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New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com

GUEST,Greg 31 Jul 12 - 02:49 PM
GUEST,Greg 31 Jul 12 - 02:53 PM
GUEST 31 Jul 12 - 02:57 PM
GUEST,MahoganyFolk 31 Jul 12 - 03:04 PM
dick greenhaus 31 Jul 12 - 03:07 PM
GUEST,MahoganyFolk 31 Jul 12 - 03:10 PM
GUEST,Greg 31 Jul 12 - 03:16 PM
GUEST 31 Jul 12 - 03:23 PM
GUEST,MahoganyFolk 31 Jul 12 - 03:28 PM
katlaughing 31 Jul 12 - 05:13 PM
GUEST,CS 31 Jul 12 - 05:17 PM
Geoff the Duck 05 Aug 12 - 03:23 PM
GUEST,FolkForums 17 Aug 12 - 07:40 AM
GUEST,Blandiver 17 Aug 12 - 08:04 AM
nboldock 17 Aug 12 - 01:50 PM
GUEST,FolkForums 17 Aug 12 - 06:05 PM
GUEST,Joe G 17 Aug 12 - 06:40 PM
Ole Juul 18 Aug 12 - 05:48 AM
Ole Juul 18 Aug 12 - 06:43 AM
MahoganyFolk 18 Aug 12 - 02:13 PM
GUEST,sturgeon 18 Aug 12 - 02:23 PM
GUEST 18 Aug 12 - 07:53 PM
stallion 18 Aug 12 - 08:02 PM
MahoganyFolk 18 Aug 12 - 10:12 PM
stallion 19 Aug 12 - 05:47 AM
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Subject: New Forum
From: GUEST,Greg
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 02:49 PM

Hello, I was hoping I could find some help here.

I have been interested in the folk scene for a few years now, and I try to get involved where I can, while I was at Warwick folk fest this year I had the inspiration for part of my course work, anyway:

I have created a new folk forum as part of one of my A level courses and I could really do with some users and posts there so I can show that is works and is fit for purpose ect. If you do happen to stumble across any bugs or things that don't seem quite right I would love you to let me know in the 'bugs' thread there.

I would really appreciate it if a few users would go over to folkforums.co.uk and have a look round, who knows, we may even get a community starting there ( one can always dream ;) )

Many Thanks and I hope this is allowed here at Mudcat.

Greg.


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Subject: RE: New Forum
From: GUEST,Greg
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 02:53 PM

Also, I forgot to mention, If you could spend a few seconds and make an account, this would also help so I can prove the 'sign up' method is functional and usable.

Thanks again,

Greg


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Subject: RE: New Forum
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 02:57 PM

The hyperlink I embedded doesn't seem to want to play, but I promise, the site is here! http://folkforums.co.uk/

Thanks,

Greg


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Subject: RE: New Forum
From: GUEST,MahoganyFolk
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 03:04 PM

I also have a folk music forum: Mahogany Folk Music Forums
If you need any help or want to help each other out in anyway just let me know!
MahoganyFolk


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Subject: RE: New Forum
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 03:07 PM

In what manner do these forums (or fora, to be pedantic) differ from Mudcat?


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Subject: RE: New Forum
From: GUEST,MahoganyFolk
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 03:10 PM

try this http://www.folkforums.co.uk for a link.

Also, I took a look at your forum, you have a long ways to go. What's a way to get a hold of you Greg? I have a few suggestions that will really help you out.


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Subject: RE: New Forum
From: GUEST,Greg
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 03:16 PM

Hello Mahogany Folk, If you would be so kind as to drop me an email at greg@gshuttleworth.co.uk I would be very happy to hear anything you have that might help, Thank you!


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Subject: RE: New Forum
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 03:23 PM

Hi Dick, my new forum ( or fora, aha ) differs from mudcat in that mainly, it is far more user friendly and modern ( not trying to say there is anything wrong here, its functional and that's what matters ) at the moment its only an experiment to see if I could do it, and what was involved in creating it. It also has 3 users at the moment, unlike mudcat... ( it was only launched yesterday! )

Thanks,

Greg.


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Subject: RE: New Forum
From: GUEST,MahoganyFolk
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 03:28 PM

I sent you an email Greg!


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Subject: RE: New Forum
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 05:13 PM

If you would join Mudcat, as a reciprocal thing, folks might be more inclined to join in. It's free and you will never receive any spam.

Good luck,

kat


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Subject: RE: New Forum
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 05:17 PM

Lot of it going about!
Seems the internet has discovered folk music..


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 05 Aug 12 - 03:23 PM

I can never understand why people seem to think that other forums are user friendly.
They all seem to have an identical format that starts with different sections to click on, then threads within the sections, then a post which every following post quotes in its entirety followed by not much of a reply, then some sort of "I always have this pointless comment quoted under every posting". On top of that, much of the screen is taken up by little smiley faces and Avatar cartoons and which serve absolutely no purpose other than to massage the ego of the poster.
By the time I have waded through all the needless clutter, I have usually lost interest, and from the postings it seems that everyone else also has.
Give me the bleak simplicity of Mudcat any day.
You can look at a list of today's active threads or extend it to everything since the first day of the forum. I can filter for key words I expect to find in a thread title, or I can search the forum.
As a member, I can save a personal list of interesting threads, so I can return to them - check information or get round to reading when I am not busy. If I can't find something, all I have to do is ask in a new thread and I will be told exactly where to go ;@).
Th lack of clutter on threads means I can read or scan very quickly through, to decide if the content is something I am interested in, and if not, I can move onto the next one without wasting time.
I have personally never found anything more user friendly on the web (as for the animals living here - that's another matter... ;@).. ).

