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 PostPost subject: BetaArchive Survey        Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:00 pm 
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A survey for BetaArchive

    BetaArchive has been around for 2 years now, and because I’m an Admin that likes to interact with the members and make the place structured by the members and not by myself, I’d like to take the time to ask a few questions about what you think of the site and what you think of me as an Admin on the whole. Now, I’d like you to be honest please! If you don’t like me, please say so! I’d like to do my best to change for the better of everyone’s needs.

    I have come up with a few questions I’d like to ask, but you can also put down your own comments yourself when you are done.

    I hope you're all brave enough to voice your comments!

The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    17. And my bad points?
    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?



If you have any other comments, please leave them, I’d love to know what you think about me and about the site!

And thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. You know how much I value members comments and I like to make a difference.


Please use this template to answer the questions. Copy and paste it into your post then type your answer below each question. Please don't remove the BBcode! It is easier to see answers in this form. Thanks.

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[b]2.   Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?[/b]


[b]3.   Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?[/b]


[b]4.   Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?[/b]


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[b]The forum:[/b]
[list][b]5.   Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?[/b]


[b]6.   What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?[/b]


[b]7.   Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?[/b]


[b]8.   If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?[/b]


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[b]General Questions:[/b]
[list][b]9.   If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)[/b]


[b]10.   Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?[/b]


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[b]Servers:[/b]
[list][b]11.   If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?[/b]


[b]12.   How much of your connection does a single download utilise?[/b]


[b]13.   Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?[/b]


[b]14.   Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?[/b]


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[b]Admin (me):[/b]
[list][b]15.   Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?[/b]


[b]16.   On the whole, what would you say my good points are?[/b]


[b]17.   And my bad points?[/b]


[b]18.   If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?[/b]


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[b]Other Comments[/b][list]


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:11 pm 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    1. I actually prefer light templates, but that one is ok. Maybe we could add a second one, or maybe ask some members IF THEY would like to make one


    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    2. Yes, but sometimes i click the sever discussion instead of the link


    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    3. Never found any bugs


    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    4. I didn't even know that In general, i dont care (never touch a running system)

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    5. Forum is ok, i would put member server and official server discussion into one forum
    bring teh noobs in.)

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    6. see above


    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    7. if you mean that normal members cant see certain parts, then I think it is nececary (and doesnt

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    8. ----


General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    9. max 5-10 $ per month (MAX)

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    10. No. A VIP should not be someone who has paid or posted, but someone who as earned it.


Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    11. about my lines max - 330 kb/sec


    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    12. the maximum, but browsing is still fast.

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    13. yes.


    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    14. yes, because i like the stuff that is there


Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    15. No, i absolutely hate you and I cant stand the way you do stuff. But now seriously, i think you do a great job here and noone could do it better
    mannaged to get a community where noone flames around


    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    16. You help out if there are problems, you found a good way to keep the members clean, and you

    17. And my bad points?
    17. ---


    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    18. I would change the stuff of the VIP area. (and the way files are organised on the FTP)


Other Comments

    None



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:18 pm 
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Alrighty


The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    I like it, as its clean, professional, and easy on the eyes with no distracting ads

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yes, but the javascript button thingies for finding the donate information was unexpected.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Well, at school BA is blocked for games, and IE6 some times doesn't load the CSS sheet there. I'm guessing that its due to a slow connection on my end, but I'm not sure.

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    Hurry up :| I want PHPBB3. Or IPB, but you won't go for that either.


The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    'tis fine

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    Clean up the server section. Theres a little too many categories

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    It really doesn't affect me, as I'm staff, but I think its a good idea. Closing the good parts of the site to lechers works.

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    N/A


General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    I donated already. Don't think you'd be getting monthly out of me :|

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    There is a fee? :S
Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    Its pretty fast, maxes out my upload connection, uploading at about 100kb/s and downloading at 300kb/s

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    A lot...

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Nope

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes. Closed is better
    /me lives in USSR
Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    No. GTFO! :P


    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    You're a kickass admin, and you're sure dedicated to the forum. You also aren't afraid to speak your mind and defend yourself.

