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    Thanks for your feedback though I must point out it's optional. If someone doesn't want it they can remove it on request, there is no obligation. It's just intended as a small token of appreciation, nothing more. That aside it's very likely we will need to change the whole model at some point anyway.
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    A month or so ago. "Contributor" was in someways misleading given that everyone who posts on Canal World is contributing in one way or another. The change to "Patron" was only intended to be a more accurate term to reflect what it represents. Equally, it is not intended to represent or assert any form of status. Many forums do something similar, although they may base it around other attributes such as posts counts, length of membership, reputation count etc etc. So in that respect we're not doing anything out of the ordinary.
  3. I'm looking for a marina within commuting distance of London, suitable for a 55ft Narrowboat. In an ideal world I'd like to find somewhere with the feel of being tucked away in the countryside but within commuting distance of London. - if there is such a place. Any suggestions? Cheers RichM
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    This is a good question; They were introduced when we replaced our previous donation system as a way of showing a small token of our appreciation to those who donate to Canal World. At present, they do not expire as such however the question remains; "How long should they remain for?" While we greatly appreciate every single penny donated to Canal World, on the same token, is it fair or reasonable to consider someone a Patron if they have not made a donation in let's say 1, 2 or more years? This is not at all to suggest or imply that we expect or demand donations from our members but the fact of the matter is that our very existence is wholly dependant on them. The truth is our operating costs are incurred on a monthly basis. As such, we need regular donations to keep us afloat. At present, we only receive sufficient funding in the form of donations when we run a donation campaign, which we run approximately twice a year. It's likely at some point we will change the model to encourage more frequent donations as to ensure the operation of this site remains financially viable for the foreseeable. However, if we were to pursue this it would need to be mutually beneficial not only to Canal World but also to its members.
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    PC gaming on a boat?

    Not sure I'd personally recommend using a PC on a boat unless you have permanent access to shoreline power + ample space. That said, I also like to play PC games occasionally. The games I play are mostly RTS based (Real Time Strategy - Multiplayer) However, I use a mid-range 130W Dell gaming laptop for this purpose which cost me about £800 though I did double the memory. It draws much less power than your typical gaming PC and as such in my view is a reasonable compromise. I can run it via my inverter but to play games and get any kind of reasonable FPS, I have to set the laptop to High Performance mode which will drain my 4x 110 amp battery bank quite quickly if I do not run the engine to retain charge. That said, it's more than doable and I'm sure a solar panel setup would help offset the battery drain during warmer months. Of course the other benefit of a gaming laptop is space saving. - I can fold it up, stow it away out of sight and as such it barely takes up any space. If I have a power blip, no big issue. It will run on battery power though Lithium Ion batteries in my view still don't meet modern day requirements. Some people even run their laptops via their 12v supply meaning they don't need to use an inverter, even better. Sure, a top end gaming laptop is not going to outperform a top end gaming PC though you may find a modern gaming laptop to be more than suitable for your needs. Also, I use 4G LTE and I use 2 separate mobile networks for resiliency. (EE & Three) Sure, the latency is higher than a fixed xDSL or cable circuit but in contrast the download/upload speeds are significantly more than what I previously achieved using a FTTC DSL connection back on land. In short, I have no problems with this. Plus, I don't need to mess about with any fancy antennas either, I simply stick a top-end MIMO MiFI router in one of my portholes and it works a treat. RichM
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    13/10/2018 - Major outage

    Unfortunately this is likely to be the case. I will see more what more we can do and will provide a further update asap. I spent over 6 hours straight working to address the issue at which point it became more of a priority to just get the site back online and as such we restored from a backup. Not at all an ideal scenario.
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    13/10/2018 - Major outage

    We regret to advise that we encountered a major outage on 13th October following a weekly system update that did not complete successfully. For some reason it caused serious database issues. Following lengthy attempts to restore service we had to restore from the most recent backup taken on Friday. Once again we sincerely apologise for this and will look to prevent it happening again RichM
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    New Moderators

