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I am considering deleting all the dead link threads and want to know if you use this site just to download tapes or do you use it as a reference site i.e to look up dates/places of clashes etc? Please do the poll on left hand side. It will help me make my decision.<br> Thanks



 
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PostSubject: Progress of the site   Thu May 21, 2009 8:37 pm

1 Month progress report

I started this board a month ago and have been pleased with how its gone so far.
We now have 253 members! 778 topics- of which I estimate about 600 are tapes available to download! We have made 2290 posts!

I'd like to thank Jayman for his hard work as moderator- thanks for volunteering for that important role mate! Jayman also deserves nuff props for uploading so many great tapes. Big thanks and respect are due to Beatstreet, who doesn't use the site but was very helpful during the setting it up process. He is a soul boy but has a big generous heart to donate his time to this project for no reward but thanks and apreciation!

Thanks to the Valued Contributors! -too many too name but you know who you are- some of which were very quick to spend time posting great tapes and videos here. Thanks to everyone else who has contributed tapes- if I see you've dropped lots I'll give you Valued Contributor status- if I dont notice your hard work and want this status than please PM me.

Thanks and apreciation of course go out to all those at DHR who invited me to recycle their old links from the archive there- this project is still underway. If anyone sees their links used here and they didn't give me blessings to use them then my apologies if you are not happy about that- just pm me and I'll replace your original links with a re-upload!

A Plea:
There are some members who have posted many messages of thanks for tapes they download to enjoy (which is what the site is for!), but I would apreciate it if you could make more of an effort to contribute to the board with posts of your own. There are many sections here to post in and many sources on the net where information, pictures, video, mixes and tapes can be found. download these and re-upload them here. As long as you dont directly link-steal and remember to credit the source that'd be fine and welcome. The only other designated status I can atribute is "Leach"- which I havn't used yet and don't really want to.

Thanks also to all those who take time to read these sections in Welcome To soundtapes.com so that they understand how the site works (you wouldn't believe how many PM me about not being able to see links!), and also to those who post in the Introduce Yourself thread, before getting stuck in (I'm a bit disapointed that this is the minority of users!)

Keep up the good vibes all and chip in to make this an exciting board to use!

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8 Month Progress Report

Here the important statistics:
Number of users721
Number of topics1822
Posts10400
So a busy and successful site already! You can expect the amount of topics to increase quite alot as I now have alot more time to put in to the site. Big thanks to all the other moderators and regular contributers who make this a great place!

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6 Year Progress Report!!

Here the important statistics:

Number of users2225
Number of topics4732
Posts31341

[size=18] Who could have thought the site would grow so much and carry on so long!
Please help to continue the growth and preserve the history for the future years

MrEnergizer


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PostSubject: Changes made to site today!!   Wed May 27, 2009 3:57 am

Some changes made today. The site is no longer called soundtapes.com it is now soundtapes.co.uk

I also deleted 630 of our members as they were not sharing tapes, pictures, videos, mixes, concerts, stories, de nada and they neglected my offer to make them valued contributers for making a financial contribution. Two more people made financial contributions so I spent the money on a couple of new needles as I'd blunted the last ones playing too many crackly 45s, so hopefully my next lot of mixes will sound a bit clearer.

I also mucked up the appearance of the board- this will change soon. sorry about that.

I've closed the board to new members but have posted the message that people who want to join should e mail me so I can make sure they're ready to contribute before they join.

I hope now that we'll all feel more ready to free up our precious tapes. I plan to share the bulk of my collection but did not want to just give it away free to all those leeches (no disrespect intended to anyone who is happy to do that, or to the leeches- I know its just a time thing).

Can I request to the remaining members that they keep putting a bit of time in when they can to share more of the good stuff we have here.

I hope no one minds the changes taking place!

cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Progress of the site   Wed May 27, 2009 5:50 am

Great work Stephen and very well put across........

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PostSubject: Re: Progress of the site   Wed May 27, 2009 11:13 am

jayman65 wrote:
Great work Stephen and very well put across........

