A welcome message from the moderation team

El_Goretto

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Welcome to Expat Indo Forum and thank you for joining us!

We created this forum because we feel it is important to have a community where expats moving to Indonesia, travelers visiting the wonders of the archipelago, Indonesian in and out of the country, and everyone in between can come together to share knowledge, experience, and have a good time along the way.

The former platform that served this purpose let us down and it was apparent that a void needed to be filled as soon as possible. We listened to your plea, rolled our sleeves and delivered.

Now that we are all here, let us tell you a bit more about our aspirations.


Who is this forum for?

Expat Indo is for everyone. Whether you're an old timer or a newbie, a foreigner or a local, you are all welcome to participate in this community.

Feel free to ask questions about any matter, start conversations about topics you are passionate about, share your knowledge and experience, or simply say hi.


The same moderation team, supercharged:

With Expat Indo Forum, the moderation and administration teams are cooperating very closely, which means we have greater flexibility to respond to user needs and suggestions as well as to crack down on bugs if they pop up.

What it also means is that our moderators now have access to more power and more functionalities in order to make their job easier, faster and all around more efficient.

Speaking of moderation, we will take on a more relaxed approach by trying a little experiment with The Cage. A more private, hidden, special section of the forum, only accessible to the mightiest of mighty members, where (almost) anything goes with no moderation interference. Stay tuned for more information! When this goes live, you will be among the first to know!


A familiar but improved home:


Expat Indo Forum is based on our familiar and beloved vbulletin 4. It is one of, if not the most popular message board platform - and for good reason. It has extensive customization options, it has been around for years, it is very well supported, and there are many third party plug-ins. The cherry on top? We have full control over every nook and cranny to deliver the best experience possible.

What this means is that while we set up the interface to be familiar to what everyone is used to, we have also made some major improvements by:
  • removing excess fat: functions that are not used have simply been removed
  • better layout, with easy access to posting guidelines, contact form, etc
  • fewer and better organised forums and sub-forums
  • hosted in Singapore for fast access and reliability from Indonesia
  • and last but not least: it. just. works.

And there are much more to come!


Community means inclusivity:

We consider this forum a constant work in progress because we believe that we can always out-do ourselves. But this is a community, as such will involve our users and take into account your opinion and suggestions on improvements, changes, new functionalities, etc. If an update is NOT needed by the community, we will simply not pursue it.


A modern, up-to-date companion website:

Along with Expat Indo Forum, we have a companion information website at www.expatindo.org. While still under construction, this website will offer the most up-to-date information on all aspects of living in Indonesia.

This website will be actively managed by the Moderation Team to provide you with accurate, current and useful information. No more guessing and no more dodgy prenup agreement drafts *wink*wink* :)


So please, have a look around the new place, check out our posting guidelines, make a suggestion or two or jump straight into the thick of it at the General Chat!

Thank you again for joining us on this exciting new adventure!

Yours truly,

The Expat Indo Forum Moderation Team.
 

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Let me also echo the Welcome!

This new forum could not have come at a worse time to start up for us. It is a particularly busy time for us, with school holiday in full swing and general life concerns. Nevertheless, we have dedicated perhaps all our available time in the past few days to make this roll out as quick and smooth as possible. Speaking for myself, I had maybe 8 hours of sleep in the last 3 days combined. I may very well down a gin and tonic after this and go to sleep! :)

However, we promise to respond to any concerns you may have as soon as possible.
 

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Nice to be onboard you guys... so far it looks good, no faffing around.
Oh but please how do I get my cage access? I don't care about my old rep status from the other place but I fancy a bit of cage fighting hehehehehe
 

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Nice to be onboard you guys... so far it looks good, no faffing around.
Oh but please how do I get my cage access? I don't care about my old rep status from the other place but I fancy a bit of cage fighting hehehehehe
Oooh, cage fighting with B_A! Sounds, er, interesting already.

I certainly hope that this new forum can be the best of both worlds. Great, accurate info on expat living in Indonesia, and a more laid back place for us to interact with each other.
 

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why can't i see my new avatar?? did I do something wrong- or is there a glitch?
 

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Just a big thanks to the Mods and whoever else worked on setting this up. I am sure there will be some "hic-cups", but it already feels like home. ;)
 

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But then I saw my post and I am a newbie. I must have screwed something up in the registration.
 

Bad_azz

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nope, you are yet to be tweaked ... Atlantis (or the Mod team) will adjust your status when he/they get chance.
 

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But then I saw my post and I am a newbie. I must have screwed something up in the registration.

Welcome! BA is right, I am sure you'll be "tweaked" soon. I understand that early adopters/prolific posters will be recognized for their contributions here, in recognition of the fact that you can't have a thriving forum without active members. Glad to see you will be one of us.
 

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Oh but please how do I get my cage access? I don't care about my old rep status from the other place but I fancy a bit of cage fighting hehehehehe

We will send out invitations for joining The Cage when The Cage is online. We're kinda toying with ideas on how to implement it, and not get into trouble ourselves!
 

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Glad to be here on the new forum.

As a suggestion perhaps copy all the forum categories from LILF and if later there is little or no activity on a particular category it can be deleted or merged with another.

Cheers

EDIT: Oops I found all the forum categories...
 
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Howdy everybody! This immediately feels like home! Thanks to the admin and mods for getting this set up so quickly.
 

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Howdy everybody! This immediately feels like home! Thanks to the admin and mods for getting this set up so quickly.

Hi HappyMan, glad to have you on board. I have given you your Charter Member package!
 

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Glad to be here on the new forum.

As a suggestion perhaps copy all the forum categories from LILF and if later there is little or no activity on a particular category it can be deleted or merged with another.

Cheers

Howdy and welcome tihzo! With all these old faces, this does start feel like home!

About the categories, we tried to have every subforum you are used to represented here. Some of the dead ones over there we decided not to bring over.
The Law forum has been expanded because the we hope the information contained within will be even more complete than previously, and with it being split up it would be easier to categorize.
And everything that one would find in a "Classifieds" section is now grouped together.

Pretty much all of us were unhappy with the way it was organized before, and I think this is an improvement.

That said, nothing is set in stone, and we already added a sub forum by request.
 

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Welcome Anglian, scouser59!

We have promoted you to charter member, as well as restored your reputations to their previous levels.
 

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A thunderdome, you say. Not sure I could survive in there, but I will give it some thought. A no holds barred chance to correct errors posted on the internet, i.e. argue endlessly about trivia where the only real goal is self aggrandizement, is enticing.
 

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ok I'm in....... looking good so far guys. :)
 

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