    17. And my bad points?
    You won't get IPB.
    and you won't let me be Admin :P


    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    I'd promote myself to a super rank, titled Forum God or something similar. I'd also upgrade to Invision Power Board 2.3.(Which I would pay for)

Other Comments
    Upgrade to IPB and I'll shut up.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:38 pm 
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Hope this is ok! :) -

The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    Maybe could do with modernising the logo a bit, though I think you did have plans to do that anyway at some point. I don't like the default icons next to sections/topics much, I preferred the ones we had when you first got this template but I think some people didn't like them so they got changed back!


    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Pretty much, there's quite a lot of server sections but it's ok. The FTP could be easier to navigate but you said you were working on that anyway.


    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    The "internal server error 500" one and the "debug mode, could not insert into..." one I think both are known issues.


    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    I don't know much about the PHPBB system but it seems to me as though the new version is more secure (important since we got hacked recently) and looks more modern.



The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    About right, it used to be too many but seems better now. As I said there seem to be quite a lot of server categories but it's ok. Customisation and Custom OSes could be merged.


    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    (See above)


    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    Yes, we would soon get shut down if it was all open ;)


    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    None


General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    Nothing, personally I don't think this would be a good idea


    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Combined with the other access routes available, yes.


Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    Haven't used it for a while but I think it was several hundred KB/s.


    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    Quite a lot


    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Don't think so, but don't use it that much.


    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes, see answer to Q7


Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    Generally yes, I think you put a lot of time and effort into it :) I have sometimes thought you have been a little harsh with people but it's ok, I would tend to be reasonably harsh too I reckon and it's certainly better than when it's been allowed to get out of hand with all that nonsense that there was a few months ago with Chicago/Windows 1.01 etc (hasn't happened again for a while now so everything seems to be going well, but I think we do need to make sure that doesn't happen again) Sometimes changes aren't mentioned to us before they happen, but it's ok seeing as you're in charge!


    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    See Q15


    17. And my bad points?
    See Q15


    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    -- [Grammar police alert!] Would tidy up the grammar on the front page and site home page (Betas shouldn't be capitalised or apostrophe-ised, I'm needs an apostrophe :P)

    -- Would increase it from 10 to 25 posts for server access, there would be less spam then as it's much easier to make 10 spam posts than 25 so people would be less likely to bother. Maybe consider some way of making server membership expire after a certain period of inactivity, I thnk you did do this at one point but as far as I know it wasn't a regular thing.

    -- Maybe make the site home page more exciting for new users somehow (I have the forum bookmarked instead so don't see it but it's the first page new people will see)

    --Would have a VIP area of the main server with a good collection of RTM files (or just allow them on the main server, I think this rule of if it doesn't have a key it's not warez is a bit silly to be honest as a key doesn't make it more warez and a key is usually the easiest bit to find if you have the files anyway, and it means very new warez like Vista is ok but older things that need a key to install (even if a key isn't supplied?) seem to be not allowed?) and area for requesting them to be added directly to the server

    --Make the screenshot gallery area easier to navigate rather than one long list with no naming pattern (eg some "Windows...", some not), maybe combine it with the Wiki.

    --Would make it so the logo at the top always returns you to the main forum page, it does most o the time but on some pages eg image uploader or screenshots it doesn't. Also those pages could do with a title for the window/tab in your browser, not sure if that is possible or not.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:51 pm 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    It's hideous. Teal green never looked good. The structures fine, apart from the top links looking like hack jobs

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yes

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    No, but there's no quick reply, which is annoying

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    Yes, if it makes the site's appearance improve then putting it off is a dissapointment,

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    Just enough, I quite like the way it is now, category wise.

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    None

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    Yes. Because it helps add excitement to the place.


    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    Newbies need to be able to see a list of things on the server, it's stupid insulting newbies for asking how to find something by saying that its on the server, while at the same time hiding what is on the server from them.

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    $0.00 No. Never. A previous site did this, and I left.

