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  1. My first new car was a 1963 Rambler American 220, 2 door sedan. Absolutely no options. Well the heater may have been an option. 6 cylinder, stick shift. $1,850.00 delivered.
  2. OK just to prove that I'm not completely opposed to a flash feature being used, here is terrific example of something that could really be fun on the AACA website.... especially if you want to get kids involved. Check out the Interactive Coloring Book. on the Tupelo Automobile Museum website. This does require having flash on your computer.
  3. Wayne; You can direct comments straight at me, I'm ok with that.. I'm pretty opinionated on this stuff, and most stuff, and I'm real ok with folks disagreeing with me. Up to a point I'll still say say what's on my mid Anyhow......... Yes, a lot of the info on the current site is hard to find. That alone doesn't warrant spending a ton of money on a new site. How to get around a site and find the info can be updated and made clearer just by reworking the link structure. You might have to add some intermiedate pages to maximize the benefit of that restructuring but that's about it. As far as the music or flash thing goes.... how many posts have we seen saying something like... "Boy a cool flash entry page would be good!" How many have we seen saying something.... "Where can I get a part for my old car?" Or "What kind of car is this" or "How many 1941 (pick a car) were made?" Well, you get the point. My position is fairly clear. The AACA is about old cars and the people who love them, it's not about the latest whiz bang internet technology. I appreciate that the management wants to improve the site. I wish them well, but I have serious concerns about the path they seem to be taking.
  4. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> we do have a pretty cool "slide show" of AACA that would have the background of a great car song for first time viewers. </div></div> First time viewers are <span style="font-weight: bold">the last people</span> you should <span style="font-weight: bold">force</span> this type of thing on. Especially if they happen to be using a dial-up connection. If you insist on this type of thing, offer a prominent "See Our Slide Show" button, and <span style="font-weight: bold">let the viewer choose</span> whether or not they want to see it. You don't get multiple chances to bring in viewers on the internet Steve. You usually get just one shot at it. And that chance lasts about 10 seconds. After that most surfers will be hitting the back button and looking for another website. Flash and music will seriously dampen those chances. Music is especially bad. Many people visit during working hours, the last thing they need is for music to start blaring out of the speakers as the boss walks by. Again, make this fancy stuff an <span style="font-weight: bold">"Opt-in"</span> choice.... as opposed to an "Opt-out" choice.
  5. First, I'll express my opinion about this. From my perspective, I doubt people are coming here to see a flashy, wizbang website that is loaded up with all the features that the latest technology and programming can deliver. I suspect, and hope, they are coming here for great information about the club, the hobby, and help or info about old cars. The AACA is not about websites, it's about old cars. Don't let the old cars get lost in the shuffle. That said, here are some of my opinions. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <span style="font-weight: bold">A site that navigates easily from each page.</span> </div></div> This is critical, it may be the MOST IMPORTANT part of the redesign. Essentially everything hangs on this aspect. It doesn't matter how great the information on the site is if people can't quickly and easily find their way around. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <span style="font-weight: bold"> A home page that has a flash introduction (can be skipped, and an automatic skip after first time use) with "car music"</span></div></div> I hope, for the sake of the AACA, that this idea will be dropped completely. Especially the flash part. If it is not dropped, at least make it OPTIONAL for the visitor. Optional doesn't mean the visitor can wait for the "skip" button to work. It means something more like..... "Click here to see a great flash presentation" or "Click here to hear some cool music" <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <span style="font-weight: bold">..graphically on the cutting edge, youthful, crisp and clean </span></div></div> Graphics are great, when used properly. Overdone they can so dratically increase page load times that they essentially kill any usefulness a site might otherwise have. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><span style="font-weight: bold"> Has a highly visible "button" for "urgent news" </span></div></div> This is a great idea, I hope it is implmented well. <span style="font-weight: bold">Also...</span> Just as the site should to meet the needs of the existing membership, it should also be seen as a marketing tool aimed at potential members. I'll leave it at that for now.
  6. Got your PM and replied. I am in the MPLS area.
  7. Steve Boettger; Thanks for helping out with this.
  8. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> I receive Access Denied when I click on the link under KLBs add. -------------------- Tom 1931 Packard 833-468 Coupe </div></div> I was afraid this would happen. The ads were placed by <span style="font-weight: bold">lkb</span> not by me, I'm <span style="font-weight: bold">klb</span> We are two different people.
  9. Treasure???? There's hidden treasure???
  10. Peter; Is there some reason you won't post a link?
  11. Peter; Do you not know how to post a link? It is a simple request really. [edit]fixed typo[/edit]
  12. Still can't see the "Advertisements for Commercial Services section". Please post a direct link that works. Thanks.
  13. Where is this special section? Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places? Maybe you can post a link Peter.