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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:08 am 
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The Garden Forums-time to renew-We need input

The two years I paid for is up and if we are to continue someone needs to step up.
Our great webmaster Josiah has done more than his fair share and is stepping down.
A new webmaster is needed also.

Katie do you still have the domains and are they do also?

Post your ideas,

ArizonaEd


A now silent member can't get logged in but wanted to volunteer her time. Tell them that she volunteered the last time there was a changing of the guard but there was enough help, but since TGF says she doesn't exist any more she can't"

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:42 pm 
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Yo Dan,
So your the domainiac! Mucho thanks for holding some rein. IMO the .com can go. It's nice to know you drop in at times.
I think the keys to the ship will be in my corner for awhile. All that is needed is for me to learn how to drive the darn thing. I shall.

Really great to here from you,
The best to you and yours out in GA.
Ed B aka azed

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:05 am 
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arizonaed wrote:
Yo Dan,
So your the domainiac! Mucho thanks for holding some rein. IMO the .com can go. It's nice to know you drop in at times.
I think the keys to the ship will be in my corner for awhile. All that is needed is for me to learn how to drive the darn thing. I shall.

Really great to here from you,
The best to you and yours out in GA.
Ed B aka azed



Ed sounds like TGF is in good hands. I'm sure you will do fine in learning to drive TGF.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:49 am 
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I think the .com could go, too. I'd like to hear from more folks.

This means you, peeps. Please reply. It doesn't commit you to anything.(comes from years of prying volunteers. my apologies up front)

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:18 am 
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Dan,
I don't even know what makes the difference between .org and .com. :oops: So I can't help decide.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:32 am 
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Dan wrote:
I think the .com could go…
No need to keep it.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:05 pm 
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If there are no aspirations of graduating toward or associating with a commercial venture (and why not seek sponsorship from online nurseries that ship?), I would drop the .com. But seriously, has anyone approached the likes of Plant Delights or YuccaDo or High Country Gardens about sponsoring the forum? It would cover expenses, encourage their participation toward the benefit of all, and provide a fine venue for banner ads and a steady stream of customers and recommendations for them. Seems like win-win to me.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:12 pm 
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Well, I can't say I'm surprised that no one stepped up to take the admin job. However, it just isn't an option for me to continue. Still, I don't want to leave the forums in a lurch, especially since fund raising seems to be progressing. I've had a couple private conversations with Ed, and we think we can find a compromise. Basically, this is my proposal:

1) I will upgrade the forum software to the latest version.
2) I will do my best to find a new anti-spambot plugin to make the admin job less labor intensive.
3) Turn over all the daily responsibilities to Ed.
4) Stick around for any "emergencies" or desperate questions.

Sound reasonable, especially to you, Ed?

Thanks for chiming in, Dan. I really thought we had Katie buy the domains. Good thing someone is paying attention... :) FWIW, I would drop the .com.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:10 am 
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Josiah,
We could not ask for more. I have been running the 40 to 50 member requests and have activated the few non-Bot generated applications.
PM me about the update and any other goodies I will need to keep things going.

All members owe you lots of gratitude for all you have done for us,
Thank you,
Ed

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:08 pm 
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Forum software updated! Just going through a few checks to make sure nothing got broken, including our image attachment mod (thus, a monkey)...


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:19 pm 
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A public thank you kind Sir.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:53 am 
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I have an ongoing communication with 2 phpbb forum admins here.
Would it be a problem to have the admin managing the engine from Bulgaria?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:57 pm 
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-Everyone should thank Josiah for successfully monkeying around with the upgrade! That's often nerve wracking and the database for TGF is HUGE, so the backup work isn't easy either.

-TGF is international. Bulgaria, Bolivia, Bahrain...doesn't matter. Only needs to be a member everyone trusts.

-I'll check back in a bit to see if any objections have been raised about dropping the .com.

