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Joe's Army - March On or Retreat?? (Read 957 times)

JoeInTX


    Soooo, last night I get this email from Toby, the Social Media Specialist over at Active.  He's read the posts (on Active) and knows we've left them for RunningAhead.  He's basically asking us to go back to Active and has offered to create a Group for us.  They have just added the Group feature (RunningAhead has had it for awhile).  

    I could have swept his email under the rug but would have felt guilty if I didn't share it with you.  And I know some of you have mentioned RA possibly being a temporary solution and going back.  So, since there is only one of me and lots of you, guess the thing to do is put it to a vote (reply to this thread with your votes).  If however, you'd like to keep your replies anonymous (from each other), email me at joescool99@yahoo.com.  You can also reply here with "voted by email", so we can keep a better count on who's voted.  Once it looks like everyone has had their say (end of this week - say midnight Friday?), we'll tally up the votes and move on.  Sound fair enough?   I'd make a lousy Army General huh?  lol

    BTW, I know we've picked up a couple of new members this week.  Whichever way we go, they obviously are free to follow.


    Joe

    Following is Toby's email:

    I first want to personally apologize for the troubles you and your group have had with the site during maintenance. This upgrade is positioning the community in the right place to sustain the growth we will continue to experience for years to come not to mention it will help us remain on the cutting edge of technology along the way. We are working hard to correct issues that we have been experiencing since our upgrade.

    Secondly, I'd like to offer you and your group your own "Group" within the new site in effort to keep you together on Active and to not leave us. The "Groups" functionality is new with the upgrade and we'd love for you to take it for a spin. Here is an example of a group: http://community.active.com/groups/carlsbad-marathon-half-marathon And you would be our first special interest group! Smile

    You’re a great example of why this community is here and I hope we can continue to make improvements for you. Please consider this, share the idea with your people and please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

    I could have the 1/2 Marathon Trainers Group live tomorrow for you. Looking forward to hearing what you think.

      i'll send you my vote later. 

       

      but i would like to say that you are an AMAZING leader and we depend on you way too much.  what ever happens we all know it would be terrible to lose the friendship and encouragment we all recieve from posting our daily triumphs, struggles, and mishaps.

       

      yall are awesome runners and cool people.  i am privileged to know each of you.

       

      ps...nice to know our group is wanted, though, huh?

      chuck43


        I want to stay here.

        jayazusa


          Joe,


          I know I am new to the group, I am also in IT so I know all the work that goes into changes on a web site that being said Honestly I am torn.  I love RA for all the logging features and the Garmin Integration, it seems to be available every time I want to post all of that is a plus for me.  On the active side of the equation it was what got me to where I am, both the group I went thru C25K with and you all that have gotten me to a 10 mile long run.  Really for me it boils down to the people, I am able to collect my data a million different ways, so where ever the group goes I support.  I appreciate the fact that you are leading the charge and keeping all of us in mind, for that I have to say a bit THANK YOU for all that you have done.


          Jay

          Upcoming events:

          • 4/3/2011 - Marquee Olympic Triathlon
          • 5/7/2011 - Rio Salado Olympic Triathlon

          Completed:

          • 3/5/2011 - Run for Ryan House Half Marathon 1:50:43
          • 1/16/2011 - PF Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon 1:57:48
          • 12/5/2010 - Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon 1:59:19
          • 11/7/2010 - Amica International Triathlon - Finished 2:50:16
          • 10/9/2010 - Prospector Olympic Triathlon - Finished 2:48:25

            I just tried to log into (because it dosen't remember you) (in)active and surprise there was a problem.  I was going to say I still had an affinity for the old site, but it is just not stable enough yet.  I would also like to switch over to the log here from runnersworld, but not until the end of the year.

             

            My vote is to stay here.

             

            Rick

            Upcoming Events Current PR's 11/8/2009 - Luv 2 Run 5k 23:52 10/11/2009 BAA 1/2 Marathon 1:53:46 10/25/2009 - Canton Fall Clasic 10k 52:30

              I left CR/Active over two years ago and will never go back.  I like too many features here.  I'm sure most of you have not had a chance to explore the log section yet, where you can not only create your own logs for tracking etc, but create custom out puts and custom courses etc. 

               

              On top of that, Eric (the owner) is geart at helping out and taking suggestions for improvements. 

               

              Larry

              LPH

              "Today I broke my record for most consecutive days lived!"

              chuck43


                Joe as I stated on Face book I'll go where you go but I had pretty much stoped replying on Active because it has sucked every sence it took over cool running. something always wrong with it. The reason they are asking us to stay is because a lot of people are leaving.
                macd


                Indy Half Marathon

                  Joe, ditto to what Wendy said!

                   

                  As I mentioned in the other thread, I've been over here since Active took over coolrunning, with the group I went through C25K with. I like the log here (though haven't tried the Garmin integration), and it's nice to be able to see the current page of posts when you're in the posting window, instead of just the last post. There are things I still like about Active, though - like information on upcoming races that appear when you navigate to the threads, tickers that will stay in the signature, etc...

                   

                  Bottom line, I will stay with this group wherever... Joe, I'll email my vote. Thanks for giving the group the opportunity to decide!

                  spicegeek


                    I`m torn - I think active has been good to us - prior to this past weeks upset it really has been trouble free.

