V8 Bulletin Board is under test for a launch next week|
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
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.
See our previous
new V8BB reports. More
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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. |
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
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.
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