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Yes, it adds an elitist factor to the forum. Also, to quote Napolean Bonaparte "A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon", the whole "BetaArchive VIP" thing for signatures is quite cool. Just don't expect to be able to put the VIP status of my site on your signature without paying me $5.

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    I'm on dialup. So 1-5kbps, I get horrible speeds while communicating with the server, incredibly slow (Nothing to do with the server)

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    I'm not sure.

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    No.

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes. If it was opened you'd see betas on every warez site on the net.

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    You seem okay. I think a theme redevelopment would work well, but you seem to have put that in incompetent hands, this is the only assessment of yours that I disagree with.

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    Your eyes.

    17. And my bad points?
    Refusal to progress the site's template past an ugly basic php theme, with a basic Vista-beta type theme

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    The template.


Other Comments

    You're doing well :)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:23 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    i would agree with a bit of a new logo for the site, but generally i like the over all look of the site as a whole

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    well.... to be honest i dont find it very easy to navigate on the site which is sadly is one reason for me not being here as often...i dont like how everything seems to be displayed one page...where nuthin is split..and if i scroll down the page everything all looks the same..if that makes sense...i would like to see a wallpaper section or a section for design, where people can post there ideas or anthing relating to the topic...and maybe a monthly desktops subsection so it is seperate from everything else

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    not that i am aware of

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    um not that much of a g33k to even understand what that is....lol


The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    it seems to be enough.

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    like i mentioned above maybe splitting things into some subsections to make things easier to find

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    yes i think having a seperate VIP section where one would have to gain access before being allowed there is a great idea...and it gives you the ability to control who has access

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    wouldnt change a thing!


General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    i think it would be an ok idea...problem is some people dont have a way of paying or have creditcards....i dont really know enough about transferring funds as i have never did it before...i do have a paypal account and use it on ebay, so um sure its the same dealy :)


    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    no i dont think it is a good idea....some noobs do have creditcards and would be able to gain access just by paying a fee....VIP is sumthin that should be earned, not paid for..imo


Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    dont have access ;(


Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    i think you have done a great job of handling this place i have always known this place as "the place to be!" so thats sounds pretty good to me! lol

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    well for one i think your funny as hell....not to bad of a driver, and are doin a great job!

    17. And my bad points?
    none that i know of....

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    um not really sure...this place seems to be a "well oiled machine" to me all it needs is a small lil overhaul and maybe a new header and a lil shine maybe...but, not too much...lol


Other Comments

    you a hellova cool guy man, and um glad i have you on my msn, your doing a great job here! keep up the good work!!





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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:40 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    I don't like the look at all. The green is ugly and the "technique" is very very simple (The links at the top). A better navigation pane should be included

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Sometimes there are big (mostly unsorted) lists that make it hard to spot things at once

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    In the gallery "This is not a picture" or missing pictures but the page is so simple that there should'nt be any

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    Do it! Do it! Do it!

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    There should be a better separation between the single Windows versions or so, not a single forum for all but maybe for all the generations of Windows and other OSes one category.

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    see 5.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    It's ok because many people would just *take* things without giving own knowledge as "pay"

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    No, it's perfect.

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    5€ would be OK because there is a big usership and the sum would be a lot of money and remember - You get material you get almost nowhere.

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Which fee?

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    Full DSL 2000 speed I have at home

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    Almost all but a bit remains for surfing, chatting and webradio.

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Almost all. Over night for example but in normal cases a bit remains for surfing, chatting and webradio.

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes, see 7.

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    Yes, you're a funny guy. Keep going!

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    Funny, "close to the community"

    17. And my bad points?
    I've not yet encountered any :P

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    The webpage's theme :D

Other Comments
    There should be a lot more beta screenshots in the Gallery for example Longhorn. I could provide many if requested :)



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:43 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    Never had any problems. I'd say it was perfectly logical, and the theme fits the subject.

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yes.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Neve have, unless my Internet connection's been dodgy.

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    Being the Admin of a forum, and having upgraded from phpBB2 to phpBB3, I'd say that it would be a good investment to make. However, I'd also say that each Admin has his reasons for doing the things he does.

