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What do you think of the proposal to reorganize the news groups?
Do it now! It looks great to me!
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I kind of like it. See my suggestions below.
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What are you thinking? There's nothing wrong with the way things are now.
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PostSubject: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 3:32 pm

Below you will find a proposal for reorganizing the news groups for the Cruise Freek Forum. The goals of this proposed reorganization are to make navigation easier, make it easier to add new topics, and generally make it easier to find what you are looking for. The hope is that all of these changes will increase the overall participation on the forum. Please vote in the poll above, and add your comments to the thread below.

  1. Board Information
    1. Announcements
    2. Board Rules

  2. Contests
    1. Contest 1
      1. Rules
      2. Prizes and Winner’s List
      3. Clues, Entries, etc.

    2. Contest 2 (copy structure for contest 1 as many times as needed)
    3. Contest 3

  3. Official Cruise Freek Group Cruises
    1. New Cruise Proposals
    2. All Booking Forms
      1. Cruise 1 (repeat as needed)
      2. Cruise 2
      3. Cruise 3

    3. 2009 Cruise Information
      1. Cruise 1
        1. Cruise Info (ship, itinerary, pricing, etc.)
        2. General Discussion Board

      2. Cruise 2 (copy structure for cruise 1 as many times as needed)
      3. Cruise 3

    4. 2010 Cruise Information (copy structure for 2009 as many times as needed)
    5. 2011 Cruise Information

  4. CF Official Travel Agent Directory
    1. Agent 1
      1. Contact information
      2. Certifications and Specialties
      3. Agent Specific Q&A

    2. Agent 2 (copy structure for Agent 1 as many times as needed)
    3. Agent 3

  5. Cruise Discussions and Reviews
    1. General
      1. Ask a TA (general questions)
      2. Newbies
      3. Other General cruise discussion

    2. Specific Cruise Lines
      1. Carnival
        1. Celebration
          1. Reviews
          2. General Discussion

        2. Destiny (copy structure for each ship in the line)
        3. Pride

      2. RCL (copy structure for each cruise line)
      3. Regent

    3. Ports of Call
      1. Caribbean
        1. Port 1
          1. Tour Recommendations
          2. Activities
          3. General Discussion

        2. Port 2(copy structure for each port)
        3. Port 3

      2. Alaska (copy structure for each part of the world)
      3. Mediterranean

  6. Specialty Forums
    1. Family Cruising
    2. Golfer’s Forum
    3. Gay and Lesbian travel
    4. For the Gambler
    5. Fashion
    6. Pets
    7. Anything else (add other categories as needed)

  7. Gallery
    (Either an actual picture gallery, or a place to put links to places like webshots.com. Possibly have this area grouped by cruise line, ports of call, area of the world, or by user. Not sure what is best)
  8. Everything Else (non-cruise travel or anything else not covered above)
  9. Travel Agents Only
    (Discussion area for TA’s and Admin only. Limit to Official TA’s or open to all registered real TAs)


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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:12 pm

First vote!
I love the idea of revamping! Great scheme. It will make finding things much easier. Thanks for taking the time to do it Steve!

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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:32 pm

Will you also have ports of call for South America, Europe, etc?
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:49 pm

Hi Steve,
Thanks for taking the time for thinking about this so thoroughly. I think it would also help clean up the home page if the Cruise line websites and forms which are currently in the middle of the page were made as a sticky for each cruise line. For example, if you clicked the Cunard posting site, the first two items would be permanent stickies for a link to their website, and the next sticky would be their forms. The Administrator could then make any official cruise freek group cruise the third sticky. Following that would be the member posts and topics for Cunard.

Is it also possible to have a link button on the first page to go straight to the message boards instead of scrolling down 3/4 of the first page of the website? I really like the colorful banners being at the top of the screen, so it gets all members and guest to thinking about booking a group cruise.

I'd also like to see a column for the Adminstrator or guest moderator post something interesting about cruising on at least a monthly basis. Obviously the Adminstrator and board hosts have a wealth of experience on ships and sailing and it would be helpful to anyone reading the webpage.

I really appreciate you asking our opinions.
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:28 pm

Keep the ideas coming gang - remember this is YOUR board too!
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:56 pm

coo359a2al wrote:
Will you also have ports of call for South America, Europe, etc?

Yes, of course. I only listed a few examples in each major category.
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:59 pm

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Is it also possible to have a link button on the first page to go straight to the message boards instead of scrolling down 3/4 of the first page of the website? I really like the colorful banners being at the top of the screen, so it gets all members and guest to thinking about booking a group cruise.

I'd also like to see a column for the Adminstrator or guest moderator post something interesting about cruising on at least a monthly basis. Obviously the Adminstrator and board hosts have a wealth of experience on ships and sailing and it would be helpful to anyone reading the webpage.

These are great ideas for a cleanup of the website home page. I hadn't even started to think about that section yet. My proposals here are for the forum pages themselves. I do agree that the website page could use some work too. Perhaps you could put together a similar proposal for the webpage in a new thread.
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:07 pm

Hi Steve,
I think the forum page suggestions look great, and I just cast my vote for them. I need to read more carefully! Your layout makes perfect sensetome. Have a great holiday,
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:27 pm

my only suggestions that "everything else" and "TA only" shouldn't be under cruise discussions and reviews. Otherwise, it looks great!!
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:51 pm

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my only suggestions that "everything else" and "TA only" shouldn't be under cruise discussions and reviews. Otherwise, it looks great!!

Actually everything from Specialty forums down should have been at the same level as the Cruise discussions. I think my editing got messed up. I've fixed that. Trying to keep the list tags straight is tough.
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:36 pm

Great ideas Steve! A little revamping would make it easier to find things
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PostSubject: Great ideas!   Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:17 pm

Hi Steve,

I knew you would come up with some great ideas! I'm so proud of you!

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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:20 pm

Looks great Steve - excellent job! If you need any help, I'm off school for the next 3 weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:28 pm

definitely needs revamping - thanks so much
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:31 pm

Looks great to me. I think it will be easier to navigate around. Thanks. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:47 pm

Looks good Steve! Would the roll calls be under each cruise line section?
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:51 pm

The one thing that I would most like to see changed from the current board is renaming Radisson to Regent Seven Seas. I know it is a small thing, just always catches my eye.

BTW, Lot of thought went into your list Steve and I like your ideas.

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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:10 pm

Triangle wrote:
The one thing that I would most like to see changed from the current board is renaming Radisson to Regent Seven Seas. I know it is a small thing, just always catches my eye.

BTW, Lot of thought went into your list Steve and I like your ideas.

Thanks.

That Radisson to Regent change only happened a couple of years ago. What's your hurry? Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:58 am

I just voted yes. It is an excellent proposal. You must have been an Engineer in a previous life.
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:03 am

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I just voted yes. It is an excellent proposal. You must have been an Engineer in a previous life.
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Actually, I'm still an Engineer. I work for Raytheon as a day job.
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:04 am

My husband is an aerospace engineer also. That's how I recognized your logical arrangement style Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:14 am

once an engineer, always an engineer. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:11 pm

making things easier is always a great idea THANKS STEVE cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:15 pm

If it makes things easier Go for it Thanks steve great idea Idea
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PostSubject: Re: Proposal to reorganize the newsgroups   Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:58 pm

Tina and I and the other official TA's will be having a chat session among ourselves, sometime after the first of the year, time and date TBD, to go over the proposal and make any tweaks. At some point afterward you should all start seeing the changes made. It will take a little while to create the new group structure and move messages from their current locations, so there will be some growing pains during the process, but I think it will be worth it in the end.

In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions that we should consider, please continue to post them here.
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