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    DORBA - Is it down?

    I can log in but see no forums. I can see trails page.

    Another person at work can't even log in.

    Anyone else having problems?
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    yes, its down...very regular occurence, anytime you have issues like you mention, its down

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    I can't decide if the fiasco known as dorba.org is funny or sad.
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    Dorba 3.0 is supposed to be right around the corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbicycles View Post
    Dorba 3.0 is supposed to be right around the corner.
    SO what?

    They hired a "design" firm. How is it going to be deployed? Maintained? Backed up? What of fail over handing?

    Do you remember Dorba 1.0? It was vastly more reliable.

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    Pretty pathetic for one of the largest MTB organizations...anyone know the eta of 3.0?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEffDub View Post
    Pretty pathetic for one of the largest MTB organizations...anyone know the eta of 3.0?
    its not like its a moneymaking organization, it lives off donated money and time...big deal, get over it

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    its not like its a moneymaking organization, it lives off donated money and time...big deal, get over it
    Moneymaking or not, the organization exist to support off-road biking in DFW. The main way DORBA does this is by providing information and updates through their website. If that doesn't work, then what is the point of me paying dues?

    I am sure there are other great things DORBA does with the dues collections from the 1000+ members, but would argue that nothing should be more important than spending that revenue on establishing a site that's more stable.

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    the trails are the absolute first thing and most important thing, period, its absurd to think a website is more important...just be glad dorba has such a nice website, its not like its down ll the time, its intermittent and isnt the only avenue for trail updates (which i assume is what you are upset about, as everything else is trivial at best)

    if you guys are so perturbed by it, i suggest you get off your ass and do something about it...but you wont, youll just cry like spoiled children

    im also very doubtful there are 1000+ members

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    the trails are the absolute first thing and most important thing, period, its absurd to think a website is more important...just be glad dorba has such a nice website, its not like its down ll the time, its intermittent and isnt the only avenue for trail updates (which i assume is what you are upset about, as everything else is trivial at best)

    if you guys are so perturbed by it, i suggest you get off your ass and do something about it...but you wont, youll just cry like spoiled children

    im also very doubtful there are 1000+ members
    Hate to break it to you..but DORBA doesn't build or maintain trails, it's members do and for the most part they do it for free! I know, I volunteer and I'm out there cleaning and working the trails unpaid, on my time off, with my own equipment so that I and others can have trails to ride.

    DORBA provides a key function as a facilitator and its main tool to coordinate trail support and information is their website. Without that tool, the organization likely doesn't exist (as you said, other avenues exist).

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    Umm yeah dude, Dorba, the volunteer nonprofit organization, does build and maintain trails....you ever ridden Big Cedar? the trail that was just built a couple years ago and is constantly expanding? thank Dorba and Shadow
    Have you ever eaten the free food/drink, used the tools, supplies etc out there while you are volunteering on work days?

    Volunteers (that have lives and jobs outside of Dorba) also run the website, if you are so sure that this is a major issue that shouldn't be happening, why dont you volunteer to help with the web design and hosting of the website instead of working on trails? sounds like you could make pretty simple work of it

    Dorba can exist without a website, keep up the entitled attitude though for your 25 bucks a year though

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    Here are a couple quotes from the EOY December DORBA board meeting:

    "YTD we have paid over 4k for the website. The only thing more expensive is insurance which is 5k for the year."

    If DORBA doesn't think the website is the highest priority then why is one of the largest single line items the website? I was wrong, insurance is #1, website #2 for obvious reasons.

    "Membership report - Gina: 1655 total members."

    It's way over 1000...I should have said 1500+.

    And yes, I guess I'm entitled if I think a non-profit volunteer organization that collects roughly $25k a year in dues should have a working website or at the bare minimum a designated alternative.

    My fundamental issue with Dorba is that they need to spend less money on race events that lose money(which the vast majority of their members don't participate) and more on a working website and trail support for the everyday riders.

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    Because websites are not cheap regardless of their priority, they cost what they cost (besides, its only listed as the 2nd highest single item expense, not the #2 priority, there is a difference)...its also funny you didnt mention this nugget directly following what you quoted "Our trail maintenance and advocacy is about 60% of our budget", safe to assume 60% is more than $4000...does that move the website down to a #3 priority by your logic?

    Dorba does have a website that works, you are acting like its shutdown, its down AT MOST a couple hours a day, boo hoo...and they are working on a remedy, which costs money and time

    good to know that many people support Dorba with their wallets, so either help with the website yourself or stop donating to an organization you think is misappropriating its resources for what is your most important priority...crying helps no one

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    Dorba does have a website that works, you are acting like its shutdown, its down AT MOST a couple hours a day, boo hoo...and they are working on a remedy, which costs money and time
    I now only check the site for trail conditions and to log my trail hours and it seems to be down more than not for me...but maybe it's just my timing.

    Off-line again.

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    Hi There! I work at Yeti Cycles and we are currently building a AS-R Carbon Brand Ambassador XC Team. We have a stong following in our native Colorado but are looking to work with some strong age-group mtb racers in a few key areas and Texas is one of them.
    Let me know if you're interested in getting more information/applying for the team!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nramey View Post
    Hi There! I work at Yeti Cycles and we are currently building a AS-R Carbon Brand Ambassador XC Team. We have a stong following in our native Colorado but are looking to work with some strong age-group mtb racers in a few key areas and Texas is one of them.
    Let me know if you're interested in getting more information/applying for the team!
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    You might want to post this over at the Dorba.org site if/when it is working again. There are two racing forums. Not sure why there is two, but if we need that many racing forums we must have alot of racers.

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    Pissing match aside, does anyone know if there are target dates for bringing the new site on-line?

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    there are, they hired an outside company....i think its about a month out? but youd have to check the post on Dorba to be sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    there are, they hired an outside company....i think its about a month out? but youd have to check the post on Dorba to be sure
    Thank you. I'll go hunting for it when I have the chance.

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    there might be more info, this was from the front page

    "At our February meeting, the DORBA Board of Directors voted unanimously to hire DarkSpire Media to build DORBA 3.0. The new site will incorporate existing features such as our forums and trail pages, but it will also have some new and exciting add-ons as well. We expect to be up and running in about 60 days.

    We appreciate your patience with our existing site in the interim, which as you may have noticed, has been experiencing some downtime. As we are moving forward with a new site, we are only allocating the bare minimum of resources to maintenance of the existing site, and some features have been disabled.

    As soon as the development site is up, we will need some of you to assist in the test phase of the project, so stay tuned!

    If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly."

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    Been down for 2 straight days now. With the rain that has hit in that time, having a working website would be nice. Stop scolding people for wondering what is going on. It is sad really. Largest MTB groups in the world, quote from their own facebook page, seems to imply that they could deal with having a website that is accessible rather than what it is right now. I pay my dues to DORBA every year, and I expect the website to at least be working to indicate closures, canceled races, etc. DORBA should update facebook page with what the issues are rather than telling people to just shut up and deal. Not a good way to get membership numbers to increase.
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    its not been down for 2 straight days, as ive been on it today and yesterday, been down for about 2 hours now off and on today...trails are open, as they have been for a while now

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    its not been down for 2 straight days, as ive been on it today and yesterday, been down for about 2 hours now off and on today.
    Unfortunately, the customer's perception is reality. I'm in the same boat as the other guy. Every time I've tried to access dorba.org over the last couple of days it has not been available.

    I wonder when the new site will be ready?

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    id say go look in the website forum..but

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    id say go look in the website forum..but

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    Based on a facebook post, the DORBA site is basically down and out. I think the new and improved version goes live sometime next week (May 15th?).

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    nice, dont have a facebook acct so wasnt able to see the redirect

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    nice, dont have a facebook acct so wasnt able to see the redirect

    Same here...

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    I wish they would just do away with the forums (if that was the problem)... trail conditions are the most important thing there for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by knoxpossum View Post
    Based on a facebook post, the DORBA site is basically down and out. I think the new and improved version goes live sometime next week (May 15th?).
    This was later clarified in the same thread to state that no definite go-live date for the new site has been made public.

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    Calm the h3ll down, it's just a transitional phase. FYI, the www.dorba.org URL has been temporarily redirected to new DORBA Meetup site, which asks for patience until the new website goes live.

    FWIW, I am not a DORBA trail steward or board member, but if you feel like you can run things better than they are currently being run, you can always volunteer your services. Personally I am just thankful that I live in an area where there are so many folks with the time and passion to devote to the sport.

    PS also meant to write that I travel a lot on biz, and there are very few areas in the country that have as many local trails or is as active as DORBA.
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    Experienced and qualified people have volunteered to help but were turned down. Repeatedly......

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    Rain is coming.
    Looks to be hit and miss and no one came up with a back up plan on how to keep trail conditions updated.
    We have our little thread here.
    A few trail stewards do email me directly. Thank you guy's for supporting riders access to open trails.
    Anyone who knows if a trail should be opened or closed over the next 24/48 hours please post up on the trail conditions thread.

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    I can check Arbor Hills - I live nearby
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    That would be awesome. Thanks....

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    Yeah, she's down for the count...

    Welcome to the temporary home of DORBA.org. The old site finally ran into problems that keep it from being able to handle the load. Nothing is lost. But there is signifcant work to do to get the assets where folks can harvest them.

    Right now we need as many of the DORBA leadership to register so they can be given rights to edit and ad pages, etc. to help keep everyone informed.
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    Dorba seems to be itermittantly redirecting to either Facebook, or a "Meetup" based site. Is the Meetup site the "new" site. or is it temporary?
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    temp, just like dorba 2.0

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    Down again!
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    Down again!
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    seriously clark? its been killed for like a week now while the new site is being finished up

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    DORBA is up. It's the Texas power grid that goes down stealthily to make it look like DORBA's fault. ;-)

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    Whats up DORBA?

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    DORBA answers every single question asked with the statement, "Why don't you volunteer?". For a club that brags about being the largest in the country, it sure is very secretive, as well as always displaying a nasty "chip" or their shoulder when people point out the obvious about certain aspects of the club. Why can't DORBA be more informative to it's paying members who volunteer, i am one of these people. The attitude DORBA projects has declined over the last ten years, and it sucks right now. All members want are updates to when the wbsite will be up. If the company they are paying can't even give a timeline of completion, then you hired the wrong group to piece your new site together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildeyes View Post
    If the company they are paying can't even give a timeline of completion, then you hired the wrong group to piece your new site together.
    yup, really bad business from both parties...incompetency in handling contractual work id imagine
    i think the other stuff/frustration is cuz most people never go to the meetings where things are generally discussed, not sure tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    i think the other stuff/frustration is cuz most people never go to the meetings where things are generally discussed, not sure tho
    This. I went to the June meeting to find out what was going on and learned quite a bit.... some by what was said and some by what wasn't. I didn't feel like I was given a cold shoulder (NOBODY knew me) and was welcomed pretty well.
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    FYI, DORBA people recently posted on the temporary forums that they are estimating the new site will be online in four more weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildeyes View Post
    DORBA answers every single question asked with the statement, "Why don't you volunteer?". For a club that brags about being the largest in the country, it sure is very secretive, as well as always displaying a nasty "chip" or their shoulder when people point out the obvious about certain aspects of the club. Why can't DORBA be more informative to it's paying members who volunteer, i am one of these people. The attitude DORBA projects has declined over the last ten years, and it sucks right now. All members want are updates to when the wbsite will be up. If the company they are paying can't even give a timeline of completion, then you hired the wrong group to piece your new site together.
    On the meet up site, there have been many people, myself included, offer to build and host a site, myself offered for 3 months no cost. I understand they already have a developer, but I don't know of any reputable developer that wouldn't cut ties because they weren't holding up their end of the deal. Then again, if it were a reputable developer, we'd probably already have a site up and running. As for the people at RCP, they've been nothing but awesome. I haven't branched out too much to others in DORBA though. I won't be a paying member with the false promise of a website that's so far overdue it's just gotten to a certain point of stupid.