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    Logically arranged, I'd say it was as it should be.

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    Not sure.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    I agree, we don't want just anyone being able to get at anything they liked.

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    Nope.

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    I don't know. I'd probably leave. While worth it from members' points of view, and raising the money to pay for the website's upkeep, it's always been free access, as long as the members contribute worthwhile thoughts and ideas.

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Yes, but I'd still like to get in there :).

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    About 50K.

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    Not sure, maybe 10%.

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    No.

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes, definitely.

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    I suppose so, but I suppose we all write things differently and have different opinions.

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    Not sure.

    17. And my bad points?
    Not sure.

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    I don't like change except it's necessary.

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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    It's nice and simple, however a bit bland. Since everything is blue it looks a bit monotone.

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yes, I like the main page that shows the newest topics.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    No.

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    I didn't know you had. As an admin myself of a forum currently moving to phpBB3, the only advantages I see are for the Admin and Mods, phpBB3 offers nothing really new for users, so it doesn't really affect me.

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    It's right, although some don't get many posts.

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    None.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    Yes, restricts access to leechers.

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    I would increase post count to around 50, and instead of the application stage I would create a usergroup that allows entry upon 50 posts.

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    None, I wouldn't/couldn't pay.

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Fee? I paid no fee :P Like others have said, "earning" your way into VIP should count too.

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    Around 300kb/s sometimes more.

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    If my connection is on a good day, half, if on a bad day, all.

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Most probably.

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes.

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    Yes, however I feel you are too strict on certain occasions.

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    Keep the forum running smoothly, keep the forum active, you're on msn a lot.

    17. And my bad points?
    None really.

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    Upgrade to bb3, create a new theme (or two :P), and incorporate the suggestions above.

Other Comments
    Yay I finished.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:48 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    I've seen worse on the freewebs.com domain. Actually, about 90% of the internet is worse. So therefore, it's good

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    You have a few of the hardly used features (Profile, mark read) kinda hidden, but else its fine.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Uploading avatars from remote URL (NOT hotlinking).

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    I don't really care, but I noticed phpBB3 has an option for the user to enable/disable swear filtering, which would be nice.


The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    WORKSFORME!

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    N/A

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    See #5.

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    N/A


General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    See #11.

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    It's fine by me. I don't really care about it, nor do I usually hand out money, nor will I post a millon pieces of crap to get in it.


Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    Don't know, don't care.

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    See #11

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    See #11

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Do I need to say it? See #11.


Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    I don't really care.

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    Keeping a community alive this long.

    17. And my bad points?
    Soliciting donations for your RAID array via MSN name. You remind me too much of lilo. Speaking of which, go register spinraid.com/net/org.

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    Put an IRC channel on some place like EFNet or IRCNet, where people actually frequent.


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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc. - I personally like it, if it was ported to PHPBB3, that would be cool


    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yes.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Not really

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    Yes, hurry up and make the theme.


The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    Might I suggest shorting the Support places, to General Support.
    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    I would merge all the Support Forums.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    I think it is a great idea.
    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    I believe that the VIP area should be allowed at a lower post count (500 maybe?)


General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    No, the 750 post count is enough.


    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Yes, it can help BA grow.


Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    300~400 kbps.
    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    A very small amount.
    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    No.

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes


Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    I believe it is a great adminship, just keep some mods open to use (like the /me mod)

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    You are level-headed and you are a better admin than Kirk (OABW Admin)

    17. And my bad points?
    None to my knowledge

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    I would overhaul the forums. New themes, New Smilies, New PHPBB3 upgrade.


Other Comments


    I believe that Andy is the best Admin I have ever been under (BlueSun, Kirk, Andy, Duff) hehe.



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:24 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.


    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yes

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    No

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    No


The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    Prolly enough.

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    I'd rather see DOS/OS2/Windows as one category, and Unix/Linux as another.


    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    Yes

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?



General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)


    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Yes


Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    Can't recall

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?


    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Yes

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes


Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    Yes

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?


    17. And my bad points?


    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?



