Life has changed since my initial review of the Bolsover Cruise Club Forum…
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A relatively newcomer to the UK’s Cruise Forum list but from initial observations one likely to make an impact that will soon make it one of the market leaders providing the administration can control the trolls.
An online community developed 100% with the user in mind and offering the chance to obtain a wide range of advice.
The new easy to navigate style, layout and innovative technological advances will certainly give it the edge in new membership recruitment. Clear categories aid easy navigation while prompt responses from the administration team to new queries show this venture actually means business.
“I was very impressed when a member requested a new category space for dedicated cruise reviews – bingo, around 24 hours and it was done”
A minor fault that really needs attention is however the size of the ‘Recent Comment‘ section. It really needs to be expanded to at least double the sze in order to keep recent comments current.
Always willing to help fellow cruisers Solent Richard takes this opportunity to provide an answer for member ‘Jemima’ who has asked the question…”has any member been on Viking Star? If so what is your opinion”?
here’s your answer Jemima, just click on the link…
This forum already has some well seasoned cruisers making quality contributions: members with considerable cruise experience and ones who are unafraid to make good use of photographic opportunities to enhance their quality postings.
Membership certainly appears to be increasing rapidly and I predict a bright future for those who would prefer this more technically advanced forum site which currently doesn’t appear littered with pressurised cruise sales advertising or too many off-topic distractions.
The Mission statement:
We are the Cruise Club Forum, a discussion site dedicated to cruise news, discussions, reviews and general chat!
We want you, the community, to get the most out of the Cruise Club Forum’s discussion boards, and for them to be a fun place full of constructive conversation, where you can ask for help, or share your experiences from the world of cruising.
Topics can range from favourite cruise lines, ships, itineraries, destinations, best cruises for families, solo cruises, funny experiences, reviews and more.
Good luck Lucy and your team, Solent Richard was delighted to play his part in the forum’s growth .
Avid followers of this Blog will by now be aware that Solent Richard has parted company with the Bolsover Forum. Having watched the membership grow – now standing at some 7,440 members – while reaching the remarkable achievement of becoming their top poster in less than three years…
…and with an even more remarkable 1806 membership approval rating that will certainly stand for a while. (now there’s a challenge), it is time to move on.
Never one to shy away or speak his mind, or confront what he considers unfairness, Solent Richard questioned the forum administration regarding their embargo on his using links to his popular blog: which of course would have saved considerable effort ‘cutting and pasting’ text and photographs from it when members expected answers or information.
Regrettably this approach coincided with a Bolsover invitation SR received to register for the new releases of P&O and Cunard cruises. In response SR made his position quite clear. The rest is history and, needless to say, SR’s business went elsewhere.
As did Solent Richard…LOL…but not before he took the opportunity of correcting the one thing he despises most… the downright lie.
Step forward forum member and part time cruisingmate Pennbank who, for reasons best known to himself, decided to publish a completely inaccurate version of what was said on the ITV series ‘The Cruise.’
Of course ‘friendly’ forums don’t like their membership squabbling or correcting one another over such minor trivia as total misquotes….
As I said at the time, Hook, Line and Sinker.
So good luck to the Bolsover Forum for the future. Solent Richard is sure that it will be interesting to watch its progress.
In the meantime Solent Richard would like to thank those members of the Bolsover Forum who have sent kind messages of support: and particularly those four who have started following my blog.
Needlesss to say there were one or two members who were more than pleased to see Solent Richard cease posting on the Bolsover Forum. Leading the way, and with very good reason, was member Pennbank who never forgave Solent Richard for exposing his creepy habit of signing up for ‘Roll Calls’ then never showing up – well, at least to identify himself: preferring to hover outside range in true stalking manner. And as if to rub salt into an already open wound one of the last acts of SR on the Bolsover forum was to show Pennbank to be a consummate ‘porky’ teller. Why on earth would anyone claim a woman on the television Princess cruise documentary said words that she very clearly didn’t? Of course Pennbank’s real problem with SR is that he knows that SR knows what is behind Pennbank’s attraction to Cunard.
It would appear the Forum is missing Solent Richard’s advice. In answer to a question regarding taxi tours from Aqaba this is what member Tumbling wrote…
So any member reading this would they please pass the following link on to Tug Boat Tommy…
or the link to the Tour operator who arranges the taxi…
And so to Tumbling?
Looks remarkably like yet another sock puppet for the crusingmates’ very own Jolly Jill who, along with the banned playmate 132LK were recently caught taking a close interest in Solent Richard’s Bolsover profile…
You couldn’t make it up, could you?
Not all is bad news and it is good to see another member remaining alert to the trolls…