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    Since DORBA is down, I have a question for you Dallas folks. I will be traveling this weekend from Tyler to check out the Wee-Chi-Tah trail. On my way I'd like to stop and hit something up in Dallas. So far the only two trails in that area I have ridden have been Rowlett and Big Cedar. Based on the route Google gave me, it looks like I will be going right by LB Houston Park off of 183. I can't find a lot of info on it and wanted to know if it would be a good place to check out. Mapwise the North Shore trail isn't too far of a detour, but I know how things can be traffic-wise in the suburbs. I also wouldn't be opposed to staying on I-20 and doing one of the other trails further south. I know there's a race Saturday night at Boulder Park. Anyways, any suggestions would be welcomed.

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    LBH is fairly flat. Part of the Trinity River flood plain as is the River Legacy trail. If you like that sort of thing then it is worth hitting.
    If you prefered Big Cedar to Rowlett then Northshore would be a better choice. Northshore is alot more interesting with challenging section of climbs and rocks.

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    Definitely had a lot more fun at Big Cedar. Would North Shore be a pain to get to on a Saturday morning? Also, what trail head would you recommend? It looks like there are several in a few different areas. Thanks for the info.

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    Saturday morning might be a little busy unless you get out there early. With the heat people may be staying away. The Rockledge trail head isn't all that exciting. You might be better off with the Murrell Park/Twin Coves area.

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    yeah, if you are taking 114 (thats the way google maps routed me tyler>wf) then youll run just south of lake grapevine, northshore @ the madd shelter is basically the center point between the more difficult west side and the easier eastside...bring plenty of water
    another option on the south side of the lake is horseshoe, but if you can only do one, hit NS

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    FYI, this trails page was posted on the temp site

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    I like both LBH (it has nostalgic value to me since it was the trail I rode my first bike (demo) on back in 1996) and North Shore, but they're quite different and I would pick NS first. I did have one bad experience a couple of years ago. I went with local friends and we parked at the Rockledge Park trailhead. Came back after a lap to find our car broken into and were told it wasn't the first time.
    Went there about a month ago with the same folks, this time we parked at the MADD shelter lot which was a lot more trafficked and more secure. We did a full loop headed east to Rockledge, then another half loop. One of the trail's nice features is that it headed east it crosses lots of roads where you can turn around and head back the other direction without having to do the full loop.

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    Does anyone know if there is an ETA for the new DORBA site? Their trail status page is invaluable during the wetter seasons. No worry about that right now though.

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    This is as good as it gets for now:
    Area Trails and Conditions | Dallas Trails

    The most recent update I know of was posted here on June 18th.
    I had a long talk with David Nelke this weekend. There are several reasons for the delay in providing the new website. He and his partner had a lot of difficulty with the database and had to purchase software to overcome the problems they were experiencing trying to utilize the data. By their own admission, they spent too much time trying to solve the data problem before purchasing the necessary software. At the same time Darkspire had a change and a reduction in personnel causing an even greater delay. In an effort to rectify the personnel problem two more developers joined the production last Friday. They began work on the project this weekend. It sounds like it will be at least 4 weeks before the website can be released but Darkspire is working hard to clean up the problems and produce the website. David is as upset about the delay as the we are and I ask for your continued patience. Please continue to use the DORBA meetup site for information and comments.

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    Thanks for the update, I'm a dorba member but only use the site for trail status updates. It looks like it would be a good time to donate some more to a very worthy cause.

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    I should add that work,weather,vacation, and home bs has kept me off the trails for almost 6 months. Finding the old DORBA site down was a shock, in retaliation I decided to crack a seat stay last Friday. It seems that my riding hiatus will require some added angle iron to support my ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crapulence View Post
    I should add that work,weather,vacation, and home bs has kept me off the trails for almost 6 months. Finding the old DORBA site down was a shock, in retaliation I decided to crack a seat stay last Friday. It seems that my riding hiatus will require some added angle iron to support my ass.
    Now, that's funny.

    Jumping back onto my bike for the first time in three weeks yesterday (traveling and then vacation). First thing I noticed was I'm twitchy in the corners and those long climbs just go easier in the next lower gear. I can't imagine 6 months. Good luck to you....

    What area of DFW are you in?

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    Also, I forgot about the thread on here that odtexas is maintaining. Jump to the last post in the thread and work backwards for the current conditions.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/texas/dallas-...ns-766708.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    Now, that's funny.

    Jumping back onto my bike for the first time in three weeks yesterday (traveling and then vacation). First thing I noticed was I'm twitchy in the corners and those long climbs just go easier in the next lower gear. I can't imagine 6 months. Good luck to you....

    What area of DFW are you in?
    I live in Flower Mound, so I usually go on the Northshore trail, if I'm really motivated I ride there for a 5 mile warmup / warmdown.

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    Oh and thanks for the trail condition link, we got some much needed rain last night hopefully it will get rid of many of the loose areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crapulence View Post
    Does anyone know if there is an ETA for the new DORBA site? Their trail status page is invaluable during the wetter seasons. No worry about that right now though.
    This guy is pretty big in my books for being so direct. A welcome relief to read so much honesty over the issue.

    http://www.dorba.org/messages/boards/thread/25171712/10



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    It is with great disappointment I must let the membership know that I can not finish the website at this time.

    This project was very dear to me as a biker and a member of DORBA I have had a hard time with this and have made every effort to fulfill the contract. I again apologize for all the issues it has caused.

    There has been much discourse over this project and I will try to answer some questions below.
    Do not take this or the below as excuses just the facts that many have been asking for (some of this is a repeat of my last post).


    I have personally had to dissolve my partnership with DarkSpire Media (DSM) due to the developers lack of fulfillment with DORBA as well as my other clients. This is the first time in six (6) years we have failed to deliver and deliver on time.



    DarkSpire Media works on projects around our full time jobs. We decided to bid on this project based on a few factors:
    1. We bid a low price on the DORBA project as my way to 'give something back' to the biking community
    2. We would pull the existing SQL database over
    3. We would use an add-on for an existing program DORBA had
    4. Compatibility was researched and all pieces should work together
    5. Timeline was based on personnel and certain points discussed with the board


    Money:
    To date DSM was paid $1000. I will personally refund this money to DORBA.
    To date I have personally added over $6000 to try and get this site finished.


    Major Events?
    1. The existing program requested by DORBA was found to have many issues and the major factor in site speed. A decision was reached to replace it, which caused new research and compatibility questions that needed to be addressed.

    2. There were numerous issues with the SQL Database and it's tables. The old DB had in excess of 250 tables that did not export out correctly because of the old software. This old info did not import into the new CRM without a lot of tweaking and database combining.

    3. DSM suddenly lost developers due to their new gains in employment

    4. A total of four (4) developers were brought in and paid to get the site up (at different times). They did not fulfill their obligations and were not retained.

    5. A fifth WP Guru was found and was getting the project back on schedule. Shortly after he was brought on he had medical issues and was rushed to the hospital. Due to these issues he could not fulfill his obligations.

    6. This brings us current and me without a developer or development team at this time.

    7. Based on the extension from the original timeline DSM was approximately two (2) months behind schedule.



    This was not a simple site with a skin. This was a complete corporate solution.

    Membership Management
    Event Management
    Race Organization/Results
    Trail Management
    Trail/Volunteer hours
    Trail Days
    GPX mapping and tagging for trail stewards
    Interactive mapping
    Social Integration
    Find a Ride
    Weather
    Albums
    Sponsorships
    Classifieds
    Job Board
    iPhone App
    IPad App
    Droid App
    Ability for different roles throughout the site where anyone (that is in the role) can easily edit/update their areas without being a programmer or going through a complicated backed process.
    …and more


    The site is still sitting at approximately 70-75% completion. If there is a WordPress development company that is willing to take it over I would be glad to work with them to switch files over as well as anything else they would need.

    Notes on some key components
    Site: WordPress
    Forum: bbPress
    Social: BuddyPress
    CRM: WP-CRM
    Event Management: Event Expresso
    PhP
    CSS
    JS
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    I again apologize to the membership.






    A few more specific notes here on MU to address the above posts:

    1. The contract stated that either party can severe the relationship at any time. DSM does not have to pay back any payments collected. I didn't take this job for the money but to try and give something back to the community. I am 'personally' refunding DORBA's $1000 payment out of principle.

    2. @Alex - you are out of line.
    A. We completed numerous sites in WP including more recently, Boy's Life Boys' Life magazine... and certain PepsiCo sites.
    There are numerous platforms however WordPress would work the best for what we were trying to do.
    The rest of the argument is a Chevy vs. Ford or Mac vs. PC argument. There are pros and cons on every platform.

    B. Yes, we could have thrown a POS CMS up in days. The site we were developing is much more.

    C. Feel free to link me your NYC friends as I have worked with some of the largest agencies in the nation. If they are accomplished I should know their agency. I hold numerous design awards in advertising, marketing, packaging, design and have been published.
    Just a few of my client list include:
    I Love Lucy
    Mattel - Hot Wheels
    Byron Nelson
    Superbowl
    PepsiCo
    Brinker International
    Brinkmann
    Fender Guitar
    …plus many more

    I have even taught design classes at UNT, where you attend.

    3. @Mike - Yes, you are right on the slipping dates. As stated above we had specific criteria that changed as well as issues with the conversion of 'old' backend pieces not converting to the new. After that was addressed the only big issue ended up being the lack of development staff to finish.

    The board was struggling with theses issues as was I to fulfill the contract. Regretfully, I failed.



    I can't tell you how much this has affected me, as well as trying to play catch up with other large clients. I am still looking to partner with a few talented developers that can meet their deadline and have the communication skills it takes to keep things moving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    This guy is pretty big in my books for being so direct. A welcome relief to read so much honesty over the issue.
    I agree wholeheartedly. It's tough to step up and lay it all out like that. Kudos to him.

    It will be interesting to see what the board does now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post

    It will be interesting to see what the board does now...
    Don't hold your breath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    Don't hold your breath.
    At this point I'm in no hurry. Dallas Trail Conditions is doing a good job of trying to keep the trail conditions up to date (I even made a donation to them via PayPal). And, I have this wonderful community to chat with.

    Come what may....

