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Postby Peter Hall » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:20 am

Towards the end of last week two Topics to which I have contributed were locked, seemingly without explanation. One in particular was being particularly informative for those like me who currently have a number of e-mail and computing difficulties.

I emailed the Acting Webmaster earlier in the week but as yet have not received a response.

The Topics in question are:-

e-mail client or e-mail service https://www.rcts.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=414

Dead or Dying Already https://www.rcts.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=176

Anyone like to suggest a reason for these being locked?
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Re: Locked Topics

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:02 pm

I am pleased that the Administrator of this Forum has drawn a line under these two topics. The stated purpose of the forum at the start was “a discussion board which welcomes questions and news on any subject relating to railways, both past, present and future.” Clearly discussion of e-mails systems is therefore not appropriate. Similarly the topic “Dead or Dying Already” (an unpleasant title anyway) was largely about internal society matters so was also not appropriate for a public forum and had moved far away from the original posting. Contributors to the forum should remember that although one has to be a registered member to post messages the forum can be viewed by anyone, members and non-members alike. There have been many interesting discussions here already and the forum could attract new members but some of posts relating to internal society matters may put potential members off.
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Re: Locked Topics

Postby Ian Prince » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:29 pm

Don't agree at all.

It is a 'forum'. That is discussion in both directions.

Hiding behind locked topics is not the direction to take.

Sad.
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Re: Locked Topics

Postby Train Spotter » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:00 pm

Ian Prince wrote:Don't agree at all.

It is a 'forum'. That is discussion in both directions.

Hiding behind locked topics is not the direction to take.

Sad.


I agree it's stifling free speech Sad very sad. It's comes a point when anybody from the MC cannot be bothered to answer a question to do with the Library that as been stoney silence from THEM .......
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Re: Locked Topics

Postby Peter Hall » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:22 am

As I have mentioned in various posts the decision by BT/EE/Orange/Wannadoo/fs/freeserve or whoever they really are to extinguish my longstanding email was most unwelcome. It has however made me have along hard look, which is very much on going, with regard to my exposure on the internet. Questions arising as a result are very relevant to this forum as I am the principle poster and those in email client and email service have proved very useful, not only to me it seems.

Locking of the two topics has sent a clear message I can't ignore. Thus, during May I will cease to contribute to the forum and will cease to be a member. How this is achieved is not clear as phpBB forums don't make it easy to leave. Anyone know how you leave a phpBB forum? I am on another two which I will shortly be leaving due to lack of activity.

The 'Dead or Dying' topic perhaps should have been titled 'Still Born'. The forum has never taken off despite pumping by myself and others. Other enthusiast forums receive hundreds of postings daily on a wide variety of railway topics from thousands of members, including RCTS members, compared with the occasional posting from the same few contributors on this one. Would it not be for the best to put this forum out of its misery and call it a day. If I am at the AGM I may well propose that.
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Re: Locked Topics

Postby Peter Hall » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:08 am

It should be remembered that I am not the only RCTS member affected by the e-mail changes and in need of help to unravel all the implications. I note that two officers are listed in the January 2017 RCTS Officers Directory (printed version) as having fsnet and fsmail e-mail accounts which are on the elimination list.

By the way the printed RCTS Officers Directory appears to be more up to date than web versions at https://www.rcts.org.uk/about/news/contact.htm and http://www.rcts.org.uk/about/members/Of ... ectory.pdf

Also one would have expected a click on 'Society Officers' on the 'Society' drop down menu to produce a list of such rather than https://www.rcts.org.uk/about/officers/ which is also found by clicking 'Officers on the top menu bar. '

My researches suggest it is very unwise to have your actual personal email on a website. Instead display a link as I have on https://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/sheffi ... eld/ECML90 just showing my name which leads to a RCTS web address dilemmas@rcts.org.uk in my case that then diverts emails to my personal email. This is not possible in the printed version, but that should show the rcts.org.uk divert email rather than a personal one I would suggest.
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Re: Locked Topics

Postby D3796 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:21 am

Ian Prince wrote:Don't agree at all.

It is a 'forum'. That is discussion in both directions.

Hiding behind locked topics is not the direction to take.

Sad.


I quite agree.
Regards

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