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Old 03-27-2018, 10:38 AM
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Can Airsoftohio relive?!?!

As I am an admin, I will leave it to you all to bring a list of problems and solutions but also name obsolete features and wishlists.

So without further due, letís start this conversation!

What do you have to say?
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:18 AM
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:22 AM
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Kong, are you already trolling or you believe it for real? Why do you think so?
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I've always felt that for the organization of events, and the wealth of knowledge shared, THIS was far superior venue for Ohio. Albeit, it needs and update, especially for the event calendar. It only had two choices for sides, and there is a need for more than two for lots of events. (crucible, most of Blades larger events, smaller milsims with a contractor element, etc) There is also some bugs with uploading pictures and the like.

It's MUCH easier to look ahead to see what events are listed and where for a specific date without having to scroll for what feels like forever to find whats going on, IF you can even find it on FB.

I would love to see an updated forum!! newer folks have no idea how much easier it is to navigate to find what you need!

Also, WE CAN buy, sell trade any gear or airsoft GUNS on here!!!! THAT should be a BIG selling point!!!!
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:39 AM
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Rygar, everything you mentioned Is what we want to focus on as well. While we talk here, I got people talking to the owner of the site for approval and the funding methods.
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I have seen numerous community forum sites with automatic group pays set up, though these were typically through a website service where the payments go directly to the service. might be a system worth considering, like an Airsoft Ohio Patreon kinda setup to keep it running without the bills falling on one or a small few individuals who may not want to stay in the sport forever.

Edit: and the relevant parties should definitely look into updating the site to the latest version, I'd love to be able to change my profile name and not look at a typo I made in 2009 haha.
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I have seen numerous community forum sites with automatic group pays set up, though these were typically through a website service where the payments go directly to the service. might be a system worth considering, like an Airsoft Ohio Patreon kinda setup to keep it running without the bills falling on one or a small few individuals who may not want to stay in the sport forever.

Edit: and the relevant parties should definitely look into updating the site to the latest version, I'd love to be able to change my profile name and not look at a typo I made in 2009 haha.
What do you want your name changed to .
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What do you want your name changed to .
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Old 03-27-2018, 10:21 PM
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Hmmmm...I'm guessing either Eric Harris or Dylan Klebold?
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Didn't know this was a option, just "Scorch" is what I've always gone by, thanks homie.
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and the funding methods.
If I recall correctly, didn't Wallace of Zshot offer to help fund the forum and and update to the software? If so, now would be a good time to call that in.
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If I recall correctly, didn't Wallace of Zshot offer to help fund the forum and and update to the software? If so, now would be a good time to call that in.
Last I talked to him, Wallace owned the domain and was paying for the hosting (which was very expensive for what we're getting, btw). I'd offered to host it for free on the same server that was running OOTBI's site, but it never really went anywhere.
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If I recall correctly, didn't Wallace of Zshot offer to help fund the forum and and update to the software? If so, now would be a good time to call that in.
Offer is still out! I will pay for the new software license, that's not a problem. We've been paying for hosting already so why not make it better.

The most costly (complicated?) part is migrating to the new platform and retain whatever necessary functions that Locutus baked into the current AO. We also need to decide if it is feasible to retain / transfer the wealth of information within the current forum. I believe these information, dating back over a decade, is very valuable to the community and if at all possible I would like to maintain those.

So the question is... do we have a software guru that is willing to volunteer some personal time and migrate us to a new platform?



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Offer is still out! I will pay for the new software license, that's not a problem.

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Well nevermind! Just realized MyBB is opensource... aka free. Let me look into a potentially better hosting account so we can migrate.



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Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll run this site for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad website. Not like going down the pond chasin' Kong and Loki. This site'll swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your posters, put all your airsoft businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than few dozen bucks, chief. I'll fix it for three, but I'll run it, and kill it, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want AO to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this site. $10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the Off Topic Forums, the Classifieds, the whole damn thing...
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I agree with Rygar, events are much easier to read on AO than Facebook. I’ve always thought the forum was a more civilized place too; no BS (well some, but not like FB). Uploading pictures was always a problem for me because I didn’t know how to resize a picture ��. I’d say if uploading photos to classifieds was a bit more streamlined it’d be a great improvement.
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It can be revived honestly, it will just take a ton of work and a lot of effort on both the admin side, but even more critically the member side. People have to WANT to utilize this platform that is sorely in need of an update for sure! I'm open to trying, I have given way too much time and effort to Ohio Airsoft to watch it wither.
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It can be revived honestly, it will just take a ton of work and a lot of effort on both the admin side, but even more critically the member side. People have to WANT to utilize this platform that is sorely in need of an update for sure! I'm open to trying, I have given way too much time and effort to Ohio Airsoft to watch it wither.
Agreed. It would be useful to think about it from a user standpoint and ask, why do people go to AO in the first place? It's difficult to promote AO on FB, because people will just ask themselves, "why would I go to an outdated forum, when I can get everything I need here on FB?"

While it's a drop in the bucket, the AO event organizers might want to have photographers exclusively post photos and AAR threads to AO and then promote it at the events they host. Obviously you can't stop someone from just posting stuff to FB event pages, but getting at least a handful of heads together is a start.

The AAR discussions were half the fun on here.
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**** it, every time some one asks a question on FB, we need to direct them here. Every time someone hosts an event on the FB page it should have a link here or it should be deleted.

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I'd recommend updating the retailers box. Might be able to get some marketing funding by updating to ones currently in business.
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I feel like Stang is right. The FB page can be live, but as a secondary source to advise people of this forum. Not the other way around.
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I got into the website when it was still active and still to this day would rather use the website over FB. Like many have said FB should be used to point to this location. We need to get EO's posting a date on FB but linking this website for more details for the events.

I always loved it when I would log in to find a new OOBI event posted or another event. We have to many great places to play that we cant revive this website.
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If needed I can try to reach out to EO's regarding the website and see about getting them to post events to the webpage. Or as they post on FB, I could post them here on the website as well (if that's allowed).

**What we need is a EO with a built in following, starting back up and exclusively using FB to promote the website and only post events to the website(COUGH, COUGH OOBI!!!)**
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