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    hi all - trying again to post something so i can register for freezing saddles. hoping it works this time (or maybe my posts arent getting approved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    I absolutely agree that it's incredibly complicated--and I wrote it. The problem is, it's the only way we can get all the information we need to make this work. There are really five components:

    Obviously, if you just want to ride your bike and not compete, you don't have to do any of this. But if you want to compete, the questions are far from random. The only one not specifically related to the game is the one about coffee clubs. It is not mandatory (your form will go through without it), but is intended to let people know the coffee clubs exist, as another way of fostering camaraderie.
    Did not intend to dislike this post and "dislike" that I can't remove it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    I absolutely agree that it's incredibly complicated--and I wrote it. The problem is, it's the only way we can get all the information we need to make this work. There are really five components:

    1. You have to be a forum member and to have made at least one post, because the game was developed by forum members in part to foster camaraderie among forum members. What's a "forum member" is obviously open to interpretation, but requiring registration plus one post is a pretty low-level requirement. Also, because all information is posted on the forum, we want to make sure that contestants are at least familiar enough with the forum mechanics to know how to post questions, etc.
    2. To get the back end to be able to count miles, we have to have Strava to collect the miles, Strava clubs to show who is in which team, and authorization to allow Freezing Saddles to read Strava information.
    3. To be able to notify people of team assignments, events, etc., we have to be able to e-mail them. (Not everyone reads the forum daily.) And to get our e-mails to get through spam filters, we have to have the double opt-in process (clicking on that second e-mail) that drives everyone nuts.
    4. We need information to make team assignments. In part, this is to balance out those who ride a lot with those who don't on each team. Hence the questions about last year's mileage and what you normally ride. In part, it's to allow people who want to be on local teams to do so.
    5. The contest is run by volunteers, so we need a volunteer sign-up.

    Obviously, if you just want to ride your bike and not compete, you don't have to do any of this. But if you want to compete, the questions are far from random. The only one not specifically related to the game is the one about coffee clubs. It is not mandatory (your form will go through without it), but is intended to let people know the coffee clubs exist, as another way of fostering camaraderie.
    Thanks for everything you do for us! Yeah registration is kind of a pain but omg it must be so much more of a pain for you!

    I hope you're feeling the love & support here....


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    Quote Originally Posted by elizsnyder View Post
    I had to dislike the post. Sorry Ify. Jumping through hoops makes it feel even better when you get in. After f-ing up my first year attempt and not getting on a team...believe it or not made it sweeter each follow on year that I was able to navigate the registration. It's FREAKING AWESOME! It is EXACTLY like how it feels when you go out to climb on the bike, it's raining, forgot the rain jacket, tire is flat, wait, do I have a nice dress jacket for work in my pannier? I have a presentation at work at 10am!!, oh crap, imma gonna be late, but I am not giving up...I will RIDE TO WORK! I refer you to rule #5 and rule # 43 https://www.velominati.com THANK YOU CVCALHOUN AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS who make this stuff happen!!
    Ah hahaha this comment is the BOMB! I'd never made that connection before, but you're absolutely right - registration is a pain but worth it in the same way as a hard obstacle filled ride.... And completely woo-hoo when you've made it up the hill! etc...
    I mean through the process....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hancockbs View Post
    Did not intend to dislike this post and "dislike" that I can't remove it.
    Yeah, the forum is weird like that. You can both like and dislike the same post, but there appears to be no way to remove either one if you have an errant mouse click.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica Hirschhorn View Post
    That's just how I roll.

    No really. The first year I was so freaked out by the Forum I entered my ONE message and was done. I never looked at it again.

    My second year was slightly better but I was a Team Captain (Motto: "Look at me. Look at me. I am the CAPTAIN now.") and started to actually learn to do things like , oh, I don't know, REMEMBER MY FORUM password from week to week.

    Now is my THIRD YEAR and I have somehow become a FORUM PEST, posting a lot more. Even volunteering a pointless prize!

    You can DO it Ify! Not to overshare, but I totally registered for FS202 and verified my e-mail while, ahem, powdering my nose.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone out there.

    As Nadine says, "The ONLY good thing about WINTER is Freezing Saddles".
    I love this, Jessica!
    You are a great storyteller.
    And it's true - freezing saddles is the only thing I like about winter.

    So grateful for all the volunteers who jump through the complicated hoops all the time so we can have something to make winter fun!


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    cvcalhoun, next year could you (assuming you continue to volunteer for this position) emphasize in the registration form that new people to the forum don't need to create a new thread for their first post? Maybe we should have an intro for noobs thread where people are introducing themselves (as I've seen in the past), so we don't have a bunch of pointless threads (acknowledging that FS involves a lot of pointless stuff).

    EDIT: It's been done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    new people to the forum don't need to create a new thread for their first post?
    Thanks -- this ain't Reddit

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    so we don't have a bunch of pointless threads

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    cvcalhoun, next year could you (assuming you continue to volunteer for this position) emphasize in the registration form that new people to the forum don't need to create a new thread for their first post? Maybe we should have an intro for noobs thread where people are introducing themselves (as I've seen in the past), so we don't have a bunch of pointless threads (acknowledging that FS involves a lot of pointless stuff).

    EDIT: It's been done!
    Link to the newbies thread has been added to the registration form. You might also want to speak to Henry about getting it added to the sticky.

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