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The phuket face book page is a source of everything going on here an in Thailand, much better/faster than any forum,
same goes with the Cambodia facebook pages, You have a much larger audience as well.
Rather than post , "I need , or where to go, for sale" an wait for a response, on facebook u will have ur answer in minutes.
I'd like to see an option here ( on this forum) for something like that.
But even in smaller forums, it really depends what kind of person you are. For example, people like OD and Detroit Muscle, despite being here for a relatively much shorter period than I, know far more people than I do. The reason? Upon arriving to Cambodia, they started posting a lot on K440 and met-up with tons of people. I don't network much, I don't talk to strangers much and it takes some effort to get me out of my shell. I'm not anti-social or anything, but I'm not that outgoing either. I tend to stick with the small group of people I know (I've been this way since kindergarden, so it isn't likely to change). Doesn't mean I don't like meeting new people though. On the other forum, only 2 people or so know who I am in real life (and I've been posting there regularly for over 5 years). The rest probably can't even guess my nationality or what I do here. I've worked out who some posters are in real life, and I've even seen them in bars and such, but never felt the burning need to introduce myself. Would be kind of weird anyways unless it was part of an official meetup: "Hey! Aren't you XYX from that forum?!". I don't think I post anything which I'd be ashamed of if people did find out who I am, but I still like the concept of forum anonymity and the separation of internet/real life. Facebook is Facebook, forums are different. However, some posters use the anonymity to constantly stir shit or be dickish, which I find a bit annoying. I do find it cool when I randomly meet another poster, but I certainly don't feel the need to get to know who everyone is in real life. I couldn't remember all your real names anyways...
Pretty easy to avoid unwanted tracking, use browser add ons like NotScripts. Gives you control over what scripts and whatnot can be run, used it for quite a while but gave up on it after getting tired of always having to remember to turn it off when doing my online banking.Digg3r wrote:Where is this site hosted? Does it use http or https? What cookies (1st and 3rd party) has orange dragon put onto the site? What nasty pieces of js are exploiting our browsers? It's not just about the government coming to the host with a warrant or court order. It's about the multitude of other ways to track/stalk/spy/intercept. Not just here but anywhere on the Internet.
If I were to setup a forum using php software today, I would look for a cloud solution, makes scalability much simpler.Tim Linkinwater wrote:As a matter of interest, what does it cost to host a forum like this and who/how do you pay?
We have been putting a few of our resent sites on EngineYard (not pushing for them as such, we just ended up using them, im sure there are better options if you look around), and it has worked out quite well, we have had some media mentions that spiked traffic, I just logged in to the admin console and added ten more instances of the webserver, thats all, no config or setup or anything, all auto-magic and a couple of days later I decommissioned the execss resources.
Some cloud solutions autoscale, but with them you usually end up paying a premium, and if the expected times in the lime light for your site is close to 0, cost is usually more of a concern than handling spikes.
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