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Old 05-15-2012, 11:06 AM   #11
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The reason this forum "looks and feels" like iRV2 is that they both run on software called vBulletin, a product of Internet Brands. It's the most-common forum software out there, with literally tens of thousands of forums running on it.

That's a good thing for us forum users, as once you know how to "navigate" around a forum, you aren't likely to get "lost" on another one.

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Old 05-15-2012, 11:52 AM   #12
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Here's the scoop. As pointed out earlier Forest River Forums in not affiliated with Forest River Inc. The forum is member driven and while we have many Forest River dealers and employees who are registered members, they have no extra rights or privileges.

Forest River Forum is hosted and maintained by Social Knowledge Network which is a tiny little company owned by one guy who likes to camp. The very first SK forum was an Airstream forum which was put up in 2002 to help the owner fix his vintage Airstream - he needed info and couldn't find it on the web. As a recent graduate and computer wonk, a forum seemed like a natural way to get help. Over the years AIRforums.com grew and developed a reputation as a well run and fun forum.

Occasionally a forum owner needs to step back from a forum they set up and can no longer continue to host or sustain a community. When that happens, they either close the forum or find another entity to take up the reins. This is how Forest River forum came to Social Knowledge. You can see the first post by Mike Rimmer who was the founding admin here. Mike in recent years developed health issues and eventually stepped entirely away for FRF but it was important to him that this community was well cared for and that it would continue to grow.

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IRV2.COM seems to be linked to the FMCA Forum site I used my FMCR Log On and Password and it granted me access, hope this helps?
iRV2 is not linked in any way to FMCA but perhaps you registered at each place using the same username/password combo.

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The reason this forum "looks and feels" like iRV2 is that they both run on software called vBulletin, a product of Internet Brands. It's the most-common forum software out there, with literally tens of thousands of forums running on it.

That's a good thing for us forum users, as once you know how to "navigate" around a forum, you aren't likely to get "lost" on another one.

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Both iRV2 and Forest River forum are using the same software as pointed out, but they are also hosted by Social Knowledge. SK forums all share a few things in common. They are managed by members and evolve to meet member needs, rather than a manufacturers agenda. They are moderated and emphasis is placed on helpful content heavy posts and a polite and cordial atmosphere.

Over the years since that very first Airstream Forum Social Knowledge has grown from one small forum to a small network of niche communities on fun topics. Members helping members is the cornerstone of all these forums and this the very same thing that makes Forest River Forum so awesome.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:40 PM   #13
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Whoo Hoo! Out this weekend to NY!
I can believe we have only been out once so far this year

Last year this time we had almost 70 days camping.
Just goes to show you that you are slipping, just like the rest of us.

Hope you have fun, which no doubt you will. Be careful.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:21 PM   #14
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The two sites look similar because they use the same Bulletin Board software. I also subscribe toe a Windows bulletin board (Windows BBS) that looks vwry similar apart from the colors.

The header structure and the way the commands work are common to all three. The third RV web-site I read is RV.net, and it uses different BB software.

We haven't been out yet this season. DW had rotator cuff surgery in late April and still has a sling on for another 3 weeks, plus several weeks of therapy to go. We may get a short trip in late June, just across to the Olympic Peninsula. It will probably be September before we take our regular 2 or 3 weeks away.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:40 PM   #15
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Here's the scoop. As pointed out earlier Forest River Forums in not affiliated with Forest River Inc. The forum is member driven and while we have many Forest River dealers and employees who are registered members, they have no extra rights or privileges.

If I look at the online users to the right of the page, I see the corporate members names highlighted same as the moderators. I am not challenging what you are saying, just that the optics may indicate otherwise.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:46 PM   #16
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If I look at the online users to the right of the page, I see the corporate members names highlighted same as the moderators. I am not challenging what you are saying, just that the optics may indicate otherwise.

I see how that could be misleading... We have badged their accounts so that members know who they are and can ask them questions as needed. They are often extremely knowledgeable and can be a huge asset. Having members who may have a commercial affiliation with a product labeled also helps insure that members know that they may have a commercial interest in the product they are discussing.

We have placed restrictions on the ways industry pros can post (no soliciting) and you can find that in our community rules

Here's the bit that pertains to them:

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Most of the bolded names you see are the site team - moderators and admins. They're easier to find this way.
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I see how that could be misleading... We have badged their accounts so that members know who they are and can ask them questions as needed. They are often extremely knowledgeable and can be a huge asset. Having members who may have a commercial affiliation with a product labels also helps insure that members know that they may have a commercial interest in the product they are discussing.

We have placed restrictions on the ways industry pros can post (no soliciting) and you can find that in our community rules

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Most of the bolded names you see are the site team - moderators and admins. They're easier to find this way.

I suspected and am aware of same, but thought I would just draw some attention to it. Good clarification Janet.
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If I look at the online users to the right of the page, I see the corporate members names highlighted same as the moderators. I am not challenging what you are saying, just that the optics may indicate otherwise.
Rugged, the corporate members (Forest River representatives) are given the bolder print usernames by our admins as they become known as representatives. That is by choice of the forum.....not Forest River. Some of the newer Forest River reps are still not in bold print, as we are still sorting out who is a rep or not.....sometimes they do not identify themselves as such when joining up.

We are fortunate that we have reps on board, to answer specific questions when needed.

Oops, I was composing this as Janet was answering.
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:07 PM   #19
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I suspected and am aware of same, but thought I would just draw some attention to it. Good clarification Janet.

Your point is well taken though - I changed up the color of commercial members usernames just a little to help find them in the online list. They are a little lighter colored now.
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Your point is well taken though - I changed up the color of commercial members usernames just a little to help find them in the online list. They are a little lighter colored now.

Cool,,,,,,
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