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  1. MDF LinkedIn Group moderator required!

    Our almost 50,000 member LinkedIn group is getting a bit of a pain for me to personally moderate and I was wondering if there is a MDF member who would like help out and become a moderator?

    If you are interested and comply with the following requirements please PM me!
    1) You must be a mechanical engineer
    2) You must not be a recruiter or marketing type
    3) You must have good English language skills
    4) You must have a track record of posting discussions on this ...
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  2. MDF is 3 years old! Legacy screenshots.

    The Mechanical Design Forum is now 3 years old. It really doesn't feel like that long since it was started.

    Below are a few screenshots of how the site has developed over the last three years.

    The current incarnation of MDF (let's call it MDF 2.0) uses the excellent vBulletin software. The previous versions that are pictured below (let's call them MDF 1.0 to 1.3) used phpBB. The latter is open-source so it's freely available. As great as phpBB was, it could be quite buggy ...
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  3. Can you help the Mechanical Design Forum?

    Over the last 2.5 years we've worked incredibly hard to spread the word about the Forum in all sorts of ways including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Every member is incredibly important as we seek to provide an unrivalled resource of expertise for the benefit of all. Our aim is to make this website THE definitive mechanical engineering resource providing a fantastic level of support for its members. We're continuously looking for new ways to extend the reach of the Forum to find new members ...
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  4. "Spam-o-matic" to the rescue

    You don't usually see any spam on this forum because every new member's 1st posts is manually checked and approved. However, believe me - spam is a constant nuisance here and dealing with it consumes hours of effort every month (especially since we switched to vBulletin, where I've had to figure everything out again from scratch).

    Anyway today I installed "Spam-o-matic" (love the name ) - a cracking little forum mod that seems to have stopped the spammers and dodgy registrants ...
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  5. Endless annoying things

    You're hopefully unaware of this, but the transition to the new Mechanical Design Forum software (vBulletin) has been far from easy. There really are just so many niggly problems - things which don't work, things that keep going wrong, things that are just really difficult to learn about and fix. I really look forward to the day when the transition is complete and stable so I can actually have a bit more time to join in some discussions etc!

    Anyway here's a list of some of the irritations ...
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