IanG wrote:The Forum software shows a last update date as 2007, that may be that its and old version 2x with some updates rather than being the latest version 3.09.
Sorry Ian but I'm afraid you're jumping to conclusions about what version of software the board is running. If you're referring to the list of dates accompanying the copyright message at the bottom of the screen, this is in no way indicative of what version of software is running the forum, it is static and part of the "theme" that we use for the site which defines the colours and such. As I have said, we are running the very latest release of the software, I should know, I installed it.
IanG wrote:Maybe you do need to look at alternatives.
I don't see we would need to, the current software performs very well and meets all our needs and is very well supported. Your only complaint with it seems to be that you (mistakenly) believe it to be "out of date" and therefore it must
be broken somehow and "holding us back".
IanG wrote:The bandwidth issue needs addressing lame excuses of it being free etc don't make sense, maybe it's time to just bite the bullet and pay for hosting.
The bandwidth issue is hardly a "lame excuse", it is a very real factor in hosting considerations. Just because you can now get a cheap high speed link to your home does not mean hosting costs have similarly diminished. As has been stated, the hosting we use for this board was granted to us for nothing by a relatively small hosting company of limited means, and it is shared with many paying customers, abusing it would hardly be polite since we pay nothing.
As it stands, when board is moved to the new server this will become less of an issue. Having said that, hosting images is not this site's primary purpose, we're not trying to be an image hosting site, we're a forum, so if you're expecting us to turn into the new Flickr or a free gallery site so you can post all your photos online, you're going to be disappointed, there are plenty of services out there who do that already. And as Joanna has stated, externally linked images can be inserted into any post, and there will be a limited amount of space available for users of the forum to post images and files into to attach to their posts, just how much this will be is yet to be determined, it will not be less than we currently enjoy, and any "guidelines" about image posting will be reviewed when the move is complete.
IanG wrote:At the moment this is a Mickey Mouse forum and needs to change direction to become a more valuabe and meaningful UK resource.
What a lovely well considered contribution, thank you for that. I think you'll find that most members here already
find this site to be a valuable and meaningful UK resource.
IanG wrote:In recent months the board has been changing thank goodness from being a "Hug an Ebony" group to much wider cross section of the real world including those using historic cameras and processes.
The fact that many board members own Ebony cameras is likely, I suspect that they are reputedly exceptional cameras. That there's always been a humorous rivalry between the "woodies" and the "tinnies" is viewed as a bit of harmless fun, certainly not to be taken seriously, as you seem to have done.
IanG wrote:But to get thinhs up to ahigher level we need some MAJOR improvements in the softaere and hosting
Again, you seem to be voicing a very loud and vociferous opinion about something you know very little about other than some assumptions on your part.
IanG wrote:Remember that many more UK LF users post per day on the US based LFPF.info forum than post here in a week, and then ask whether you want that to change.
Oh the humanity! How dare they? We'll jump to it and crush them like the bugs they are! Oh wait.
We're just an internet forum where people with a similar interest can meet up and help each other. As has been stated, we're not competing with anybody.
I think you need to lighten up a little Ian.