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Where do people start new special interest groups now?

As some will know I have inherited the ownership of the Holbrook lathes group on Yahoo. I am also a member of a few other groups there, including Denbigh Mills. I would quite like to start other special interest groups: Richmond mills, machines by Geo Birch, etc. but I know from comments elsewhere that some Holbrook owners are put off joining that group because it is on Yahoo. Despite this Holbrook lathes group has about 230 members worldwide - less than 2 year's output for a company that existed for over 80 years, if the members only had one each (several, like me, have more than that, some none), but better than most. The Debigh mill group has a pitiful 31 members; I don't know the details of the company history, but I do know they made far more machines than that!

Whilst Yahoo was one of the first, if not the first, to provide such facility I am aware that similar operations now exist on other providers - Goolge plus, Pinterest, and more. None that I've found seem to have the facilities of Yahoo, however much users complain about the difficulty of negotiating them. If, as I might want to start a new group where would people recommend setting it up? Bear in mind that the option of an independent site like this one is not on: I don't have the time, the money or the resources to maintain it.

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I have to admit I dislike the Yahoo format. Mainly because of the pitiful way they handle quoted responses in the threads. I've often wondered if there is some app I should be using to display threads in a logical manner but it seems not, it's just poor.

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Thanks for the response Pete. The forum seems awfully quite recently.

Yes Yahoo is not great, even the menus are hard to follow for the uninitiated with unhelpful default settings, and members get confused about the way email addresses interact with Yahoo IDs, etc, etc., but what is the alternative, other than building from scratch? Google, Facebook, Pininterest, they're all worse. The sort of groups I'm concerned with are to help owners; a repository of information and exchange of ideas and solutions, not a money raising exercise. Any standalone board would have to raise advertising revenue to cover it's cost, just as this one does. We're all grateful that the owners here are prepared to go to those lengths, and have a wide enough audience to draw the revenue; the groups I'm considering wouldn't have enough members to interest commercial enterprises and I don't have enough time or money to do it for love.

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Have you Guys considered The Model Engineers Clearing House (MECH) at http://modeleng.proboards.com/ ?
It covers a wide range of interesting stuff - well, interesting if you're interested!
It's run through a wider operation called Proboards.  I've got a feeling that, when I first signed up to it many years ago, an outfit called Google Groups were involved, but there's no sign of such a connection that I can see now.
Totally agree the desirability of avoiding anything Yahoo'ish!
Go and have a browse.

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Thanks Geoff,

An interesting site, but for specific makes of machines, with little information generally available the files, photos and database in Yahoo is a big plus, even if the forum format is rubbish. I'm sure you can embed such things in threads, but it seems an odd way around. One thing Yahoo doesn't do is enable the grouping of photos into related areas, which is irritating; controlled threading to keep related photos together would help in one way, but it means discipline, or maintenance....

It also seems that the forum is open to read, if not contribute; would the same apply to files and photos? I'm afraid I take the view that if you want to access our data you need to join; it's not (too) hard.

That said I do notice some discussion on the support group for plugins, which may cure the issues, though not used it seems by the modellers.

Food for thought.

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I think the only site that would have an immediate impact/interest to like minded people would be Tony Griffiths site www.lathes.co.uk  This would be an excellent platform to start forums for particular machine types (Although not sure if he already hosts Forums on the site). Tony has a huge, well oiled Website with copious amounts of information on every machine possible. I have visited Tony with a huge job lot of machine manuals & his set up is modest, but very efficiently run. Not much chance of Tony contributing to forums with his workload, but maybe if interested parties could run that side of things, this could be an opening for well frequented forums.

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I've often thought a more British based machine tool forum would be of interest, most of the machine/machining based forums seem to be American based, but something with more on British machines would be good, that's not to say British only, but machines commonly found in the UK.  Maybe with different sections for the different makes of machines?  With regard to files some forums I'm a member of do have member only areas, so that would be a way to keep files restricted to members only.  As mentioned before proboards is one free forum site,
https://www.proboards.com/create-free-forum
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http://www.zetaboards.com
A google search reveals quite a few such sites but I have no experience using them or starting a forum so wouldn't like to comment on how good they are, I just know of these two from forums I use.

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Thanks Andrew,

Zetaboards looks interesting, though way too complex to absorb at one viewing. I'm not sure about the idea of a British machine based site. I totally agree that many sites are dominated by both American machines, and American perspective, which I therefore ignore. However there are also many good, under represented European makes, which from my own interest would include at least SIP and FOP, with many British machines which I wouldn't give time of day to; I shall avoid names for fear of causing offence, but might include some beginning 'm' and 'c', along with several others. We all have our own prejudices! In reality I'm not going to run a forum for machines in which I have no interest. Some I do have interest in would have a remarkably small membership - Geo Birch, for example, mainly because they went out of business over 100 years ago; but there a single interest group would be so sparsely used as to be almost worthless, so  the idea of a sub-group might be helpful. More food for thought.

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