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Ongoing site availability issues

Posted by somtam2000 on 9/7/2010 at 07:13

As regular readers will have noticed over the last couple of days, something has been amiss at Travelfish! For the last three or four days our server has been being specifically attacked and that is resulting in ongoing availability issues. While we're working to address the problems it is taking time and we've needed to turn off some parts of the site while we deal with it. Please accept our apols for the inconvenience and rest assured we're working to deal with it. Best! ...

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What would you like to see more of on Travelfish?

Posted by somtam2000 on 12/6/2009 at 19:10

Call me a glutton for punishment... I'm wondering -- what would you like to see more of ... or less of ... on Travelfish? Bear in mind that it's largely a one man show (on the tech side) so I do have my limits -- but I'm always open to more suggestions -- and ideas -- of other "stuff" we could/should have on the site. Yes SBE, I know you want an edit function... so I'm asking what so you all want EXCEPT for an edit function on the forum?! As always, thanks in advance. ...

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Viewed 4,172 times, with 37 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 15/5/2010 at 12:41

Air Asia

Posted by SBE on 12/5/2009 at 04:13

Well I just clicked on an ad on this site for the first time EVER Somtam! I usually get email alerts for Air Asia but haven't had this one yet. The one I got a few days ago was from 99Baht, not free! Unfortunately I never know where I'll be on any specific date 6-7 months hence but if you do then go for it. Air Asia are getting their act together quite well nowadays. I must have flown with them about a dozen times this last trip. They used to have a bad reputation for being late but I ...

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Viewed 5,032 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by SBE on 29/11/2009 at 09:26

Thumbs up and thumbs down

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/9/2009 at 09:13

I've just added a new snippet to the forum that allows all readers (members and non-members) to give individual posts on the forum a thumbs up or down. It's nothing too scientific -- but if you think what the person wrote to be pretty useful then give it a thumbs-up, likewise if it isn't particularly helpful, give it a thumbs down. The upping and downing is anonymous but it will allow me to see what readers value on the forum -- and what they do not. Generally speaking you can only vote ...

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Viewed 2,720 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by SBE on 4/9/2009 at 21:48

How do I: Add HTML formatting to my posts?

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/8/2009 at 07:05

If you'd like to format your posts to make them easier (or more difficult) to read, then once you pass a posting threshold you're able to make use of BBCode to format your posts. The threshold is quite low, once you've passed it you'll see a note just below the box that you type your posts in reading: "As you've made X posts, BB code is enabled" So, you're in business. There are some examples of most of the code below, but please bear in mind that it can get messy if you don't format th ...

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Viewed 22,301 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 25/8/2009 at 05:41

Travelfish adds 4,000th guesthouse review

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/8/2009 at 22:06

Earlier this week, we added the 4,000th property review to Travelfish. At a glance that may not seem like much, but bear in mind that when we say 4,000 guesthouse and hotel reviews we mean 4,000 guesthouses and hotels in Southeast Asia that Travelfish researchers have visited in person and reviewed anonymously. As you're probably well aware there's a slew of travel websites out there offering accommodation reviews -- and some of them are excellent -- but we like to think that we're a little b ...

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Viewed 2,709 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 18/8/2009 at 15:09

Expanded accommodation reader reviews on Travelfish

Posted by somtam2000 on 27/2/2008 at 19:46

We've added some new features to the accommodation listings on the site. Now, along with your normal review, you're also able to rate the guesthouse/hotel/resort on a scale of one to ten on the following criteria: Cleanliness Location Overall facilities Romance Room quality Staff Value for money Vibe Obviously you'll need to be logged in to post a review -- the review form doesn't appear unless you're logged in. Cheers & happy reviewing! ...

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Viewed 3,835 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 14/8/2009 at 16:30

Back Button and Edit

Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 10/8/2009 at 00:13

Hey Somtaam, Hows it going? Travelfish looking good as ever. Altho slightly different for some reason. Anyway, when pressing the back button on the browser after posting it adds another post. I do this on so many sites that it is habit to get back to where i just was but is there anyway you stop it doing this? Also, whats the score with all the little things that most frorums have like edit butto and quote button etc... Ez, JMM ...

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Viewed 2,632 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 11/8/2009 at 21:26

Google maps and Travelfish

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/5/2009 at 13:26

As I mentioned in the April newsletter, as a part of our new Malaysia coverage I'm looking to better integrate Google Maps into Travelfish. In the past, I shied away from Google Maps primarily because the resolution wasn't good enough. While this is still an issue in Laos and Cambodia, and, to a lesser extent Vietnam, for Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore the maps are very good. So, I've made a demo page for the thriving metropolis (that is a joke) of Kangar in northern Peninsular Malaysia ...

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Viewed 3,210 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 11/8/2009 at 08:16

Interview in today's Phnom Penh Post

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/7/2009 at 15:39

I've an interview in today's PhnomPenh Post -- Cambodia's leading English language daily newspaper. If you're in Cambodia at the moment you've probably already seen today's paper, but if not, you can read the interview here. First one to guess the country where the photo was taken gets a Travelfish Guide of their choice ;-) Cheers! ...

