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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:46 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

simonov wrote:
Buying shared hosting services gives you everything you'd get from owning and managing the hardware yourself, plus security and backups, without the headaches associated with maintaining a box and a high speed network link.

I don't recommend putting a community resource like this forum on a personally owned server.


Ditto above -- you really don't want to go there.

Throughout my consulting engagements since 1998, I've had long term experience operating very large, distributed installations in state of the art data centers both here in US and in Europe, which gave me good exposure to what works and what doesn't work.

And I can tell you with certainty that running your own hardware in this day and age, especially in your own house is a sure way to kill any on-line endeavour really quickly even if you are not planning to charge for it's service.  People get tired of downtime and slow response times even if it's free.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mve wrote:
Are you logged in when you do this, or are you searching as a guest?  I think there's a different setting for a guest user searches (which makes sense to keep low in order to prevent a DOS attack on the server) and a separate setting (more liberal) for the registered users.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, nevermind then. Figured if that's going to be my line of work I'd give it a shot for something. I probably will, just not for this site.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe we should come up with some possible domain names?

I know zero about web pages and all that but SteveC on the whitneyzone page has done basically what is proposed here. He started that forum, and took some of the permanent info type threads from the portal store page over to the new site. He might be able to answer questions about that. I like the side bar thing they have that has permanent information threads and web cams on it.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are running ubbthreads (this board is PHPBB) and it seems they have some very good SEO plugins, for instance here's an example of a URL on that board:

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http://www.whitneyzone.com/wz/ubbthreads.php/topics/4904/Current_Conditions_Mt_Whitney_#Post4904
           ^^^^^^^                                       ^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^^^


which results in very good, SEO optimized, index tokens in google: whitney, Current, Conditions, Mt, Whitney

and obviously it's on the first page of search engine results for that search term:

http://www.google.com/search?q=Current+Conditions+Mt+Whitney

(it's listed #7 from where I am searching)
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been a lot less active in the forum for these reasons:

- I hike a lot less now. I used to hike about once a week but in the past year I've probably only hiked 5 or 6 times.
- I hike less now not because of the closures (I also rarely went into those areas anyway), but due to personal and life reasons. I feel like I'm on the down slope of a new hobby. All hobbies have a life cycle and when things fade it's hard to recapture the same motivation and enthusiasm you had before.
- I use to write a lot of detailed TRs. This was during the heydays of the forum when a lot of people wrote TRs on big routes every weekend. All of this activity encouraged more activity. But as it slowed down, posting TRs felt self conscious, at least for me.

I've been following this forum since it started (was just a lurker at first). I liked that it was just a small band of highly experienced people doing really interesting and technical things in a very specialized mountain range. In contrast, the other hiking forums had a sort of transient feel with random people passing through and asking an occasional question. This forum instead really had a personality and I fear if it gets too big, it'll become another faceless forum.

So this sounds selfish, but I actually like that the forum is hard to find and it's still small/unnoticed. It reminds me of the obscure places we all love to hike and climb. Anyone can access the information here. They just have to make the effort...just like our mountains!
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Location: Stuntin in the trap son

PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile

Thanks for your input, Tim. I'm sorry you aren't feeling as into hiking and everything nowadays. Perhaps you just need to do different routes... I don't mean to speak for you or say "what-ifs"... cheers mate.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No worries Taco, I'll be back eventually. Hopefully it'll be a good winter Smile

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