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    Posted: 24 Sep 17 at 10:55am
Only benefit from these fly by members is they pay subs, issue is when one of them is discovered to have amassed a collection of a dozen boats.
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as with any club or association, 5% of the members do 95% of the work
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Fully agree with Oli. Even if people are unhelpful and rude, you have to ignore it and try to deliver. While the loud rude people will tell you the issue, you can guarantee that there will be a whole load of people too polite or nervous to mention it who all have the same view.
If you want people to join your class/club you have to bend over backward for them, not ignore them because they never help out.
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obviously i have no clue as to the actual words said or tone they were imparted with but you have to be careful, just because someone who only turns up half a dozen times doesn't mean their opinion about the site not being updated isn't valid, probably the opposite, as you want to engage those people so they do come down, they need a link to their pastime. 
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Commodore just had a rant about our club website, someone had a go at her about last saturdays results not being uploaded, this from a member who turns up half a dozen times a year.
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As someone who runs two sailing related websites, a class and a club, as well as a full time job in IT, can I say that finding the time to do content updates as well as the technical updates constantly necessary to foil the hackers and spammers is difficult.
However more of you could get involved with your class or club websites since content can usually be posted by anyone given an editor's login - you don't have to be a tech admin. If you can competently post on Facebook or a forum you could be useful to your club or class as someone to write current news items or articles so please don't just mutter about out of date websites, volunteer to help.
 
And when I was a MOD employee (up to a couple of years ago) we were just advised to be careful about what we posted anywhere, don't discuss work topics and advised not to use work email addresses for anything other than work. We usually described ourselves as Civil Servants - people then think you work in the tax office or something equally boring!
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And back on topic....

The CA website should be a the Class official Shop Front if you like. Carrying news, photos, specs, a boat register and ways on contacting the CA if there are any questions/queries. As has been said not everyone does social media so it is important to ensure that those who don't are not excluded.

Twitter is a way of driving traffic to your website, release a short 'soundbit' with a link and people will inariably click on it and read more.

Facebook is now the defacto forum for many classes even if it is a little less formal than forums/bulletin boards of the past. The D-Zero class FB page always has some banter on it as well as having all the official 'Class' news being posted there.

The other thing a CA can do it set up an official page which they can then use to post news. So any posted by that page can be considered the official line from the class.

It all works together but it should start with the website and spool out from there (this is how the D-Zero website is run).
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Main reason I look at class site is for technical information and advice, rigging etc.
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