Author Topic: Welcome


« on: September 19, 2019 »
Early enough this morning to qualify as late last night, I got an email from Australia. It was a guy I’d met on the Simple Machines Forum, makers of this software, announcing his availability to help with a few technical issues. These included getting text wrap to work on my old site (I can’t imagine many people go there, but damnit I didn’t want them not to have text wrap), and fixing it so photos are responsive/scalable. Which is nice.

I had planned to go on a night ride,

but stuck around for the work.

Forums are an old hobby. NACF has been operating as a blog, ergo the name. This software is like a comfy saddle.

I’ve been happy with a single board for a long time. Occasionally I’ve added more, but it has always seemed kind of pointless. So why the change of heart again?

Simply put, I like posting, and company would be nice. Facebook, while very useful and full of people, is an unsatisfying place to post. So are the other UK cycling forums, at least for me. I suspect for others, too. A forum – even one deliberately not advertising itself as such, either ironically or as a statement of intent to be different – should have more than one launchpad for contributions.

There are two big roadblocks to success: the extreme difficulty in getting a new forum off the ground, and yours truly. If you're wary of my reputation as the captain who deliberately steered into the iceberg, give me a chance. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, please forget I said anything.) I think that's most of the transportational metaphors covered.

Freewheeling will remain as a blog. All the other boards are normal. Post right here if you have questions about the site or your topic doesn’t fit anywhere else.

You'll find a much better permissions regime than is usually available, especially in Specialist Subjects, where threads are essentially independent fiefdoms.

Welcome to the new frontier.


PS. With any luck we should be mobile friendly before too long, Аллилуйя. This is another roadblock, which I haven't been paying much attention to as I'm usually on a laptop.


The art of indecision
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2019 »
There has been internal debate about the naming of boards. It is felt by some factions of brain cells

file photo of suspect

that Not Another Cycling Forum is Not A Good Name, as it may invite confusion rather than an appreciation for irony or whatever. “How about Freewheeling (you can call your blog something else)?” they say. “Or Essentially Cycling?”

Other factions favouring artistic licence apparently feel it in their non-existent guts that this is the way to go. The matter awaits adjudication by my frontal lobe.


« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2019 »
Whilst I feel that if I have to explain what a board is for, then I have failed, failure is not an option. Not Another Cycling Forum, as it’s going to be called indefinitely, is meant as a catch-all for any topic, including and especially cycling. Free for All is essentially OT, though you're free to debate Campagnolo vs Braggadocio if you have a particular desire to inflame passions.

Thus ends my push to roll out the red carpet. How about a FAQ, for the cherry on top?

That’s never going to come out – fortunately, nobody’ll notice

Herewith a shortlist of things I’d be asking, if I didn’t already know the answers:

Why do all this? Verily I say unto you, for the fun of it.

Do you believe in miracles?
I’ve seen things you wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in charge. An app that does nothing, and apparently does it well. In short, no.

I do believe in Catch-22: there are potential users out there who want to talk, but are waiting for the crickets to shut up.

Free for All?
The name was half inspired by C.P. Scott: “Comment is free, but facts are sacret.

Cycling plus – isn't that already taken?
Yes, just not very well. Do they run articles about rabbits, for example? Document plot lines of Star Trek? Pay their writers for wild flights of fancy? (OK, they did once.) I rest my case.

site mascot and co-administrator

What’s next?
Who knows. I might listen to the crickets for a while.