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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:24 pm    Post subject: Look familiar? Reply with quote

Every so often I run a Google search for T Gauge, and today I found something quite, quite interesting. Several weeks ago an anonymous individual set up a new forum. Gee... do the section headers and descriptions look familiar?

http://www.t-scale.net/forum

Now, I don't mind a little competition. Competition is good. But clearly someone needs a dose of Originality. Anyway, it's awfully quiet over there, so I'm not all that concerned about losing "business" to someone else.

It does beg the question if someone got irked by something said here and went off in a huff to do their own thing out of spite... particularly since everything is done anonymously--not a name to be found anywhere on the site. Who is this mysterious T Gauger? Their Links page has only one link, as if nothing else exists. Or am I reading too much into this?

And there's a nagging little question at the back of my mind, too: strictly speaking, Talking T Gauge is no longer a "world exclusive." Do I bother changing the Forum description? Or should I just ignore the whole thing?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Look familiar? Reply with quote

David K Smith wrote:


And there's a nagging little question at the back of my mind, too: strictly speaking, Talking T Gauge is no longer a "world exclusive." Do I bother changing the Forum description? Or should I just ignore the whole thing?


Change it to "the worlds foremost T gauge modelling forum"?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Look familiar? Reply with quote

trainspotter-usa wrote:
David K Smith wrote:


And there's a nagging little question at the back of my mind, too: strictly speaking, Talking T Gauge is no longer a "world exclusive." Do I bother changing the Forum description? Or should I just ignore the whole thing?


Change it to "the worlds foremost T gauge modelling forum"?

Ian


Good idea.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Look familiar? Reply with quote

David K Smith wrote:
trainspotter-usa wrote:
David K Smith wrote:


And there's a nagging little question at the back of my mind, too: strictly speaking, Talking T Gauge is no longer a "world exclusive." Do I bother changing the Forum description? Or should I just ignore the whole thing?


Change it to "the worlds foremost T gauge modelling forum"?

Ian


Good idea.


Blimey that was quick!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reading the rival more closely. It looks to me like the webmasters first language is not English.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've been cloned? Smile

Maybe you can put an "Established" date on the page to show we were the first? Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TBA wrote:
We've been cloned? :)

Maybe you can put an "Established" date on the page to show we were the first? :)


Tempting! But all anyone has to do is check the timestamp on the very first post (3 Sept 2008):

http://talkingtgauge.s2.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trainspotter-usa wrote:
Reading the rival more closely. It looks to me like the webmasters first language is not English.


I've just learned that there is a reason for this... the fellow is also apparently responsible for the Dutch site, http://www.t-spoor.nl/ as well as http://www.t3-gauge.com/ .

Looks like a case of someone with a good idea (clone an English forum in Dutch) that just never got off the ground (zero posts since it was created last November). Which still leaves the mystery of why make an English clone on top of it?

I'd be happy to link to the Dutch forum and send traffic his way (assuming there's more than one fellow in the Netherlands modeling in T).
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had thought earlier that using the word "only" was just inviting someone else to start another T-forum. Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops you found us Embarassed

We will use the dutch .nl version soon. T Gauge is brand new in The Netherlands only a few people have it now. We just registered the english versions for commercial ideas........the dutch version will be used soon when it will be more know overhere...

no competition................yet Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guido wrote:
oops you found us :oops:

We will use the dutch .nl version soon. T Gauge is brand new in The Netherlands only a few people have it now. We just registered the english versions for commercial ideas........the dutch version will be used soon when it will be more know overhere...

no competition................yet :)


Guido, welcome! Sorry if my poking and prodding caused any problems!

If you like, why don't we join forces for the Forum aspect? I had been contemplating expanding Talking T Gauge into an international, multi-language Forum to provide a place for everyone. Does this sound interesting?

As for the commercial side of it, can you fill us in on what's happening? Were you planning on manufacturing, or just creating an online store? Or is it a big secret??

Thanks, and once again, welcome!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:28 pm    Post subject: forum Reply with quote

An older forum is at http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=5956 with some nice pictures of T gauge items but nothing written since last year
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:29 pm    Post subject: Re: forum Reply with quote

ken J wrote:
An older forum is at http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=5956 with some nice pictures of T gauge items but nothing written since last year


Yes, one of the final posts is mine, directing people here!
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