Michael R

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About Michael R

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  • Birthday 02/17/1963

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Rhode Island

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  1. Michael R added a gallery image in Member's Gallery   

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  3. Michael R added a post in a topic Rock Paper Scissors   

    Let me know when you have this...
    http://www.samkass.com/theories/RPSSL.html
  4. Michael R added a post in a topic BEtter formatting when posting web links   

    Anyone? Is this something that can be done?
  5. Michael R added a post in a topic How to get more members interested   

    I am proud to say that my site is the only site of its kind. When I first launched my site, there were several folks who went off to try to build their own sites using phpBB, Ning, and Yahoo groups. Those sites quickly withered and died on the vine though. Unfortunately, now I have to contend with folks launching FB groups. There are a ton of them -- mostly mirroring specific discussion forums on my site. None of these groups existed when I launched my site. Ease of use is the main reason for the proliferation of these groups. It seems all most people want to do these days is post a few words, maybe a sentence or two, but mostly they just ant to pictures and links. I am hoping that 4.x will lure some of them back. 
  6. Michael R added a post in a topic How to get more members interested   

    I randomly pick a member who I think has an interesting story to tell. I have the same set of questions that I send out to all our Featured Member of the Month. I've been conducting these interviews since 2008. The questions vary a little from interview to interview but its the answers to the questions that matter.
    We keep the featured member a secret until the day we post the interview. I post the interviews as topics and archive each month by year. We include a few pictures in the interview and I make a "plague", a special avatar, and an icon for their signature. It is a lot of work, but the members love it and look forward to each month's interview. You can see a snippets here in previous newsletters:
    http://www.clausnet.com/newsletter/02-2015.html
    http://www.clausnet.com/newsletter/07-2015.html
    http://www.clausnet.com/newsletter/08-2015.html
  7. Michael R added a post in a topic How to get more members interested   

    Use social networks to drive traffic back to your site. I post articles on our site to our official FB and TW pages and include links back to the site. We also run regular online contests, events, and regional get togethers. I conduct an online interview with a different member each month as well. I also put together a monthly newsletter with excerpts from news articles, monthly birthdays, interviews, and upcoming events. The newsletter goes out to our social sites and is archived online. All this drives traffic back to my site. I get 5-10 new registration requests each week. But unlike most sites, for a couple of reasons, I only approve about half of those.
    In short, I spend a lot of time on my site. I have a couple of moderators that help occasionally, but at the end of the day its mostly me. It has to be a labor of love. Because I make no money from the site. A fact my wife constantly reminds me of...
  8. Michael R added a post in a topic Announcements on main page only   

    Is this why I see it appear at the top and bottom of a page even after removing it?
  9. Michael R added a post in a topic What's holding you back from upgrading to IPB 4.x?   

    Can you show me an example? I've just started using Pages. Without any real documentation, its a bit of a struggle for me.
  10. Michael R added a post in a topic What's holding you back from upgrading to IPB 4.x?   

    What has been holding me back mostly, is my theme. I didn't want to move to 4.x until I could have the site looking the way I wanted.
    I have several modifications installed on my 3.x site. Most of the ones I need have already been upgraded to 4.x -- although I am having difficulty getting some of them working on my 4.x test site. I am hoping when I upgrade my live site I will not have the same problems.
    As for apps not available on 4.x yet, I am anxiously waiting for Links Directory and Member Map. My members really like both of these. They are going to be upset when they see neither of these available when we launch the 4.x site.
  11. Michael R added a post in a topic Font Awesome 4.4   

    I assumed the new fonts would automatically be available. That's how our corporate website works.
  12. Michael R added a topic in Product Feedback   

    BEtter formatting when posting web links
    Not exactly sure how to describe this and I apologize if this has already been asked. I did not see anything.
    When posting links from web sources is it possible to format the link similar to the way it is formatted when posting links internally.

    We post a lot of news articles on our site manually and through rss, Ideally I would like to see something like FB or G+ does it.
     

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  13. Michael R added a post in a topic Edit Topic Title?   

    Click and hold on the title.
  14. Michael R added a gallery image in Member's Gallery   

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  15. Michael R added a post in a topic Provide a default dark theme   

    It's ridiculously easy to do this in the built in Theme editor.