-On sponsorship: When I built TGF, it was going to be THE portal for clematis. My late friend, miguel, convinced me to open it up to all plants and more since the diaspora from gardenweb was going to flock here in droves. yes, many big group left and migrated to various places on the web. We ended up with outstanding groups in Vermicomposting and Cacti and Succulents. :lol: it was rather ironic. Eventually, my paternal feelings about TGF waned and I let go. If you seek a sponsor, it needs to be one that markets in one or both of those two strong segments. The clematis forum is dead here, so I really have no interest. You'd have to let me practice high relevancy inbound linking to get me going (essentially posting almost-ads in the clematis forum).
I did try google ads for a little while. Could have bought a cup of coffee every other month with the proceeds. Don't bother. I think finding a C&S vendor shipping to a market where there are lots of members is your best bet. I can help with the setup if Josiah has moved on by the time you get one. $100/year is a bargain for exclusive sponsorship of this place. Isn't that the budget?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:16 am 
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^ Thank you. Sponsorship by a reliable and helpful vendor would be a blessing on every level, particularly if the sponsor was interested in actually participating in the forum. It would enhance the overall quality of the forum and cover costs. And it doesn't need to be exclusive. Why not 3 or 4 sponsors? Consider the potential impact of 3-4 knowledgeable, reliable sponsors at $50-$100 per year, each adding 300-400 posts per year. Visions of grandeur.....but honestly, one would be really nice, too....


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:20 pm 
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I'd recommend you think carefully before allowing a sponsor to participate in discussions. That can be tricky.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:45 pm 
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One of the forums I administer is quite large, with many, many sponsors. We absolutely encourage sponsor participation. Why would you not want expert professionals posting in the forums, giving advice when asked? We even give each sponsor their own forum section, though those go largely unused. There are professional nurserymen posting here now; all in all, and I cannot think of a single exception here or elsewhere, they are a terrific asset.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:57 pm 
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I am not infavor of sponsoship by any retail/wholesale organization unless there is absolutly no strings attached.
The cost is low and managable by members willing to help.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:53 am 
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Automatic renewal of the thegardenforums.com has been dropped. It will expire in about 6 weeks.

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I thank everyone who has worked through the years to keep this place going. I have met some of the nicest folks I know on here. When y'all get everything worked out, I'll gladly send $10 to help with costs.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:06 am 
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Bill,
Check with Jordi. He fronted the fee and was going to accept donations until his cost was covered.
Thanks Bill,
Ed

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:21 am 
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TY, Ed, will remit in a few days via PayPal.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:48 pm 
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I sent a private message to Josiah.
I might be interested in helping with this forum.
Someone can contact me at admin@wormbincomposting.com

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bigtexworms wrote:
I sent a private message to Josiah.
I might be interested in helping with this forum.
Someone can contact me at admin@wormbincomposting.com


Webmaster and Cactus Hound Ed,

I hope you see Liz's kind offer of help, unless all conditions are normal and everybody who wants to do the site maintenance is perfectly happy with that?

Cheers,

jh in STV sends - I was over at Desert Gardener's yesterday and she piled me down with plants to PIG. Scotthawk wasn't any help, either.


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Wow, away for three years and I missed all the excitement apparently. :shock:

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Hello guys,

I haven't been active for a few years now.
I don't have any computer skills .
But this forum was very important to me and I miss the few friends I made.
Nor do I understand why $190 is required .But I accept that it is required.
But if this forum needs $190 to survive, I will pay whatever is required
(hopefully with some assistance).

Just contact me

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I cant help out financially but Id love to help out in other ways.

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David from DU and Larry from UK,

we are happy to hear from you again. Though it wasn't much from our story teller from Down Under yet.
Don't care about the financial situation, 12 members and I paid those $ 190.- for this season and we'll certainly find new donors for the next season.

Jordi from Up Here.

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Ed in Aruba,

what about the payment for the next season? I am ready to send you a check again (and accept donations via PayPal from few of our members). How much are you/we being charged?

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Hello all old and new ,

Give me a pay pall address and I will make a contribution.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:46 pm 
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Any suggestions please

on all forums our user rate is "Users per day: 0.93"


I am searching through 100 to 250 spambots per day seeking new members. Averaging 3/month


By the time I search all the applications I am too pooped to post the stuff I have to share.


I don't know how to update the software nor do I know if it would limit a good percentage of the spambots from applying.


I would like any input if anyone is out there???
Where have all the posters gone?
I miss sharing information.

Mr. Webmaster,
Ed Bartlett aka AZED or ArizonaEd or Hey---you!!!!

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