PEACE

Yeah cool... People might feel more of an incentive if they are allowed to d/load a few things before they decide to contribute....just an idea.
hurry up with the changes though...I'm feeling sick Shocked Very Happy

p.s. Not sussed out how to reply yet without quoting??
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PostSubject: Re: Progress of the site   Wed May 27, 2009 8:00 pm

MrEnergizer wrote:
jayman65 wrote:
Great work Stephen and very well put across........

PEACE

Yeah cool... People might feel more of an incentive if they are allowed to d/load a few things before they decide to contribute....just an idea.
hurry up with the changes though...I'm feeling sick Shocked Very Happy

p.s. Not sussed out how to reply yet without quoting??
lol. i agree. i'll sort the look of the place and then re-open it- cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Progress of the site   Wed May 27, 2009 10:32 pm

ok mate- is this any better? I'm in two minds but would like feedback. I've asked SkreD to do some fine-tuning and change it as he likes anyway. I've reponed the forum so as new members come we'll just let them know they need to contribute in their own way as soon as possible. maybe we should put a limit on how many titles should be leeched?
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PostSubject: Re: Progress of the site   Thu May 28, 2009 3:30 am

Thats better mate, the red colour was way too much on the eyes....

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PostSubject: Re: Progress of the site   Thu May 28, 2009 4:25 am

you're a genius SkreD!!
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PostSubject: September 2009 Newsletter also note on 30 members deleted today   Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:36 pm

Hi to all members

Summer went quick hey! I’m really happy with the way the place has been going since the May clean-up. We’ve got a great core of contributors and dedicated moderators.

When a new member joins I now ask how they will contribute before I activate them. Only about ten percent then get back to me and say they will contribute with audio. I then activate them and according to the rules of the site (see-
http://soundtapes.do-goo.com/welcome-to-soundtapescouk-f1/please-do-please-dont-please-read-this-page-before-you-post-t3.htm#3
) they need to then contribute within a week of joining to become a valued member. We only want members with Valued Member status. I havn’t been deleting members who don’t get that status and instead have been giving them a short ban and a note reminding them of the rule, but I wont keep banning the same people I think one strike and out is fair now. People can always rejoin when they get t heir thing together.

Talking with moderators another issue with the sharing is that some people have contributed one or a two tapes and then taken 50 or more. An idea that’s been suggested is that a ratio of one upload- twenty downloads would be fair. That would be a lot of work to keep track of but I’d like to suggest it now and I’m sure you know who you are if you need to rip a couple of tapes to get your balance straight.

Remember that you can contribute to the site with flyer and poster scans, stories, reviews, questions, links to other good sites, as well as photos, video, mixes and sound tapes. Post mid 90s tapes are quite thin on the ground here- probably as the moderators and myself are not into them personally but we would welcome more of them on the site. Dub sounds like Aba Shanti and Jah Shaka are some of the most popular sounds here so more of those would be great too.

Any questions please get in touch wit h one of the moderators or myself.

Keep making this site the best place on the net to archive and share sound system recordings!

Stephen
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PS- Today I went through and deleted the users who had not gained Valued Contributer Status. I just left the most recent members to join and we'll see if they contribute over the next week. It's probably best if I do it every weekend. If you get deleted you can join again another time when you become able to contribute. Deleted about 30 today. There were about ten users who have never posted and I'll e mail these to see if they still want to be members.
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PostSubject: Re: Progress of the site   Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:56 pm

I just sent this out:

Hi everyone

I hope all's well. Been a bit quiet on the site recently.

I'm opening up the site again because I've had no subscriptions for 2010 yet (I got about 5 for 2009) so it seems like a good time to do it. I don't have alot of time to keep on top of the handling users either. When I sent e mails to people wishing to join to ask them what they would like to contribute it would usually go to their spam box so alot of people would not get the message. I wont let the site get like how it was as soundtapes.com though I expect everyone to contribute in some way and anyone who takes alot of stuff without contributing will be banned. If anyone does make a financial contribution to cover the costs of the site that would always be welcome from those who don't post tapes. Not that I particularly need the money but it's the principal for me and I know contributing members got annoyed with all the leaching last time, so everyone should be trying to get the "Valued Contributer" status.
Rapidshare have changed their system and links now last about 30 days if not used, so please stick to mediafire or megaupload as these still seem to be the best people to upload with as the links last.

