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  1. Richard

    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    Hi,

    You have just found the best snow sport community on the internet
    .. and, if I do say so myself, one of the best online communities you might find anywhere.

    My name is Richard and my business partner and I, 'Dr @Ian D', have been running this joint for 24 years - with the unwavering assitance of an awesome crew of moderators, most of whom have also clocked up 20+ years.

    You will find that our Weather forum is also full of folk #who.know.weather.real.good.like.

    As you would expect, we have a focus on the kind of weather that delivers precious snow, however, after hearing about the impending closure of Weatherzone forums we have made some changes to the structure of our weather topics overnight to broaden our appeal - so please feel free to jump straight in to our weather crew's Winter snowed in BBQ thread.

    There's also the introduction thread, and the where is this thread (a single thread that is now 10 years strong and a gudzillion posts - we got half a dozen continuously active 10yo threads about the place).

    Be very wary of Doonks JOTD. So.. there's that, which is the dangerous downside of particpating here.

    But if you click that DJOTD link you will discover that our forum search works really really well (compared to most forum site search) - and that's because we invest in what matters here and the search feature runs on it's own special (and rather expensive) 'elasticsearch' server that gets underwritten by the good folk who upgrade.

    So.. on that note, and to be completely transparent, this place is still here because it's still financially viable even in this post Facebook world. And this is how we do it. Getting the formula right took a lot of pain and community conversation - but we got there and it's working. Please read because the way membership works on this forum is like nowhere else on the internet (that I know of)

    And again, welcome, we hope you find a new home here.

    (P.S. I'd personally post on weatherzone, but my account has not been approved yet)

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  2. filski

    filski Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Stay on topic...

    I reckon @Claude Cat is going to need a paying position;)
     
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  3. Richard

    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    Oh...

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    Sometimes our stopForumSpam software catches a few folk who are not spammers. I'll be monitoring closely for the next few days. But feel free to contact directly if any issues.

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  4. Richard

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    skimax Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Welcome New members, your input is most welcome. There are people of all ages on here, but some who even remember ASCII.:eek::nerd:
     
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  6. Richard

    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    and welcome @Michael Hauber

    (I know we've already chatted already but I'm just tallying here so as to let other WZ migrants know you are here)
     
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  7. Richard

    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    and welcome.
     
  9. AshestoAshes

    AshestoAshes Early Days

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    How is everyone doing here, I'm from WZ as well.
     
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  10. Wavey

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    Hi I am another ex-WZ member. Also, just to clarify, the BBQ thread is just for general weather chat, similar to the Day to day threads in WZ?
     
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  11. Richard

    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    Correct, there's also a BBQ thread in Conversation that's just chit chat about anything (and has been going for almost 20 years)

    FYI - unlocked you are.

    and also unlocked @AshestoAshes , welcome.
     
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    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wonder if they had THE VIBE 30 day charts at Weatherstone?
     
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    Welcome aboard all.

    Fingers crossed you will see and appreciate our slant on the importance of white weather, and you may even strap on a set of skis or a board some time soon if your weather interests currently lie elsewhere
     
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    Im not a weather expert, or even a hobbyist, but one thing I do see is the amazing weather skills and knowledge that many of our members have and I may be bold to say their forecasting skills more often than not surpass those at the BoM
     
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    Cheers Richard for the heads up. Does that mean I'm unlocked too?

    As I said yesterday, I've been a 14 year lurker but certainly intend to post here more often from now on. More obs than predictions but that may change as time passes and I settle in.
     
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  18. Karicta

    Karicta A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Welcome WZ folks, I look forward to you further broadening and deepening our weather discussion.

    I’m just worried I’m now going to understand even less than I do now!!
     
  19. Richard

    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    You me too. And I been reading it for a looooong time.

    I'm too dull between the ears to understand the pointy end of weather forecasting. I just paraphrase the expert predictions when out and about and that way I seem really smart -- it's like 'the perfect crime' !
     
  20. Richard

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    yes, done
     
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    POW_hungry Part of the Furniture Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    ... if it’s rain you seek, speak with @Astro66
     
  22. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hi, Im new here too and would like to me any of you who are female 23 year olds to welcome you properly.
     
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  23. Richard

    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    ffs TOFF, put a proper sentence together, you can't win the hearts of the fairer gender if you can't communicate even a simple introduction.

    I'm sure we've talked about this before ;)

    sheeeesh
     
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    I used to post here a bit, member since 2000 but have not posted in a year or more. Good to be back in here, shame the winter north of the alps is pretty boring so far this year
     
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  25. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its hard to type with an erection.
     
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  26. Richard

    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    Nice Gary, you know you're not exactly helping our cause here right? This is not the best way to make new friends.
     
  27. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    I know, but I am running low on cocaine so this is the best plan B I can come up with :)
     
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    ROFL
     
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    Thanks for welcoming me after 13 years on WZ. However SE Qld and Qld Tropics in general are not exactly ski country. I have posted on WZ daily and monthly weather reports on local conditions for years, plus recent studies on seasonal rainfall for Brisbane and Townsville. However as yet there are no appropriate threads to cater for these here on SKI. Hopefully organizers here on SKI can fix this up for we refugees from WZ.
     