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    At this point I'm in no hurry. Dallas Trail Conditions is doing a good job of trying to keep the trail conditions up to date (I even made a donation to them via PayPal). And, I have this wonderful community to chat with.

    Come what may....

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    Updated trail conditions was my primary interest in the Dorba website.
    There still seems to be an issue with trail conditions being updated for many of the trails.
    That really isn't the websites issue though.
    I find it hard to blame the trail stewards for the slow updates. Those people do enough just trying to keep the trails trimmed and open.
    Nelke seems to be a class act. He didn't blame the last programmer for his troubles. Nelke seemed to not only accept responsibility but he is paying back Dorba the $1,000 personally.
    The board are innocent bystanders in all this. Most don't have the expertise in this area so they make decisions based on what they are being told.
    New site.
    Start from scratch. Burn the old modules and all their issues. Chasing old ghosts in the machine is always a loser.
    Dorba may lose all those autopay numbers, but how many new members have been lost since joining isn't as convenient now?
    I don't think the website is a priority for Pam, the current president of Dorba. She did not join the meetup site until it had been up and running for a while. She rarely posted on the old site, same holds true for this meetup version.
    Just get the community a reliable, stable, and accurately updated trails condition site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    At this point I'm in no hurry. Dallas Trail Conditions is doing a good job of trying to keep the trail conditions up to date (I even made a donation to them via PayPal). And, I have this wonderful community to chat with.

    Come what may....
    +1

    This whole Dorba fiasco made me realize that all I really care about is the trail conditions page.

    This can't be good for membership.
    Mind your own religion.

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    This can't be good for membership.
    That will be worth watching. I really wonder how new memberships and renewals are going compared to the same period in 2011 and 2010.

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    The meetup website also is a good tool in maintaining ties with people. I've met some new friends there who mountain bike near Grapevine. I know it's amazing with no Dorba site to many of you...

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    I would be interested to see some sort of analysis or survey as to why people join and renew with DORBA. It is my impression that if you are not part of the group of "old foggies" or are not racing in the DORBA events, there isn't a place for you. There seems to be a very vocal few that have either been on or are a part of the BOD and if you don't share their opinion, you are wrong.

    This isn't anything new though.... every online forum/club that I have been active in IRL turns out to be kind of elitist and have MANY pricks. With or without DORBA, I can get my trail conditions and help take care of my trail... they really aren't adding much to the "casual" non-racer's life except for lots of bickering and drama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    I would be interested to see some sort of analysis or survey as to why people join and renew with DORBA. It is my impression that if you are not part of the group of "old foggies" or are not racing in the DORBA events, there isn't a place for you. There seems to be a very vocal few that have either been on or are a part of the BOD and if you don't share their opinion, you are wrong.

    This isn't anything new though.... every online forum/club that I have been active in IRL turns out to be kind of elitist and have MANY pricks. With or without DORBA, I can get my trail conditions and help take care of my trail... they really aren't adding much to the "casual" non-racer's life except for lots of bickering and drama.
    I paid my dues for two reasons. Back when the old site was up and running, I was buying, selling, and giving away a fair amount of stuff on the classifieds section. And, of course, one hopes their fees will help support the local trail system.

    Didn't feel right getting the good deals and riding the trails without supporting the organization that made it possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    It is my impression that if you are not part of the group of "old foggies" or are not racing in the DORBA events, there isn't a place for you. There seems to be a very vocal few that have either been on or are a part of the BOD and if you don't share their opinion, you are wrong.
    IMO your take is spot on. I stopped my financial support when I realized what you are saying was happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    Didn't feel right getting the good deals and riding the trails without supporting the organization that made it possible.
    I joined (again) for the support reason. To try to support the trails I ride on, but after spending many days (and lots of hours) trimming and helping to keep my trail passable, it didn't take much to figure out the people I was working so much with aren't part of DORBA. After I really thought about the helping at the trail, the only saving grace was the discount on parts at shops.... but with a developing relationship with my shop, I doubt that will even be needed in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    IMO your take is spot on. I stopped my financial support when I realized what you are saying was happening.
    As it stands right now, I won't be renewing. I will just use that $25 to go toward my state park pass to get into CHSP whenever I want.... that, at least as it seems now, is a WAY better use of my money and actually supports something I get a lot of use out of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    but after spending many days (and lots of hours) trimming and helping to keep my trail passable, it didn't take much to figure out the people I was working so much with aren't part of DORBA.
    This! I found the same thing. I put my time in on trails and never even talk about my disgust with the other aspects of DORBA.

    And I get a better discount at several shops after negotiating my own discount. I treat them like any other retailer. I tell them, "Look at the thousands I spend here...." Wham instant discount without even asking on all future purposes. I am talking about RBM by the way. I've been buying stuff there since the '70's/80's. And get discounts just fine without resorting to being a DORBA member.

    PS: Are you talking about any specific trail? I'd be willing to lend a hand. Mostly I've worked on OCNP and Harry Moss, to a lessor extent RCP and NS.
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    I work exclusively at Cedar Hill SP. Actually, that is the only trail I ride too. It is close to me and I enjoy the trail (I "learned" to ride at CHSP when I was a kid... I rode 13 miles from my mom's house to the trail head, rode the trail and then back home every Saturday). I have spent more time taking care of it with trail runners than anybody else... funny how I have yet to work with any bikers out there although I am told there are some that help...

    The bike store I started at (Debo's Bikes) is long gone... I recently switched over to Bikes Inc up in Hurst (I like RBM, but they are REALLY far for me). Inc has treated me very well even though I haven't spent 1000s... I actually had a new rear wheel built by them and it cost me ~$20 more than an online place because they took care of me. I go to RBM to look at pretty toys from time to time, but I will likely buy my next bike at the Inc (and hopefully sooner than later!).

    My title describes me perfectly... no talent hack even a bit of a chicken sh*t. I am not graceful on the trail (when you are a superclyde, grace isn't too forthcoming), but I love to ride and am not ashamed to walk when I can't ride it. I don't give a crap what others think of me on the trail, it is all about me getting better (and almost every ride comes with some new achievement for me). I love to ride and it is some what cheaper than therapy and drugs to deal with life's stress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    I work exclusively at Cedar Hill SP. Actually, that is the only trail I ride too. It is close to me and I enjoy the trail (I "learned" to ride at CHSP when I was a kid... I rode 13 miles from my mom's house to the trail head, rode the trail and then back home every Saturday). I have spent more time taking care of it with trail runners than anybody else... funny how I have yet to work with any bikers out there although I am told there are some that help...

    The bike store I started at (Debo's Bikes) is long gone... I recently switched over to Bikes Inc up in Hurst (I like RBM, but they are REALLY far for me). Inc has treated me very well even though I haven't spent 1000s... I actually had a new rear wheel built by them and it cost me ~$20 more than an online place because they took care of me. I go to RBM to look at pretty toys from time to time, but I will likely buy my next bike at the Inc (and hopefully sooner than later!).

    My title describes me perfectly... no talent hack even a bit of a chicken sh*t. I am not graceful on the trail (when you are a superclyde, grace isn't too forthcoming), but I love to ride and am not ashamed to walk when I can't ride it. I don't give a crap what others think of me on the trail, it is all about me getting better (and almost every ride comes with some new achievement for me). I love to ride and it is some what cheaper than therapy and drugs to deal with life's stress.
    Awesome post man, especially your last paragraph. I agree, also being a superclyde, haha.

    I work trails, I pick stuff up, help others if they're stopped, and I'm not a paying member at this time. Do I plan on paying? Perhaps, when, and if they ever get a solid build up for a website, because I believe monetary payments and memberships are an important part of each organization, as much as us spending time in the heat clearing trails after storms and such.

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    The inside group revolves around some racers, dirt dawgs, and before it fell apart the TNSS group.
    Dawgs came about because of a schism with previous Dorba issues.
    Someone started the site for potty humor. From what I remember the person who actually started the Dawgs site had the site stolen/taken from him by other members.
    Racers have their own locked down site. Think Big Pig.
    Most of these groups are made up of the same people and friends of the same people. So yes it is very much a racing/drinking click.
    One thing you will find in common on the other sites is that Dorba is made fun of. They post troll threads and throw bombs on Dorba and then go back to their private sites and congratulate each other of making fun of the dirt roadies/recreational riders.
    Good times... Right.
    Couple years back a bunch of these guys got together and showed up enmasse for the dorba election. Guess which board we got in that election.
    Overall there are good and bad people out there. Most issues with these sites are the ego's.
    Look at the class that David has shown. He posted up everything that went wrong with the site set up. He accepted responsibility. Apologized. Then personally paid back Dorba.
    What do we see from the previous site guy. - Not my fault the new board wouldn't listen to me- -People just don't get the site and what i am trying to do-
    No class at all. Just like the majority of his defenders/buddies.
    They need to go back to the Dawgs board and stroke each others ego's over there.

    Remember that we had no Rides forum. We were supposed to use some stupid calendar function to find pick up rides. Then they provided a rides forum since we were too stupid to use the calendar.
    These individuals are detrimental to casual riders/members.
    Dorba should be more than a playground or a line on someones linkedin resume.
    Increasing membership isn't an accomplishment when autopay is locking people in.

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    Maybe it is just me, but some of the LARGEST clubs I have been a part of (like NASIOC which started out TINY) are run around a SOLID web forum without all these bells and whistles. Honestly, they are trying to force too much integration into a site instead of breaking things apart to prevent what has happened from happening.

    There appears to be no real record of members now as they are working from a BACK UP of the database and it is clear from some posts made that it is an out of date backup at best. If the membership info was at least stored separately and backed up daily/weekly to a remote computer (good god even MS Access would be better than a failed set up like we/they had).

    Full integration is super cool and super slick, but we are talking about a non-profit hear that should be spending the majority of the money raised on keeping our trails in good condition instead of wanting some web site to give visitors an e-boner.

    But what do I know? I am new to the club (newly rejoined after a long hiatus). So my opinion over there means nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas View Post
    The inside group revolves around some racers, dirt dawgs, and before it fell apart the TNSS group.
    Dawgs came about because of a schism with previous Dorba issues.
    Someone started the site for potty humor. From what I remember the person who actually started the Dawgs site had the site stolen/taken from him by other members.
    Racers have their own locked down site. Think Big Pig.
    Most of these groups are made up of the same people and friends of the same people. So yes it is very much a racing/drinking click.
    One thing you will find in common on the other sites is that Dorba is made fun of. They post troll threads and throw bombs on Dorba and then go back to their private sites and congratulate each other of making fun of the dirt roadies/recreational riders.
    Good times... Right.
    Couple years back a bunch of these guys got together and showed up enmasse for the dorba election. Guess which board we got in that election.
    Overall there are good and bad people out there. Most issues with these sites are the ego's.
    I got barked at after my original post about how these people went WAY back and drink together and bull crap like that and that I had no right to post my opinion.... I understand a little better as to why I was barked at. You can't get history lessons like this on the no-site they have.

