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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:18 pm

We need to change to a different host to be able to do that. Looked into it. Pretty much have to pay for one if you want a decent one.
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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:37 pm

I use host gator for my forum.

$10 a month unlimited bandwidth.

Tapatalk makes forum use on phones cray simple.



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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:07 pm

For sure, that's a big drag. Seems like we don't get your average forum folk, more like the younger crowd.

Mind if I ask what forum?

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:46 pm

@redlinemotorsportts wrote:
Seems like we don't get your average forum folk, more like the younger crowd.
Well how many people are out there building stuff from lawn tractors? Lawn mower racing is fairly limited in popularity and even that doesn't fit into the category of this forum. I don't think there's been a serious loss of people here so much as just the normal coming and going of people. I could be wrong, I don't pay real close attention to such things. For example, if you have 10 people on here posting on various things and then they all leave, that would make a fairly significant difference in things since everything is pretty small scale here. 10 people deciding they are tired of messing with their lawn mower is not such a big deal when you think of how many people are around.
Here's the real reason why people decide to leave. Buttons at the top..."portal" should say "home" and where "home" is should say "forum". Then if you click on a thread and decide to log in, after logging in, you should be directed back to that thread instead of the forum home.
Maybe not, but that stuff would be nice.

On a slightly more serious note, I still think the forum theme could be expanded somehow to cover a broader range of projects while still keeping the main focus on things being built from lawn tractor/mower parts.

So, here's what we need.
1st- A new forum server deal, so everyone with all their phones and junk are good.
2nd- New forum structure, focused mainly on tractor projects, but also including other custom fabricated junk.
3rd- Easier to remember web address. Sure ATLTF is easy to remember after a year, but when I first got on here, I had to think of what the heck it stood for every time I tried typing it in.
4th- Tractor related logo and official forum colors, so when we advertise on stuff, people remember it. logo needs to look cool but not super complex. Otherwise I won't be able to paint it on stuff as easy. Maybe something like a lawn tractor silhouette in a circle with the web site name over it.

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:29 am

Offroadohio.Com is my forum.

I agree with most of what Mr modified says.

But I think if you try to expand coverage of things out side of mowers it needs to be in a small scale. The great thing about forums is the dedication to subject. I don't come here looking to get tips on my ford truck. I use a ford specific forum for that. I may ask a non mower related question in off topic becuase that's what that is for.

You can purchase a new domain name and make it autodirect to atltf so the name can stay the same but it's easier for people to remember.

Like mudmower.Com. offroadmowers.Com customlawntractors.Com. mylawntractor.Com mymudmower.Com etc.

Forum software and ease of use is a big factor. vbulletein is the best imo. Phpbb is free though so that's what i use. It's a little more complex to mod than vbulletin is. I'd suggest v bulletin if theembers here Woukd contribute to the purchase of the program, or I'd go phpbb if you decided to switch.

As a couple of us have stated. The users will always come and go becuase obly so many people playing with mowers. Some grow up, some of us never will!
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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:39 am

One other thing. It shoukd cost you very little to run the site.

I literally spend 125 a year on offroadohio. UT most of that is covered by user donations or t shirt and decal sale profits. I sell decals that cost ne 3 for 5. Shirts cost me about 8 I sell them for 15 shipped. I'm only making about a $1.5 per shirt and $1.5 a sticker but I sell enough of them to cover a good deal of my cost.

I have a specific "supporting memebers" forum for those who contribute money to the site. Only they can see it and I give them some control on what changes we make to the site. Sort of like how congress works.

I'd buy a couple atltf decals if I saw them forsale.
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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Sat Oct 31, 2015 3:19 pm

offroadohio wrote:
The great thing about forums is the dedication to subject.  I don't come here looking to get tips on my ford truck.  I use a ford specific forum for that.  

I was going to bring this up. I have a ford thread in a ford forum because there's more people that know about that than here. I don't see why you should expand into something some forum has already covered, like a fabrication section. If someone wants to take time to post a thread they'd post in a forum where they can get more ideas bounced around.

