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29 Dec 2020 07:53 #1 by Rick Whitworth
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Time to throw a gremlin in your diff or is that a cat among the pidgeons....

I am a fierce advocate of free enterprise and open competition but have to wonder why we have THREE OKA forums where the SAME info OFTEN appears on each. The posts are often the same but the interesting parts, the replies and answers all differ which means having to wade through each site.
For a start, I put this comment here to avoid that very issue.
This site, as originated by Hal Harvey and championed by many advocates inluding David Ribbans contains a wealth of searchable information categorised under at least some form of index.
Yes, I admit to be being a pre social media IT user, but too often I have seen robust systems swept aside in favour of lesser unstructured popular replacements, facebook often being a contributer.
I post this with trepidation because the last thing I would hope is for anyone to in any way abandon oka4wd.com in favour of the facebook sites.

Another pertinent point that has been skirted around before is website IP ownership.
Does it reside with all those members and originators who contributed to build the data or with the domain owner?

The OKA facebook sites are currently the most popular place to be.
It comes down to the merits of each.

...Be be brutal, what do you think?
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29 Dec 2020 08:02 #2 by Peter_n_Margaret
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From my perspective there is only one OKA forum, and this is it.
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Peter

Cheers, Peter.
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29 Dec 2020 09:17 #3 by Tony Lee
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I vaguely recall mention of a Facebook site - singular, but two sites???

Tony
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29 Dec 2020 09:27 #4 by Tony Lee
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Ah, OK, there are indeed two sites.
Next question is why are there two sites, or three if you count the recent one.

Getting rid of this one won't change having to view multiple sites if you suffer from a severe case of FOMO

Tony
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29 Dec 2020 12:35 #5 by Paul Scherek
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Tony, a long time ago a user was banned from this site, I can't recall the reason. But said user started his own bat-and-ball on Faecesbook. The other one I think already existed.

Rick, for my part I will keep going on this site. If this site closes, I most certainly will not be joining any facebook sites. This site has, as you say, the heritage of Hal Harvey and David Ribbands and I firmly believe that the memory of them and all they did for Oka owners deserves to be preserved.

I certainly don't plan to join any sites that help the advertising revenue of Mark Suckerberg!
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29 Dec 2020 13:17 - 29 Dec 2020 13:20 #6 by Tony Lee
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Thanks Paul,
I'm not at all adverse to certain aspects of Facebook and actively post to several groups on solar power, international overlanding, motorhome specific groups and a couple of others, all very closely intertwined with my lifestyle - or rather, my pre Covid-19 lifestyle.
What I don't engage in are friends - I have two that I have actually met and stayed with - and personal stuff up on walls or whatever. Family stuff is strictly via whatsApp

One of my big reservations with Facebook can best be explained by an example.
I have been a member of an 28000-strong group on Chinese diesel heaters for a fair while. I have 3 of them so believe in getting clued up before they break down - as I do with vehicles I buy sigt unseen. So being an active member and helping lots of people out, I was getting heaps of notification every day. They suddenly stopped and it seemed as if that group had disappeared completely. What actually happened - I think - is that I was banned without explanation and the site hidden from me.
I suspect it was because I contradicted the expert owner once too often but I don't really know, and all my posts have vanished from my account. One consolation is there are at least 10 similar groups on Facebook if I ever need something.



Obviously it could happen with this forum, but it seems as if Facebook is considerably more precarious and arbitrary than regular Web sites.
And obviously too, anyone can start their own facebook group with hugely less effort than required to set this forum up.

Tony
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29 Dec 2020 17:27 #7 by Holmz
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Tony Lee wrote: Thanks Paul,
I'm not at all adverse to certain aspects of Facebook and actively post to several groups on solar power, international overlanding, motorhome specific groups and a couple of others, all very closely intertwined with my lifestyle - or rather, my pre Covid-19 lifestyle.
What I don't engage in are friends - I have two that I have actually met and stayed with - and personal stuff up on walls or whatever. Family stuff is strictly via whatsApp

One of my big reservations with Facebook can best be explained by an example.
I have been a member of an 28000-strong group on Chinese diesel heaters for a fair while. I have 3 of them so believe in getting clued up before they break down - as I do with vehicles I buy sigt unseen. So being an active member and helping lots of people out, I was getting heaps of notification every day. They suddenly stopped and it seemed as if that group had disappeared completely. What actually happened - I think - is that I was banned without explanation and the site hidden from me.
I suspect it was because I contradicted the expert owner once too often but I don't really know, and all my posts have vanished from my account. One consolation is there are at least 10 similar groups on Facebook if I ever need something.



