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Old 16th June 2009, 23:03   #2311
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GTO, I'm really glad you're responding to many requests here. Looking forward to seeing those Volvo reviews
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Old 17th June 2009, 11:42   #2312
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How about having names of persons browsing a thread at the bottom of teh thread? Some forum software has this feature.
Correct, our software does have this feature. However, it is a very server intensive task. Considering that the value provided is minimal, we have switched this feature off.
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Old 17th June 2009, 13:42   #2313
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Can monthly stats for most visited or threads started in a forum section be put up in a separate thread. I have a feeling that off late, shifting gears is seeing lot of action.
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...When the images gets re-compressed, the original image quality is not preserved. You can see jpeg artifacts around sharp edges of the subject in the image....
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....We do not have any resizing / compression enabled on the server (AFAIK)....
Actually GTO, as you have mentioned the original images are untouched on our server -- however, when the "original" image is watermarked and served to the viewer as a new file, the watermark overlay process causes some recompression. (This was discussed a long time back in the non-auto image thread.)

Clevermax, if quality is critical, i guess one solution is as greenhorn had posted, which is acceptable as long as you have also uploaded the content to Team-BHP's server :

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1.link to the high res pics hosted elsewhere
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Could we have some kind of time limit for sensational matters .... Say 10 days or something. Keeping in mind the basic intent of T-BHP forum.....
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Threads like the shiney one die natural deaths anyway, hence a requirement for a time limit might not be necessary. Also, we are unable to apply a time limit for threads unless it applies to all the threads in that section.

Even though the shifting gears section is for off-topic (non-auto) discussions, the moderators do exercise their discretion on what sort of content can and should be posted in that section. If Team-BHP members ever do see a thread that they do not think is worthy of being on the forum, please do REPORT POST to bring it to the moderators attention.

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Old 18th June 2009, 13:45   #2315
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Way too many non-auto related topics in discussion. Can those be avoided?.just my 2 cents. They don't hamper me though.
It is silly to see a thoroughly automotive website having a discussion about Shiney Ahuja!. Not happening.
Also, there are way too many threads discussing similar topics. can those be clubbed together or something?
I'm a thorough Team BHP addict. i know that for sure.
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Old 18th June 2009, 19:31   #2316
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Years back t-bhp allowed embedding images hosted in other domains. But as we know, this is against the rules now.. That's the reason I posted such a suggestion.
The convention followed on most forums is that you post the low quality photo / thumbnail on the forum server and the high quality pic on an appropriate external host.
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Old 18th June 2009, 21:55   #2317
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Commercial Activity:

OK having received an infraction recently got me thinking quite a bit.

1) I had clearly stated that what I was doing was on a personal level, to help members on the forum, however due to a commercial tie-up...Anyway I have no intention to fight my way out of some infraction points, I'll ride it out.

2) I have been on many forums, international and domestic, many even before my discovery of this forum. One of the most interesting things I see on those forums is an Interactive classifieds section.

3) Don't get me wrong, I like the way the classifieds are now, but adding the ability for a dealer to initiate Group Buys will help the industry in 2 major ways.
Help the buyer to purchase a product at a low, LOW cost.
Help the seller to get rid of stock/increase clientele.

4) I do understand that TBhp does not want to "Sell Out" to the capitalist pigs, but this idea really helps the industry as a whole. How many times have we seen members complaining about the price of a product. Now we in India don't deal in the volumes which dealers in other countries do, so we have to maintain a certain price point.

Things like Group Buys are associated with the Walmart theory. The seller will sell for a much lesser margin so as to earn more with more sales or clear old stock, and the buyers simply enjoy massive discounts.

5) There has to be a new commercial section where those commercially involved can actually showcase what they sell, this will let us have access to the massive community here on BHP. Again this is not a bad thing, and this section should be a showcase only (Sometimes stuff that is not installed, but on the rack, hence not appropriate for the Installer Showcase section).

If this is not done then how are we empowering the TBhp member? He has no access to what's new and happening, just what's old and has always been suggested as the safe way to go. Who knows, and how will he know if a new and better tuner/dealer comes up/ finally decides to access this online community?



I'd like to hear more views on the above.
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Old 18th June 2009, 22:04   #2318
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A forum I'm a member of tried this, and a few dealers have turned it into a fishmarket, and its very taxing on the mods. Judging by the havoc created by some commercially minded members here, in the regular threads, i think its better to avoid the issue altogether than try to attempt a balance. I have nothing against dealers in general, but just that some who dont like playing it by the rules ruin the game for everyone.

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DocG - one charming thing about this forum is - some way or others, people finally get to disclose their trade affiliations.

If you ask me whether commercial activity goes on here, I would frankly say - yes, it does. But it is vey unobtrusive, and transparent. (some new launch reviews, some advice in the ICE section, some posts in the modification threads, etc.)

When questions are asked, people put in their opinion / advice; and the reader has an opportunity to evaluate each response w.r.t merits of each response, and also judge the person making the post. Means - suppose I ask "what is the best 'foo'?" and dealer of 'bar' says "do not buy 'foo' go for 'bar'", I know why I get that response. The structure of this forum does not allow a person to mask his commercial interests.

But, explicitly allowing commercial activity would mean that the mods lose their leverage when masquerading happens. And transparency would be gradually lost.

And business rivals would be at each other's throats; and the typical user would be totally confused. Yes, "fishmarket" is the appropriate word.
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Old 28th June 2009, 15:52   #2320
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I would like to report the following.
1. Forum etc quick link from top missing.
2. Classified images got lost. all of them
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Yeah SirAlec!
I too can't spot the Main site Navbar links.
Also I'm unable to open the main TBHP page - www.teambhp.com


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Old 28th June 2009, 16:09   #2322
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SirAlec & VT, Firstly : Thanks a ton. We much appreciate your help in finding bugs for us to sort out. We are aware of these two problems. Rest assured, there's a competent team working diligently on the server move since friday.

The main web page + classifieds photo problem ought to be sorted out in a short while.
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The store isn't working. Unable to buy stickers...
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Some problem with mailing system as well?? I am not getting email alerts for new posts to subscribed threads.
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I'm having some problem in uploading images from TBHP server.
Its taking very much time to upload (I'm using broadband BTW)Sometimes that pop-up window doesn't fully opens, Also it doesn't resizes the images automatically, Theres a limit that we can upload JPEG etc images with size upto 1MB, So there should be a resizing facility too.

So currently, First I upload & Resize pics from any other site, Then I upload them to TBHP server, Its a real pain!



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