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  31. Richard

    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    Welcome, and feel free to start new threads in the newly created 'The Tropics' sub-weather forum. There is only a couple of threads there at the moment, the mods and I will move any approriate older threads over as we uncover it form the Alpine forum.
     
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    MegaMatch One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Thanks again for the kind welcome. My only issue is that anywhere south of the Tropic of Capricorn aren't really tropical. In WZ, there is a sub-forum for this area (north of about Bundaberg) for the tropics, then the rest lie outside of that boundary (say, SE Queensland and NE NSW, Coastal NSW, etc). Maybe add another sub-forum including the sub-tropics? I don't know.
     
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    I think @Richard is prepared to evolve the structure with demonstrable volume. It is probably easier to grow diversity with the community than segment it up and collapse it.
     
  34. Richard

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    Ok.

    So we are making this up as we go along. Kinda. Here's some background to the changes we made last night.

    What I do know, is that I can't just create 25 new sub-forums the way WZ had them, so far there's maybe 15 of you here. We have to grow this organically to ensure each forum has sufficient activity else the whole thing collapses as a ghost town. On this you will need to have faith in me because I done this a great many times and helped other communities with similar issues.

    That said, you are my best source of working this out, so I'm listening.

    (puts on thinking cap, consults the book of armaments)
     
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    MegaMatch One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    That's a good point. It could be something that could happen further down the track rather than immediately. I am just speaking for those new users who technically live nowhere near the tropics, they see https://www.ski.com.au/xf/categories/weather.9/ and think, 'Where do I belong? I don't live in the tropics and I don't live in an Alpine area'.
     
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    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    is this also where we state that @janesweather posts here? we do have street creed (despite Toff!)
     
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    North of port maq? Tropics.

    Welcome btw.
     
  38. TOFF

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    I have street cred.
    Its just not a very nice street is all ;)
     
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    FWIW, I do think the playing it by ear type of approach is a good one, since it's hard to judge how many will join and stay here.
     
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    Ok.

    So lets say we have;

    Weather
    Alpine & Snow
    The Tropics
    Southern
    General & World.
    The problem we then have as @POW_hungry and others have noted is that most of the weather systems that we track as a snow focussed community are Southern.

    To be clear, this is about nomeclature and microcontent, the right forum 'name' should convey what a forum is for - without the need for too much clarification. However, when there is too much 'literal prescribing' then you end up with 55 sub-forums and two thirds are inactive and everyone ends up in the 'BBQ' thread (or forum equivalent thereof).
     
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    could southern be Rest of Aus
     
  42. Michael Hauber

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    Perhaps rename tropics to 'Tropics and subtropics'. That would reasonably cover everywhere where it never/almost never snows and I'm guessing everywhere else is happy under Alpine & Lower States?
     
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    MegaMatch One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    No worries, I wasn't implying that at all. I think that would be the absolute worst thing to do to be honest. But it has to be stated that the area QLD covers is huge and on WZ, people in the tropics often wanted nothing to do with us in the subtropics and vice versa. My concern is if we limit it too much (for example, only the Tropics) then new users outside of the tropics, let's say in Brisbane, might be deterred and feel a little confused since Brisbane is far from the tropics. They won't know where to post. I think Tropics and Subtropics would be the way to go, Day-to-Day weather threads for southern QLD/NSW can all be lumped into Subtropics and Tropics can just stay as is now. Just my 2c.

    edit: Yeah, Mike's suggestion might work too. Like I said, just tossing up some ideas, that's all.
     
  44. Trail Blazer

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    Agree that less is more as far as actual forums go, it's not like any of these will be overrun by 50 active threads at once.

    WZ, for example, might have benefited from having the tropical (general) and cyclone forums as one.

    You could rebrand the tropical forum as something like "tropics and sub-tropics" and shift the NE NSW/SE QLD chat there. It'd get some momentum going in that forum more quickly as well.

    Edit: @Michael Hauber great minds...
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Welcome to the forum folks. Looking forward to your participation .
     
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    Just arrived over from WZ , looking forward to getting know the local ski crew

    Cheers

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  47. Richard

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    doh! why didnt I think of that word - so obvious
     
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    Richard Maintenance Dept Administrator

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    genius

    let me massage that for a bit.

    I'm feeling a sneaky Thursday beer might help me move through this, dunno about you WZ lot but I get thirsty on 'the big jobs'
     
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    Richard,

    I'd just like to say that the lengths you are going to, as well as some of your regulars such as Jelly, to welcome us WZ folk is unprecedented and very much appreciated.
    I'm trying to pump up ski.com over at WZ to get as many over here as possible for this very reason, as I know there are a heap of valuable contributors over there.

    Cheers.
     
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    Thanks mate :thumbs: I'm off for a bit to crack a beer and think, back in a jiff.
     
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