Please excuse the length of this. It's been eating on me for years and many of my feelings were confirmed by members I spoke with yesterday. Lock it or delete it if you must but don't disregard it. It is the truth.
"From Club President Will Willis; I hope that this can bring everyone more up to date on the website roll out.
The Club just recently got full ownership of the website and domain names. This was a basic need.
The original website was written using an arcane and obsolete program. This is why we were unable to update what we had.
A big concern to all has been, "Don't lose the old posts" It isn't easy to integrate this into the new website.
Updating the website and our image is still the priority and we will bring it up as soon as possible.
Will Willis" Posted 7/22/2016 12:12 AM
There seems to be a trend of locking threads that become uncomfortable for those in charge. The one above was locked with just this post.
At the monthly meeting for the Northern Nevada Chapter yesterday there was much discussion about the shabby website, the 12 Port News, and the decline of the Mother Club. The threatened loss of 12 Port issues as well as printing cost were discussed.
The Facebook vs Website discussion went on for a while. This chapter has a pretty active Facebook page which sees quite bit of activity. Most members do not use it. Some members have also sent articles for inclusion in the 12 Port News. Most members read and like the magazine but don't send articles or ask questions.
As for the website most members don't use it much either but the reasons for this were interesting. Only the BB is functional (somewhat). The home page shows information for 2014! One member gave up trying ti find info on the 2018 Convention. Rich has tried but his info should be on the front page. The home page should not be advertising the convention before the last one. Others said they can't access any worthwhile information here. We don't all run 292,235, or 4.2s.
We have mostly lost the guys who run Hudsons, MOPARs, Fords, AMCs, Studebakers.......... Why? They come, they can't see, the can't find, and the can't believe it even exists.
The 12 Port while quaint and fun will never fill the purpose it did before. If it can be kept it should be, but it can't be the drain that sinks the organization. Facebook is quick, fast and easy but is not the place to store our archives. Vast amounts of stored Inline information is what is needed. New people come here wanting a place to find the information we have hidden away. It is here but only accessible to someone willing to spend a lot of time finding a back door into it. They will go somewhere las and not come back. Why would they? Other sites have lots mote of the info they are looking for. The problem here is not that no one likes or in using inlines. It is certainly not that a lot of "younger" people are interested in inlines. On other sites and at car events I see more inlines(new & Old) than I have since the 60s. Inliners through the 12 Port, Facebook, and the website are almost a total failure at decimating the information people come to Inlners seeking.
What do they see? First impression? The newest information anywhere but the BB is 4 years old. They smell decay.
WE have a total of 17 Tech Tips.
The Inlines Rides are mostly the same as when I got here.
The Events Calendar ends on a blank page in 2015.
From the Front has a 2013 message from the president telling on 2013 inliner
Bonneville records that probably no longer stand and hope that the Rim Fire
near Yosemite will be controlled. Any Idea how much of California has burned
Chapter Chatter also 2013 boosts the upcoming 2014 Convention and decries a
number of chapters with no heads. It's worse today!
Chapters info was not even up to date for 2013.
Advertisers 4 with 10 blank spaces around them. What does that say to someone
looking for a group to join?
Casting#s only 3 of the 5 links work.
The website, like it or not, is the face and future of the club. The first contact most new people have with Inliners International will be on the website. Those using the various Facebook pages should be directed to the website. Those reading a 12 Port news are already near a member who should grab their money and direct them to the website. The website should be interesting, up to date, useful and easy to use. There are many thousands of Inline powered vehicles on the road and as projects in shops everywhere. If these people can get what they are looking for here some will join the club.
Inliners can get back some of what has been lost. Car folks don'r go to just one site. This one is unique and can be great again. I know several former members who would come back if the site was fixed and the club would clean up it's act. You've got to have something worth joining and there has to be a benefit in paying dues. Members MUST be listened to and NEVER EVER lied to. It is imperative that the archived post be preserved. That is something we have that exists here and nowhere else. It is our "ace in the hole". They are our treasure. A huge percentage is from people who have died or left this place. It can not be replaced. There is a lot of crap too, posts where concerned people disagree. You must remember most members will not gt to a convention and even fewer will attend a board meeting not because there is a lack of interest. It's because they can't. This website is where they meet and express their feelings and ideas. Those like me are just BB members and our views are just that. Had our views, when we were members, been valued the club might be a little bigger. Hell just being recognized at Bonneville by guys I'd met face to face a half dozen times at club events would have made a difference. Elitism does not mix with membership but that's for another day.