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GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:05 am



GoldwingDocs actually came into existence in August of 2008. But at that point the entire web site was just a single page full of links and files.

When it really came into being was in October of 2008, when I created the forum - specifically on October 7, 2008.

Up until that point, I had been an active member on the Steve Saunders web site. It was without a doubt the premiere Goldwing site on the web at the time. I had almost 3,000 posts there, and enjoyed helping people with technical problems they had with their bikes. I had started writing up my "how to" articles to help people with their bikes.

Unfortunately, there were some power-hungry moderators there who were less than thrilled with the fact that I had links to information that I had posted on my own site. When I realized that every post I wrote there was being silently deleted within minutes after I wrote it, I knew the writing was on the wall. I had to create my own forum, away from petty power struggles and ridiculous arguments. My forum would be focused on helping people, with strong technical information and a friendly atmosphere.

And thus the GoldwingDocs forum was born. It wasn't an auspicious beginning. At the start, virtually every post was something I wrote myself. I started building up the how-to articles, taking lots of pictures every time I did any kind of maintenance or repair. That made the maintenance or repair take three times as long, but I ended up with lots of good pictures to post online to help guide others through the same procedures. Gradually, more and more users found us, and started writing themselves.

By the end of 2008, after two months in operation, we had 35 members and a total of 37 posts. See how we have grown:

2009: 35 members, 37 posts
2010: 8,186 members, 3,335 posts
2011: 24,526 members, 19,478 posts
2012: 35,890 members, 43,428 posts
2013: 45,297 members, 75,893 posts
2014: 52,700 members, 107,936 posts
2015: 60,004 members, 137,675 posts
2016: 67,317 members, 179,258 posts
2017: 74,819 members, 221,863 posts
2018: 78,537 members, 240,744 posts

Today: 82,229 members, 263,967 posts

If all of the posts in the forum were printed out, it would take 185,962 pages, or a stack of pages that stood 63 feet tall!

The most prolific poster is, unsurprisingly, me, with 19,529 posts. Rounding out the top 20 top posters are:

virgilmobile: 8,624
littlebeaver: 4,452
roadwanderer2: 4,355
dingdong: 3,476
themainviking: 3,244
RBGERSON: 3,199
FM-USA: 2,750
MikeB: 2,235
thrasherg: 2,122
redial: 2,103
RoadRogue: 2,059
Rednaxs60: 1,827
Mag: 1,466
cbx4evr: 1,465
Mh434: 1,347
Fred Camper: 1,318
AZgl1800: 1,272
NVSB4: 1,216
OldZX11Rider: 1,207
spiralout: 1,202

In amongst those posts are lots and lots of pictures that people have included as part of their posts. 75,990 pictures, to be exact. That's in addition to the 11,988 images members have uploaded to our Member Images section. That's a lot of pictures!!

Thank you to every one of you - you truly make GoldwingDocs what it is today, a vibrant community of friendly, helpful people.

I look forward to what the next ten years brings!



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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by themainviking » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:42 am

Congratulations on your tenth anniversary, Scott. We could not do it without you. (I mean really... we can't... LMFAO)
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by landisr » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:46 am

Yes, congrats!!! And Thank You! This is a great place to hang out and share information. 👍

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by MikeB » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:17 am

Superior accomplishment Scott. Your efforts do not go unnoticed. Your How-To articles are not only the best I have seen but they entice others to try their hand at maintaining their machines and the machines of others. A good many of those that had never worked on motorcycles in past have found that it is not as difficult as they had imagined. They have found a new sense of pride in motorcycle ownership.
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:01 pm

Ahem, I got mentioned in that 1st post....
must have done sumthin wrong....

Glad to be your friend Scott, and keep up the good work.
~John

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by dingdong » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:18 pm

Congratulations.

I didn't realize that I was #4 on posts. I don't post much on any of the other sites anymore. Used to frequent Saunders much more often than I do now. Some of the guys from Saunders are contributing here more often also. Home is where the heart is I guess.
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by Rednaxs60 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:30 pm

10 years is a good run and congrats on achieving this milestone. Appreciate everything you do, as well as the other contributors. A wealth of information on this and other forums make owning an older GW very satisfying. Look forward to the next 10 years.

Cheers.
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:57 pm

Awesome site, and I really appreciate the How-to section - it's a lifesaver (at least a moneysaver!). One thing I'd like to see is all those how-to articles being available on DVD so we can have access to them if we're somewhere without internet access. Ideally they would be cataloged by bike model, electrical or mechanical task, etc. and available to purchase as a complete set for each model...

I know - that would be a lot of work, but I think it would be worth it!
Alan Hepburn - San Jose, Ca
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by quasi2008 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:07 pm

Happy Birthday to the site, and anyone else who's birthday is today. I've only been around GoldwingDocs for a little over a week now and I have learned ALOT! got a whole lot more to learn about my old 82 gl1100i to. I for one am sure glad this forum is active. thanks much, Melvin

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by mterraci » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:29 pm

Congratulations!
This site has been the absolute best and has helped me out multiple times. I recommend it to others all the time.
Thank you and keep up the best forum out there for Goldwing owners!

