringing with them the blunt and aggressive style sometimes common on other online forums, or poor quality postings with chat or prattle, can very easily take over a bulletin board and move what is seen as the "norm" in a direction which can very easily damage the qualitative and substantive content aims the V8 Register, as the website owner, has for the V8BB.
That approach has been discussed and agreed with the V8 Committee.

Some of the postings on the original V8BB threads have covered technical matters in a detailed and useful way so they have been harvested and popped into draft workshop notes. The response when the draft note is sent to the leading participant or participants in the V8BB thread has been very good and many have taken up the invitation to expand the note and provide photos to illustrate it too. Adding those notes to the V8 and RV8 Workshop Notes series has ensured that the material continues to be available as a very useful and readily available reference source for both current and future V8 enthusiasts.

Any feedback with your views on the new V8BB, our aim for the V8BB, the appearance and functionality and the registration process will be welcome. More
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