Well, I registered a week ago, it doesn't recognize me--so I tried the FAQ link and it didn't go anywhere. So I tried the registration link & it shows my "birthday" but doesn't go anywhere--so I tried re-entering my "birthday" and it still goes nowhere--no automatic next page & no link to continue the process. Tried reloading the page 4 times.
I give! UNCLE!
I like it here better anyways!
You should have received a confirmation email that you should have replied to. Also fill in the blank if you are a member, if not just type none. If you didn't receive a email from them look in your spam file.
I did get the confirmation email, but I get no blank to fill in. I don't think the system likes 38K dial-up speed (speed is a misnomer here!).
You would have gotten a link that you cut and paste or click on. No blanks to fill in that I recall in the confirmation email.
Sorry to hear about your frustration with the registration process and the rather frustrating lack of options when things go wrong. For those that have these problems, it can be quite daunting. In the past. about once a year, there would be a crash or cyber attack or whatever and the forum would go off-line and I would ALWAYS be one of the 'causalities' who ceased to exist after the system was back up. I'd always need to start all over again. Others would claim they had no problem at all, but my profile and member status would be lost in space and I would need to re-start as a newbie.
I hesitate to start a technical thread but in plain language, FIREFOX is much more trouble free to use for a browser in this environment. When I switched from explorer to Firefox, the annoying glitches slowed down to a manageable annoying few.
HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS;
1. It's slowly getting better (regarding the glitches).
2. I've met some of the finest people in the world on this forum so just hang in there and take the good with the bad. It's worth it!
Thanks for the recommendation to try FIREFOX browser. Yesterday when I tried to post an item, I spent about 20 min and was not able to copy and paste successfully from my Microsoft Word document into the text window of the post. It is a learning experience for many of us. And I like the "warning message" you posted -- it clearly shows that FIREFOX is more user friendly than my current browser -- it never gives me those better choices.
For David -- hang in there. So far I've never seen anyone learning to drive a standard shift for the first time get the hang of starting on the hill down on the first try. It takes some practice and then we find that happy medium between killing the engine or burning the tires. [As a teenager my Dad never was happy with me burning the tires but the people behind me never honked -- but that is a different story.] So while I am registered, I am still figuring out how to post etc. without stalling.
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I have had over 84 years of not having to rely on "The Other Forum." I have registered , gotten a confirmation, and can get no further than the opening page. Except for cases of need, I have resisted in relying on Beta Versions of software.
The MTFCA site works fine for me. It has had it's glitches in posting for me but they have been resolved. Maybe "The Other Forum" will get working and I will participate at that time.
The most important thing about the forum, is the information I receive, not me spouting off, telling people how smart I am. Life is way too short for me to spend it on fuming about things I have no control over.
I enjoy learning how to use the other forum,
because like working on Ts, it provides an avenue of OT (Occupational Therapy).
There is so much to learn on this Forum and so many people that want to help.
I think learning to use the MTFCI new forum is not that much of an issue. It is similar to Ford Barn and that forum is easy to use and also post pictures.
My original problem on the new forum was the inability to get registered. The Webmaster finally solved that problem for me. (something to do with my E-mail).
The other problem is picture posting and that has to be a software problem since almost everyone has this problem.
Yep, the main problem seems to be chaos in the picture situation. The text functions work OK for me.
I have to agree with Jim. I spent way too much time getting the "other" forum to work for no return on my investment. This forum is still easier to use and has all the content I like.
Back when I was marketing custom software applications, we refereed to "upgrades" like this one as PUTZWARE... Feature rich... benefit poor.
If you will build it they will come, SO WHAT if the gates are locked and you need to stand on some ones shoulders to get a glimpse inside.
Just had to balance out some of the glowing optimistic viewpoints.
Still works fine for me, except the photo upload is screwed up and the ability of anyone to edit anyone else's posts is a phenomenal mistake.
Post it in an old picture on the MTFCI forum Jay.
That will balance things.
Willie, Here you go. I LIKE our little OLD site here the best cause it INCLUDES LOW TECH COMPUTER Model T guys Too!!!
Whistles and bells don't mean crap if you blow off half the Senior posters in the process!
Well, let's see:
I use Firefox for my browser almost exclusively.
I did get the confirmation email and I did respond--and at the time it worked.
Now I get no "sign in" box or anything--it just doesn't recognize me, and in trying to re-register, it puts in my "birth date" and then does nothing--no "continue" box, nada.
I am not entirely computer illiterate--but I do now live in what is likely the only place in California that does not have a high speed connection option. There is no cell coverage here (although if I walk to the top of "Dewey Mountain" there is some) no cable TV ( in winter we only get one channel that doesn't pixilate)--the phone line often has cross-talk on it and AT&T can't seem to fix that (sometimes it sounds like a party line!). My only other option is $60+ a month satellite & some neighbors who have had it tell me, "don't bother, it's lousy in the rain"
So, all I ask for is something simple, like this forum, that loads on dial up (unless there's a lot of pics in the posting).
So I don't have modern communications--I do have trees, a stream (most of the time) #$@@!! deer that eat the garden, mostly quiet. I do worry about forest fires and mountain lions AND Poison Oak & rattlesnakes.
Now back to job hunting. . .
If they don't fix it, I'll read only....I'll never post there again...
When I click register, it gives me my correct birth date, but I can go no further. I am using Firefox. Any suggestions on how I can complete the registration process?
Has that system been in use for a while? There seems to be some real problems like short term memory for instance. Dave's experience parallels mine: multiple sign-ups, passwords & registeration codes and it still gives error messages galore. I think it's wait & see time.
Will, you can post all you want in print. It's just the picture part that's a total mess, at least for me.
In Firefox, clear out your browser cookies and any site preferences and recent history. You can do that all from the Tools menu by clicking on Clear Recent History. You may also want to click on Tools / Options and then go to the Advanced tab where you will see two "Clear Now" buttons ... press them both. All of this should rule out any problem with your browser. If you still have troubles contact the MTFCI and talk with them to resolve the problem. They certainly don't want to have a website that cannot be accessed by folks.
Steve, yes....I cannot post a picture at all. I did manage to post in print.
I originally was getting a 404 error, then was able to register and use the site. Now I again cannot access the site and am getting a 403 error.
I give up.
I'm not a member of the MTFCI and only rarely went to their forum, have only been back to try the new one twice and wasn't particularly enthralled. However, as an ex IT guy who has seen beta level software that looked OK in testing but go sadly south during initial production, I really feel for the web master of the MTFCI site. Let's all chill a bit, give him some time to tackle the demons and get things settled a bit. I expect he is busting his butt to make it better and while it seems to be a pretty flakey start, I expect he'll get it going. I certainly don't envy him. It almost seems like the revised site went up before there was adequate time for alpha or beta testing. Certainly we only heard it was coming very shortly before it went live. That's a tough challenge, things almost never work as smoothly in practice as they do in theory and that seems even more true with software than anything else.
Good luck web master, I hope you survive.
You mean to say that the 403 is not the normal error?
I thought that 404 was normal as I was getting it all the time prior to being able to access the site. Now that I am being denied access again the failure is now a 403. Maybe a countdown timer for failures.
After much fiddling, resetting cookies and history and password, I finally got in so I can read--but I haven't yet tried to post.
Guess I'll give it another go.
Sorta like a hand crank T--sometimes it just doesn't want to start!