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by rlcasbro » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:51 pm

Great job! Your dedication to this site is definitely appreciated, and, I would imagine that most of us have absolutely no idea how much time and effort
is required to keep it going! THANKS!

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:45 pm

To WingAdmin,

I used to frequent Steve Saunders site - but after finding this forum I have found this site to be more to my liking. It just "feels" better.

Thanks for all your efforts and the passion you put in behind the scenes to keep this site, I believe to be THE "Premier" Goldwing forum for advice and friendly banter.

Cheers

:D

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by RockportDave » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:34 pm

Happy Birthday to Goldwingdocs and thanks to everyone that contributes to the site.
When I bought our latest bike, I browsed the internet for information and this site seemed to me to have the best format and information available.
Great site Scott and very grateful you had the initiative to get it started and keep it going.
Thanks again,
Dave
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by dakotanator » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:27 am

Yes..!! Congratulations. Once I found this site there was nowhere else worth going for info on things in "our world" of interest.
Best site I've ever come across of it's kind. I really mean that.

Here's to the NEXT 10 YEARS..!!
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by bigsteveswing » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:18 am

Sincere congratulations and thanks go out to you!!
This site is absolutely awesome! The "how to" stuff has already been indispensable for me, I changed my timing belts exclusively using your write-up and pics. I second the thought that most of us probably have no clue how much dedication and work this takes.

Thanks again, and here's to another successful decade!!

-Steve

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by old biker » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:12 am

I agree with everything that has been said. Great sight good information great members.THANK YOU.

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by detdrbuzzard » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:15 pm

you mean I've been hanging out here for 10 years :)
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by dakotanator » Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:26 pm

detdrbuzzard wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:15 pm
you mean I've been hanging out here for 10 years :)
WOW..!! That makes you............old. LOL
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by gipsy42 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:58 pm

Much is being said about the site, and I agree with all of them.
Congratulations and keep the ball rolling.
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by DenverWinger » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:20 am

A Hearty Congrats on the milestone, Scott, from one IT guy to another!

As a former SysOp of a BBS in the mid-late '80s (remember MS-DOS, 2400 baud modems and "RemoteAccess" BBS software?) I can appreciate the effort involved in moderation, and keeping everything running smooth.

Although I've noted several improvements to the site recently, I haven't heard any news lately of your planned launch of your customized rewrite of phpBB, do you have any update there?

As a member of both 'Docs and Saunder's site, I'm noticing that 'Docs appears to be edging out Saunder's site lately on new posts (if you exclude the "Games" posts which I ignore), I think you have taken the lead on popularity! Sometimes double the new posts on a daily basis. A major accomplishment!

Kudos, and keep up the excellent work!

~Mark
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♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by keithg64 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:38 am

Happy birthday GoldwingDocs and thank you Scott for a great site. I often send new wingers to this site or anyone who ask.

I belonged to Saunders site for a long time and really enjoyed it until the take over. I also belong to the other 1800 site and it's ok but this site I feel so at home and invited and the members are so much more friendlier.

Thank you again and here's to many more.
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:43 am

DenverWinger wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:20 am
A Hearty Congrats on the milestone, Scott, from one IT guy to another!

As a former SysOp of a BBS in the mid-late '80s (remember MS-DOS, 2400 baud modems and "RemoteAccess" BBS software?) I can appreciate the effort involved in moderation, and keeping everything running smooth.

Although I've noted several improvements to the site recently, I haven't heard any news lately of your planned launch of your customized rewrite of phpBB, do you have any update there?

As a member of both 'Docs and Saunder's site, I'm noticing that 'Docs appears to be edging out Saunder's site lately on new posts (if you exclude the "Games" posts which I ignore), I think you have taken the lead on popularity! Sometimes double the new posts on a daily basis. A major accomplishment!

Kudos, and keep up the excellent work!

~Mark
I too was a BBS Sysop, from the very, very early days. I think I put my first one up in 1981 or so, I think? I wrote it myself, it was pretty limited, it ran on a 300 baud modem. I ran one continuously until around 1994.

The rewrite is happening...slowly. Time constraints are the major problem, I have a lot of demands on time and not a lot of time to fulfill them! Hopefully as the weather winds into winter that will improve.

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by brb » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:11 am

Congratulations and thank you for a lot of hard work!

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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by ctag » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:04 am

Congratulations on the anniversary!

And oh man, when you started this site, I was still in middle school :shock:
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Re: GoldwingDocs is 10

Post by Sidcar » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:55 am

Congratulations. Life as a Goldwing owner would be one hell of a lot harder without this website.

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