sorry i missed up and forgot to lock it and sticky it. i try to do it right this time.
like i said this is a work in progress.
ok guys i am in the middle of writing a book to talk about all the issues of CLSB from its history to growth to its current issues of how it all works and what and where me and Tony are trying to take to it.
i feel with all the new members that haven't been around since day 1 or since member 3000 a lot of miss communication has been created so i am going to make a thread to stand for all time to see and read as it is important to know especially at the current time of our growth. if this help other websites i am happy to help. CLSB is often imitated but never duplicated. grab a soft drink and read with an open mind.
i will lock this thread for now and updated with each section i feel needs to be addressed from there ill create a new thread to listen to comments and or concerns and see if they help how we can implement them into our structure.
i and Tony are always up for good ideas or suggestions that go along with what he and i envisioned for this community and improving it along the way with concerns or issue that arise for our needs.
OK this is gonna be long winded but you guys wanted to know something and it seems advertisers and sponsors are the biggest rumored issues among you feeling censored or wondering.
I think you guys donít know or donít realize just how much we do and work on this site. While a ton recognize the benefits and also the site structure many donít understand WHY its that way and cause they donít ask or just assume it pisses them off. Since I care Ill try to explain so I hope this thread helps enlighten people.
THE HISTORY OF CLSB & GROWTH:
1st off lets go into history, a long time ago when it was a few hundred that were on the site all the feeís to pay for the site was very cheap and between me and Tony splitting the bills it was chump change. Since then it has grown and every few thousands of members that are added and also there activity it also has increased the bills. Just like anything, more usage more money towards it. I have always asked to try to link other sites pictures or threads or info as much as you can to help save on bills, but honestly not that many people pay attention. Face it a lot of people donít really know, or care for that matter they just wanna have fun and learn and socialize.
Thatís why I take it upon myself to do the things I do in the manner I do them because fun is better then working, so I try to do the work so others can play and hopefully I have some fun along the way. While I might not know everything I do know a lot when it comes to business and also business planning and day to day operations business face. I own a few my self and also manage employees so I try to transitions that over to help CLSB to manage it from a stand point of structure and also the liable issues it faces on day to day operations. Tony handles any and all computer related issues pertaining to our needs and also what we feel we can bring to the site as far as features or implementations of perks we can give to the members in the electronic realm along with tonys ideas or what we both talk about to do with or bring to the site for the fun factor and also its ORINGINAL intent purpose.
Tony and I wanted to bring motorcyclist of all kinds together for the betterment of community, safety concerns, education, awareness issues, and our rights, improving your skills, improving the way you think and act on the streets. Most of all build a community in numbers and voices all working together towards these goals united.
To talk freely, unrestricted and on censored.
Currently we are 6000 members strong. This open chat forum is free to all its members to use, and interact in. nothing hid from no one. You donít even have to be a member to read it. We have been averaging over 9 million hits a month for years.
If someone wants to interact they sign up or they meet off line. A majority of riders love to read. Few interact in the levels as we do on line. Age demographics play issues I feel in that regard.
CLSB has went from being a local Chicago chat forum of local riders to currently being one of the largest and most active communities chat forums in the Midwest!
Along the way its growth became financial issues and some members disrespectful to the degree we needed to talk with them to change there attitude towards others. give multiple chances to change there ways of interaction with others because of complaints we receive from the offending parties or even myself or Tony saw that this member is unruly. when all efforts fail we ban them, if after some time they want to come back they contact me or tony and talk it out. if that can change and apologizes to the offending party we feel they deserve another chance. our policy is 3 strikes your out for ever!
this became over whelming, so Moderators were brought in to help keep an eye out to browse there sections of forums they are managing with Tonyís and myself guidelines which are posted in the rules of the site.
they do what we ask them which is to follow our set of rules and enforce them in there own particular fashion.
as you can imagine there is a LOT that they do and help us with, which Tony and i thank them till no end.
Our standards and our efforts work for the majority.
give me some time to get the next section written