    Look at the class that David has shown. He posted up everything that went wrong with the site set up. He accepted responsibility. Apologized. Then personally paid back Dorba.
    And just got barked at by a race organizer, Gina P, for staying in the debate over what to do. David is a stand up guy that got hit by several missteps and misfortunes all at once... I commend him for trying to stay active in a club that has a lot hate for him. Hopefully the hate will die a bit.

    What do we see from the previous site guy. - Not my fault the new board wouldn't listen to me- -People just don't get the site and what i am trying to do-
    No class at all. Just like the majority of his defenders/buddies.
    And to see one of the lead contenders for the new site still wanting to run Drupal blows my mind. In my untrained opinion, that back end is a POS that needs to DIAF. It couldn't handle the load then, what makes people think it will stay up in the coming years?

    They need to go back to the Dawgs board and stroke each others ego's over there.
    These kind of people thrive off of drama and need it to feed their egos. Unfortunately, DORBA won't die and won't go through a revolution. It will be the same old **** 3 years from now. Maybe a few will go out as a result of cirrhosis of the liver?

    Remember that we had no Rides forum. We were supposed to use some stupid calendar function to find pick up rides. Then they provided a rides forum since we were too stupid to use the calendar.
    This is what I really hoped for when I rejoined DORBA. To meet some folks that didn't mind a guy like me riding with them... but the rides forum got no traffic. Hell the only forum that got real traffic was the commuter and sales forums.

    These individuals are detrimental to casual riders/members.
    They never cared about the casual rider. It was obvious that Team Big Pig was a self serving bunch of people at the first board meeting I went to. Came to ***** about the site, then packed up and left on a ride. No contribution to the meeting... just up and out. Some of their questions were answered later in the meeting about the contract... but I never bothered to post anything about what I learned.

    Dorba should be more than a playground or a line on someones linkedin resume.
    Increasing membership isn't an accomplishment when autopay is locking people in.
    DORBA could take some pointers from all those ricer car clubs forums out there... it is a place to gather socially when you can't hang out. It should be a place to plan get togethers and events to draw more people in and make connections. Instead, it is all about racing and egos. Sad.
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    That was a long reply. It makes me laugh to scroll down to the VERY bottom of this page and see vBulletin. Same software used for NASIOC.... neither off which have huge crashes and such. Coincidence?
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    And to see one of the lead contenders for the new site still wanting to run Drupal blows my mind. In my untrained opinion, that back end is a POS that needs to DIAF. It couldn't handle the load then, what makes people think it will stay up in the coming years?

    Drupal isn't necessarily the problem. Some much larger and much busier sites run on it. The problem with Drupal is that less skilled / less dedicated people can really make a mess of it. With Drupal, it's a lot more about the coders than other CMS platforms. Honestly, I think a really good PHP & Drupal guy could have fixed the problems they had. A good MySQL DBA would probably need to examine the database too. That doesn't solve the problem though since you really can't just code these things and leave it alone. It needs routine code maintenance. Few things of any complexity work that way. It sounded to me like the people who were working on the old site knew what the problems were and how to fix them, but they were not allowed to go forward with the fixes. Instead, the powers that be wanted to make a radical change. I guess they thought they'd be throwing good money after bad.

    IMO, they should have been working on the old site to keep it on life support AND a new site if that's the direction they wanted to go. You don't just shut down and hope the new site comes through on time. This is the business I'm in. This stuff never gets done on time...

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    You guys are making too much sense...........that's not allowed.

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    I think part of the reason they wanted to change was to get the ghosts out of the machine.
    Can you ever truly lock the old architect out of the system he wrote.
    Before the change to Drupal some of the newly elected board members and friends were crying sabotage.
    The new programmer was let go by his employer and had plenty of time for a few years to constantly maintain the platform.
    Dorba drupal version started really showing its bugs when he started his new job and quit putting in the time to maintain it.
    Pretty simple really.
    And it isn't that most Dorba peoples are bad. We just have a small group that constantly Dawg pile on.
    Look at the thread over here. No support on Dorba. The old drupal programmer now using the new meet up site basically saying don't go over to mtbr. We have things under control here.
    Then his buddy builds the dallastrails.org site and that very day the announcement is made to use it instead of/in addition to the meet up.
    As usual with this little group unless it is their idea or their work, your help just isn't needed or wanted.

    Us recreational riders just want a trails update page. You can keep all the other noise.
    As far as why some of us carry on over here. Well maybe to let others know what to expect if you want to try to help.
    The new president is good people. She is truly an advocate for the trails.
    Remember she canceled the Boulder race.
    She put the trail first and not the race.

    These little spats have been going on for years and will always continue. Best solution on the website would have a third party build and maintain it. That way no dorba people have too much access to the back end of the system and comb through people IM's or blank accounts.

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    Here are some of the people that will jump you on dorba and what they do on dawgs.
    You can see the class they have and why no one should care what their opinons are.


    edit.

    Sorry search function thread won't post. Just search for any normally banned word.
    I searched for "***" ( the letter eff a gee ) since it is one of the most favorite words over there.

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    Is it just me or do I remember a time before Dorba 2.0 and what some call Dorba 1.0 (a basic website) where there was a working forum and people used it to meet up and ride together.... a time when Dorba was about being social and not about being a prick? I know I am talking about a time some 12-13 years ago, but it is what it is. Focus on having fun and being social and less on money and racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas View Post
    Here are some of the people that will jump you on dorba and what they do on dawgs.
    You can see the class they have and why no one should care what their opinons are.


    edit.

    Sorry search function thread won't post. Just search for any normally banned word.
    I searched for "***" ( the letter eff a gee ) since it is one of the most favorite words over there.
    You have to be registered there to do anything. Not interested in a site for more drama. Of course, when I clicked your link, I get this:

    The following words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words: ***.
    So your point is proven without being able to see anything.
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    After reading the "truth" about proposal B and the crazy money he wanted for it, all I could think of was this...

    Eric Cartman - Screw You Guys I&#39;m Going Home - YouTube

    Yes.... take your toys and go home... that will help solve the problems.
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    Not professional at all. The guy is a web builder after all. Then again maybe it is an ego thing.

    This goes back to the need for a third party to handle the site.

    Wish Francois, our tolerant ultralord, over here at MTBR would start making plug and play sites for biking clubs.

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    Well, it looks like DORBA is currently down to one option for a new website. One of the two proposals was withdrawn...

    The Full Story of the DORBA Proposal | Dallas Trails

    It is unfortunate that a great community is tarnished by an ego-driven personal agenda and fear of losing approval from select groups. In such environment DORBA 3.0 cannot exist, nor can the club really achieve its full potential. Skvare hereby withdraws its proposal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    Well, it looks like DORBA is currently down to one option for a new website. One of the two proposals was withdrawn...

    The Full Story of the DORBA Proposal | Dallas Trails
    Skvare is the one with the ego issue obviously. What does a thrid party website designer care about the politics of the client.

    If the prospective client accepts the offer then designer just meets terms of agreement.
    If the client does not accept offer then they move on to their next job.

    Skvare appears to have a prior relationship with the previous drupal/website designer.

    A professional group would have gone through the bidding process and stayed out of the politics. Hence the reason the site should be entirely third party with specific verbage on site access/ownership by the dorba board.

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    I'm surprised (sounds like I shouldn't be, though) at the amount of emotional drama from all sides on this issue. It's a bike club that needs a website. It's not the affordable care act or gun control...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    I'm surprised (sounds like I shouldn't be, though) at the amount of emotional drama from all sides on this issue. It's a bike club that needs a website. It's not the affordable care act or gun control...
    Notice that you don't see the current President of Dorba getting invloved with any accusations or mud slinging.

    Notice the derogatory tone towards her and demands to make her answer questions about the website, bylaws, votes, etc.

    Who are the bomb throwers on the temp Dorba site?
    Same as the ones from Dorba 1.0 and 2.0.

    These guys have been around for years. Doubt they will ever go away.

    They are best ignored, but the continous stream of lies out of them does need to be pointed out to the dorba members that have not been here the last 10 years.

    These other groups exist because they did not either like previous Dorba goals/mission statement/ or forum moderation.

    Now it seems that all they care about is taking and keeping control of the very organization they walked away from.

    Next election maybe all the Dawgs and Pigs will show up for the election and retake control again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas View Post
    Next election maybe all the Dawgs and Pigs will show up for the election and retake control again.
    I can't help but laugh because this sounds so very teenager "neighborhood gang" like.

    All I want to do is ride the local trails. I don't race and never will. I'd like to put some money towards the current maintenance and future development of those trails. It would also be great to have a local website where I can join in local discussions regarding those trails and check the open/closed status.

    Too bad immature behavior seems to get in the way...

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    fascinating stuff
    just wondering how a group as large as Dorba wouldnt have someone with some web/it/etc experience overseeing the selection and direction of the new site...now maybe they do, but it just doesnt come across like anyone on the BOD has a clue about this sort of thing

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    The latest lies from our former BOD and current overlord of the meetup dorba site.


    My somewhat informed estimate would put us back near 600 paid memberships today. Many folks don't even own stamps, envelopes, checkbooks, answering machines, rim brakes, and 7 speed drive trains anymore.

    The convenience of the site along with the clear appearance of who is and is not a member drove the numbers. That's not an opinion, there is simple hard data behind that stament. This outage was avoidable. And it has cost the club so far nearly $20K in paid membership renewals.

    And now for an opinion. This is either a costly misunderstanding of the financial operations of the club or a willful malfeasance putting politics over much needed membership revenues.
    The comparison of stamps, envelopes, and checkbooks to rim brakes is sort of funny, just not truthful.

    Somewhat informed leaves mostly uninformed by default.....

    I doubt the clear appearance of who was and wasn't a member mattered to too many people. But when you are one of the ones who think that you are in the cool click and other want to be like you, I can see why this particular delusion is so appealing to the former BOD member.

    Now for the biggest part of the lie.

    Dorba Meet up founded May 10th 2012

    So in less than 3 months Dorba has lost ~ $20,000 in member renewals. Membership is $25 so that means ~800 memberships lost in 3 months. So using our previous BOD members math Dorba will have lost 3200 members by the end of the year. Now don't let the fact that Dorba never had that many members get in the way of a good lie.

    Furthermore if membership is so important to the previous BOD member then why has he not put a sticky in every meet up forum on how to join/renew.

    One has to dig several pages to find threads that tell you to download a file and then mail it off to Dorba.

    I think his accusation that "willful malfeasance putting politics over much needed membership revenues."
    is dead on. Just it is him that is doing it.

    Class act guy that one is.

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    There was discussion at the June BOD meeting about the meet-up site. The owner won't give control of the site over to DORBA and therefore DORBA cannot control any income that comes from Meet up. That is why you won't see membership info there... self serving egos. As so far as membership goes, it was also discussed that we had attracted several HUNDRED new peopel to the meet up site for DORBA that evidently weren't a part of DORBA 2.0... so the multi-media approach seems like a better fit than the P&D folks would like you to believe....

