On June 22nd 2010, the developer hired to perform certain repairs & updates to the SeaplaneForum.com site, completed his work without downtime for the forum members. Following is a list of things that have been completed to make our members experience more convenient:
- The Forum is accessible with the password remember feature enabled on www.seaplaneforum.com where members can select to remember their log in information for easier access and ease of use. This feature had been disabled due to a cookie problem, which has been fixed.
- Initially the forum was set up under: http://www.jasonjamesbaker.com/Seaplane/ which is the site that many early time users have bookmarked in their computers. While the password remember feature is enabled, selecting this function will cause the software to quickly jump to the correct domain, where user name and password can be entered again, and then remembered. By removing the old bookmark and entering the seaplaneforum.com site name in your browser window before bookmarking, you can circumnavigate the whole issue. Leaving the other site name active and redirecting made more sense than trying to refer people around.
- The complete software was checked & tested for integrity. Destroyed pictures and avatars could, as suspected, not be recovered. They will have to be uploaded by each member again. Members who experienced issues with this task in the past, may send a avatar to email@example.com and I will do it for them.
- Sponsors & Supporters now find themselves recognized by a little tag underneath their user avatar.
- Sponsors and supporters may now donate/ contribute to the cause without actually leaving the seaplaneforum.com site.
- Back up options are now available and tested for functionality.
Members of the forum have been asked to vote for, or against, a 2011 SeaplaneForum.com Calendar. While voting is for forum members only, parties interested in this calendar are encouraged to send their pictures (3) to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the pool. I am working with Scruffyy Productions on determining approximate sales, to avoid excessive production/ costs. Further, several advertising spots within the calendar are being offered and discussed.
The forum depends greatly on each members willingness to invite fellow seaplane pilots to join and the activity within the group. It was build on a true to the bone “Grassroots Effort” and it will succeed, if we keep it that way. The reason I am pushing for activity today (summer = flying season – I know) is, that fall and winter will be here before we know it. Members who join and get actively involved, will keep the forum strong and active (interesting) in the months ahead, when technical information exchange is crucial, as airplanes from Aeronca (A) to Zlin (Z) may go into storage. Another reminder for all members is that the sponsor supported “Want To Buy/ Trade/ Sell” section remains free and easy to use for logged in members. The section will soon be visible to non members as well, to increase exposure of requests/ bids and information. If you have a profile, but not used it yet, please take the time to introduce yourself, your aircraft, or whatever you feel like sharing with the group. As expected for this time of the season, new sign ups are usually referrals and personal invitations.
Many of us and myself remain vigilant to every advocacy issue- currently being discussed or concerning seaplane operations – anywhere! In many cases, trying to extract news and updates, worthy of sharing with fellow seaplane pilots (who may be affected by the same or similar issues but may not belong to your interest group) are harder to get than wisdom teeth from a Crocodile! It costs a lot of time and effort to keep people informed and in the loop. Followup is taking too much time. What happens in your neck of the woods today may have been dealt with by other seaplane pilots, or may be just a step away from arriving at some other seaplane operations doorstep. A proactive, transparent approach (also in terms of fund raising) is crucial and will yield more success & networking. “We are sitting in the same boat – we may as well paddle together”