Message Board Updates and Constructive Ideas
My guess is cheaper web hosting. I had the option with my web site to buy faster server response time for more $$$. Wasn’t worth it for me. May have been worth it for bike PGH but they may not have the funds to do this and everything else. Hence the volunteer web developer, etc. My guess is that is an in kind donation with the advertisement on the bike PGH website.
My superpowers are not as strong as Eric Boerer’s. He is able to block users.
Somebody give the man the power! While BikePGH may not care whether the forum dies, at least give the ability to police the board to someone who does.
Constructive idea: How can we use the msg-bd to gauge increased cycling by new riders, new to Pittsburgh riders, and riders who’ve ramped up the amount they bike in and around the city?
The heyday of this board was 2009-2013. Various things happened then. The rise of Facebook and other alternatives, a badly rolled out change to the board’s software, and the natural change of faces as people move on with their lives. Meh. Water over the dam, no need to rehash.
Instead, focus on what got people riding, talking, sharing ideas. We had games, like Tag-o-Rama, but also Wheelset Of Fortune, and a scavenger hunt to seek out the hundreds of protractors that got glued up all over the city. I, for one, had time on my hands or made time, to check out all these possibilities.
Second, we had well attended group rides. Some of the last pre-Flock Critical Mass rides got 150 or more riders. Tweed Rides, the Bridesmaid Dress ride, a couple of swimsuit rides, Midnight Mass, other night rides where we’d end up having pancakes at Ritter’s at 3:30 a.m. Today’s Underwear Rides still draw big crowds, so I know the interest is out there.
What’s next? I think this is more a question for the greater Bike-Pgh organization than the handful of die-hard MB participants. Do we even have a community anymore, and if not why not?
Blame it on Trump or George Wallace…
I didn’t see any ideas…constructive or not…only questions…??? which was sort of answered…the MB is kinda dead..and you would like it to be the center of pgh bike culture, etc…
advertise, advertise, advertise… a BikePgh app might help… a additional platforms…say FB or twitter… offer free food and sex… have a contest… offer free sex …start ’em young by talking in the schools about biking and etc… get the idea? …oh yea, did I mention, offer fr…
And really, the MB is poorly designed, even for its heyday…difficult to use…hard to logon, difficult to navigate, etc … no kindergardener would put up with the ui… only a few hacks from the old times nostalgically put up with it…while waiting the mills and penny farthings to come back… well, at least, banna bikes…
I wish the default option…or at least an option…was to receuve all threads on the MB…or at least subscribed threads and NEW threads…then one could unsubscribe to new threads not interested in.
Unless one accesses the board often, new threads, and the info therein, are lost…
Also, when one has an item to post, please see if it fits into a more generic existing thread or create it as more generic name.
This is most inconvenient in reporting stolen bikes. (Such a post added today) I recall a Stolen Bike thread…I subscribed to it…but no one uses it…and when I happen to peruse the thread, I may find an old lost.stolen bike notice…too late for me to do anything about it.
When you create a thread: Aunt Mollie’s Green Trek with Caterpillar Horn Stolen …
…it creates an unnecessary thread ..overloading the MB… Think filesystem…
This may also contribute to the dtsfunctionality of the MB.
the web developer for bikepgh is/was a volunteer and it’s unclear if there is any maintenance done anytime, anymore. Me thinks that what we have now is what we’re going to have in the foreseeable future.
Methinks everyone reading this thinks they know the state of the MB what-it-is… This thread us for constructive ideas…for that time that when some attention us given to improving the state….and, indeed, someone reading this thread may just be motivated, after seeing all the clear and thoughtful ideas presented here, to step up to clean house…no doubt prompting backlash on fixing-something-that-isn’t-broken…the nature 1A.
And of course there are comments about USER BEHAVIOR that can be changed now…which was the main point of my comnent.
I am trying to think of something constructive to say about being prompted for full login and completing the identify-all-the-fire-hydrants challenges every six hours, but I am at a loss. We’re still getting spam posts, so all this tightened security isn’t getting the job done.
It’s obvious bike Pittsburgh doesn’t care about this message board. I see it like an old truck. Pieces fall off as you drive it down the road and no one is paying to repair it.
I emailed them weeks ago about the popup message. No response, no fix.
This message board has about 10 active users and not one is a bike pgh employee/worker/volunteer.
Eric, I work for Bike Pittsburgh part time. But I rarely go to the office, and hold no sway there.
Has anyone tried telephone calls? Or is that too old school. Or maybe even trying to speak with someone face to face (no, no face time)?
As a member driven advocacy organization bike pgh should be responsive to their constituency via reasonable communication channels. Email is listed on the contact page. Therefore they should read and respond to them.
not only was the most recent spam post taken down, but Stu’s request to have the spam post taken down was also taken down…
and in it’s place — another spam post.
the neglected message board rolls on, wearily.
the taking-down, that was me. my role as a volunteer spam-flagger/moderator…
Another spammer, this time selling ammunition, but it took 10-15 tries to get past the fraudcatcher. Dammit, this is irritating.
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