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Good morning
I just found that Bonz has been a member of EO for 10 years since 04/04/2003.

Go Bonz








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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 10:04

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 10:04
I just checked mine 13 Sept 2004... Time flies!!! Michael
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Reply By: Member. Rob M (QLD) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 11:06

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 11:06
Hi Muzbry

Looks like I am 10 days older than Bonz.

I am sure there are a lot of us oldies still around.

David & Michele must be doing something right.
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 12:02

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 12:02
Gday Rob
So far in my short life, this is the longest I have ever been associated with any one thing , not including work or marriage .




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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 12:42

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 12:42
Where did you find this info? Can't see it in my profile or home page.
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Follow Up By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 12:45

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 12:45
Found it myself... :-)

For others benefit, if you click on the link alongside the member photo that says Member: My Profile then you see the details being discussed here.

Mine is 18 Mar 2005

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:21

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:21
If you go into the members list and produce a state listing the members names are all clickable links. If you hover your cursor over any members name you can see their join by date and a few other things.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 15:54

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 15:54
Muz,

With all due respect to Bonz, I thought he'd been around forever! Seems I've wheeled him by 4 days.

Those were the days(insert sigh), with plenty of good banter, discussions and "dummy-spits".

Thanks Muz,
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 22:59

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 22:59
Yep... I joined 14/3/2003.... Joined in regularly in discussions and loved the comraderie. Nowadays I go weeks without checking in as it is a very dry forum. Okay if you want some techinical details, but not the good old discussion and chatfest we used to enjoy.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:25

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:25
What about David give a bit of recognition to such length of service, maybe a 10 year member banner at the bottom of the displayed profile picture or something similar.

Just a thought :))

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:38

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:38
That is not a bad idea at all. Interested in other comments on this yes/no/maybe/who cares I have been here the longest/other - lol?
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 18:02

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 18:02
David,

Would be a good idea, on one proviso.........that you didn't use Muz's "Elderly Members" as the caption.

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Follow Up By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 18:14

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 18:14
I like the way you think John, next month brings up my 10 years and lurking for about 12 months before that. Been a few miles covered since then and some big ones in retirement......hopefully!
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 18:52

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 18:52
I just thought that Life members get a little recognition label maybe the same for 10 year members?
Doesn't have to be over the top, but would be a nice indication of appreciation by EO to those who have contributed to the site all these years.


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Follow Up By: Member - Gaz@Gove (NT) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:29

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:29
Yes, sounds good to me. I don't post much, but spend a bit of time on here.
I am missing the posts by a lot of the "Oldies" as they were when I joined, sadly some aren't with us anymore.
But to add to Bob Y's post, don't put the new members in a "sleeping bag" category and the elder members in the Winnebago category. :), the handbrake and I are nearing 60 and we can't go where we want to in one of them.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 21:48

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 21:48
How about a bronze star for 5 years, silver for 10 years and gold for 20 years?

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 22:03

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 22:03
Shades of eBay Al, get a different colour star for each level of purchases made :))

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 22:34

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 22:34
Yeah John like ebay, sort of.

Or..

Have a rating scale say from 1 to 20, 20 being almost unachievable.

Add 1 for each year of membership.
Add 0.05 for each forum thread written with more than 500 views
Add 0.005 for each reply to forum thread
Add 0.005 for each thanks you get
Add 0.01 for each item you sell in the shop (you still haven't sold that fridge John)
Add 0.01 for each item purchased in shop
Add 0.5 for each Trek note uploaded and 0.05 for every 100 downloads.
Add 0.01 for each picture uploaded.
Add 0.2 for every blog that has more than 500 views and 0.05 for every 500 views thereafter.
Add 0.1 for every user trek above 50 kilometres and 0.05 for every 100 downloads
Add 0.05 for every new place you upload
Add 0.01 for every modification to a place.
When you get to 20 you get the Platinum star and some shares in the company.

Whadya think? lol..


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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 22:48

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 22:48
David would love writing the code for that idea :)
Mick O would win on blog views me thinks :))

Fridge has your name on it LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - Michael A (ACT) - Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 19:57

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 19:57
sounds like a good idea. rewards for loyallty are always well received

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Reply By: Member - Jinki & Harry - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:27

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 16:27
Well, surprised to find we have been members since 02/02/2002 !!! --- have found it to be one of the best forums for advice and any information requested over the years.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 17:39

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 17:39
02 02 02 !!! You probably didn't have many others to talk to on the forum at that time!! I remember finding this site about 12 months before I joined so that would be early 2003. Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Jinki & Harry - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:40

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:40
Michael - there were quite a few others on the forum back in 2002, however some have dropped off for various reasons over the years and many more have joined since. And, just David and Michelle in the office.

Notice your roof top tent and screen - we have a howling moon & screen which we use from time to time, depending on where and what we are doing in the outback. A great overnight set up.

Like your signature quote - very true.

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 21:12

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 21:12
Hi Jinki & Harry, Yes the forum back then was very innovative and the experience and tips of others flowed! Back in 1999, we were flying along at a great pace to get out of a dust storm on the Oodnadatta Track, tyres pumped up to 50 psi in our first brand new Patrol and blew a new tyre to pieces. We learnt quickly and started the quest to learn more of how to get around safely and keep out of harms way. We found this site and it has been of immense help over the years! We now have the kids almost off our hands now, the youngest finishing school next year and the other starting UNI so we hope to start using the roof tent more often and enjoying some of the places we have yet to discover. As we age, I guess a van will be in order but its great for the time being and requires a small footprint to set up and gives us some freedom to get a little further off road. Yes, how true is the quote, You don't get extra brownie points from anyone for spending months on end on the front lawn, pulling out weeds! If you have a great partner, getting out and about is truly the best thing. Best regards, Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 23:02

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 23:02
I had a visitor id for while and finally joined 14/2/03. It used to such a nice friendly place. Like minded people chewing the fat. All too dry and clinical nowadays.
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Reply By: Ross M - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 18:09

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 18:09
Muzbry
You are lucky EO doesn't have a use by date then aren't you.