    The other thing that bothers me, the BOD keep talking about going to the BOD meetings to get info on the site and such, that is why I went to the July meeting. Barely a thing was said. It was clear that the contract had no deadlines built in or timelines, but that was something I gathered by what wasn't said. I would head out to this next meeting, but it is on the other side of the earth from my house.... not gonna happen on a Tuesday night. What happened to the meetings being at REI?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    The owner won't give control of the site over to DORBA and therefore DORBA cannot control any income that comes from Meet up.
    Just to ensure I understand. The guy that created the meet-up site (Mike?) has publicly said he will not give control of the site over to DORBA? Was he officially asked and he declined?

    I wasn't aware income could come from meet-up. What are the revenue sources?

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    At the time of the meeting in July, he wouldn't give over control. That may have changed by now, but I don't know. As for income, I guess you can actually use Meetup to sign up for events and such and take registration fees, but the site was linked to Mike's info and therefore his Paypal. I am new to meetup (DORBA is the only one for me), so I am not sure how it all works.... I just know at the July meeting, it was clear he had been asked to "donate" control to DORBA but would not.
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    So overall it sounds like the previous BOD member who had control of the crashed and burned 2.0 now is holding the meetup group hostage.

    He is not posting information on joining or renewing Dorba memberships on his site which is using the Dorba.org address.

    He alleges access to inside information and estimates Dorba losses to be ~$20,000.

    Website design candidate "Group B" pulled its bid alleging inside formation/half truths. Some unknown individual must have given "inside information" to group B to make them bail out of the bidding process

    There seems to be a pattern or repeated and malicious interference. this interference has possibly caused a substantial loss of income to Dorba. It seems that this loss of income could be actionable by Dorba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post

    Yes.... take your toys and go home... that will help solve the problems.
    Are you talking about the new guy proposing plan b or the last person maintaining the site? Did he take the old system OFF LINE? Why did not the BOD insist that they owned the last website? I don't get that part. The old president said the old site exist and is backed up yet they don't use it? I thought it crashed and was not backed up, yet he said it was backed up.

    Very very messed up.

    Maybe they should use what funds they have suing the guy. I'd contribute to that cause.
    Nobody cares...........

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    I plan on going tonight... Will let you know what I find out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    Are you talking about the new guy proposing plan b or the last person maintaining the site?
    The guy who withdrew proposal B.... didn't like that he got criticized some in public view and packed his toys up to go home. I remember somebody saying a WHILE back that this kind of crap should not be put out and debated in such public view, but no one listened. Companies don't air their dirty laundry, why would DORBA want to? The guy that said it should be a more private discussion may have been half way smart.

    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    I plan on going tonight... Will let you know what I find out...
    Cool. I just can't get way over to RCP. I went to the July meeting at LBH and if it wasn't for the guest speaker, it would have been a HUGE waste of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    I remember somebody saying a WHILE back that this kind of crap should not be put out and debated in such public view, but no one listened. Companies don't air their dirty laundry, why would DORBA want to? .
    I can see why some don't want this aired in public but this is a 501c corp and there is no other forum. I've never been to a monthly meeting where details are discussed. There is always a call to take it offline.
    Nobody cares...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    I can see why some don't want this aired in public but this is a 501c corp and there is no other forum. I've never been to a monthly meeting where details are discussed. There is always a call to take it offline.
    This is where it would be who of the BOD to have a second FB page for discussing stuff like this... a page that is a CLOSED group and locked down to paying members. All the "discussing" has been bad advertising for the club to say the least... at least when it comes to folks debating on joining or not.
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    The meeting was interesting and I'm glad I went.

    They reported that membership in January was about 1,700 and currently at 840 (I don't remember the exact numbers).

    Regarding the website. There was some discussion about the necessity for a unified website and it appeared that everyone agreed DORBA did need a centralized website. Clint gave a description of the technology that he would use to build the new website if he were selected. Pricing was discussed as $3,000 one time cost and $75 monthly cost. Peter was asked if he would like to re-submit his proposal and he declined. Some additional discussion as whether to enter into contract negotiations with Clint or rework the request for proposal and seek new bidders. Bobby dismissed himself from the vote to prevent a conflict of interest as he was friends with Clint. In the end, the board voted to enter into contract negotiations with Clint and move forward with his proposal.

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    I am sure some would like to blame the website for the membership falling, but we also went without a membership director for a very long time. I would think that would hurt worse than the website (no one to steer the ship and send out renewal info). Be that as it may, I would like to see the site come together fairly quickly... if not in its entirety, at least the forums so we can get off of this lousy Facebook set up.
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    The membership fell for the same reason it increased.
    The Drupal site had autopay. Like most autopay features you had to go hunt it down to turn it off.
    Autopay is off since the Drupal site is down.

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    I didn't realize it had auto pay, and I didn't know why auto pay was brought up about retaining membership. Thanks again for info that isn't mentioned at the other place.
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    Never been a fan of autopay myself, because it just feels deceptive to many who might not remember or notice that it is used.

    As far as meetup I think the site was used as a temp place for people to coordinate and the actual website isn't run by any DORBA member as it is owned by a company in New York.

    If it were my personal information and or paypal information being used to start up the account then I would be careful about "turning it over".

    I think before accusations start flying it's probably a good idea to find out the facts first.

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    Facts are the guy who built and did not fix the unstable Drupal site is running the meetup site. He has admin control over the site.
    Facts are he could put a sticky at the top of every forum about joining dorba 'how to join dorba"

    So why hasn't he?

    Go over to the meet up site and request a sticky at the top of every forum. See how long it takes.
    Better yet, ask yourself why little to nothing has been done to promote dorba membership by the site admin.

    This is the same person who on meetup is posting about all the lost memberships.

    Does that make sense to anyone......

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    I don't know if those are facts. Sorry, but you stating something as fact doesn't mean that is the reality.

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    They are facts. You seem to be the only one who doesn't know them.
    Go look around on meetup and ask about what I stated if you don't believe it.
    Then you can come back here and verify that what I stated is accurate and truthful.
    Until then you are just wasting keystrokes, and my time.

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    For someone to post "FACTS" they usually verify it and something cross-referenced on another forum is hardly evidence to support anything. I can post -anything- with multiple accounts and according to your standard that is now fact.

    Glad you aren't a lawyer...

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    So the classic move the goal posts and matters what the definition of "is" is.

    Try educating yourself and thinking for yourself.

    So why is there no "join dorba" information clearly posted on meetup. Start there grasshopper.

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    Meetup has a joinup. I did start there. I am not the administration and neither are you. I don't know what is done with that information once you do JOIN THE CLUB ON MEETUP.

    The only fact is capitalized for emphasis since this guy must be an "insider" to know all the facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiway View Post
    Meetup has a joinup. I did start there. I am not the administration and neither are you. I don't know what is done with that information once you do JOIN THE CLUB ON MEETUP.

    The only fact is capitalized for emphasis since this guy must be an "insider" to know all the facts.
    Unless you've mailed in the application form with a check (http://files.meetup.com/3841722/DORB...lication_0.pdf) or have otherwise coordinated with the membership director for dues payment (email [email protected]), then you aren't a member of the club.

    If DORBA was collecting memberships through Meetup, then the whole website ordeal wouldn't be quite as big an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buadyen View Post
    Unless you've mailed in the application form with a check (http://files.meetup.com/3841722/DORB...lication_0.pdf) or have otherwise coordinated with the membership director for dues payment (email [email protected]), then you aren't a member of the club.

    If DORBA was collecting memberships through Meetup, then the whole website ordeal wouldn't be quite as big an issue.

    I don't know what is done in regards to the information being gathered. So what you are saying is fact I take it? I haven't seen anything in regards to what you are saying.

    The point is half the people here are making assumptions without references to people who are in charge. Half of this mess was caused by the same backstabbing type comments that are meant to hurt and spread hate.

    Just stop the gossip and learn the facts.

    The meeting was held and they are moving FORWARD on the issue. Let it go.

    You lost ZERO in money over it anyway. The organization is still moving forward the best it can.

    Stop what iffing the past.

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    Dude, you should have just stop at the "I don't know."

    That is the only accurate thing you have written all day.

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    Hiway, why did you come here? You have added nothing. You have added no "facts" and you have proved nothing. The statements that have been made about the meetup site are fact. Unless you have proof as to their demise, don't tell us we are making assumptions.

    I was at the board meeting where the Meetup site was discussed in June, I reported what was discussed.

    DORBA will go on and survive past this, but those that have been hurling the biggest stones on the DORBA sites are the ones that self proclaim an unending love for DORBA and claim to be the biggest supporters yet they are also the ones causing the biggest stink and thus the ones that will push away the casual riders that are part of DORBA. If a company has **** going on, they keep the **** behind closed doors and paint as rosy of a picture as they can for the people buying their stock. The leadership of DORBA has not been doing this (the BOD or those that are the loudest) and therefore have only served to drive people away with their petty public bickering. Public bickering is not healthy for any company or organization.
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    I came here to post my opinion and to remark that most of you, to include you, don't know all the in's and out's of why this or why that happened. That's the only fact.

    The fact is not one person here moaning and groaning about this (which is water under the bridge now anyway) has lost a single thing in regards to all this.

    If you don't like the leadership then go officially do something about it.

    Knight511 you are a hypocrite when you criticize public bickering, yet do it yourself here.

    Just let it go and as your quote says, "less moaning, more riding".

    Or my advice, would be vote with your feet if it irks you this much.

    I know I wouldn't miss most of you that get all panicky that your social website is down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiway View Post
    I came here to post my opinion and to remark that most of you, to include you, don't know all the in's and out's of why this or why that happened. That's the only fact.

    The fact is not one person here moaning and groaning about this (which is water under the bridge now anyway) has lost a single thing in regards to all this.

    If you don't like the leadership then go officially do something about it.

    Knight511 you are a hypocrite when you criticize public bickering, yet do it yourself here.

    I know I wouldn't miss most of you that get all panicky that your social website is down...
    ahh, so you are certain no one here has any knowledge outside of what you think you know? sounds a bit hypocritical

    the thing that has been lost is a giant chunk of memberships to a club many of us would like to see thrive and grow...so yeah, plenty of us are affected

    and how do you propose we do that at the current moment? coup d'etat?

    hes criticizing a GOVERNING BODY for these things, not another individual like himself, very valid criticism iyam

    miss us? that would be to assume you know us...but whatever you are trying to say, the feeling is mutual

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    ahh, so you are certain no one here has any knowledge outside of what you think you know? sounds a bit hypocritical

    the thing that has been lost is a giant chunk of memberships to a club many of us would like to see thrive and grow...so yeah, plenty of us are affected

    and how do you propose we do that at the current moment? coup d'etat?

    hes criticizing a GOVERNING BODY for these things, not another individual like himself, very valid criticism iyam

    miss us? that would be to assume you know us...but whatever you are trying to say, the feeling is mutual

    It is growing and thriving. I have been to and seen a lot of participation in regards to DORBA and the people I met face to face didn't moan and groan like the few here. I am somewhat amazed how quick people are to place blame on a volunteer group of people who are contributing their time FREE OF CHARGE as quickly as you folks do.

    Don't like it? Then run for leadership positions. Take your negativity to a meeting live and in person and see how this tone does for you.

    The explanations have been made and it seems to me I understand what happened, yet you still want to whine and cry about it.

    The bottom line there are steps in the process and progress is being made.

