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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: August 19, 2017, 10:42:47 PM »
I'm not so sure we should have or not have the "like" button. I'm not on Facebook, so I'm not really sure what it does/did in the context of the forum. If by pressing "Like" on the forum somehow promotes the post to your public FB feed, I think that would be a good thing.

I welcome more input on this. I saw at least 3 likes - who used it and did you like the results? I can also try to make the reply button easier to see... if that is/was the issue.

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With the switchover to the new and improved forum, all of the anti-spam checkers were disabled. This resulted in a flood of spammers trying to join - at almost 50 attacks per day.

I was able to put some security back into place - we'll see how well it holds up. If you happened to try to join the forum over the last few days and I did not approve you, please re-apply. (I could not weed through almost 200 new users to try to figure out who might be real.)

And if you are unable to join, please email me at ed(at)spongeawareness.com or forumadmin(at)wwfry.org.

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Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: August 14, 2017, 02:31:30 PM »
The big thank you goes to James for doing this. I didn't really have much part in it at all.

I do have a ton of cleanup work to do. For example, the spammers are now getting through with requests to join at an alarming rate - so I have to figure out how to curtail that. I also want to put back the #10 headlight icons for old/new messages.

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Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: August 14, 2017, 01:19:15 PM »
That's quite a reunion.
I suppose they hadn't seen each other in about 50 years.

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Work and Events / Re: North Yard Project - Official Work Thread
« on: August 11, 2017, 11:51:04 AM »
 
In my experience, using both a point field man using a signal lantern and  an outside relay guy should prevent pushing cars through the barn's back wall!
Or, you may need to use radios, only here.

We now keep a ready supply of LED "lanterns" at the doors to the car barn so that we have them handy when moving equipment in.

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Moderator Announcements / FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: August 11, 2017, 01:48:41 AM »
Hi everyone,

There seems to be a few people that are having trouble logging in (or joining) our discussion forum. James and I have tried all the tricks we know - but we haven't been able to fix it.

However, we are running a very old version of the SMF forum software. So we have to upgrade. We hope this will go smoothly - but it will take some time.

To allow us this time, we will be closing the Forum tomorrow (Friday) night with the goal of having it back and running (with the new software) by Sunday evening. We hope that all the posts and discussions (and bad puns) will automatically migrate over. We'll see how that goes.

We're timing this with our normal weekly backup schedule so that if things do go poorly, we can easily set things back.

So, don't be alarmed when the forum goes down on Friday night - it will be back.

Thanks!

-Ed & James.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Deep Thoughts...
« on: August 08, 2017, 01:36:44 AM »
If a train leaves Chicago travelling east at 60mph while a train leaves Boston travelling west at 50mph, at what point will positive train control prevent us from having to answer this question?

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Deep Thoughts...
« on: August 02, 2017, 05:19:31 PM »
When my wife's motorcycle friends ask "what's your ride", and I respond "a two-cylinder external combustion 1891 Portland", am I asking for a fight?

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Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F YouTube Channel
« on: July 31, 2017, 12:20:45 AM »
Ed, what happens when you subscribe to our channel?  Do you get notifications, or do you have to go looking for it?  Or what else special happens?

Actually, I have no idea. I do know that it helps it appear higher in the ranking of searches, etc. - just like other social media platforms.
We now have 21 subscribers.

I just added a few more videos. I took the liberty of considering any Edaville footage prior to 1980 to be "historic". In fact, one clip from the 1960s may show the interior of WW&F coach 3.

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Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F YouTube Channel
« on: July 30, 2017, 09:41:15 PM »
Yep - we already had those in the playlists.

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Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F YouTube Channel
« on: July 29, 2017, 03:00:15 AM »
I took on the challenge and built up the official WW&F YouTube page:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw1sLZdj1sNSEZ49axjknMQ

Please check it out, "subscribe", etc. Thanks to James & Steve P. for getting the ball rolling.

Anyone who has a WW&F video that I missed (and I'm sure I didn't find them all), please let me know.

If you post a new WW&F video that you would like me to include in our playlists, please let me know.

Any suggestions are welcome. Help keeping this up-to-date would be extremely appreciated.

Thanks,

-Ed

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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: July 26, 2017, 09:15:03 PM »
July/August 2017 Newsletter is posted.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Deep Thoughts...
« on: July 26, 2017, 06:52:15 PM »
If the plural for goose is geese, why isn't the plural of caboose: cabeese?
Or, if the plural for rhombus is rhombi, could the plural of caboose be cabi?

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Volunteers / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: July 25, 2017, 01:51:50 AM »
4500 is a very impressive number. Turn that number into actual members and supporters, and you will have something.

I wasn't trying to downplay what we have achieved - and I admit it may be unfair to compare us to many of those operations. (I remain shocked at Edaville's Thomas-Land's numbers, though.) I was just trying to raise the point that getting us known on all "social media" platforms (Facebook, TripAdvisor, Yelp, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) is something that anyone can do, and it has a direct bottom line effect on our museum's visibility.

I'm also reminded of the various shopping sites (Amazon Smile, iGive, Goodshop, and others) that donate portions of their sales back to non-profits. We are signed up with all of them (and may be adding a new one.) This is "free money" for the museum by using those sites, and it doesn't cost the user anything extra.

And this is coming from someone who doesn't have a Facebook account  ;D

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Volunteers / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: July 24, 2017, 05:13:41 PM »
May I offer a challenge - not directed to the Facebook team, but to all of us.

4500 is an impressive following, considering that just a few years ago we had no real facebook effort whatsoever. Can we all try to promote our railroad further with our circle of Facebook friends? To put it in perspective, Maine Narrow Gauge RR & Museum has 6150 followers; Boothbay Railway Village has 5470 - can we do better?

I quickly checked some "big names" in railroad museum facebook pages - Steamtown: 17,300; Combres and Toltec: 31,800; Strasburg RR: 67,300; and Edaville has a whopping: 88,290! This is not to discourage us, but show what can be possible.

Of course, much of this is visitor driven; but more followers create more visitors, which in turn create more followers...

We could also use more reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp, if you are so able. Please be unbiased when writing reviews.

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