For what it is worth, I agree with most of the above comments..............
A very good post Bob............This is a very sad day, a sad situation , something that may have been avoided if the owners had not changed the format and in doing so excluded many followers.
British and and associated mariners of whatever skill or discipline flocked to this site on its inception circa 2005 and formed a massive following of people willing and able to offer their experiences, knowledge , stories and cyber friendship to all members .
For a while we became as snug and as happy as sandboys as we chatted in that little old waterfront pub near the docks but in the sky, be we from bridge, deck, galley , engine room , wireless room or saloon we had much to say , sometimes we strayed way of track and drifted on to more personal chat, health, diet, gardening whatever until a moderator coaxed us back on coarse . Myself , Dom, Nick, John Rogers, Taff , Barrinoz and others drifted into a tale about Cyril the Squirrel which ran to over 1500 posts and 15000 followings .
There were a few yarns, some in a special place so as to not offend others , some real life stories , some really tall tales , and all in all the site became a place to go for a morning's touch on the outside world .
We cannot put all the blame on the site owners, Old Father Time and the grim reaper has cut a swathe through the ranks of British merchant seamen on his way to making us as obsolete as Agincore Archers but we did it , we went there , we did the job and it was mainly a great experience to look back on .
I am aproaching 87 soon , good to see John Rogers post above, he is getting close to the magical 90 and we still have stories to tell, but who to?
I would respectfully suggest that the problems did not arise from the change of format. The site has survived a couple of earlier format changes - which at the time produced loud complaints - and predictions of mass exodus of members which never materialised. What has diminished the site and seriously threatened it's survival is the mishandling of a major asset of the old format, the huge gallery of photos uploaded over the years by members and the comments added to those photos. Following the introduction of the changes which accompanied the change of format, that invaluable resource can no longer be searched at will, totally destroying its value for research purposes.
That is little more than wanton destruction, since it was done neither accidentally nor in ignorance of its existence. When adopting the format change, a decision was made not to provide the gallery with a search facility. That immediately removed the attraction of the site for thousands of members and killed all prospects of the site attracting new members seeking to view photos of specific ship's.
If the site owners wish to retain the existing membership and to attract new members they have the opportunity to add a suitable search facility for the gallery. They may consider the cost unjustified and decline the opportunity.
That is a commercial decision which we members cannot influence. After all it is the site owners' money that is involved.
Thanks for the rap Julian , I haven't had an English lesson since Selerrat alias etc took me to task . Will try harder..But fellow seafarers are listening Bob.
Don’t try and get away with finishing a sentence with a preposition as you did in last line of #25.
”but to whom”. Ruler across the buckles for that one.
I have lost my appetite to post photos to both SN and SH as well. Apart from shipspotting.com there still remains seatheships.org.uk as an alternative, but there too the reaction rate is quite low and mostly coming from always the same members (moderators).I totally agree with each of your words Georgie, this change in SN format has been the most disastrous for all of us, we have lost that exchange of comments always very interesting about our life at sea or about these issues, for that reason I stopped all my uploads of photos to the site, regarding SH also I have stopped posting my photos due to the lack of interest of its members in seeing them and commenting on the ship shown, etc; therefore the only site 100% on our interest is shipspotting.com
The current format of 'square' image is a nuisance. A full image is necessary. Otherwise you are looking at a crop and it take too much time to check what you are looking at. Only 25 on a page and the image is too large. You need smaller images... about 50 on a page. You can made through thousands of images and then it is almost impossible to come back and start all over again. Or... go to the very end and then go backwards.Then we could at least jump in to, say, page 2500 and then by smaller and smaller increments until the pic we want appears on the page -
Stephen, I agree, but I bet they got a lot more than that. Like some, I was already supporting the site with a contribution - £15., and I'd have paid more to get the site we had. No loyalty, we were not even told it had been sold.