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Viewed 3,286 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by DLuek on 16/7/2009 at 11:29

Travelfish turns five this Sunday

Posted by somtam2000 on 8/7/2009 at 09:46

Yup, where did those five years go?! This Sunday Travelfish officially turns five. To celebrate we'll be having a few giveaways through the day on Sunday. Given we've got big readerships in the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand and across SE Asia, we'll stagger the giveaways through the day to give more people a chance to win things. As we're based in Bali, we'll get things going around mid morning Sunday our time (that's GMT +8). So watch this space! ...

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Viewed 4,986 times, with 20 replies. Last reply by CunningMcFar on 15/7/2009 at 23:18

eFish

Posted by Lother on 4/6/2009 at 17:57

Hi, Any particular reason why eFish aren't available for all the places Travelfish covers? For example, Nghe An and Quang Binh provinces in Vietnam. ...

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Viewed 2,768 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 14/7/2009 at 16:46

Beach day

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/7/2009 at 10:29

i'm on a deck chair having a day off and will announce all. The winners tonight when I get home. Typing this on an iPhone ... Never used one before and am already a total convert. Pasir Putin is lovely. But the sea too rough to swi just now! ...

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Viewed 2,308 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by SBE on 13/7/2009 at 14:56

More map madness

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/7/2009 at 19:05

So you remember the fancy Google Map thingy I added for Phnom Penh, well have just added another one (yes I know, a long time between maps!) this time for Melaka in Malaysia. But there's a new twist. Whenever you're browsing individual properties, if I've got them tagged to the great googletron, you get a mini map that shows just where it is. So for example, if you were making a beeline for the salubrious Travellers' Lodge you'll see a little map in the left column showing you (more or l ...

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Viewed 2,437 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by SBE on 7/7/2009 at 18:56

Travelfish and Internet Explorer 6

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/2/2009 at 12:29

If you're using Internet Explorer 6 as your web browser, from today onwards, you'll see a slightly different homepage to everyone else. Instead of the photo of the woman from Chinese New Year in Bangkok, you'll see a pink box with a short note suggesting you consider either upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7, or (better still) switching to a different browser, like Firefox, Opera or Chrome. This box will only appear to you once (unless you clear cookies, in which case it will ...

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Viewed 2,722 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by BruceMoon on 2/7/2009 at 19:17

Add your Twitter tag to your Travelfish profile

Posted by somtam2000 on 25/6/2009 at 12:35

For those who are into Twitter, you might be interested to know you can now add your Twitter ID to your Travelfish profile. Once you've added it, you'll see it will appear in the box beside any of your posts on the forum. (You will have needed to set your profile to "public" for it to display). If you want to see an example, look no further than any post by me, and you'll see a link in the left column pointing to my Twitter profile. For those not into Twitter, feel free to totally ignor ...

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Viewed 2,772 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by SBE on 27/6/2009 at 21:03

New stuff on Travelfish

Posted by somtam2000 on 27/6/2009 at 13:36

Just a heads up, I've just about finished adding (save a few pics and those darned maps) for the following destinations: Ban Lung and surrounds in Cambodia Mai Chau and Hoa Binh in Vietnam Penang and Johor Bahru in Malaysia Next few days should see new content for Pai and surrounds in Thailand and by end of the week hopefully a stack of stuff for northern Laos. Editing function, yes yes... ...

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Viewed 2,160 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 27/6/2009 at 13:39

Travelfish: Bangkok-based travel-researcher wanted

Posted by somtam2000 on 25/1/2009 at 08:11

We're looking for a Bangkok-based researcher to update and put together new content for Travelfish.org. While the position is Bangkok-based the successful candidate would have opportunities to travel in Thailand and the region. The position would be ideal for a native English-speaking blogger/writer with an interest in travel. It would fit well for someone who has other freelance gigs but a fair amount of free time up their sleeve. We're quite flexible. This is NOT an Internet research job. T ...

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Viewed 7,278 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by chaos23 on 22/6/2009 at 01:04

Any German speakers out there?

Posted by somtam2000 on 20/8/2008 at 06:53

I came across the following about Travelfish on a German website -- if there's a German-speaker who can translate, I'd really appreciate it. "Von einem echten Marktführer bei den Empfehlungsportalen kann man nicht sprechen. Manche eignen sich nur für bestimmte Regionen, wie Travelfish, die sich auf Südostasien spezialisiert haben, viele andere ringen nach genug Usern, um den ganzen Globus umfassend erklären zu können. Dabei sind alle entweder die "ersten" (Tripflip), "genialsten" (Travel ...

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Viewed 4,177 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by chaos23 on 22/6/2009 at 01:02

Regarding posts from Vietnam

Posted by somtam2000 on 2/6/2009 at 10:06

Due to ongoing problems of spam from Vietnam, we've decided to display a small Vietnamese flag next to all posts made from Vietnamese IP addresses. This is not to say all posts from Vietnam are spam -- of course they're not! However, when you see a post from a Travelfish member saying they're in New York planning a trip to Vietnam and looking for a recommendation for a Ha Long Bay tour operator, then if the flag appears, it means that they're probably (the IP address test is not 100%) in ...

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Viewed 2,370 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 2/6/2009 at 10:10


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