Please remember to hide your links with the code:


New members should read these sections
http://soundtapes.do-goo.com/welcome-to-soundtapescouk-f1/
and post in the introduce yourself thread before anything else.

Any questions please pm me or a moderator.

Have a great christmas and I hope you continue to enjoy the site in 2010!

Stephen

We have about 40 new members activated today but from now on I wont need to activate anyone- it'll be automatic!

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PostSubject: Spring 2010 newsletter sent today   Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:35 pm

Hi everyone

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the improving weather.

Since opening the site back up to automatic joining we've doubled our membership and have some great new contributors. But unfortunately we are also getting into the situation again where we have members who are not contributing.

To stay a member of the site you need to have "Valued Contributor" status (within a couple weeks of joining really). I felt terrible deleting all those members back when it was soundtapes.com (about 650 of them- and some of them so surprised!) so I'm just going to do it as an ongoing basis from now on, each week checking there are no members who have been here for weeks (or downloaded more than 10-20 titles) and not contributed. I can also check and ban IP addresses.

To understand how to use the site and not get banned this section is very important:

"Welcome to soundtapes.co.uk

Please read this section, decide how to contribute and introduce yourself here before you use the site- Your first post should be here!"
http://soundtapes.do-goo.com/welcome-to-soundtapescouk-f1/

Some of you will be aware that I do accept financial contributions toward the site. I call them yearly subcriptions and the suggested ammount is £20 for members who are not able to post tapes. I have had one contribution for 2010 so far and had about 5 last year. I am not making money from this, with the cost of the name, subscriptions to rapidshare and megaupload there is no profit, which is fine, but it's quite a responsibility as well and as much work as I have time to put into it. People need to show thanks and respect if they are not contributing tapes. So don't get confused and think I'm trying to make money from uploading or others' uploading tapes. I would make more money from mrsoundtapes.com if I hadn't started this site, but I don’t have the time or need as I have normal job like everyone else. So if you want details of how to subscribe send me Private Message or e mail me at mistersoundtapes@gmail.com

If you are not sure how to convert your old tapes to mp3, rip your soundsystem and mix CDs to mp3, or upload mp3s you downloaded from other sites please just ask a moderator or myself by private message. If you are stuck for something to contribute (eg no £20 and no tapes) how about going through this spot:

http://forum.dancehallreggae.com/forumdisplay.php/10-The-Sound-System-Forum

looking for things you can download that we don't have here and then re-up them.

Blogspots are also good. Search on google: "king sturgav blogspot" for example and you see there is loads out there.

Don't just cut and paste the link though you need to download it, add the name (soundtapes.co.uk) to the file and re-upload with mediafire or preferably megaupload. We do not want z-share, sendspace or rapidshare links here if we can help it as they do not last.

To make it clear what members we value and the type that don't last check these two members (not trying to embarrass anyone but have to be clear!):

http://soundtapes.do-goo.com/profile.forum?mode=viewprofile&u=972

and

http://soundtapes.do-goo.com/profile.forum?mode=viewprofile&u=1015

One joined, read the Welcome To.. section, introduced themselves and quickly took time to upload what they could to the site, then started taking a few things they were interested in. Not 30 for every one thing he posted but a fair balance (Edit: should have read 50! 30:1 is not too bad considering how some people go on. I think we suggest 20:1 in the Please Do.. section anyway). We need more members like this.

The other member didn't introduce themselves, quickly rinsed the site and got banned. We don’t need members like this. If I find two members like this have the same IP address I'll ban that IP address. We need give and take or the site wont work.

Sorry if this is a long and rambling newsletter but I know some people didn't read the Welcome to.. section so don't know. To summarise I will accept some subscriptions for 2010 to cover my costs for this year so get in touch if you don't have time to contribute any other way. I'd like to see more people contributing tapes (there's millions we don't have) and I'm gonna start deleting members we don't need and banning IP addresses.

Hope that's all good with you and you continue to enjoy the site.

Take care,

Stephen T


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PostSubject: these are good- healthy site!!   Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:45 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Progress of the site   Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:42 am

Going good Stephen Very Happy
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