Other Comments

    Still worried about people complaining about locking titles revived over a month old. You might understand that people arrive here from google, usually in the middle of a conversation. So if say, someone posts a fix like > 1 month after, it's still going to help those people.



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:29 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc. I think that the color scheme is a little bit bleh and boring, but the layout is darn near perfect!


    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    I have found everything as soon as I started to look for it.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    None.

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    Nope.

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    I think that there is just enough forum categories, but it would help to get rid a few.

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    Removal/Mergers of some forums.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    I think it is good to keep some parts closed so that no one can come here and leech betas.

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    Nothing.

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    5$ MAX

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    I think it is appropriate.

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    my line's top speed (80kb-85kb a second)

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    All.

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Every time.

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes.

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?Most definitley.


    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    Your interaction with the users.

    17. And my bad points?
    None

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    I would upgrade the forums and maybe add a new skin.

Other Comments
    BetaArchive is one of the most greatly moderated site I have ever visited.



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:47 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    Nice IMO :D

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    I found everything I have access to...

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Nope

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    Good move. phpBB3 is not really nice, I hate those emoticons!

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    average, maybe can be shrunk a little

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    merge some categories into one big categories

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    No and Good. No: members that want access will post craps (without reading the access rules obviously), Good: It will save BA servers from "leechers", thus keeping some interesting betas under the hood...

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    No idea atm...

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    I didn't know the exact amount to charge, but what I do know, if member pays, make sure they get access to appropriate stuff they paid for...

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    As above, if it's worth it, then I don't mind paying as long I can get the stuff (means: no weird ssl ports etc so I can access thru standard port)

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    I don't know, it never connect successfully...

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    0kb?

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Nope

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes, to prevent leechers and too much bandwidth utilization...

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    I'm not always around, so no comments...

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    8-)

    17. And my bad points?
    Nada

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    release some OLD betas to public section, maybe overhaul the forum's look etc, and owh, throw a party :evil:

Other Comments
    See above...



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:40 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    A bit cliché'd with the "glass" look that other Windows-based communities use, plus the blue is becoming a bit stale. But these are trivial matters compared to the oversized logo. From day one, it has been on my Adblock filter list due to it being unnecessarily large.

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yes

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    None

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    No other than keep those spam guards working (H)

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    It's enough, but some could be consolidated

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    As an example stating from the previous answer, "Jokes and Funny Stuff" could be moved to "Offtopic Discussion".

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    Yes but there's the few that spam their way to the servers.

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    None

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    There will always be a place where you can get the same thing free.

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    N/A because I never do that with websites I visit.

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    ~240kb/s of my 370 max

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    65-80%

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Yes with two threads

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Absolutely, see #7 but remember closed doesn't mean secure from outsiders (see MSBP's scene release of 7, assuming you were the original leaker and did not give permission)

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    Can't really tell but the place isn't falling apart so yes I guess.

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    You haven't gone insane and shut down or transfer the site to someone else (which screams FISHNET)

    17. And my bad points?
    n/a

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    phpBB3, tweak the skin (and the logo), and various other stuff

Other Comments
    Make sure you trust that none of the staff would ever spaz out and hold the SQL database hostage like Crunchy T- err, ptcfast2 did.



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:46 am 
The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    Well, it's fine for me. I don't usually have too many comments about forum templates and structure.

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yeah, it's mostly fine for me. It's easy to navigate myself in the site.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Nope. Not yet. (Hurrah!!!)

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    Ummm...... Never studied about phpBB forum systems...... Will tell you if I do.

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    Nah, fine for me.

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    None. It's good enough for me.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    NOOOOOOO!!!!! Nah, just kidding. I only said no because I don't have access to the closed areas...... I'm sure you guys have good reasons to keep those areas closed.

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    Ummm...... No longer closed?

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    Well, because I'm not a rich guy, I think $3-5 is fine for me.

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Well, I don't know about it, so no comments.

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    No access, oops.

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    No access, oops.

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    No access, oops.

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    NOOOOO...... Nah, see NO.7.

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    Yeah, well, never countered such situations, no comment.