Obviously it could happen with this forum, but it seems as if Facebook is considerably more precarious and arbitrary than regular Web sites.
And obviously too, anyone can start their own facebook group with hugely less effort than required to set this forum up.


Exactly right...
FB is a social media site, so for get together, or social signalling it is unparalleled.
And I guess if someone's spgets knickers in a twist, then the social part ends up as a banishment and getting voted off the island?

For technical information, then a technical site seems more apropos.
I see the same Q&A on FB for what part number is X... or what are the numbers for filters, belt and hoses.
It is like FB is the Google of everything.
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29 Dec 2020 17:31 - 29 Dec 2020 17:31 #8 by Holmz
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Rick Whitworth wrote: Time to throw a gremlin in your diff or is that a cat among the pidgeons....
...
This site, as originated by Hal Harvey and championed by many advocates inluding David Ribbans contains a wealth of searchable information categorised under at least some form of index.
...
Another pertinent point that has been skirted around before is website IP ownership.
Does it reside with all those members and originators who contributed to build the data or with the domain owner?
..


I believe that the domain owner, is the Hinorable Ms Liz Harvey.
And I do not believe that the contributors and originators have any ownership of the domain.
Last Edit: 29 Dec 2020 17:31 by Holmz.
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29 Dec 2020 18:07 #9 by Rick Whitworth
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Holmz wrote: I believe that the domain owner, is the Hinorable Ms Liz Harvey.
And I do not believe that the contributors and originators have any ownership of the domain.


1. are you certain that Liz still owns the domain?
2. Just the point, surely the website IP ownership (ie the Intellectual Property of data created by and vested in by its members) and the domain ownership are different things.
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29 Dec 2020 20:00 #10 by ABE
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It is a bit like politics go and vote as you please but having more than one site is not so bad as we end up getting more interest in our OKA’s and that is not a bad thing. Most of the younger generation like other mediums like facebook so one now has to carter to the larger mass of people and diversity, that is not a bad thing in today’s world. If you do not like the Facebook site it is your choice not to look at it. Same with voting we vote the way we like, usually in politics that is not the same way for everyone, freedom of choice it is a great thing and I hope we never lose it in Australia
Regards to all
ABE Tony

ABE Tony
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30 Dec 2020 14:23 #11 by mort
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Hi All,
while I have anything to do with it this site will not close down.
Where else do you get a search function going back to 2012.
As Holmz stated F.B. is more a social media site and the forum is more technical.
Hal started and owned the site and all within untill his passing then Liza who has given myself the right to run it with the help of Holmz and Frank we are administrators only not owners.
Martyn
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31 Dec 2020 18:33 #12 by Alister McBride
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There are two facebook groups that i know of and this forum. The facebook groups are good for fairly superficial stuff (that i've seen) and are great for getting 'modern' people involved in oka's but i would always come back here for any reasonably in-depth discussion/topics. Yes, it is a bit stupid having two fb groups where people post exactly the same thing on both though... i suppose someone could ask one to back down...? ;)
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01 Jan 2021 01:48 #13 by Rick Whitworth
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Couldn't agree more Alister.
I reckon facebook gives a valuable OKA link to social media and the sites do have valuable content.
But do we need two fb sites with many shared posts that are carbon copies but have different replies??
Also the posts often relate to a wealth of info already here on oka4wd.com.
The posts here don't have to be technical so long as they are OKA related.
oka4wd.com has a wide range of searchable existing topics and new ones can be created for anything to do with OKAs.
The more the merrier?
...Maybe a change could come from group opinion and persuasive encouragement for more oka4wd.com usage and members?

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01 Jan 2021 05:35 #14 by Holmz
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Rick Whitworth wrote: Couldn't agree more Alister.
I reckon facebook gives a valuable OKA link to social media and the sites do have valuable content.
But do we need two fb sites with many shared posts that are carbon copies but have different replies??
Also the posts often relate to a wealth of info already here on oka4wd.com.
The posts here don't have to be technical so long as they are OKA related.
oka4wd.com has a wide range of searchable existing topics and new ones can be created for anything to do with OKAs.
The more the merrier?
...Maybe a change could come from group opinion and persuasive encouragement for more oka4wd.com usage and members?


Since many get their news from FB they seem to want their technical info streaming by there as well.
Sort of like the Wizard of Oz where they can ask the Wzard whatever question they want.

I (We) have no control over FB and their groups.
Whether we want or need 2, we have 2. Adding another "I'll take my ball", type will get us to 3...

(Personally I CBA about it too much, and I appreciate the efforts of many who have helped like the departed(s)'s posts.)
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