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Date: May 14, 2006 at 04:06:58
From: Franz Neumeier, [protected.ip.de]
Subject: A New Era for the Steamboats.org Mesage Board

URL: The New Steamboats.org Message Board


Dear friends,

over the last 4,5 years you made the steamboats.org message board so extremely successful and widely accepted that the old message board software is no longer able to handle the postings - from November 2001 to today there have been made unbelievable 28.600 postings!

You have probably recognized that there had been an increasing number of technical problems that did prevent you from posting or caused other problems. Today is the day where I want to change this and introduce to you a new, very professional messageboard software that is tested on thousands of other very popular websites and I also did weeks of testing to make sure everything will run smooth and I'm sure you'll love it.

There are a lot of new features you can (but don't need not) use with the new version, such as:
- A powerful search function.
- Your e-mail address will not be shown publicly anymore.
- Private Messaging: send a private message to an other messageboard member right from the website without disclosing your real e-mail address.
- An easy to use text editor for your postings to include formatting like bold and italic and you can include links to other websites directly in your postings.
- A spellchecking function.
- An extensive FAQ section wich helps you using all the new features and answers (hopefully) all questions about the usage of the new message board software.
- individually configurable settings for viewing messages (threaded, linear, sorting by many criterias, etc.)
- Upload pictures: You'll be able to upload your own pictures. This is probably the most requested feature at all :-)
- Ignore List: If you put an other user on your personal "ignore list", the messages from this user won't ever show up again for you.

Another neat feature is that you now need to login only once and won't have to put in your username etc. for every posting you make. In most cases this even works when you come back the next day (a little file called cookie is stored on your computer to identify you when you come back the next time and will automatically log you in).

Looking at the new message board for the first time you'll recognize that it looks a little bit more complicated than the old one. But as soon as you become familiar with the new interface, I'm absolutely sure you'll love it :-)

Also new is that we'll have three instead of just one forum, which makes it possible to split interests a little bit and opens the forum for a few more topics: Steamboats & History, River Talk and River Cruises. Don't be afraid posting into the wrong forum - just choose the one you think is most appropriate and you're fine.

Okay, enough of introduction, here is the URL: www.steamboats.org/forum/

Your old username and password should work with the new message board, too, so most of you will not even have to register to use it instantly. If it's not working, please register for a new account. It takes only a few mouse clicks and you're done.

As soon as you're logged in, you'll find a Test Forum which is meant to play around with the new message board software if you want to try out things before you go posting in the "real" forums. Please dont post any important information there as most likely nobody will read it and I'll also delete all test postings there from time to time.

From now on, please open up new threads only on the new message board. The old one will stay as it is for searching in old entries, but it will not allow opening new threads.

And as always, if you encounter any problems, please send me an e-mail (franz-neumeier@steamboats.de) and I'll try to assist you as soon as possible.

Have fun and let me know what you think of the new message board :-)

Franz


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