    Learn some patience, learn some manners, and learn to realize the environment here is NOT DORBA.

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    sigh....memberships are way down since the website has been unplugged, correct? for various reasons including autopay, no easy/online method of joining, difficult to find out how to join, etc, correct? or are you saying there are more current members today than January?....yeah, growing and thriving, sure, about 6 months ago that might have been true, but it is collapsing at the moment

    they CHOSE to volunteer their time, with that comes responsibility, and they are floundering....if the blame doesnt rest with the BOD then I guess its Santas or the Easter Bunnies fault....there wouldnt be issues had this been handled professionally, and in a reasonable amount of time, we are beyond that though

    im not being negative, just being a realist, you on the other hand are being a blind ******...i was there dealing with it and even defending it on here when the website was intermittently crashing....running for office is possible right now? sure, ill go do that after work...if there isnt a website by the time there is a new BOD then the current situation is beyond fubar

    im not whining or crying, on the contrary, im calling you out for such, your panties are in a wad cuz people are frustrated (with very good reason) with dorba

    you are basically acting like you know all the secrets, but have added nothing to the discourse

    progress is being made...at a snails pace, with extreme poor execution

    manners? if you actually had them, you wouldnt be getting dealt with like this...you asked for what you received

    im sure the kool aid they have you drinking is good, but open your eyes just a little bit, not everything is lolli pops and roses

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    sigh....memberships are way down since the website has been unplugged, correct? for various reasons including autopay, no easy/online method of joining, difficult to find out how to join, etc, correct? or are you saying there are more current members today than January?....yeah, growing and thriving, sure, about 6 months ago that might have been true, but it is collapsing at the moment

    they CHOSE to volunteer their time, with that comes responsibility, and they are floundering....if the blame doesnt rest with the BOD then I guess its Santas or the Easter Bunnies fault....there wouldnt be issues had this been handled professionally, and in a reasonable amount of time, we are beyond that though

    im not being negative, just being a realist, you on the other hand are being a blind ******...i was there dealing with it and even defending it on here when the website was intermittently crashing....running for office is possible right now? sure, ill go do that after work...if there isnt a website by the time there is a new BOD then the current situation is beyond fubar

    im not whining or crying, on the contrary, im calling you out for such, your panties are in a wad cuz people are frustrated (with very good reason) with dorba

    you are basically acting like you know all the secrets, but have added nothing to the discourse

    progress is being made...at a snails pace, with extreme poor execution

    manners? if you actually had them, you wouldnt be getting dealt with like this...you asked for what you received

    im sure the kool aid they have you drinking is good, but open your eyes just a little bit, not everything is lolli pops and roses
    Now you are a mind reader I take it. I don't know any secrets. I know what I see and I saw a reasonable explanation of what happened. I also know that this loss of membership has had really no direct impact on you. What exactly did you lose? A trail? Your ability to ride a bike? You lose your bike?

    You really lost nothing, and people already explained what happened. I'm truly sorry that the volunteers that do this for NOTHING haven't jumped high enough and far enough for your pleasure.

    The mysterious loss to you is your excuse to blather on and on about how much has been lost and you do NOTHING about it in reality.

    Start a new organization then... For god sakes take the other guy with you. Have a party!

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    Contrary to your belief, the volunteers that are crying the loudest on DORBA's sites are the ones that fuel their egos from what they do, so to say they get NOTHING is not true.

    Those of us that truly get nothing are the ones that volunteer at our trails, silently, and take care of them as best we can with nothing in return... wait.. that isn't true... I get to ride my trail and help keep it open, so I get something in return for my service.

    The idea that people get NOTHING (caps just like you have repeated) is just plain stupid.... we ALL gain things through DORBA by simply riding the trails. Some get more from DORBA in the way of feeding an ego... those are the ones that have been a problem IMHO. Notice how there is still no site... there has been no news about any site, but now that one of their own "got" the bid, they are all quiet and are no longer making any demands? Yeah.... they get nothing from what they do.

    FWIW, our problems with DORBA have little to do with the BOD as they have been working hard and are doing the best they can in between the rest of their lives.... the problem are with those that have been making the most noise.... the ones that have really hurt the public image of DORBA.... not the BOD, they have been silent while they try to get things taken care of and are actually DOING something for "nothing."
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    They already have talked about the site status at the last meeting. Did you attend? Did you go to the official source stating what was discussed?

    From what you are stating it appears you haven't.

    Fueling their egos... Let's just say that's got to be the most absurd thing I have read on the internet in a long long time...

    Incredible...

    Edit: Last month spent 12 hours or so on two trails trimming, fixing signs, and removing glass. And I don't log hours with DORBA. I just do it.

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    So a guy banned from DORBA is now the one to call out to others who should be ignored...

    Epic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiway View Post
    Now you are a mind reader I take it. I don't know any secrets. I know what I see and I saw a reasonable explanation of what happened. I also know that this loss of membership has had really no direct impact on you. What exactly did you lose? A trail? Your ability to ride a bike? You lose your bike?

    You really lost nothing, and people already explained what happened. I'm truly sorry that the volunteers that do this for NOTHING haven't jumped high enough and far enough for your pleasure.

    The mysterious loss to you is your excuse to blather on and on about how much has been lost and you do NOTHING about it in reality.

    Start a new organization then... For god sakes take the other guy with you. Have a party!
    Im no mind reader, you just keep claiming that no one here knows anything, and give the impression you do, apologies if I misread you

    The organization i have paid money to as well as worked trails for is losing, i consider that me losing...maybe you are fine with large membership losses, but someone has to pay the bills right? doesnt please me one bit

    what can i do? i go out, trim the trails i ride, move fallen trees, etc...i have no power over the leadership that makes the decisions

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    No I am fine with understanding volunteer organizations and know how sometimes things happen and move on.

    I see DORBA making progress and learning from their past.

    I don't dwell on something that does nothing to move on.

    You do have power as a member. If you really want something done then pay for the website if it's that important to you, or research a better solution that is more than saying the leadership sucks.

    I see really no tangible suggestions to fix the problem and a willful ignorance of what is currently happening in regards to the issue.

    You too can run for office or suggest in a meeting for a change of leadership. Do the work, make the effort to garner support for your suggestions and make it happen.

    If it's that bad then it should be obvious to the common member that you are right...

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    i did pay for it, it was a part of my yearly dues
    i guess ultimately, you just want zero discourse on this
    until you came in, this thread had "moved on", why are you still dwelling?

    i couldnt give a shlt if there is another website anymore...no website means i keep 30 bucks and help keep the trails i ride clear...but i do have a problem with people who dont know anything come in and tell others who might that they know nothing, and not in a constructive manner

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    And your posts attacking me are constructive I take it?

    I simply stated that the guy ranting wasn't being fair and didn't know the full story of what happened. I see negativity littered through this forum by you and a few others.

    THANKFULLY the rest of DORBA in person is totally the opposite of a few who are here and one with a history of being banned from the old forums.

    So far my appraisal is I am very happy with DORBA and the majority of members. The leadership is moving on and things are looking up.

    Happy here.

    Also the fact is you can still be a DORBA member and contribute. The website isn't the only thing funded by the dues, but whatever makes you happy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiway View Post
    They already have talked about the site status at the last meeting. Did you attend? Did you go to the official source stating what was discussed?

    From what you are stating it appears you haven't.
    I didn't go and don't care about the site. If you have really read anything, my problem isn't with the lack of site, it has to do with the personalities of those that speak the most and loudest if they don't get their way.

    Fueling their egos... Let's just say that's got to be the most absurd thing I have read on the internet in a long long time...
    You must not read much do you?

    Incredible...
    This has been good weather for August... but unless you are talking about incredibly humid, I don't think I get you.

    Edit: Last month spent 12 hours or so on two trails trimming, fixing signs, and removing glass. And I don't log hours with DORBA. I just do it.
    I have spent a lot of time working on my trail since it got hot and dry (not much to do when nothing grows and there is no water damage to fix). Like you, however, I don't log my hours and don't care to. I logged a couple of days worth back in the spriing but then thought about how silly it was since I didn't care what others thought or about getting a pat on the back... I just want to ride.
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    I don't read too much into an anonymous forum where people aren't accountable for what they say. On that account you are right.

    I tend to gravitate to the real and to meet some nice people face to face. I have many new friends due to this and not focusing on some anon forum on the interweb...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiway View Post
    I don't read too much into an anonymous forum where people aren't accountable for what they say. On that account you are right.
    Why you got to hate on DORBA?

    I tend to gravitate to the real and to meet some nice people face to face. I have many new friends due to this and not focusing on some anon forum on the interweb...
    This is the reason I joined DORBA again... I was hoping for what existed the last time I had time to ride... and it just isn't the case. DORBA 2.0 didn't have a whole lot going on to meet people... if you weren't into racing, you had no place. DORBA use to be a VERY friendly lace for the casual rider, and it just doesn't seem like it is anymore. Kind of makes me sad actually...
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    I'm confused there has been tons of meetups with DORBA members over the summer. I have attended 4 so far and I have only partial weekends off.

    Those official meetups have resulting in riding with some guys on Thurs nights sometimes and other odd and ends to clean trails or just hang out and drink a beer.

    It's all what you put into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiway View Post
    And your posts attacking me are constructive I take it?

    Also the fact is you can still be a DORBA member and contribute. The website isn't the only thing funded by the dues, but whatever makes you happy...
    they arent meant to be, as they came after the fact
    i do and i am a current member, almost every ride im on i have trimmers in my bag and get something accomplished, ntm the times i go in purely to clean up the trails i ride sans bike...the website was just where my dollars were tangibly put to use for me

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    Much much more is bought and paid for by the dues that have a more tangible result in my understanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiway View Post
    I'm confused there has been tons of meetups with DORBA members over the summer. I have attended 4 so far and I have only partial weekends off.

    Those official meetups have resulting in riding with some guys on Thurs nights sometimes and other odd and ends to clean trails or just hang out and drink a beer.
    Maybe that is part of the problem for me. The meet ups that have been posted (but where as there currently isn't a single place to find rides and such) have mostly been during the week and far north (just like the August BOD meeting that there was no way for me to get to after work).

    It's all what you put into it.
    This may be true, but it is hard to put much in when there isn't a cohesive forum to do so. I have said a few times that what most people seem to be looking for and griping about is the lack of a single forum to "hang out" at and get stuff organized. Facebook is a terrible format for discussing anything... it is the equivalent of social vomit due to the lack of organization. Meetup isn't much more active either... short of clinics and week night rides I can't get to because of work, I just don't see much for a casual rider to do.

    Once it cools off, I will try to be more proactive. I hope we have a single place by then to post... but I will try to get some organized fat ass rides down south on the weekends... maybe there will be some interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiway View Post
    Much much more is bought and paid for by the dues that have a more tangible result in my understanding.
    I think DORBA could benefit from being more transparent to those that aren't "in the loop." Some "your dollars in action" discussions and such so people can see where their money goes. As I have learned from many other organizations, there is a LOT of mistrust when no one can clearly see where money goes. I am sure there are documents or something that are legally required for the 501c (501, right?), but in my time on DORBA 2.0, I never came across any mentions as to how money was spent.