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    Well, I see you run the community pretty well. Congratulations for that.

    17. And my bad points?
    Not letting me in the Servers? :P

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    Get myself in the servers, and make me VIP!!!
    (Seriously, probably upgrade to the whatever phpBB3 or IPB after some research)

Other Comments
    Well, nothing special, just good job for building up such a great community!!!
    Anyway, I'm just a newbie here, and still got lots to learn.



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:13 am 
The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    Its good, the layout is simple and straightforward.

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yea, the search function is very useful also.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Occasionally when I login firefox just hangs, but refreshing the page loads it fine. I never got this twice in a row.


    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    I haven't been active enough to even know about this. :(

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    It looks like alot to me, but hopefully the more I come the more I'll get used to it.


    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    I don't know, tis not like any of the topics really overlap.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    Yea, active members should have a spam free haven where they can talk to each other.


    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    It stopped me from registering the first day and downloading Windows 7. I'm glad that its in effect or I probably wouldn't come to the site much if at all. I think uploading a new beta, or one the server doesnt have, should automatically give that user access to the server.


General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    You can alternatively do a price per download. Maybe you get a credit when you upload something new. Like 1 new upload is worth 5 download credits or x months of free access. If a price was imposed, I would just try to find another private server.


    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Its there for members who are dedicated, not who can spend the most. Although from your view it helps pay for the site to stay online.

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    N/A

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    N/A

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    N/A

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Once I get cleared for it I'll think its good since it prevents people from lurking and eating up the bandwidth, slowing active members down. Right now I don't like it since I'm not cleared.

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    I'll see based on how you interpret this. Hopefully I will.

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    Not sure, I dont know you well.

    17. And my bad points?
    See 16.

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    First I would ban you, hehe only kidding. I find a way for new members to be able to view the contents of the server, maybe if someone is looking for a particular build and we have it, we just got a new member.

Other Comments
    Edit: Forgot to add that the wiki is weak is many places. There are some pages that merely link to 1 other page, or have half a sentence in them. Also it would be cool if in the wiki for an operating system i.e longhorn, it says if that particular build is on the server. I'm not sure how easy it is to pull up a dir of the server and find out yourself.

    Thanks for reading, it took a while



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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc. I am not into eye candy and find the site is straightforward in its themes. Orobably, because of this, I find speed of access considerably quicker than other similar sites I visit.


    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    It is easy to navigate but I think it could be useful to be able to see "subscribed threads" and "Mark all Forums read", and a "New posts" item, under one drop down menu, rather than have all vanish on logging off.
    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Not so far.

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    None.


The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    For the nature of the site - sufficient.

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    None.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why? Yes.


    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    Make the entry to the area automatic on an intelligent post count, rather then ask members to apply. Also reword it slighlty,. I get the impressioj that one must submit a Beta or two to gain admission, but I do not think this is, in fact, the case.


General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    I sincerely believe that a good percentage of members , particularly youngsters, are on the site to gain access to the closed area. To charge a fee might chase them away - or at least make them non-posters.

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Don't know much about it.


Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    N/A

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    N/A

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?

    N/A
    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    N/A


Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    I feel that, on a short observation, that sometimes such closures are rather premature and too authorative.

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    Too new to comment much

    17. And my bad points?
    Ditto

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    Have a search facility too show,,regardless of it being behind a closed area, what is available in that area. The search only open too registered members with a specified number of postings.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:55 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    The theme is good. I think a little refresh would be nice but the way it is it's still nice one.

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yes, no problems here.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Nope.

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    I would love to turn on my computer one morning, go to BetaArchive and see it's running on phpBB3. I hope this will happen someday. (I personaly preffer IPB but i understand it costs a lot of money and i know you don't like it :P )

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    Fits perfect.

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    None.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    Yes.

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    A bit more ristrict maybe?
    *feels eyes of new members on his back*

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    I just hope it won't ever happen but, well, if this will, it will be your decision. I don't know if i will be able to pay anything but on the other side, everything up to $8 is ok :P

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Yes.

