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Old 20 Apr 2006
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Good idea - but I just had a quick cruise looking for ways to change that, and didn't find it. I suspect it can, but will have to do more research on it.
Hi Grant, here is how to do it:
1. From the main forum admin page, click on vBulletin options in the top left corner.
2. Click on Forum Display Options (forumdisplay) in the dropdown menu.
3. Change "Length of Thread Preview Text", I think 150 works well.

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Sounds like a good idea - but can you please elucidate... (the less thinking I have to do the better )
No probs . It could simply be a small section on the website, perhaps at the bottom below the "All Miscellaneous questions" section? Users simply post a new thread after joining, tell a little about themselves and their relationship to bikes, and get a warm welcome from the other members!
When I joined the IndiaMike forum (a great forum about India travel) I posted in their "Introduce yourself" section and it made me "get into the forum" pretty quickly. Their section is at http://www.indiamike.com/india/forumdisplay.php?f=76 if you want to have a look.

With all the great personalities with various approaches to life gracing this forum it would be interesting to find out a little bit more about people and what they do. How did you get in to biking and why do you travel?
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There is plenty of information out there and LP, Rough etc are some excellent resources on which even foreign correspondents rely. One problem is that rolling into the pueblo on your foreign motorcycle loaded will more stuff than the locales own at home makes you an easy mark. Contacting the embassy in each country you visit is also a good idea.

Grant- I would be willing to help on this as it is something with which I experience, but as you say it is HUGE and it will always be out of date to some extent.
You're hired! thanks!

Contact me direct - anyone who is interested - and we'll work it out.
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Hi Grant, here is how to do it:
1. From the main forum admin page, click on vBulletin options in the top left corner.
2. Click on Forum Display Options (forumdisplay) in the dropdown menu.
3. Change "Length of Thread Preview Text", I think 150 works well.

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Thanks Toby! Done! I'm learning.
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No probs . It could simply be a small section on the website, perhaps at the bottom below the "All Miscellaneous questions" section? Users simply post a new thread after joining, tell a little about themselves and their relationship to bikes, and get a warm welcome from the other members!
When I joined the IndiaMike forum (a great forum about India travel) I posted in their "Introduce yourself" section and it made me "get into the forum" pretty quickly. Their section is at http://www.indiamike.com/india/forumdisplay.php?f=76 if you want to have a look.

With all the great personalities with various approaches to life gracing this forum it would be interesting to find out a little bit more about people and what they do. How did you get in to biking and why do you travel?
Good idea - Will do when I have a few minutes - next week. remind me if I forget!

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Wow, never saw that before! Even knowing about it I couldn't find it from the home page. Is it one of the links under Planning? I think that many people miss it because they go straight to the HUBB.
Yes - go to Trip Planning, then on the left the TP menu will have expanded considerably - lots more stuff there.

RE many people miss - yeah I know - but am at a loss as to how to get people to visit the other areas of the site more - there is a lot of info there!

suggestions appreciated!
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Grant:
Since the new "look" I have been thinking that the HUBB will be much more a picture oriented site, plus the traditional rich text and ideas contents.
I love the "spirit" or character that the site has by itself, indeed very different to others and that, really makes the difference.
But, I don find where to fit short threads of themes like "My latest trip report and photos"
I will love to have a place where I can see and post this kind of material.
Does it has to be in a new forum or in one that already exists.
"Motorcycle events around the world" seems more oriented to anounce comming events and I donĀ“t find another where I could post or find those stories.

What do you think?

Humberto
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Hi, hope this suggestion box is still open ...

May I suggest a decrease in the amount of posts required before you are allowed to send a PM. For the moment this is set at 15, perhaps this could be set at 10 or lower? I have PMs I cannot reply to because my post count is still not high enough.

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Hi, hope this suggestion box is still open ...

May I suggest a decrease in the amount of posts required before you are allowed to send a PM. For the moment this is set at 15, perhaps this could be set at 10 or lower? I have PMs I cannot reply to because my post count is still not high enough.

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Toby, maybe you should post this 'comment' several more times (and make a few repies on you're own post)....
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minimum posts required to pm

This thread is very much open!

Re pm restrictions:

I had to set it somewhere, and not at 0 as some would like.

The reason for it in the first place is to stop the spam scumbags from posting spam pms to you. And believe me, they do with pm systems. This seems to be the only reasonable way to stop them. It's actually recommended to set it at 20.

Spam (and I'm not talking about email spam, that's another whole subject, but only spam on the site) has been a big problem for me, taking up a lot of my time to remove it and prevent it. Form spamming is a huge problem, I have had to close the guestbook, and stop commenting on the blogs to fight it. The blog comments were getting over a hundred spam a day, and spread out over 125 blogs and thousands of pages currently on the site, that's a giant pain in the to deal with.

I hope the pm restriction isn't too onerous, but I need all the help I can get fighting spam!

NOTE: IF I find someone spamming, they WILL be blocked and banned! Please report all spam to me asap.

thanks for your understanding, Grant
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Toby, maybe you should post this 'comment' several more times (and make a few replies on you're own post)....
Now that is quite the sneaky idea... I would never think of doing something like that.
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I hope the pm restriction isn't too onerous, but I need all the help I can get fighting spam!
No problem Grant, it makes sense I guess. Sorry to hear spam is such a problem, guess this is the case for most popular websites these days.

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