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Model Rail Forum is looking for contributors that are willing and able to write reviews and articles on all aspects of model railway engineering.

- If you just have to get the latest locos, why not share your joy (or pain) when they arrive.

- If you like to document your layout construction, we would like to hear about it.

- If you like to write about and photograph the real thing, share your passion with us.

If you are interested, please send us an email or Personal Message.
 

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Doug - I had a look through the members list of Model Rail Forum to find that at least 80% of the membership fail to contribute any postings.
It is gratifying to see that many do read the various contributions, but sad to see and realise that if the few members who regularly offer contributions of real interest decided to cease writing, the forum would just fold up.
I ask all members to please contribute, either original topics or answers to show support for their Model Rail Forum.
 

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The forum won't fold up don't worry.

There is interesting analysis of UK/European Model Railway forum behaviour.

Gary will fill in and he has all the data.

What we are doing is building a quality forum with good news and content. Notice the 'Flying Scotsman' competition, it brings in many new members, but now they are here, they will pop in from time to time and contribute and you'll see how things grow.
 

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Well at least the forum has at least three dedicated members and no doubt a dozen more who contribute when time permits.
Ratings, is "Fireman" the highest grade?
Suggestions - "Driver" "Inspector" "Station Master" etc.
 

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Doug is right. We have done just a little research into model railway forum behaviour worldwide and the broad picture is that in all cases 80% of forum members rarely contribute if at all. It would be nice to think that Model Rail Forum eventually bucks this trend. Also, forum sites appear to have at least as many visitors as they do members.

So a typical site with 330 members (Model Rail Forum
) will normally have in addition at least 330 visitors who are aware of the site and pop in from time to time.

And 20% of 330 is around 65 members who have made a contribution.

Now as Model Rail Forum grows then the number of members making a contribution will grow.

However article writing is a separate activity altogether.

It does take a little more time than posting a message in a topic. However, once an article is prepared and published it is there for life for all visitors now, and new visitors in the future, to review and look at. Unlike articles in a monthly magazine, articles on the internet are always freely available all the time and therefore the big benefits of the internet for publishers and article writers are the permanency of it and the ease of access.

The best form of article is therefore one that can be used as a reference time after time. So if anybody has any specialist knowledge that they would like to share then why not write an article and get your name in the lights? And if you show a talent for writing articles then it can lead to even greater things!


We have got some very interesting things lined up for December and January as a result of certain people reading articles that we have published at Model Rail Forum. You could share in this adventure!


Happy modelling
Gary
 

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This forum is not any different to other forums, clubs etc, they all have too many "sleeper" members and all rely on the few dedicated members to post news, information and help topics.
I have logged into many forums, where numerous topics and questions remained unanswered, the only clue to any movement being the numbers of "views" recorded.
 

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Looked at many other forums before joining this one.Liked this most of all,good postings less vitriol,just as it should be.We all have our views and opinions,let's just respect that other opinions are just as valid.
i do agree with doubleoo,the more who contribute the better.Let's make a concerted effort to answer all questions if we have the knowledge.Expertise isn't much good kept to oneself.
Happy modelling

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Hi As a new start 2nd post Did not feel I had anything worth to say but why change the habit of a lifetime.
Here geos still pondering is it N/OO/O N gives me plent of choice for a limited space drawback is eyes and hands are going an age thing so I am told. OO or American Ho Diesels spoiled for choice there. O gauge now that may work size wise as it would have to be kit built as RTR prices are unreal from where I live. Prototype would be late 50's early 60's LMS Millers Dale Derbyshire. Seems like a good challenge Viaducts climbs etc or Ambergate with the triangle station set up.
Any road up with the Model Rail Scotland on at the SECC and a day off work and a two day ticket Imight be able to amke up my mind. Mabe even Scottish area Engine shed a rake of 9f's or even Gresley A4's on the top link But as someone once said when you own the railway you can run waht you like.
 

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QUOTE (double00 @ 16 Nov 2005, 19:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Doug - I had a look through the members list of Model Rail Forum to find that at least 80% of the membership fail to contribute any postings.
It is gratifying to see that many do read the various contributions, but sad to see and realise that if the few members who regularly offer contributions of real interest decided to cease writing, the forum would just fold up.
I ask all members to please contribute, either original topics or answers to show support for their Model Rail Forum.
 

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>Even worse there are those few that "contribute" to often. lmfao.gif
I am really starting to think I that I am out of place around here.


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RE, Multi-mouse with t.c.s decoders first series ver 1. will not change cv 1 address ,mine purchased
in july 2006 but later unit purchased aug 2007 version 1.02 being used as slave at time ,installed as main unit, early unit put as slave problem solved had similer problems with Hornby decoders
basic early type ,hope this helps . looks like updates required to early units or use as slave
hope this helps
rocobatsdloco
 
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