Not putting down the effort you have made, Greg, your forum looks fine, just like many others, but don't confuse Flashy with easy to use. If up to date and modern was that good, why do we sing unaccompanied traditional songs not techno rave?

Quack!
Geoff the Duck.
    Threads combined. Messages below are from a new thread.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: Folk Foums gone International?
From: GUEST,FolkForums
Date: 17 Aug 12 - 07:40 AM

I have talked here before about a new FolkForum but previously it was only for the UK, now it has moved to http://folkforums.com/ so now its far more open to international visitors. Why not take a visit and join our community if were up your street?

http://folkforums.com/


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Subject: RE: Folk Foums gone International?
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 17 Aug 12 - 08:04 AM

Damn - I wanted to know what a Folk Foum was...


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Subject: RE: Folk Foums gone International?
From: nboldock
Date: 17 Aug 12 - 01:50 PM

Bit of a problem with this. The image verification doesn't load an image, and therefore means I cannot register...


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: GUEST,FolkForums
Date: 17 Aug 12 - 06:05 PM

Gosh, thanks nboldock. That's a very recent problem, its all sorted now though.

Also, you have some very valid point Geoff, im going to spend some time thinking over your points and act on a few of those. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 17 Aug 12 - 06:40 PM

Just had a very quick look - one thing you don't seem to have is a recent posts link which shows all the posts since you last visited or todays posts - I use this all the time on the Radio 3 forum


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: Ole Juul
Date: 18 Aug 12 - 05:48 AM

Some random comments regarding earlier posts:

I'm a very active forum user and I must say that Mudcat is one of the best pieces of forum software I've seen to date. It really is intended for communication between people. Of course, a big part of that is because of what it doesn't have - like avatars and jumpieupanddown smilies and other childish stuff. It seems the world is moving toward vBulletin, despite the fact that it's extremely buggy, far from finished, and in many setups, almost unusable.

That said, I just looked at Folk Forums and see that it uses MyBB. As set up there it looks quite clean, but I'll go and register to try it out.

As an administrator, my favourite is PunBB. I've gotten used to the CSS now and can bend it to my taste is some ways. It's very configurable if you don't mind messing with the code. It's also the fastest forum software available. Though I think that Mudcat may be a little better. It truly is a winner in the software department.

Just to put my money where my mouth is, here is one of my forums running PunBB: Princeton Traditional


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: Ole Juul
Date: 18 Aug 12 - 06:43 AM

If you could spend a few seconds and make an account, this would also help so I can prove the 'sign up' method is functional and usable.

It's not sending the activation mail. I requested it 3 times. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. :(


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: MahoganyFolk
Date: 18 Aug 12 - 02:13 PM

FolkForums, at mahoganyfolk.com I ran into quite a few bugs in the beginning.. being a site admin is a tough job lol.


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: GUEST,sturgeon
Date: 18 Aug 12 - 02:23 PM

Jesus, could you not proof the site?

From your opening page:

1) 'If you know of any places where folk music is being played, post it.'

2)'Artitst';

3) 'Folklore / Story's'.

I could write more, but that's enough for starters.


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Aug 12 - 07:53 PM

Sturgeon has a good point Greg. I believe I mentioned it to you before but make sure everything is working, up to date, etc before you advertise!


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: stallion
Date: 18 Aug 12 - 08:02 PM

Mudcat's longevity is why I don't do myspace anymore, it aint broke it don't need fixing, well not changing for changings sake, it works realy well for me why should i need anything else?


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: MahoganyFolk
Date: 18 Aug 12 - 10:12 PM

myspace? where did that come from?


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: stallion
Date: 19 Aug 12 - 05:47 AM

Well I used it a lot (myspace) til it changed out of all recognition and now has rendered itself useless to my needs, If Mudcat has changed in the ten or so years I have been here it has evolved with tweaks rather than arbitrary re-write that turns the site and it's use on its head. Not against new folk forums at all but for the most Mudcat ticks boxes. Firstly it connects me with people with similar interests world wide and has facilitated in meeting up people and travelling to the four corners of the globe, secondly, for researching songs I have found no better, some very knowledgeable and tenacious folk anoraks drop in here and there is a lively discussion and amazing input from people with primary source material that isn't always on the net and anecdotal evidence which is illuminating indeed, thirdly it is easy to learn and use and requires little knowledge of tech speak, it is basically an information exchange and not a social networking website, that part has diminished as people fell out with one another.


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Subject: RE: New Forum - folkforums.co.uk / folkforums.com
From: GUEST,FolkForums
Date: 19 Aug 12 - 06:06 PM

Thanks very much for the input, I have changed quite a bit based on the suggestions I have gathered here. I really appreciate it.

oh and thanks massively for pointing out the fact it was impossible to sign up.

Thanks!

http://folkforums.com/


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