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Steve Goodwin

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  • Birthday 28/06/1950

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  1. ... and I'm 70 so not far behind you!
  2. I don't want sole responsibility! If the forum takes off then I'd want at least 2 or 3 other people to be administrators/moderators. As long as one or two are technically competent then the future should be secure. If anything happens to me, or I get fed up, anyone who knows what they are doing could move the entire forum off my server to another host somewhere else in a few hours. Sure, the web address might change but all the content, users, etc would be unaffected. You are also right that we need some forum rules and a privacy policy and I'm happy to sort that IF the forum takes off. What I don't want to do is to spend hours sorting all this out now before we really know if we need the new forum or not. Steve
  3. I'll check, but I believe when we talk about 'active' members we're talking about members logged in, not members posting. However, there is a relevant point comes out of this - I suspect many of us (like me) get the forum notifications by email and that means you get to see the text of the posting without actually logging in to the forum. So there may indeed be many(?) more 'lurkers' than 'active members'. You are correct that I don't post much - I listen and learn!
  4. Easy to add such a forum if you want. Consider it done! Steve
  5. ... but see my comment above - very, very few are actually active on here.
  6. So am I - but as it could disappear without much notice it would be good to have a contingency plan in place! Steve
  7. While we are talking about funding possibilities to keep this board going, I think we need to bear in mind what Stephen told me during a telephone conversation... Although there are many registered users, there are only around 30 currently active users. That might make finding ongoing funding more difficult/expensive! Steve
  8. If anyone wants to play with a possible replacement forum, go and register at https://www.houndscroft.co.uk/organ-forum/ I need to approve registrations but i'll do it promptly. Steve
  9. I doubt they know we exist! Anyone with any good contacts could always ask....
  10. Stephen can probably tell us how many members there are. However, if it's like every other forum I've been involved with, a large proportion will be inactive! I'm sure crowdfunding could raise money but it needs to be ongoing ($540 pa) which is never on of crowdfunding's strong points. We need a supportive, rich organist. (... although I'm not sure you can use the words 'rich' and 'organist' in the same sentence!) Steve
  11. Looks interesting but (according to their rules) another one that doesn't like anyone discussing much about electronic organs!
  12. This forum uses Invision forums on a commercially hosted basis. It's unusual in being one of the very few non-free forum systems! If we could find who runs it, we could probably take it over but it's not cheap. Looking at their price list, I'd guess we're talking $45 - $70 per month. There may well be enough members to fund it, but who is going to take on all the hassle of running a membership/accounting system? On the plus side, we'd keep all the content. An alternative system could cost almost nothing BUT we'd loose past content. The welcome page says to email admin@newvalleywebdesign.com but that domain no longer exists! However, there is a 'Staff' page and the "Webmaster" link does show that he/she has visited the site over the last week or so and I shall message them and make enquiries. (Also a 'Staff' member is Geoff McMahon but he does not appear to have been online here for over a year.) I have created the bare bones of a forum which anyone can play with if they want to but I'll report back here on any response I get from the webmaster. [Edit] I've also discovered there are commercial services that will convert IPB (Invision) boards to other formats like phpBB (which doesn't cost). Steve
  13. If you want to keep it the same, i could host one under one of my various sites. The overhead is so small there would be no cost involved. I could create the same topic structure if that's what's wanted or could adapt it to whatever the majority want. Thoughts? Steve
  14. Most of the small digital recorders - especially Edirol and Zoom - have pretty decent microphones and while it's true that a quality external mic can be better, it won't be cheap. (You can certainly forget the ones in the attached video which are all cheap 'n nasty and also years out of date!) I have a Zoom 2 and a Zoom 4 both of which produce entirely acceptable(*) organ recordings - assuming your talking streaming/podcasts and not professional CD quality recordings. You'd probably want mid range mics in the £200 - £400 range to get significantly better than built in ones. Don't forget that positioning is vital - try lots of places and see what sounds best. S (*) - acceptable to me - and I'm an electronic engineer not a musician!!
  15. Having been organist of the same small parish church for 30 years, it has been very odd! I still video a few hymns each week (on home Hauptwerk) which go online with the service sheet but it still seems strange not to have choir practice, services, etc. ... but after 3 months I find I'm not missing it that much. I worry about the future though. Like many other smaller churches, our choir has dropped from 35 about 30 years ago to 20 fifteen years ago and now to about 10 - and the number of youngsters has gone from over 15 to none. Most All of those remaining are over 60 (and most over 70) and you must wonder how many will come back - especially as it looks like there will be no singing for a while. Sadly, i think this could be the end for some of the many small groups in small churches. Steve
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