                     

                    I like the other forums not just our thread on active

                     

                    I find this site that the group is a little too shoved into a corner - It`s a pain to go and see what other discussions are going one elsewhere

                     

                    I do appreciate the welcome from the old hands at this site

                     

                    I think we will loose some people who used to drop by once every 2 or 3 weeks and some people who are just taking some downtime right now

                     

                     

                    Overall - I`d like to give active another chance

                    JoeInTX


                      I`m torn - I think active has been good to us - prior to this past weeks upset it really has been trouble free.

                       

                      I like the other forums not just our thread on active

                       

                      I find this site that the group is a little too shoved into a corner - It`s a pain to go and see what other discussions are going one elsewhere

                       

                      I do appreciate the welcome from the old hands at this site

                       

                      I think we will loose some people who used to drop by once every 2 or 3 weeks and some people who are just taking some downtime right now

                       

                       

                      Overall - I`d like to give active another chance

                       

                       

                      Spicegeek - Just wanted to point out, if we join the new Group format on Active, we would also be "in a corner".  There too, the threads are under the Group, not the basic community section.  Also, if you are on this forum, (even while composing a post!) all you need to do to view the 'basic' Forums (Running 101, General Running etc..) and other discussions going on, is click on the text  "Forums" near the upper left corner of the Window (below the text Running Ahead and your displayed username)..   So one click will get you there.

                       

                      BTW, I"m not trying to steer your decison (I read your vote), just pointing out how easy it is to navigate from this User Group/Forum section to the basic Forums section. 


                      Hawt and sexy

                        Joe, I have been here since the first active meltdown.  I will say the only thing you have to watch here is a handful of people that view this site as their backyard.  It is a very egocentric culture here, but I think the first wave influx from CR prepared most of the old-time RAers to deal with a more diverse culture.  I can tell you that I was not exactly welcomed here, and sadly a bunch of former CR posters also left this site to pursue either other interests or greener running site pastures.  It happens. You do have kinship here with the few of us still around from the first wave, but feel free to do as you wish. 

                         

                        PS.  Hit me up on Facebook buddy.  That goes for anyone else that remembers me from CR.  Just put CR or RA in your friend request.  Searching my handle brings me up at Facebook. Hugs and stuff. 

                         

                        Co'manda

                        I'm touching your pants.

                          Hi Joe thanks for everything your doing for the group!! Like I told you on FB I'll follow where ever everyone wants to go. If Active can promise the end of the login problems than  I'll go back!!!! Yes maybe we can give then another chance but we will loss people if we moving   around too much!!! lorie


                          Hangin' with Hal!

                            Joe,

                             

                            I gotta admit, I'm between a rock and a hard place on this one.  I mean, if it wasn't for Active, I wouldn't have found this amazing group...I'm extremely thankful for each and every one of y'all.  I don't really care one way or the other who hosts our thread; it's the people, not the site, that make this group unique.

                             

                            I got an email from Toby today that pretty much said the same thing you got from him.  As a USAF-trained programmer and part-time web developer, I can kinda relate / empathize, but one thing I've learned is when you're experiencing problems, you don't keep your customer base in the dark when you're having problems.  I've got no qualms with giving Active one last shot, but like the others, I go where y'all go.

                             

                            FYSA - Here's what I got from Toby:

                             

                            Hey Rob,

                            My name is Toby Guillette and I am the Social Media Specialist for Community.Active.com. I know there are a bunch of your 1/2 Marathon Trainers friends who have begun to post over on runningahead.com because of frustrations resulting from the recent upgrade. I want to assure you that we are working hard to fix these bugs. Since the server upgrade on Monday night, we haven't had any outages yet! This upgrade is positioning the community in the right place to sustain the growth we will continue to experience for years to come not to mention it will help us remain on the cutting edge of technology along the way. So thanks for keeping the group going on our site and I want to personally apologize for the troubles you and your group have had with the site lately.

                            I created a "Group" for you guys and would like to offer you the keys. I even made you a logo. Check it out and let me know what you think: http://community.active.com/groups/12-marathon-trainers

                             

                            The "Groups" functionality is new with the upgrade and we'd love for you to take it for a spin. You would be our first special interest group! Smile

                            I really hope this helps keep you all together on Active and to not leave us because you’re a great example of why this community is here and I hope we can continue to make improvements for you.

                            Please consider this and share the idea with your people. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.


                            lazy distance runner

                              I'm going to go where ever the group heads..I like the logging here and the garmin compatibility (even if I haven't used it yet Smile ). And I love that I can post from my blackberry browser and opera mini here. Active is nice with its influx of new people but the search function is horrible and it would be really nice to be able to search local profiles. Either way I'm with the team but I clicked the link from robs email and once again I get a scheduled maintance message.

                                Hello Joe and his mighty army,


                                My name is Eric and I'm the owner of RunningAHEAD.  Welcome to RA and hope that you would stay.  Since Active is making a hard sell to get you to switch back, the least I can do is to promote my own site and tell you how you'll be happier here.


                                All of you wanted to stay together and you can do that whether you're on RA or Active, but RA has more features to improve your overall experience.  For starters, the concept of groups has been around for years on RA so we know it works as expected.  Active's groups is unproven so in the future you might run into the same problems as you're having right now.


                                Everything on RA is custom made, which is why all the pages load much faster than Active.  You don't have to wait the second or two between each page click like you would on Active.  I can add new features based on users' needs much quicker than Active.  RA is designed for runners.  It has the best running log so you can monitor each other's progress and provide encouragements and suggestions.


                                I've been working on RA for years now and will continue to improve it in the years to come.  I hope that you'll give RA a try.  Regardless of your decision, happy running!


                                eric :-)

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