Regular users and those who like to interact with AROnline may have noticed a few changes around here after the long weekend. I’ve been busy tweaking and adding more bits and pieces to the site in order to try and improve the value for money you as our faithful readers are receiving. So as well as adding about 100 more pages to the Archive section (you can read all about the Ryder Report and nationalisation as it happened, now that 1975’s entries are complete), I tweaked the forum system, added a new Wiki, and set-up chat.
In the forum, you can now use all of those BBcode shortcuts you are used to on the old PHPBB systems out there now. So to embed images, just do the [img]http://www.myimage/image.jpg[/img] as you did in the old days. The same with links, shortcuts, quotes, and everything else. That should make life easier for those that want to participate on the boards. As for the new Wiki, it’s a case of taking the old ‘Rivals’ page that we used to have, and replacing it with something far more browsable. The idea is simple – we had a great big page, with a table of rivals on it, and now we have a searchable and configurable Wiki with individual entries for each car that was on the old page. As you can imagine, adding new cars is much, much easier, and I can see that section expanding rapidly in the coming weeks, months and years.
Just click on ‘A-Z of the rivals’ on the top menu above, and have a play. There’s 200 delicious items of tin from the 1970s and ’80s to get you going. Commenting is active – you just need to click on the discussion tab – and once there’s more stuff on there, I’ll make it editable for those who are logged-in to the site.
Then there’s the chat system. If you’re logged-in, you’ll already have seen it in the toolbar at the base of your browser window. It’s a chance to chat with other site regulars outside of the Facebook system, as well as leave messages for them to read in the ‘general chat’ area. Do join in – I’m on regularly, and always like to hear your views.
You’ll have noticed that term ‘logged-in’ a couple of times in the blog. That’s because to access all of these features, you’ll need to be logged-in and registered to AROnline. I’ve taken this step after one user did his best to vandalise the commenting system on Saturday night, leaving us with a massive and unpleasant tidying-up job overnight. It’s a shame, but I guess it’s a sign of the times. So in order to comment, participate on the forum, or chat, you will need to be logged-in. But registering is free, easy and no real hassle – once you’re on, you can have access to all the bits and pieces that make this place so good for interaction and feedback.
If you have any problems with it, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
And of course, all the content is still – and always will be – publicly viewable, whether you’re logged-in or not. So, you can still enjoy your guilty secret, no strings attached!
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.