    Please can we keep this discussion on topic. Thanks.
  9. RichM

    Email Delivery Issue

    Hi, We appear to be having issues sending emails to email addresses ending with the following domains: @hotmail.com @hotmail.co.uk @outlook.com @outlook.co.uk @live.com @live.co.uk @talktalk.net @ntlworld.net @blueyonder.co.uk @tiscali.com I have spent some time reviewing the mail server logs and it would appear that the IP address associated with our mail server is on their blacklist and as such we're encountering issues delivering emails to both the Microsoft & TalkTalk networks along with their subsidiaries. I have jumped through the hoops to address this by submitting a de-listing request with both parties but unfortunately I do not have an ETA as to how long it will take for them to review / action. If anyone is affected by this, (i.e. not receiving emails from us when opted-in to receive them) a temporary workaround is to use an alternative email address for the purpose of receiving email from us. You may update your registered email address here. However, we hope Microsoft & TalkTalk will address the issue asap but in my experience they can be slow. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. We will provide a further update as soon as we can. Thanks RichM Technical Information: Oct 7 11:19:48 lon postfix/smtp[15750]: C727CBE7E5: to=<**********@talktalk.net>, relay=mx.talktalk.net[]:25, delay=160004, delays=160002/0.06/1/0, dsn=4.0.0, status=deferred (host mx.talktalk.net[] refused to talk to me: 554 cm12nec mx.talktalk.net 976BgYkL8Pymz IP Blacklisted (TT104) http://csi.cloudmark.com/reset-request/?ip= Oct 7 11:17:50 lon postfix/smtp[15020]: 59313BE84D: to=<**********@hotmail.com>, relay=hotmail-com.olc.protection.outlook.com[]:25, delay=0.44, delays=0/0.01/0.32/0.1, dsn=5.7.1, status=bounced (host hotmail-com.olc.protection.outlook.com[] said: 550 5.7.1 Unfortunately, messages from [] weren't sent. Please contact your Internet service provider since part of their network is on our block list (S3140). You can also refer your provider to http://mail.live.com/mail/troubleshooting.aspx#errors. [SN1NAM04FT004.eop-NAM04.prod.protection.outlook.com] (in reply to MAIL FROM command))
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    New Moderators

    Hi all, Following a recent announcement regarding our plans to recruit additional Moderators to the team, we're pleased to welcome both the return of Liam and equally LadyG who joins as a new addition to the Moderator team. Please feel free to take a moment to congratulate them. We are very appreciative of the fact they have both volunteered and stepped forward alongside the rest of the team to help contribute towards the running of the site. We have also received interest from other individuals looking to help out in other areas of the site. We're reviewing these and more will follow on this shortly. On that note, if you're interested in helping out as a volunteer here on Canal World, please do get in touch by letting us know how you wish to contribute as a volunteer. We're always open to ideas. 🙂 Thank you RichM
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    Duplicated topics

    It's not meant to suggest that there are two Brexit topics, but rather that one or more members have posted in that topic very recently. It has changed in recent months; the site search engine (which also powers Activity Streams aka VNC) is powered by ElasticSearch rather than running slow MySQL database queries which may or may not return relevant results. Our current search engine is much much faster and on the whole provides more relevant results. + allows for 3 character search queries without taxing the database. While it's much the same visually, I appreciate there's some slight differences. That said. I'm sure if we were to revert back to the old site search engine we'd receive far more complaints. The old system wasn't designed for indexing 2+ million posts which is why we replaced it. My understanding is that it only does it for posts within the last hour to indicate topics that are most active at that point in time. The posts you mentioned were submitted hours apart and as such they wouldn't all be displayed in VNC. That said, I will feed this back to Invision. Unfortunately we do not develop the software that powers the site nor do we have much influence as to how Invision choose to develop their software. We simply implement & maintain it as best as we can. Some things are straight-forward and feasible to change however, others are not.
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    Duplicated topics

    I don't see a duplicate? The results in relation to Brexit 2017 were posted by different users. As mentioned, this is by design.
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    Duplicated topics

    OK, please can you (or anyone) take a screenshot next time you see this. It's difficult for me to fix something unless I can see it for myself. RichM
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    Duplicated topics

    Is this on view new content? If so the examples I have seen are not duplicates but separate entries posted by 2 or more people. This is by design, so nothing to fix as such.
  15. My car was recently damaged in a car park. Unfortunately whoever did the damage didn't leave a note, I think I may know who did it but I have no way to prove it. I also don't deal with the police so not sure what more I can do on that front! Anyway, I have been quoted anything between £1200-£2200 for repair. Is there anyone in the know who knows what it should cost? Damage done: - Cracked headlamp cluster (not Xenon/LED) - Damaged front wing (aluminium) - Scuffs/light damage to bumper Car is an Audi A4. Cheers RichM

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