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« on: June 10, 2008, 11:57:18 AM »


In the 5 days that we have been going so far, I have received various PM's, emails, and texts from members here offering a variety of comments.    Smiley

Some have given me warm encouragement, which is always nice to receive; others constructive criticism, which is valuable; and yet others some unexpected ideas.    Shocked

I should like to post 2 sets of feedback ( anonymously ) for discussion.

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Thinking about the kind of services that are quite common in the market today, I can't see which category to use when posting a thread about them.
I see you have a section about Irish Callthrough but not a corresponding section for UK and also SMS top-up.
 
A forum is only as good as it members and their posts, and covering more types of services, you will attract more members with more posts - and that will in turn attract more members etc.

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Hi MH!
Nice to see your (our) new forum.  Are we restricting ourselves to phones only ?   I think we should expand to other useful things as well.... eg broadbands, air/train tickets, good deals at supestores, help with income tax (as many of our new members who call overseas are from overseas and not very familiar with tax system here in this country) and UK visa information for similar reasons.
If you agree, I can start a thread on work permit/HSMP (Highly Skilled Migration Visa), and provide answers to quite a few common questions as I, myself, have suffered a lot due to complicated visa system here.

Both of these came unsolicited, and were all the more welcome for that.        Smiley

My reasons for posting these here are twofold:

First, I want to encourage others to see that I am open to all constructive comments and ideas, and I am open to suggestions which may mean some 'thinking outside of the box'.  Ideas which are not usually present on other forums will not be just ruled out for that reason alone: indeed, if we develop some 'niche' aspects to our forum which interests and help members, so much the better !

Secondly, I should like to share some of my own thinking, so as to inform members of my general approach.

The idea of starting this forum was completely my own, and Mikael has given me a free hand to set it up and run it as I like.
All of the initial setup that I chose was because of what I could envision being needed.
The 14 boards you can see ( there is also a hidden one for senior Members, plus 1 for moderators and 1 for admin ) covered areas that I could foresee being needed for discussion.

Some, such as the mobile board, and ones about pre-dial, I feel qualified and competent to oversee, but others are there for the good of the forum - even though nobody has come forward with an offer to moderate those boards for me as yet.

If you had asked me what the forum lacked at present, I should have answered:-
 
1).  Offers to moderate boards ( especially the landline one );
2).  A board for VoIP services;
3).  A board on TopUp services for non pre-dial companies.
 
It is certainly a priority for me to try to find people willing to fill these gaps.
 
My thinking is that there will be a VoIP board, for example, when someone demonstrates knowledge in that area, AND volunteers to moderate that board for me.
 
The same applies to the Board for TopUp services, such as the Finarea range of products.

So the field is wide open for new talent, and I am looking for offers to take responsibility to oversee individual boards - even ones not yet created.

So please don't be timid and 'backward in coming forward'.  I haven't bitten anyone's head off yet !  If you have some specialist knowledge, think you can fill a missing gap, or just are willing to help with what is on the forum right now, please get in touch by PM, email or whatever.

Thanks very much.

mobaholic.

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008, 12:49:56 AM »

dear administrator,
when will you give the information about hsmp visa. I am from India and my hsmp visa now needs extension. i had few questions and i tried to contact hsmpforumltd.com but they are asking 50 fee to join. will you be charging a fees as well ?
thanks, ash
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2008, 07:49:52 AM »

wrong forum
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2008, 10:08:16 AM »

dear administrator,
when will you give the information about hsmp visa. I am from India and my hsmp visa now needs extension. i had few questions and i tried to contact hsmpforumltd.com but they are asking 50 fee to join. will you be charging a fees as well ?
thanks, ash

Good morning ash, welcome to the forum.        Smiley

I do not personally have any information to give on the topics that interest you unfortunately.        Cry

The position here is that a member volunteered to write on such subjects, and I am exploring with them possibilities of having a board for non telephone related discussions, such as the one which would be of interest to you.
I have asked to see a draft of the sort of things they would like to write, and am waiting for such to be produced.

wrong forum

A nice touch of humour NewStarter.        Grin

However, for the sake of clarity, let me share with the forum some of the ideas which are swimming in my head.

We all know that the UK has a large immigrant population, and that such people are amongst the heaviest of users of callthrough services to enable calls to friends and families back home.

As such people have specialist needs for information, if we are able to provide any help, this would not only fit in with my philosophy of wanting to help people, but could also be an attraction for more of them to join this forum.  I therefore see the possibility of such a help board being doubly beneficial - helping both individuals, and forum membership recruitment.

I am clear in my own mind that I am not prepared to see any of the telephone services boards high jacked to discuss such things, so the appearance of a board for non telephone related discussions would be dependent on there being a volunteer willing to moderate it.
I do not think that I am qualified to do that myself, nor do I feel that I could give my time to overseeing it - as I have more than enough to do with all of the rest of the boards already.

I have sounded out Mikael about this idea, and he has said that I may do it as something extra, but that he would want our main focus to be on telephone services discussions.  This is quite understood, and is entirely logical and consistent with our forum name.

So as of now, I do not know what will happen.  I think that a discussion board, which included helpful information for those facing immigration problems, could well be a good thing, both for the interest it might hold, and for its impact on giving this forum something of a niche position in the UK.
I am fully open to exploring the possibilities, as I have said.

I cannot give an answer to the time scale for a decision, as I neither know how long it will take for draft articles to be produced, nor if an agreement can been reached about who would moderate such a board were we to create one.

I guess we shall all have to wait and see with some patience.

HTH.

mobaholic.


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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2008, 02:35:33 PM »

Immigrationboards.com is the place to look for this information. I can try to answer your question.. you can send me a pm..
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2008, 09:21:16 PM »

thanks. how do i send pm? what is your email id?
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2008, 09:22:12 PM »

oops.. i got it..
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2008, 09:43:53 AM »

i am really thankful to two members of this forum who cleared my doubts about HSMP. great community.. keep it up..ash
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2008, 10:29:52 AM »

i am really thankful to two members of this forum who cleared my doubts about HSMP. great community.. keep it up..ash

That's really nice to know ash.        Smiley

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