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Spammed via PM by CityAdvisorInfo

Posted by thinkstopthink on 4/4/2013 at 08:02

These douchebags are spamming via PM: From: CityAdvisorInfo on 4/4/2013 Hello! Welcome to the website for active and independent travelers! snip We trust people, not travel books, so if you like to travel and want to know the latest information from local residents or you yourself can share their experiences and give advice to travelers, we invite you to register! ...

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Giving back in Southeast Asia

Posted by somtam2000 on 30/1/2013 at 22:15

Just a small announcement, we've added a new section to the Feature Stories section of the site titled "Giving back in Southeast Asia". What is happening is every month a writer selects a charity or non-government organisation that they believe does excellent work on their patch in Southeast Asia. They write about them and we donate $100, a small way for us to give something back to the region. If you're looking to give back too, please consider giving a little cash as ...

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test post with link code att altmtl!

Posted by somtam2000 on 23/1/2013 at 19:21

Straight link, not using the button: straight link using button to link it: ...

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Minor change in member posts section cc Thaibeachlovers

Posted by somtam2000 on 23/1/2013 at 03:25

As suggested by @Thaibeachlovers, I've changed the layout somewhat on the "latest posts you've made section" (need to be logged in to see it) so that at a glance you can see the latest posts you have made and also if anyone else has responded to them. I've not extensively tested this on other platforms (like phones for eg) so if you get something weird happening, please let me know. I'd never considered laying it out this way, but, for those who don't want to get email notifications o ...

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Quick note re visas and border crossings thread

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/1/2013 at 19:54

We're reorganising the Monster Visa and Border crossings thread into separate, more usable strands, and also adding intros to some of the new country threads. As a result you'll be seeing a bunch of FAQs popping up through today - sorry for any confusion. Cheers ...

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Maybe shift reviews?

Posted by tezza on 21/1/2013 at 00:39

I wasn't sure where to put this. Anyway I recently posted reviews of Ko Jum, Ko Ngai and Ko Kradan on the Thailand forum. I was thinking with high season progressing people may need this info ASAP. I know it takes some time to get stuff up on PLACES - USER REVIEWS but long-term the info is probably more useful there. So I have no objection if my forum stuff is moved/copied to that site. ...

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Swiss woman, aged 22, missing in Thailand

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/1/2013 at 04:48

We received the following just now by email: Tscherina Nora Janisch (22) from Switzerland is travelling in various countries since August. She entered Thailand in the beginning of December and hasn't been heard from since December 22, 2012. She is travelling alone, staying mainly in Backpacker Lodges or Couchsurfing. Usually, she informs her family on a weekly basis. Anyway to contact her (phone, e-mail, facebook, skype) has failed. Have you seen her or do you know anything? If so, pleas ...

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Travelfish forum usage guidelines - request for comment

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/1/2013 at 20:00

Hi everyone, As I mentioned in this thread, I've been rolling out a number of changes to the forum. One of the changes that I'm making is adding a couple of moderators to help me keep on top of the forum and see that it runs smoothly. In the past I've just worked off a basic rule sheet, but now that we'll be having a more formalised moderating presence I thought it would be a good idea to put the following together so that everyone is aware of what is going on and why. Most of t ...

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Proposed feature for the forum

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/1/2013 at 22:32

Hi All, With the many new destinations that have been added to the forum, over time, as they start to get comments (which may take months) the front page of the site, where the latest conversations are listed, may end up with a far wider ranging set of destinations appearing. So, would people be interested in being able to "ignore" a section of the forum? Say for example you wanted to ignore the Hong Kong discussion forum you'd just specify that in your Member Profile and any conver ...

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New sections and other changes with the Travelfish forum

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/1/2013 at 17:34

Hi all. Yes I'm still on my back so still making more improvements to the forum -- you should see the destination guide inputing pile that is growing beside me as I type -- I do need to be able to sit up to do that though -- hopefully inside a week. Anyway, my falling apart body aside, a couple of updates: Forum subscriptions Being able to unsubscribe to threads you subscribed to but never posted to will FINALLY be fixed today. Travelfish writers We'll be adding a marker (similar to the &quo ...