    Considering I use my own "lawn" equipment while working on the trail, I don't see any tangible benefit for myself.... I am sure this is how others feel as well. DORBA could really benefit from some advertising for themselves and some added transparency.
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    i completely agree it doesnt go to just the website
    in the past, id bet very little of it did actually...but it was my way of saying thanks for letting me use the site...i dont race, go to skills clinics, group rides, etc so funding that isnt important to me
    actually, if i could donate money now (without a website) and know it was going strictly to maintaining my main trails only, id donate to that...but its going to many things that mean nothing to me at the moment so there isnt an impetus for me to renew currently

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    I think DORBA could benefit from being more transparent
    this is what it all comes down to pretty much

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    I hear you, but I also understand the situation and guess I'm not as critical due to it being a volunteer organization.

    I understand many are frustrated, but I guess I'm too old to really understand since the whole social online scene to me is just icing and I like cake without frosting.

    I like going to real meetings and events.

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    My real gripes about a lack of site all ended with dallastrails putting up the status page and I was blasted pretty harsh by some of the loud talkers on the FB DORBA page for only being interested in trail status. It was pretty clear that the only thing that mattered to them was race registration and the potential loss we were suffering on that. To be honest, I never saw much real traffic on the DORBA forums... for as much complaining as there has been in the multiple locations, folks sure weren't all too active on the site itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiway View Post
    So a guy banned from DORBA is now the one to call out to others who should be ignored...

    Epic...
    Wow, someone was banned?
    Nobody cares...........

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    One thing I always found funny about DORBA is the incessant "thank yous" handed out by some members. They fail all over themselves thanking people even when they fail over and over and over.

    There is some feedback loop whereby they experience group feelgoodism with total disregard for performance. It is as they create an alternate reality. Truthfully, I've seen this in other non-profits as well. Must go hand in hand with non-profits and be somehow related to the non-reality of their situation.
    Nobody cares...........

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    I got banned for pointing out the Mike could have fixed things while he was on the board.
    I also invoked the name of cap carter and that was the final straw. You did the cap carter thing too if I remember.
    Criterion for being banned is asking questions and pointing out stupidity. Plus the sarcasm I guess. I kept telling Mike that his situation was truly sad.
    It's all in the first few pages of the dorba transition thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiway View Post
    It is growing and thriving. I have been to and seen a lot of participation in regards to DORBA and the people I met face to face didn't moan and groan like the few here. I am somewhat amazed how quick people are to place blame on a volunteer group of people who are contributing their time FREE OF CHARGE as quickly as you folks do.

    Don't like it? Then run for leadership positions. Take your negativity to a meeting live and in person and see how this tone does for you.

    The explanations have been made and it seems to me I understand what happened, yet you still want to whine and cry about it.

    The bottom line there are steps in the process and progress is being made.

    Learn some patience, learn some manners, and learn to realize the environment here is NOT DORBA.


    There is no way it is growing like it was, simply given the fact that there is no longer an online membership mechanism. Print and fill out a form and mail it in with a check!? Welcome back to the 80s. Who can say how many people have chosen not to renew, or how many new people decided not join in the first place as a result of this fiasco?

    And, it has been many things, but "quick" certainly isn't one of them; the decision to "go a different direction" and build a new webpage (rather than update the 2.0 version) was made in January; the site crashed in June. We are nearly into September.

    There are *lots* of totally volunteer MTB clubs and organizations out there that run just fine; the fact that DORBA is 100% volunteer doesn't excuse it from all criticism. And just because the person criticizing is not in a "leadership position", doesn't mean that their criticism is invalid. This is like saying that unless you are prepared to run for President of the US, you don't have a right to disagree with the job he is doing.

    Face it, DORBA deserves a bit of criticism in how this was (mis)managed. Only key individuals know exactly how much, but certainly club funds were squandered on this fiasco. And while it is true that hind-sight is 20/20 and criticism won't fix anything at this point, neither will getting on your high horse and talking down to the people who do feel the need to share their opinions on the matter.

    Let's all try to find some middle ground here - somewhere between pointless complaining and carte-blanc approval.
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    Mike did " ban" my static home ip from dorba.org but i was never banned from the org. It was funny as he never realized how ineffective banning by ip is.

    Poor guy after meetup this is like three tries at a website, at least this one will be backed for him. I cant believe they think he was seccessful given that none of the prior attempts ever endured, Rich thinks I am an idiot for making that a reqirement for success.
    Nobody cares...........

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    All right... I remember the name Capt Carter but don't remember why. Anyone want to give me a history lesson to refresh my memory?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    There is some feedback loop whereby they experience group feelgoodism with total disregard for performance. It is as they create an alternate reality. Truthfully, I've seen this in other non-profits as well. Must go hand in hand with non-profits and be somehow related to the non-reality of their situation.
    Goes in my column of ego stroking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    Goes in my column of ego stroking.
    So what? Maybe i am being an egotist? At least l am pointing out substitive issues that are at the root of the failure.

    Are you one of those people that fawn over the people making mistakes over and over again?
    Nobody cares...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    So what? Maybe i am being an egotist? At least l am pointing out substitive issues that are at the root of the failure.

    Are you one of those people that fawn over the people making mistakes over and over again?
    I read his statement differently. I didn't think his response was directed at you. Rather, it was directed at the people in the situation you described. I may be out in left field on this, though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    Mike did " ban" my static home ip from dorba.org but i was never banned from the org. It was funny as he never realized how ineffective banning by ip is.

    Poor guy after meetup this is like three tries at a website, at least this one will be backed for him. I cant believe they think he was seccessful given that none of the prior attempts ever endured, Rich thinks I am an idiot for making that a reqirement for success.
    I was out for like 2 minutes
    ipconfig /release

    Then I was right back onsite, but I did not rejoin. What's the point of joining, right.

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    +1 I think knight was agreeing with you. So our own little ego stroking circle. Oh, the irony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    All right... I remember the name Capt Carter but don't remember why. Anyone want to give me a history lesson to refresh my memory?
    That could take days.

    Let's just say that he was thought of as the devil by groups who took over Dorba a few years back.
    He allegedly used position and influence in Dorba for personal gains.
    He was accused of being the backdoor hacker taking the old site down no matter what was tried to keep him out.
    The one crash was due to the new dorba board not paying the hosting site. They still blamed cap somehow.
    Good times.
    Everyone has a side. My main issue has always been timely trail reports. The rest of the site and politics involved isn't anything I want to deal with.
    Issue here is that the politics/ego's got in the way of keeping the average recreational rider on the trails.
    So here we are.
    One site -dallastrails.org- now being used for about half of the trails.
    Some updates on meetup.
    Individual twitter and facebook pages.
    Other forums, like FWMBA.org.
    Some chaos, but its sort of fun chasing all the links down to update MTBR.
    Also why I linked things so everyone can check the info I check on in case I am not able to update immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    So what? Maybe i am being an egotist? At least l am pointing out substitive issues that are at the root of the failure.

    Are you one of those people that fawn over the people making mistakes over and over again?
    I wasn't talking about you... but the feelgood loop that you pointed out... all the thank yous and ego stroking on DORBA...
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    I almost missed DORBA 2.0 entirely... I guess I was involved back with 1.0 and only caught the tail end of 2.0 (I may have had 10 posts).

    I agree with odtexas entirely. The most important aspect of DORBA are the trail status and the support of the trails. Of the 800 remaining members, it is not a majority of people that race or want to do anything except help support a good cause and to keep the trails open. Anything beyond that, really needs to take a back seat, but the politics would NEVER let that happen.
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    For the record Im not taking any of this personally. Im good with everyone and truly think everyone wants to see DORBA succeed. I do remain frustrated as I put in much effort and time. To see all the missteps and mistakes for poor reasons drives me nutz.

    I sure wish it was dry this weeknd, i could use a good ride. I think I am off for a wet run in the dark this evening.
    Nobody cares...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    And to see one of the lead contenders for the new site still wanting to run Drupal blows my mind. In my untrained opinion, that back end is a POS that needs to DIAF. It couldn't handle the load then, what makes people think it will stay up in the coming years?
    Drupal handles the whitehouse website with millions of hits monthly just fine. I believe it's the combination of the hosting server and configuration issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    Any of you folks ride on the south side of town and don't mind a fat guy tagging along, hit me up, I am always down for meeting some new folks and getting a ride in.
    I live near the park, maybe we can go ride sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas View Post
    So here we are.
    One site -dallastrails.org- now being used for about half of the trails.
    Some updates on meetup.
    Individual twitter and facebook pages.
    Other forums, like FWMBA.org.
    Some chaos, but its sort of fun chasing all the links down to update MTBR.
    Also why I linked things so everyone can check the info I check on in case I am not able to update immediately.
    Thank you for your efforts, because I usually look for your trail report/updates before heading out to the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoostFab View Post
    I live near the park, maybe we can go ride sometimes.
    Once it cools a bit, I am going to post up some "fat guy" rides out at CHSP... I am not as bad as I make it out to be, but I do have to stop a couple of times to stretch my knees a bit. I will keep you posted... I try to ride some during the week (mornings) but I have a flexible work schedule.... I will try so evening rides too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    Once it cools a bit, I am going to post up some "fat guy" rides out at CHSP... I am not as bad as I make it out to be, but I do have to stop a couple of times to stretch my knees a bit. I will keep you posted... I try to ride some during the week (mornings) but I have a flexible work schedule.... I will try so evening rides too.
    if ur on the south side why waste ur time with chsp? i wish i was on the south side as bc would be my home trail.
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    Nostalgia for the most part. I grew up riding CHSP (trail head was 13 miles from my mom's front door, so I could ride to it). I also keep a pass to the state parks as my wife and I thoroughly enjoy hiking, so CHSP is pretty much free for me. The final reason is because the person I ride with sometimes is a CHSP fan, so if I have a riding buddy, I will ride where ever they want to. Riding alone is not nearly as much fun.

    I haven't been to BC as it didn't exist when I was riding last... I will eventually get over to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    I haven't been to BC as it didn't exist when I was riding last... I will eventually get over to it.
    Ah. Sorry, did not realize you'd just gotten into, or back into, riding. BC is very close to chsp and is the best trail in north Texas IMO. Lots of variety there, lots of climbing as well. Let me know and I can give you a tour if you want. It is my favorite trail but I live in north Dallas so it is a pain to get there especially during the week. My week day trail is north shore, west side preferably. I'm an old fart, 50, but I still enjoy the challenges of the tech west side of ns.
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    the dorba site is waaaayyy better than the ghorba. ghorba forums in particular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    Ah. Sorry, did not realize you'd just gotten into, or back into, riding. BC is very close to chsp and is the best trail in north Texas IMO. Lots of variety there, lots of climbing as well. Let me know and I can give you a tour if you want. It is my favorite trail but I live in north Dallas so it is a pain to get there especially during the week. My week day trail is north shore, west side preferably. I'm an old fart, 50, but I still enjoy the challenges of the tech west side of ns.
    50.... bet you can still beat the crap out of this 32 year old. I have only ridden NS twice. The first time, I ended the ride by taking a nasty fall in a sand trap.... the second ride was really nice because I was chasing a much more skilled and fit rider and was keeping up pretty well. I will try again some day, but it is hard to drive that far when I have some good stuff nearby. I figure I will stick with CHSP until I get a new bike (Octoberish?) because I have learned my current ride is great, but the fork is WAY under sprung for me and makes technical stuff suck.I know CHSP pretty well so it makes for a decent work out. Shooting to lose another 15-20 pounds before my birthday in October.... shouldn't be hard, I have plenty of extra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    the dorba site is waaaayyy better than the ghorba. ghorba forums in particular.
    GHORBA is working on it's forums and has an update coming out shortly, but the two sites aren't even on a comparable level. Beyond a calendar and a message board the DORBA site presents no information to the user.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    Shooting to lose another 15-20 pounds before my birthday in October.... shouldn't be hard, I have plenty of extra.
    Go for it and good luck.

