Stuart Masson

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  • in reply to: Are they watching us? #3249
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    Hi Teg and welcome.

    According to Google Analytics, there has been a small but steady stream of visitors from Teddington in the last few days, nearly all referrals from autocar.co.uk, so it seems like someone is certainly watching.

    Of course there could be other visitors from Teddington as well who don’t work for Autocar, and maybe it’s just a strange coincidence that there have been a lot more than usual over the last week…

    Autocar seems to think that its site is better off without the forum, and they may be right. But along with most other long-term members, I think the way they ran it into the ground and then finally killed it was very poor.

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #3238
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    The forum ‘skin’ is one of the next things on the agenda, to see if there are ways to make it look prettier. I initially tried another forum program which looked a bit nicer but had very limited functionality, whereas this one is much more workable. It’s all open-source stuff, so there are developers who write programs to plug into it.

    Those who have been here over the last few days (bearing in mind that it has only been running since last Friday) may have noticed that there have been numerous tweaks each day as I have added things and then removed things which weren’t working. I have tried a few different avatar and signature programs before settling on the current ones, and added the ability to like/dislike individual comments (the little number under your name shows how many likes your comments have received).

    For some reason, if you quote another user it leaves a massive white space at the top of your post and I don’t know how to get rid of that so am still working on it. My main concern is changing something and losing people’s posts, so I am taking it slowly and changing one thing at a time to see how it works.

    Over the next few weeks, the forum will gradually evolve and start to look more refined. How quickly that happens depends on how much time I have, in addition to writing & publishing articles for the main site and actually going to work at my paying job!

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #3220
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    Loving the concept of a decent forum finally!
    few things…. can we make it easier to upload pics (I can’t work out how to do it duh)

    can we also have a recent thread section like the active section on the right.

    will be bang on with those

    Hi sackedstig and welcome.

    Do you mean uploading avatars or pics into posts? Avatars shouldn’t be a problem (and I see you have one uploaded already), don’t know about pics into posts but will check. I am gradually rolling out additional features when I am sure they will work properly and not encourage spamming.

    The ‘active topics’ list is the recent/latest threads, just a different name. I basically used the same title that autocar did ;) Or did you mean newest topics created?

  • in reply to: Car video games #3213
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    The real winner – LG – who has got the winning entry set up at home. Might get round to marketing it at some point, as it is really smart, and we could make it pretty competitively!

    Hmmm, I could use one of those at TheCarExpert.co.uk’s secret volcano lair!

  • in reply to: Introduce Yourself #3211
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    As much as I don’t want to propagate any anti-Autocar discussions here and would rather we all move on to a bright and shiny future, it has been amusing to see (via Google Analytics) a steady stream of traffic to the website from the Teddington area, all referred from autocar.co.uk. So I guess somebody there is having a look!

  • in reply to: Introduce Yourself #3196
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    … being mistakenly ‘outed’ as a 44 year old black woman from Stockwell looking for love (I’m not making this up!) tells me it’s time for a change.

    So now you’re a 58-year-old Scottish-born Australian guitarist who enjoys a good school uniform? ;)

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #3190
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    Stuart, you are a true gent. Now if you could sort out … the North Korea problem

    Twitter has done that already. North Korea basically declares war, and British tweeters have responded with #NorthKoreaFootballChants. It’s hirarious.

  • in reply to: I hate when you're right, Stu #3187
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    Sorry LG, couldn’t help laughing…

    The silver lining to that cloud is that it’s not a serious mechanical failure. And when you give it some shove, it is a great engine.

    Welcome aboard, thanks for joining!

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #3178
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
    Keymaster

    Hi guys,

    Great to see you here. Just so you know, you can edit your profile to change your display name (choose from username, nickname or actual name), add a signature and avatar, and add links to twitter, etc. As for anything else, still working on it!

    Cheers,

    stu

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #3177
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    Stu, sort it out!


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    There, consider it sorted ;)

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #3176
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    Usernames in lower case only? And no spaces?


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    You should be able to click on your profile and change from the username (which apparently has to be all in lower case with no spaces) or choose another option. So you could call yourself The Colonel if you would like.

  • in reply to: What car (used) #3165
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    The Blue Motion model has lower economy and emissions in theory, but in the real world it is a very small difference. If you find a car which suits your needs and happens to be a Blue Motion model, then great. But I wouldn’t get too hung up about it.

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #3164
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
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    Hi andrewtaylor,

    You should now be able to add a signature, although I’m not sure if you will be able to include a hyperlink.

    stuart

  • in reply to: Website Feedback #3163
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
    Keymaster

    Hi Richard,

    Avatar uploading has been added, so you can add an avatar like I have and andrewtaylor has. The default is now the geometric pattern, which is unique to each member.

  • in reply to: What car (used) #3153
    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson
    Keymaster

    I agree that the Škoda Octavia is a good shout. The Golf Blue Motion is a very good car, although not as good value as the Octavia. If you like the Golf, I wouldn’t get too hung up about whether or not it’s the Blue Motion model or a ‘regular’ TDI model – in real-world terms, there’s not a lot in it.

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