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So we have added a few new countries to the forum

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/1/2013 at 08:00

So we've gone ahead and added a few (well, quite a few) new countries to the forum. At the moment they're all empty, but I remember when the Thailand forum had two threads and now it has over 5,000 -- so these things take time. We've broken them out regionally, Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia and Australasia -- we drew the line at the Pacific [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img] and we figure once they bulk out a bit they should be useful for longer-term travellers doing the overland trips from I ...

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You can now add images to posts on the Travelfish forum

Posted by somtam2000 on 5/1/2013 at 23:31

We've just re-enabled the image posting code for posts on the Travelfish forum and you can see an example below. The above was taken one evening on Nusa Lembongan and I've embedded it from the Travelfish Flickr pool here. A simple post like the above is simple to do and I'll post the instructions below in two posts so that you know how it works. We'd disabled this feature for a long time -- to be honest, I can't remember why -- but we hope you find it useful. Cheers ...

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New member profile pages

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/1/2013 at 03:05

Hi all, I can be so productive with a bad back Have just updated the member profile pages which (if activated) can be reached via a link in the left column of the forum. The main change is the layout and, should you choose to enter social network information on your profile page, links from four of these (Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr) will be displayed. Obviously if you don't enter your social info into your Member Profile, or don't make your member profile public, then other people ...

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Forum upgrades on the way

Posted by somtam2000 on 28/12/2012 at 06:35

Hi All, As some of you may know in early December I did a two week motorbike trip in the Mekong Delta and while much of the time my mind was occupied with matters such as "watchout chicken/pothole/truck/lunatic/pho stall" I also spend a good while firming up some changes I'd like to make to the Travelfish forum. So, just as soon as I am vertical again (I put my back out on Xmas day showing the kids "how" to use their new boogie boards... and so am bedridden and dosed to the ...

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Merry Xmas all!

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/12/2012 at 18:00

The Xmas New Years silly season is upon us -- Merry Christmas all! If you're camped out somewhere in Southeast Asia with idle thumbs this Christmas day, here's some pointers for ways to fill your day. CAMBODIA Phnom Penh Siem Reap Sihanoukville ...

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Thoughts re dodgy posts

Posted by somtam2000 on 18/12/2012 at 01:39

Hey all, Just canvassing for opinions on posts that are thought likely to be fake. Generally I just delete them if I get them fast enough, but if a conversation follows before I see it (like the Sorya mall Phnom Penh thing which is almost certainly a fake) I'm a bit more cautious of deleting it. Just to be clear I'm not talking about advertorial/shilling which I just delete immediately regardless of commentary. Basically I have three options - leave it, lock it, or delete it. Thoughts? ...

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role of travel fish

Posted by dineshkjani on 23/11/2012 at 12:11

if i decide to use my 15-29 days at budget priced locations-all travel by train in ac coach-start from bangkok-to end of thailand then to malaysian areas till reaching to singapore then on return journey-on another train route to bangkok-as will reach and fly back from india...will your company provide me all details with all booking to be done by you with good discount-as you mention-then pl suggest-i will pay by credit card-i am vegetarian-eggs okay but NO TO FISH/MEAT/CHICKENS ETC ...

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Site deleted

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/9/2012 at 20:20

Hi all, SO this morning I managed to delete the entire website. Not a good morning. The blogs are still gone (working on that) but it would be a great help if you could post any URLs that are broken if you happen to find any. Just pop the URL in this thread. Thanks a lot Stuart ...

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Posted by eastwest on 28/8/2012 at 08:29

So this is it. My last post and start of a self imposed exile. Coincidence has it that this will be my 700th post. I haven't posted for a while now after a few years of contributing. The reason? I don't agree anymore with many things here. - In my opinion travelfish started of well (at least since I "discovered" it) but for me it has lost its relevance. The listings in several sections haven't been updated for years (3 and counting for some areas). This I find unacceptable for a trav ...

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Changes with the Travelfish blogs

Posted by somtam2000 on 9/6/2012 at 02:15

Just a quick announcement to let everyone know I've just finished a reorganisation of the blogs from what was destination specific blogs to countrywide -- we've also shutdown the islands blog and transferred the posts to whichever country they belong to. The new blogs are: Cambodia Indonesia Malaysia Singapore Thailand http: ...

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