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    My maximum, i mean 5-6KB/s :P

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    100%, i just don't do anything else when downloading a file because if i tryed to browse sites at the same time i would wait ages for both...

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Yes.

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes.

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    Yes.

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    * Open for suggestions
    * Trying to improve the site in every possible way
    * Talking with other members just like usual member (that's really good point, i've seen some admins that seem to be too proud or something to talk normally with others :roll: )
    * Wise about running a site, phpBB forum, php scripts, servers, FTPs, etc. (i can't stand for the 13yo "greatest admins" who think they rule because they just have the forum that they haven't even seted up properly and if something fucks up they don't know what & why)

    17. And my bad points?
    I can notice only one: you don't want to install any mods on the forum (not that i need any but i've seen few suggestions from other members for some mods)

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    I don't think i would change anything, i'm happy the way BA is running right now.
    Meh, maybe i would hurry up more with upgrade to phpBB3 but i understand - lack of time and private stuff is more important than just an IT forum.

Other Comments
    Great work on administrating and moderating the site, keep it this way :)



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:06 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    It's not exactly pretty, but it's clean and efficient.

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Overall, very easy to navigate, but perhaps the links at the top of the page could be turned into Button-like images, so they stand out more.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Never.

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    Your forum, Your Time, Your decision.


The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    This bowel of porridge is just right!

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    All is fine as is.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    It's an exellent idea, it prevents people from taking advantage of your server, and the server's provided by other generous members.

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    All is fair as is.


General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    Sorry, but most people just don't have the money, or the resources to send money, I think this would cause the number of members to plummet, though it would show who is here for the "closed areas" and who is here for the discussion.

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Very appropriate, it shows who is willing to contribute to the forum.


Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    A solid 140-160 KB/s on a 256kbps plan.

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    The Majority of it.

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Yes.

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes, very much so.


Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    Yes, you do a very fair job.

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    You are nice enough to not censor the words Bitch and Prick :P

    17. And my bad points?
    Nothing comes to mind.

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    Give moderators the power to delete members.


Other Comments

    You do great work Andy.



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:23 am 
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offtopic jabster you cant get 150kb/s on a 256kbps plan. ~30kb/s max
My other comments are here because something is breaking the formatting:

*get a new theme ffs
*upgrade to phpbb3 not IPB
*Andy and moderators: :stop locking topics >1 mth old with _USEFUL INFORMATION_ its a forum rule that these topics stay _OPEN_ (I just cant get the message through)

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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.

    Hate it, no seriously I do. Its really awful


    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Fairly easy, some things on the forum like mark all posts read is a pita to find


    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    Not that I can think of


    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    no, take your time, as long as you can find a better theme ;)


The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    Too many

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    Delete a couple, merge some

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    As in like the VIP section etc? It's alright

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    hmm... not sure

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)

    Maybe $5... $10 a month

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Yes it is


Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    Never anymore than 25kb/s

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    0.83% (I'm serious, I'm on a 24mbps connection)

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    Oh hell no

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    Sometimes I guess... you know how I am, check your MSN :P

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    Uhh... you manage to pay the server bill with what little money you have?

    17. And my bad points?
    Some things on BA are just stupid ie the stars

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    Get a new theme, delete the stars, remove 1 or 2 moderators, give the moderators more power (ie able to accept people into the download group etc)



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:33 am 
The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.


    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    at screenshots its actually pretty hard, but in the forum itself, yes

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    yes, the 8) smiley is double in the smiley bar :P

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    well, finally youll do, i like it more than phpbb 2x

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    at servers, theyre too many

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    merge some server categories together

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    well, i dont like it that so many people come and just write 10 "thank you"'s to get access to those areas, but i dont think that you can stop that so its ok

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    nothing

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    well, no, not that i wont do, but i dont have many money

    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    yeah, its ok

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    fast, about 600 to 700 kb

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    about 70 or 80%

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    no

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    yes

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    mostly yes

    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    well, you close "crappy" posts fast and mostly everything runs well and without spambots here, thats what i like 8)

    17. And my bad points?
    i wont say here, may i get banned, but its not that much :P

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    i dont know

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:47 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    When I've discovered this website this month, in august 2008, I liked the template and color theme.
    It's a friendly website. Keep up this good work ! :wink:

    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    I'm totally agree !
    The navigation is very easy and fast, but, sometimes, I can't find everything I want, like the games betas...