I wonder if there is a "BEST BEFORE" date which is applies?

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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 09:11

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 09:11
My best is still to come Ross

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Reply By: Member - Gaz@Gove (NT) - Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:11

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 20:11
No barcodes please. 11/07/2005 is my birthday here.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 00:13

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 00:13
There is one thing that could be fixed up. There does not seem to be much consistancy in what appears before the posters name up in the top LH corner of each message. A lot have member before their name. It does not matter if they are life members or yearly subscription members.

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 07:40

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 07:40
Peter! You can remove that when you enter your screen name. You can tell by the profile caption at the bottom of the post if they are a member but I see what you mean. Some members prefer or don't bother to place a photo or signature. Michael.
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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 07:56

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 07:56
Whatever happened to members like "Willem" ? He was such a great poster. So knowledgeable and entertaining to read. I learnt so much from him. Without any disrespect to current members...there seems to be many experienced members who have left or no longer making comments on posts. Just my impression.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jinki & Harry - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 11:36

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 11:36
Yes, Willem was very knowledgeable and it was sad to see him leave the forum some time ago.

In our early days of travelling, we had stopped in Peterborough for a coffee. Had the small Exploroz sticker on the back window of our Patrol when towing our Caravan. When we arrived back at our rig, guess who was standing beside the vehicle to introduce himself? Willem, he has given us a lot of very helpful advice over the years, especially anything to do with Flinders. We miss him and his comments.

There are many others who too, have dropped off for various reasons. Whilst we don't post very often, we do check every few days to see what is news!

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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 13:35

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 13:35
Willem hasnt changed..........he just chats on facebook now instead of here.
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Follow Up By: TTTSA - Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 14:59

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Hahaha Hairy, I don't think he has been banned on Facebook........yet!
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Reply By: Members - Bow & Nan - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 08:46

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 08:46
Became a member in 22 Oct 2003, close to the ten year club.
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Reply By: Member - Peter (1) - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 13:48

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 13:48
G'day All

I became a member of this very informative web site waaaay back on 4th. July 2001.

Nearly every day I peruse the forum pages and add a comment or answer a question on a few occasions. I used to engage more frequently but the "Armchair Experts" (luckily few in number) turned me off, but I still glean valuable information and tips from some of the knowledgeable people who submit to the forum. I do miss the banter between a lot of the now lost older members.

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 23:05

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 23:05
I agree.. .the banter made it a forum, rather than an informations swap site. We used to have a good old yarn. Now this is deemed OT.
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Reply By: RodH, Sydney - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 17:16

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 17:16
This is a great thread. I joined in April 2002. Congratulations to everyone for keeping this going.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 18:30

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 18:30
I am trying to remember when it was that Bonz and a couple of mates visited me at work in Broken Hill. It was during the Outback Challenge probably in 2004 or 2005.

I have only been a member since 2005 but I did lurk in the shadows for a couple of years before that.

Like others I post less than I once did and nearly didn't sign on again this time.

I might hang around to try and see off the other "Elderly Members"

Some form of recognition for extended years of membership might reduce the chance of me fading away.

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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 21:27

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 21:27
I'll put my hand up for 3/6/ 2002
i think that makes me the old man of the ACT contingent.
I did however come across some of Michelles old trip reports( dont think they were called blogs then) in 1999 when researching for a cape york trip and remember well the start of EO.
there have been a lot come and go over the years but must admit I still see many of the people regularly that i met in the early days of the forum.

amonst the people i camped with this weekend was one ex member I first met at an EO get together at Bendethra Aug 2004

Will always remmber that when i first posted under my curent tagafter becoming a member someone posted they hoped my first name wasnt little johnny.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 21:44

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 21:44
I will put in my bid for the decade of membership, 7th March 2003.

Like others have said some of the characters have gone only to be replaced by others which does give this forum a good balance.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 13:17

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 13:17
Gee am I the oldest - can't remember if it was 2000 or 2001 but records were lost or issue with username (which partly still exisits) anyway got username sort of sorted out in 2005 approx.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter (1) - Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 11:24

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 11:24
G'day Robin,

What is your membership No.?

Mine is Member 70, if you can beat that then you have been a member longer that me. I don't think there are many members still around who have been a continuous member as long as me. Perhaps members 1 - 100 could get together and form a Senior Members Club.

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Reply By: Member - Woodsy - Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 07:46

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 07:46
Woodsy here

Been a member since August 2002 and a Life Member for a few years so I 'suppose my membership years will just accumulate
I view and absorb EO every morning except if I am away on a trip or something

I have learnt many valuable things and added a small number of comments etc, had a lotta laughs and sometimes wondered about the sanity of some members, but the mix is enjoyable

Possibly one of the older members at 71 but I plan to continue using the site, adding what I can if I think it will help and recommending EO to others

Congratulations David & Michelle and all you other old buggers on EO
Happy 4 wheeling

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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 18:26

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 18:26
Used to be a member back in 2002 but let it slip as I was mostly overseas working.

Sure miss the likes of Willem and Truckster and who was it who had the crazy emu head profile.
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