Bill Edwards

Coming Events

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Dear All

 

I have been compiling and publishing the Coming Events in it's current format for about 6 months now.

 

I would appreciate your feedback.

 

Do you use it? Is the current format usable? Useful? Could it be improved? Is it easily accessible? 

 

Maintaining it in it's current guise is a lot of work, which I am happy to continue with, but it would be nice to know that it is being used and is useful :)

 

Regards

 

Bill

 

 

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Bill you are doing a great job with the coming events list .

I personally appreciate all that effort you are doing.

I use the it most days.

Thank you again Bill

Regards

Martin

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Without a doubt, it's an invaluable asset to the Forum and well worth the effort you put into it Bill.

I often browse it just as a matter of interest, as well as for specific reference.

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16 minutes ago, Roger Peatman said:

Without a doubt, it's an invaluable asset to the Forum and well worth the effort you put into it Bill.

I often browse it just as a matter of interest, as well as for specific reference.

Well i browse most of the forum most days & Bill does a fantastict job..Thank you Bill ;)

 

But its not just Bill who puts the effort into the forum its all the Moderators & Panel members!!

 

But most of all its the Members that count thank you!

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4 hours ago, Martin Ambrose said:

Bill you are doing a great job with the coming events list .

I personally appreciate all that effort you are doing.

I use the it most days.

Thank you again Bill

These words are exactly the ones I would have used. Many thanks Bill.

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I use it a lot, in particular to prepare weekend trips. Thanks for your hard work Bill.

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Whilst I don't compile the Coming Events for praise or feedback, I do need to know that it is used and that the considerable effort I put in is of use to members.

 

I currently spend about 4 hours a week on Coming Events, putting in at least 30 minutes a day (and have listed over 1000 events) - given that it appears to be of use to just five members, it would appear to be a waste of time :( 

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30 minutes ago, Bill Edwards said:

given that it appears to be of use to just five members, it would appear to be a waste of time :( 

I'm sure you don't really believe that Bill, as I am equally sure that that's not the case, but I can fully understand your frustrations at the lack of response from members when asking for input/opinion on the subject.

I assume the Forum software, or any other, can't tell you how many hits the coming events receives as it's no longer in house, but I bet it's used by many members a lot of  the time.

Ultimately, it's your call whether or not to continue with - I ,for one, certainly hope you do !!

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3 minutes ago, Roger Peatman said:

 

I'm sure you don't really believe that Bill, as I am equally sure that that's not the case, but I can fully understand your frustrations at the lack of response from members when asking for input/opinion on the subject.

I assume the Forum software, or any other, can't tell you how many hits the coming events receives as it's no longer in house, but I bet it's used by many members a lot of  the time.

Ultimately, it's your call whether or not to continue with - I ,for one, certainly hope you do !!

I can't tell what the hit rate is on the file, because, as you say, it's housed off forum. What I do know is that every method we have tried has been largely unsupported and this method appears the same. For instance there are numerous examples of the first I know of an event is a photo set or funfair report, suggesting that some members have info they don't share. It is a big commitment - I work full time, have a life and a family, yet must put aside at least 30 minutes a day to update the file - it is getting tedious and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought of ditching it. I had hoped that it would of been use to more than five members!

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5 people replying to this topic does not mean that only 5 people uses, or sees the value in, the coming events section. There are contributors to the coming events who have not replied here, including me until now. The coming events is the section I use more than any other section on this site. I know of people who do not contribute to this site but they regulary read the coming events section.

 

I spend most evenings trying to work out potential trips and I regulary speak with other enthusiasts about road trips all based on this section. I've visited around 70 fairs this year and around half of those are new grounds based on information from the coming events section, with many planned for the next couple of months. I know how frustrating it is when you feel it's all for nothing as I used to co-run a Facebook page dedicated to up-coming fairs in South Wales, and the research and posting and the constant questioning was hard work, especially when you miss a fair and wonder why no-one had told me about it!. The way the coming events is laid out now is better than anything thats been done before (and I mean no disrespect to the way it was done, or the people involved, previously) and I find it to be the most important tool on this site.

 

I will continue to contribute and I will continue to use the coming events section but don't think that because not many people are shouting about it, that they do not use it. Keep up the good work Bill and to everyone who has contributed to this extremely important part of this forum :D

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