    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    A perfect website, without any bugs ! Good work !


    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    I don't have any comments...


The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    There are enough categories...
    But, you should expand some categories, like the games betas categories... (yes, I love videos games betas ! :D )


    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    No improvements. I think it's nice...


    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    Oh no ! It's a very bad idea !
    The currently public areas are for the peoples who can't access to the "closed" area (like me ! :cry:).
    If some others areas being "closed", nobody would go to BETAArchive...
    Why the best betas and alphas are only for the VIP ? :cry:
    Sorry for these words !

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    Open the "closed" area to the public.


General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    5 € per member ?


    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    Totally disagree ! Why nobody can download the beatas and alphas ? :cry:

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    I don't know...


    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    I have a 2 Mbits ADSL connection, so, I don't know very well how much a single download use...
    Sorry !


    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    I don't have an access to the BA official server.


    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Oh no ! Please open the BA official server !
    BETAArchive is the only place where we can find most of the existings betas and alphas !
    We want to have these files ! Please... :cry: :cry: :cry:


Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?
    I'm a new member on this forum, so, I don't know very much you and the members of BETAArchive...
    But, I can see you are a very active admin ! :p


    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    You are very active !!! Good work !
    You spend most of your free time on BETAArchive ?
    Keep up this good work ! It's a serious work !


    17. And my bad points?
    I don't know you very much, so, I don't know your bad points...
    Heu... [micro-flood]Do you have bad points ?[/micro-wave, heu... micro-flood!] :D


    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    If I could be admin of BETAArchive (of a other forum on the web), I think I'll be the God of the forum ! I'm your God, your Master ! :D
    No, seriously, I don't know what I would change... Open access to the "closed" server ?
    OK, I think I'm the only person who have this idea... :cry:


Other Comments
    Nice survey !
    Long life to BETAArchive !
    Have a nice day ! (and, of course, good luck for reading all of the replies and for administrating this website, day after day...)

    8-| <--Oh ! It's Microsoft Bob !



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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:12 am 
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The site:
    1. What do you think of the website template and its structure? Colour theme, layout etc.
    It's great.


    2. Do you find the site easy to navigate and can you find everything you want to?
    Yes.

    3. Do you ever encounter any bugs on the site? If so what are they?
    One. Sometimes images don't appear, but it may be a browser problem.

    4. Do you have any comments about my decision of putting off the transfer to phpBB3?
    I don't know what that is.

The forum:
    5. Do you find the number of categories to be too little, just enough or too many?
    There are enough

    6. What improvements could you make to the categories if you could?
    None.

    7. Do you think the site being “closed” in some areas is a good idea? If so why and if not why?
    Yes, it's good idea.

    8. If you could change the “closed” area rules, what would you change?
    None of them.

General Questions:
    9. If BetaArchive were to charge a small monthly fee for access to the “closed” areas, what amount would you feel would be reasonable? (Don’t worry BA won’t be doing this any time soon! I just want your opinion!)
    $5


    10. Do you think the fee to get into the VIP group is appropriate? If not, why?
    It's appropriate. It's called VIP group for a reason.

Servers:
    11. If you have access to the BA official server, what speed do you get?
    20-60kb/s

    12. How much of your connection does a single download utilise?
    Not much.

    13. Have you ever utilised all of your connection from the BA official server?
    No.

    14. Do you think its right keeping the BA official server “closed”?
    Yes.

Admin (me):
    15. Do you like the way I run the forum, and the way I assess and dismiss member’s opinions?Yes.


    16. On the whole, what would you say my good points are?
    You find the stupid posts and keep the server\forum clean.

    17. And my bad points?
    None.

    18. If you could be Admin (me) for a day, what would you change and why?
    I'd change me being admin for someone else :D.

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