Good news - a new V8 Bulletin Board is launched today

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 a V8 Register - MG Car Club membership package. There are 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 user guide are available on the new V8BB. More

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. Email

See our previous new V8BB reports. More & More

New V8BB is at:
http://www.v8bb.co.uk/index.php

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The new V8BB has been created with the similar appearance and user-friendly style of the original V8BB but with some useful changes to the layout and functionality plus some useful additional features. The aim has been to limit the new features for the launch so the majority of members will be able to learn how to use the new V8BB and find their way round some of the active features as easily as possible. More features will be introduced over the coming months - for example enabling users to add photos or files as attachments to their messages posted on the V8BB.

Brief guide to the new V8BB
Viewing messages - the V8BB continues to be "open to all" for viewing posts so visitors can see the quality of the support and advice available for V8 enthusiasts.
Posting messages - as the V8BB is a provided and funded by the V8 Register for its members, the ability to post messages on the V8BB is a "member-only service" for only Registered Users. Visitors to the V8BB who are current members of the V8 Register and MG Car Club can register to create a Registered User account by completing an online form. Full details of how to do this are in an illustrated guide via the V8BB - User Guide link in the blue panel on the homepage. More
Using the three main categories of messages -the main section is V8BB Messages where individual topics can be launched attracting a thread of postings as responses from fellow members. There are also two support areas: V8BB User Guidelines and V8BB Announcements & Notices. All three message categories are available from the blue panel on the homepage.
Searching the archives of the original V8BB - the useful and popular 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. The link to the original V8BB search facilities is: www.v8registerdata.net
Introducing improved V8BB access security has been seen as necessary by many members to avoid a few users damaging the quality of the content and style of the posts we aim to attract to the V8BB.
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 good quality messages 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. 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.

Careful 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 some 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 moderation policy and approach has been discussed and agreed with the V8 Committee. More

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. Email
V8 Register - MG Car Club - the leading group for MG V8 enthusiasts at www.v8register.net