I like this specific forum, but I don't see a easy way to expand. All we can do is change the format to make it seem more streamline.

Really need a host change to be able to customize anything.

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:14 pm

Look like this site is running on a crazy outdated version of phpbb. Wouldnt be hard to update to a newer version on a new host. Are you able to do a back up of the site to convert to new software?

I started my site on a free host aswell and converted a few years later after they shut down



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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Sun Nov 01, 2015 2:22 pm

I don't know anything about our format, but I have talked to Doug about it. He wasn't quite sure how to back up. Guess we have to bring the topic up again and see what we can do.

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:02 pm

I've been running my farm for 10 years on my own I'm still not the greatest at it but I would be more than willing to get in there and see what I could figure out as far as backing it up so that it can be converted. Even when I was running on a free host like you guys are I still had full control over the mods that I added to the form and backing up my data tables and all of that stuff so I'm sure you guys probably have that ability as well
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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:03 pm

The word form should be forum in the above post.
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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:45 pm

@redlinemotorsportts wrote:
offroadohio wrote:
The great thing about forums is the dedication to subject.  I don't come here looking to get tips on my ford truck.  I use a ford specific forum for that.  

I was going to bring this up. I have a ford thread in a ford forum because there's more people that know about that than here. I don't see why you should expand into something some forum has already covered, like a fabrication section. If someone wants to take time to post a thread they'd post in a forum where they can get more ideas bounced around.


True, but I guess I just mean stuff like prancstaman's tracked vehicle in the build off. Stuff that has lawn tractor parts but not necessarily a lawn tractor. I guess it's been extra dead here recently, but has there ever been that much action?

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Thu May 04, 2017 2:29 pm

It appears we are going into another cycle in 2017.  Crying or Very sad   Maybe summer and some of the better known names posting "mudding" videos again will peak some more interest.   Watching them, life has gotten more complex or busy in other areas than to "Play" and share exciting our interests.

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Thu May 04, 2017 10:34 pm

Its been like that every year. Everybody is spending more time riding or in the shop. Its a good yet bad thing.

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Thu May 04, 2017 11:16 pm

I've been busy with a bunch of stuff. Trying to finish the ATLTF chevy race truck to do some advertising....

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Fri May 05, 2017 9:32 am

I wrote ATLTF.com on one of those paper table cloths at Crabby Joe's a few days ago... so things should pick up mighty soon.

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Fri May 05, 2017 9:52 am

@AllisKidD21 wrote:
I wrote ATLTF.com on one of those paper table cloths at Crabby Joe's a few days ago... so things should pick up mighty soon.


lol!

May need more bandwidth for that!

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Fri May 05, 2017 9:55 am

Hahaha probably! We'll be overrun with people joining.

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Fri May 05, 2017 10:57 pm

i may be new to the atltf forum and the you-tube scene but i would like to help if you dont mind me plugging a link to the site in my videos or description. i may not have many subsribers (3 at the moment ) but a view is a view right cheers Smile if its ok with you guys
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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Fri May 05, 2017 11:07 pm

Plug away.

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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Fri May 05, 2017 11:09 pm

thanks anything to help this site is awesome and i think a lot of people could enjoy it
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PostSubject: Re: ATLTF SEEMS DEAD    Sat May 06, 2017 10:10 am

@AllisKidD21 wrote:
I wrote ATLTF.com on one of those paper table cloths at Crabby Joe's a few days ago... so things should pick up mighty soon.

lol! I've written it in a few places at my school...ruh roh raggy  

@ballsdeepmudmowers wrote:
i may be new to the atltf forum and the you-tube scene but i would like to help if you dont mind me plugging a link to the site in my videos or description. i may not have many subsribers (3 at the moment ) but a view is a view right cheers :Smile: if its ok with you guys

I think I'll start doing this in my videos/descriptions...dunno why I'm not already, I got like 600 views on the last video I put up! (although that one wasn't really lawn tractor related...Very Happy )
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