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rayjo
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 11:44 am    Post subject: Congratulations Reply with quote

<font class="content">Hi All,
Let me be one of the first to congratulate you on the launch of the new site, if it develops in the same way as Viva-Almeria it will be very useful to all living and holidaying in the region.

Good luck,

Ray</font>
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MikeGibbs
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<font class="content">Hi Ray,

Thanks very much and welcome!

Mike icon_biggrin.gif</font>
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Albert
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 10:51 pm    Post subject: congrats Reply with quote

<font class="content">We second that !
I want to go there now! icon_cry.gif
albert</font>
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sarahandowen
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<font class="content">Hooray!!

Have been waiting for the Granada site for ages! Best of luck hope it takes off!!

Sarah</font>
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derekanddaphne
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<font class="content">Hi just found you
i would also like to add my congratulations
looking forward to lots of chat
regards derek</font>
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Burgo
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<font class="content">Mike, Ditto on the congrats, and best of luck with this forum, but I did always view the Almeria forum as being active, while the Malaga one was bit of a dud.

Dunno about others, but I did tend to post on the Almeria forum when I needed an answer & not the Malaga (even though I live in Almunecar) as I always got more replies. I know that makes me party to the low hit rate on the Malaga site, but you do get that "I need to post there because thats where the most action is.." feeling - if you know what I mean.

Just a thought, but why sport three separate ones, as a lot of the topics like "getting NIEs..., how to avoid mosquitos..., probelms with telefonica..., etc " are all, i would have thought, common themes over all 3 provinces?</font>
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<font class="content">Hi Burgo
Yes, I know what you mean but it could be a software nightmare trying to combine forums on common subjects... I'll ask Mike about it but my guess is that you'll have to prowl through all the sites after all icon_wink.gif
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MikeGibbs
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<font class="content">Thanks again everyone for all of your support / feedback.

Burgo - I understand your point completely and it's a really tricky one.

Long term, we aim to have Viva web sites across all Spanish provinces (Murcia coming soon) and even internationally (next year with a little luck!). The philosohpy behind the sites is to blend lots of local information with a community feel for each. Thus, every time we launch a new Viva web site, people raise this point (and also why they have to register again).

I think that there is definitely a very valid argument for questions / topics that relate to all of Spain to be in a common area to avoid repetition. Also, there's a valid argument for keeping local information local to the province for the appropriate Viva site.

As we expand out though, what I'm really determined to do is avoid seeming like one big site that loses it's local focus - which is why each Viva needs to establish it's own identity / community. Ultimately, you may be interested in belonging to a Viva web site that's in a province near you - but probably wouldn't want to be discussing topics relating to what's best in Barcelona or Asturias.

Maybe the best thing to do would be to slowly migrate the most common questions / advice relating to living in Spain generally into the main Viva directory - which is common across the web sites.

As Ahana says, it would be tricky from a technical point of view to merge it all (especially as each site has it's own user community). I'll put my thinking cap on as well though. What do you think about splitting out the common questions into the directory?

Cheers,

Mike</font>
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

<font class="content">Mike,
Having thought about it a bit more I totally agree that the regionalisation of the Viva boards is a very good idea - other boards do tend to be a bit too global and that local feel is what makes (esp.) the Almeria Viva board so good.

On moving common topics to a single area that too would make sense. However, once agian after a quick think, it may prove difficult to identify what is really "global" and what is not. While, for instance, a topic such as "Getting an NIE" would appear to be global (and arguably should be) only the process relating to completing the form is probably the same all over Spain. A quick scan showed that some comissarias asked for photos at some point, others (maybe historically) asked for SAEs.

I don't know exactly what software you're using to run the boards, but would assume (dangerous!!) that it's a single db hosted on a central server, rather than one db per board. You'd need to do a bit of good old data analysis to understand what the posting is actually about, and then to specify some attribute to expose it to the logical "global" board. Everything else could run "as is" with user identities being assigned a regional attribute depending on which tab they came in from, and their subsequent postings inheriting that - or could it?

It would seem that at first glance only the first post would need to examined and decided on whether it would be "Global" (i.e across all boards) or "Regional". However, taking the "Getting an NIE" thread as a model, what happens on the second post when someone chimes in with detailed instructions for Malaga province where they want da de dah, and a third response which gives a good tip for parking near the Motril office? Is that now still "Global"...?? OK - so you can solve that easily by having the subsequent postings inherit the attribute from their parent by default. Thence, on examination by a moderator, that attribute could be reset to the correct regional one. But that would lead to the thread, when viewed from a regional perspective, probably reading "chopped" as people do build on comments and phrases in previous threads - and some would be missing from your region view.

But thats more than enough from me - any more like this & it' ll start to bring back a previous life in a previous existence... !</font>
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<font class="content">Hi Burgo,

I see your previous life is similar to the one I'm living icon_wink.gif

Actually, there are separate databases for each Viva instance (this helps manage things - and keeps the architecture scaleable). So as you can imagine having shared information is more difficult - especially as it's on a per-topic basis - plus it would be a real headache for the moderators to split things out continuously.

I think (given my comments above) that the best compromise is probably still to draw out the most useful common information and put that in the directory. Actually, one thing people don't always realise (especially those that are active in the forums) is that the directory gets read more than the forums do. Maybe we can have a simple 'best-of' section on the forums that the moderators can identify and I do some data migration mechanism to put in a most common forum topics section. Though to keep it simple it'd probably be read only and thus only applicable when a subject has been discussed to bits.

Cheers,

Mike</font>
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