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From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#1]
 19 Jul 2005
To: ALL

Check us out for the best selection and service at http://www.expressionsengraved.com.


David Takes
Expressions Engraved
Acrylic Awards, Crystal Trophy, Glass Award, Plaques
http://www.expressionsengraved.com

EDITED: 7 Aug 2010 by DATAKES

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From: Shaddy [#2]
 19 Jul 2005
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#1] 19 Jul 2005

How about a gallery of completed work. Each member gets an album in the gallery for a place to Show-n-tell there completed work. Less combersome than searching threads for attachments. It'd be easy to say "check out my album under "wood plaques" for an example of what I'm saying" then link to it.
I've used Coppermine as an open source gallery and it's not too bad to use, and their support community is open to help for customising.

Shaddy

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From: Doug (JDOUG5170) [#3]
 19 Jul 2005
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#1] 19 Jul 2005

David...sorry if this is not productive or positive in your mind, but...I have a problem with this one.

8) A formal grading system produced annually which lists the top 5 or 10 vendors or service providers in their particular specialty.

As a vendor, I would hate to have the value of my product or service rated in this format. All vendors have opportunities for failure, and not all product, no matter how good, works for all people.

Beyond that, threads such as the continuing crap and the mis-information that we've all seen in regards to a certain line of presses, sways the opinion of people that never even touch the item.

Perhaps if you include this line you should add another...give vendors a chance to grade and evaluate publicaly the top tier of customers. :O 

This is a nice wish list, but I for one would not buy in without seeing some up front progress...I have yet to sell a product that is still in my head...I've found my customers require at least a prototype be built!

Doug

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From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#4]
 19 Jul 2005
To: Doug (JDOUG5170) [#3] 19 Jul 2005

Doug,

I didn't say we would be listing the Top 5 and Bottom 5. I assume that the criteria for such a rating system would be restricted to those with hands-on experience with a given product or service.

Your statement is saying that the opinions of Engraving Etc. professionals are skewed or different than that of, let's say, an average ARA member?

Much of our business is built around recognizing the top performers. It would be foolish of us to not recognize the stars of our industry through the eyes of our respected peers. Doesn't the ARA and almost all other organizations do the same?

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This is a nice wish list, but I for one would not buy in without seeing some up front progress...I have yet to sell a product that is still in my head...I've found my customers require at least a prototype be built!

We are in the process of trying to build something better. That is what we are doing right here.

The last time I checked, this forum was still free. I am positive that you will know what the product is before you buy, when it gets to that point.

David Takes
Expressions Engraved
Acrylic Awards, Crystal Trophy, Glass Award, Plaques
http://www.expressionsengraved.com

EDITED: 7 Aug 2010 by DATAKES

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From: Cindy (CINDYM) [#5]
 20 Jul 2005
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#4] 20 Jul 2005

Something we've talked about quite a lot on this forum is the need for an ethics accountability. How could we possibly handle that? I'm thinking of problem solving between retailer and supplier (or the other way around if a supplier were to get stiffed). Equal opportunity to put in the facts as each side sees them. Perhaps mediation? Any chance of adding something like this?
Cindy M

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From: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#6]
 20 Jul 2005
To: Cindy (CINDYM) [#5] 21 Jul 2005

I think that any moderator would privately be willing to be a mediator.

Publicly, the member response to that idea was far from overwhelming. The members sort of said, "No way."

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From: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#7]
 20 Jul 2005
To: Cindy (CINDYM) [#5] 21 Jul 2005

Cindy......shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! If you look in the general discussions folder you will find that which you seek....... YODA!

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From: Ken D. (KDEVORY) [#8]
 21 Jul 2005
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#1] 21 Jul 2005

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5) A database, searchable by forum member, service offered and state. What a great feature when an equipment failure puts you in a pinch.

Can John Fish do this by enhancing the current profile and adding a front end for entering the search queries? Or will it be more robust to use separate tables for entering equipment and services? (relational vs. flat file)

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From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#9]
 21 Jul 2005
To: Ken D. (KDEVORY) [#8] 21 Jul 2005

Acrylic Awards make some of the best awards.

EDITED: 4 May 2011 by DATAKES

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From: UCONN Dave & Lynn too (DANDL48) [#10]
 21 Jul 2005
To: Ken D. (KDEVORY) [#8] 21 Jul 2005

Ken,

Did you say profile??? I'm willing to bet over 50% of our members have not filed out one.

Dave

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From: Ken D. (KDEVORY) [#11]
 21 Jul 2005
To: UCONN Dave & Lynn too (DANDL48) [#10] 21 Jul 2005

That's one bet I'm not willing to take.
I don't like to gamble, especially when the odds aren't stacked in my favor.

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From: UCONN Dave & Lynn too (DANDL48) [#12]
 21 Jul 2005
To: Ken D. (KDEVORY) [#11] 21 Jul 2005

I like the title of this thread. My wish list is that everyone fills they profile out.

Dave

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From: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#13]
 21 Jul 2005
To: UCONN Dave & Lynn too (DANDL48) [#12] 21 Jul 2005

I wish for peace on earth good will toward men......WAIT! It's not Christmas..... never mind....

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From: UCONN Dave & Lynn too (DANDL48) [#14]
 21 Jul 2005
To: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#13] 21 Jul 2005

So how come you aren't on Skype today?

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From: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#15]
 21 Jul 2005
To: UCONN Dave & Lynn too (DANDL48) [#14] 21 Jul 2005

I was for a bit. Takes and I had a quick chat. I saw you there but didn't need to bother you if you were busy......

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From: Da Big Fish (JOHNFISH) [#16]
 21 Jul 2005
To: Ken D. (KDEVORY) [#8] 22 Jul 2005

I would probably do it with a separate table in the database, and insert a module into the base beehive files, that way we remain "upgradeable". Search would be an easy integration also.

I'm very familiar with the beehive code, PHP and MySQL.

EDITED: 21 Jul 2005 by JOHNFISH

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From: Melissa (OAKBROOK) [#17]
 1 Sep 2005
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#1] 1 Sep 2005

My new "most precious website:
http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/
upload a jpg and your mystery font is solved!

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From: sroehlk (ELECTECH1) [#18]
 23 Nov 2005
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#1] 23 Nov 2005

Have you considered putting equipment manuals online?

I have a cutter grinder and a NH 300 manual that I have had several requests for copies of the manual. And not wanting to violate the copy right laws I decline.
Maybe the forum could get permission and put online copies for its members.

Steve

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From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#19]
 23 Nov 2005
To: sroehlk (ELECTECH1) [#18] 24 Nov 2005

Steve,

I have said all along that I would like the Engraving Etc. website to become the reference center to the industry. Your thought fits right into that vision. Hold onto those manuals, we are heading in that direction.

I think that the forum and website can help lighten the load of tech support departments of many companies. For me, the forum has been an incredible help. Another great aspect is that we are open 24/7 and that we have business perspectives from all over the globe.

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From: engravernick (NICK) [#20]
 29 Nov 2005
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#4] 29 Nov 2005

Bravo. What credible supplier would not want to be graded on his or her performance unless they have a problem rectifying complaints. And if there are that many people with complaints, it deserves to be known, that would be the purpose.

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