New Bike Touring Review Site

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by [email protected], Jul 4, 2005.

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I've created a site for cyclists to post and review their experiences
    with commercial bike tour operators from around the world. It's a
    resource to help you decide which bike tour to take, or in which area
    to travel. It's also a place to share your experiences from your own
    personal bike tours, and to help each other out in planning your own
    trip. If you love cycle touring, come check it out!

    The address is http://www.earthtrek.ca . There's not too much content
    on the site at the moment, but my hope is that the site will develop
    into a cool place for people who love bike touring, as I do, to hang
    out and share experiences...come see for yourself!

    Cheers,

    Jeff
     
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  2. On 4 Jul 2005 04:35:57 -0700, [email protected] wrote:

    >I've created a site for cyclists to post and review their experiences
    >with commercial bike tour operators from around the world.


    You're a bit late - the rec.bicycles.* hierarchy has fulfilled that
    purpose for many years.


    Guy
    --
    http://www.chapmancentral.co.uk

    "Let’s have a moment of silence for all those Americans who are stuck
    in traffic on their way to the gym to ride the stationary bicycle."
    - Earl Blumenauer
     
  3. Interesting idea, but rather flawed by having tour company adverts. How
    could you publish a critical review of a company with an ad on top?

    Aside from wanting to collect saleable email addresses, what purpose is
    served by asking visitors to register and log in?

    George

    <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hi Everyone,
    >
    > I've created a site for cyclists to post and review their experiences
    > with commercial bike tour operators from around the world. It's a
    > resource to help you decide which bike tour to take, or in which area
    > to travel. It's also a place to share your experiences from your own
    > personal bike tours, and to help each other out in planning your own
    > trip. If you love cycle touring, come check it out!
    >
    > The address is http://www.earthtrek.ca . There's not too much content
    > on the site at the moment, but my hope is that the site will develop
    > into a cool place for people who love bike touring, as I do, to hang
    > out and share experiences...come see for yourself!
    >
    > Cheers,
    >
    > Jeff
    >
     
  4. Hi George,

    Thanks for your feedback guys...yes, I know this is still a work in
    progress, so I appreciate your comments, as I want the site to be a
    success!

    >>You're a bit late - the rec.bicycles.* hierarchy has fulfilled that

    purpose for many years.>>

    Yes, I know that there are already several places on the web to discuss
    this type of info... I'm hoping that my site will be complimentary to
    these...plus, I personally just like the discussion forum format of
    viewing/discussing topics, it's easier to navigate /understand for me.

    As far as displaying the company ads up on the top of the site, those
    ads are automatically chosen for display by google, based on the
    content or words used on that page. So they are not an effort by me to
    promote any particular company. I'm not adverse to changing the layout
    for the ads though, if they bother people, as that's not the main point
    of the site.

    I have now allowed anyone to post a commet without registering their
    email...that wasn't to collect email addresses, but rather an effort to
    keep spammers and the like off the boards. But I'll remove the
    registration for now, and see what happens...thanks for the advice.

    Cheers,

    Jeff
     
  5. I couldn't figure out how to remove the email address field in the
    forum software, but just use a fake email address if you like...you
    don't have to register to post now, and only have to put in your real
    email if you would like to receive notifications of responses to your
    comments by email, or if you would like to chat with other members.

    Jeff
     
  6. Rich Clark

    Rich Clark Guest

    <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I couldn't figure out how to remove the email address field in the
    > forum software, but just use a fake email address if you like...you
    > don't have to register to post now, and only have to put in your real
    > email if you would like to receive notifications of responses to your
    > comments by email, or if you would like to chat with other members.


    I have found that forums requiring registering a valid e-mail address tend
    to be considerably more civilized than those that don't. You night lose a
    few extreme retrogrouches who refuse to register for anything, but the
    attraction of a web forum is precisely that it's *not* Usenet, and is
    therefore susceptible to rational management.

    However, I think your site has too many categories and will therefore look
    deserted for quite a long time. Fewer topics encourages more interaction
    and discussion.

    Good luck with your site.

    RichC
     
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