    I am down 30 lbs or more since my early 40's. Changes your life.

    Not to offend you in telling you how to mind your business but pay attention to what you
    eat and drink. Yeah, you probably already know that...................................
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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_martel View Post
    Not to offend you in telling you how to mind your business but pay attention to what youeat and drink. Yeah, you probably already know that...................................


    If I told you that I am married to a licensed/registered dietician, would you have mercy on my soul? I am actually down about 12 for the year. The only thing I drink with calories is skim milk from time to time and Dr Pepper 10 (as I am addicted to caffeine and can't stand coffee). Once I am riding again, I should start losing again... I have been holding steady for about 2 months since it got way too hot for my fat ass to ride (and maintain the 7 yards a week I am responsible for... yards come first since they pay for the hobby). and no... I am not easily offended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motemis View Post
    DORBA's newest member
    Welcome aboard.... there is a bridge out on the tracks ahead....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdole View Post
    Beyond a calendar and a message board the DORBA site presents no information to the user.
    On Dorba I see group rides, training clinics, trail maintenance days, trail conditions, and decent forums. I also see those on GHORBA. What else does GHORBA have that I am missing, that could not be posted in a forum sticky? I admit that the GHORBA site is above my level of intelligence and ability to take in information, and hope that you can help me understand it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    On Dorba I see group rides, training clinics, trail maintenance days, trail conditions, and decent forums. I also see those on GHORBA. What else does GHORBA have that I am missing, that could not be posted in a forum sticky? I admit that the GHORBA site is above my level of intelligence and ability to take in information, and hope that you can help me understand it better.
    Sorry, not going to play that game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdole View Post
    GHORBA is working on it's forums and has an update coming out shortly, but the two sites aren't even on a comparable level. Beyond a calendar and a message board the DORBA site presents no information to the user.
    Quote Originally Posted by bobdole View Post
    Sorry, not going to play that game.
    Okay, no problem. Looking forward to the next iteration of the site.

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    Update from Clint Tredway on the FaceBook site (8/28/2012):

    Ok, figured everyone deserves an update.
    The contract between DORBA and my self was signed 2 days ago. What does that mean? In 2 weeks or less phase 1 will be up and running. That is trail info/status and the forum (some other stuff but its a bit more technical). Could be up sooner than 2 weeks but 2 weeks is the deadline. I will answer questions minus 'Is it done yet' lol.. but seriously.. the deadline is set and it is now public knowledge. See you on the trails..
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    Newest update from the FB page:
    Tuesday sept 11th is the two week timeline/deadline before contractual penalties kick in.

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    New Dorba beta up and running.

    Worth checking out.

    Only unfortunate thing so far is Johnny, I think he is the vice president and this is how he chooses to represent Dorba to the public.


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    Good family friendly fun there, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas View Post
    New Dorba beta up and running.

    Worth checking out.

    Only unfortunate thing so far is Johnny, I think he is the vice president and this is how he chooses to represent Dorba to the public.
    He's the current VP of Operations, yes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas View Post
    New Dorba beta up and running.

    Worth checking out.

    Only unfortunate thing so far is Johnny, I think he is the vice president and this is how he chooses to represent Dorba to the public.


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    And it is PERFECT since he made the post about how to join....

    Any parent that thinks it is a good family type group to join will at least have plenty of warning....
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    Quote Originally Posted by phatphil View Post
    funny, i used to look like that
    Now that is funny!
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    Wow.. at lot of **** stirred in here. This could get real interesting.

    I am the "developer" and former BOD member (2 years ago) that built the previous DORBA site. I'll answer any questions you might have about what I know from my perspective on the events covered in this thread.

    There are so many inaccuracies already published already and I don't have time to address them all. Suffice it to say this is not how I wanted this to turn out and I never imagined that what we had would be totally thrown out without a viable replacement in hand. I did seek out an expert in CiviCIRM, Drupal, and large site scaling to do the tuning to the site to keep it running with the increasing traffic and load but it was made clear to me by Pam Jackson that she wanted to go in a "new direction".

    The old site is still running. The BOD and membership director use it to maintain things the best they can. It just can't handle the public traffic. It needs help and looks like it won't get it.

    Anyway, if you care to ask I will try to answer as truthfully as my recollection allows. I have nothing to hide and only wish I had the skills to scale the site. Were that the case it would still be running and a lot of this drama would only be just that. Unfortunately a good club is taking some lumps. But the good things is that the important components... the people, the trails, and good times are still there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brewrider View Post
    Drupal isn't necessarily the problem. Some much larger and much busier sites run on it. The problem with Drupal is that less skilled / less dedicated people can really make a mess of it. With Drupal, it's a lot more about the coders than other CMS platforms. Honestly, I think a really good PHP & Drupal guy could have fixed the problems they had. A good MySQL DBA would probably need to examine the database too. That doesn't solve the problem though since you really can't just code these things and leave it alone. It needs routine code maintenance. Few things of any complexity work that way. It sounded to me like the people who were working on the old site knew what the problems were and how to fix them, but they were not allowed to go forward with the fixes. Instead, the powers that be wanted to make a radical change. I guess they thought they'd be throwing good money after bad.

    IMO, they should have been working on the old site to keep it on life support AND a new site if that's the direction they wanted to go. You don't just shut down and hope the new site comes through on time. This is the business I'm in. This stuff never gets done on time...
    This makes sense to me.

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    We should probably start a new DORBA thread and let this one die. I hope that given some time, things will calm a bit over there but there is too much drama right now. People claim that is just part of DORBA, but it really detracts from how good DORBA could be. Some moderation would go a long way over there... it is the most bipolar club I have been a part of.
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    No need to close this thread down. In fact, having the rebuttal in it seems to me be the best place to maintain the information.

    You have the opportunity to get a different side of the story from someone, who in this thread at least, has been spoken of negatively. Why not ask the direct questions instead of repeating hear-say and gossip?

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    Who is odtexas?
    Definitely doesn't have some of his facts straight.
    But hey, the internets are for drama.

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    I'm figuring he's not now going to way to assert what he earlier presented as fact. That stand just fine by me and save me some time.

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    Like you are attempting to stir up now. Nicely played...
    odtexas is the guy that guy who got scott his first ride on a 29er at sid richards a few years back.
    So I am guessing that you pigs and dawgs are showing up here for the first posts in years since you are no longer in control of the dorba site. Just remember that here you can't get away all the drama that solo allowed on the now old and dead drupal site.
    Besides the picture of Johnny speaks for itself. No half truths. Just a bunch of past their prime racers who never matured past their ego's.

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    Thought I recognized that handle! Holy crap, it's been a long time. BTW, I did end up getting a 29er and I'm loving it. I still dig my 650B ride, but the 29er is a ton of fun.

    Anyway, I just saw this thread.. I am unfortunately a facebook junkie. And there's enough silliness there to satisfy anyone.

    For the record, I'm just interested in hearing the other side of the story. I haven't been in the loop on most of this having come around after the DD started, and even as race director I had my plate full dealing with races and sponsors, so I didn't get to hear all the gossip.

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    WOW. I am truly amazed at the amount of hate out there for a bunch of guys who only wanted to be able to type foul manwords and objected to a sexually discriminatory forum.
    Big Pigs IS A KITWEARING RACING TEAM. Get over it, if you werent an A$$, they might have invited you, ( I never received mine). I dont know or care why DORBA's website failed, but it is not because of a bunch of dudes drinking PLB's and dropping EFBombs after a ride.
    I lived in Dallas from 98 to 11 and saw more generousity, and am still seeing it, from the Dirt Dawgs than any other DORBA "Clique". I am willing to admit my view may be biased, but then so is everyones. The air here is thinner and so is the drama.
    Oh, and just to be sure I read correctly, one of you guys searched a forum for the word "Gay"? If so, thats pretty freakin ghey, and not in the cool well dressed homosexual kinda way but the surgically removed pickle jar kinda way.
    Peace.

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    I have no problem with someone disagreeing with how I do things. I do have a problem with someone misrepresenting facts.

    At this point, after having skimmed this thread I will call odtexas' overall characterization and most of what he presents as fact here to not be the case. Some seems to be out of some agenda, the other looks to be misinformation or confusion due to hearsay.

    That being said, I will answer any questions or accusations odtexas or anyone still interested may have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas View Post
    Like you are attempting to stir up now. Nicely played...
    odtexas is the guy that guy who got scott his first ride on a 29er at sid richards a few years back.
    So I am guessing that you pigs and dawgs are showing up here for the first posts in years since you are no longer in control of the dorba site. Just remember that here you can't get away all the drama that solo allowed on the now old and dead drupal site.
    Besides the picture of Johnny speaks for itself. No half truths. Just a bunch of past their prime racers who never matured past their ego's.
    DORBA grew under the leadership of the dirtdawgs and Big Pigs. The DORBA website died under the leadership of Pam Jackson (current president).

    Big Pigs show up at racing events, but to call them a racing team is overstating it. They are a club. They enjoy riding and competing... and beer (most of them - Rich, the founder of Big Pigs and former president of DORBA, doesn't drink.) They wear black and white kits with no sponsors on them. The majority of them do not shave their legs. You will see a lot of Big Pigs in the results of local races, but they do not dominate the podium. They just don't take it that seriously. They are a group of people connected through a common interest.

    The dirtdawgs are simply a group of guys who enjoy an internet forum where you can say bad words and post questionable photos. The Tuesday Night Single Speed group ride out at RCP was started by dirtdawgs. The group has changed over the years, but it still has a core. It's not nearly the collection of misfits it once was. We got older, got married, had kids, moved away.

    You have misrepresented nearly every organization you have mentioned. I don't know you, and I know the majority of the dirtdawgs and Big Pigs. I have no idea where you are getting your information, but you are wrong.

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    Goonie for Pres.

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    Dorba 2.0 gone. Crashed and burned.
    Trails thread here over 20,000 hits since Dorba was unstable.
    Think of it as 20,000 rides not missed due to solo's inability to stabilize his platform.
    Not much more need to be said than that. Facts speak for themselves.
    "So I am guessing that you pigs and dawgs are showing up here for the first posts in years since you are no longer in control of the dorba site."

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