SCX2132 wrote: ↑Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:30 am
Old registry? Maybe the source of the problems... the first result of a google search of 928oc is "928registry":
We have been seeing that behavior recently due to a Certificate issue with '928registry.928oc.org' and are working to fix it. If you use just the http:928oc.org URL you won't get that error. For some reason, Google wants their search to show the 'registry link'
Worf.. I've fixed the link to 'Current Events', which had the 'registry' link. Thanks for pointing that out. Also, if you let me know the last four digits of your VIN, I can try and figure out why you can't reach your Registry entry..
SCX2132 mentioned that the OC website was stuck in the 90's, and I guess that's true. It's not true that the membership fees would allow hiring a professional full-time webmaster at this point, however. OC funds are currently and primarily spent on support for events and membership rewards.
Landseer wrote: ↑Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:38 am
OP asked why not post to OC.
In past it was always a control freak culture. Too closed. Contributions at one point had to be vetted. Joined a couple times. I tried multiple times to like it. Multiple times to register cars. Not going there again unless it becomes fully open, attracts others and becomes a lot less business serious and a bit more fun and frivolous.
Not sure what you meant about 'fully open', unless it's that some parts of the site are only available to the members. That content includes Dwayne's write-ups, by the way. Maybe all of that should be made available to everyone and perhaps that's what you mean by 'business serious'. I've always suspected (well hoped, at least) that people join and pay dues to support the idea of a club for owners rather than wanting to 'buy' content, get membership rewards, and contribute to the support of events.
It's great that RL/IB has re-instated folks and that this forum has been created for the real-time tech and 928 discussion that the community deserves.... it doesn't seem like the OC is needed for that right now. But there is a good case for the OC to host content that needs to be permanent. Or rather, to continue to host that content. There is a great deal of info, especially historical, on the site if one looks around. A searchable master VIN list, for example.
A little history of the Registry...
When Chuck was looking for someone to take over the Registry, after some other initiatives he ultimately decided to donate it to the Owners Club. We received the database but not the software to run it, so in order to keep it alive we needed to somehow transfer all of that data to a new platform . Luckily, a volunteer showed up with mad skills and created a system that allows anyone to self-register their 928 and add their photos and information. Then, through some SQL code and many hours spent by a cadre of volunteers, the 'Old Registry' data was reloaded into the new platform. A year or so later, we were able to incorporate the PET data, including options, to each of the Registry records. Finally, we acquired some Vin Decoder code and were able to integrate that into new code to create the 'Search/Enter/Edit' link that currently appears on the website.