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Ok so i was thinking of upgrading to 1st class but there are a few problems holding me back. 1st web site is very slow now that the new site is up and running, i thought it was my computer but i tried a freinds and it did the same thing.  2nd seems like it is very hard to upload a picture to the site from us non computer freindly people, it would be nice to have a button to click and upload like the aristo site has..i know a lot of you people out there work on computers every day so it is easy for you to upload pictures and video's, but for me and i'm sure some others that are computer dummies it's not that fun to try to do. so in a nut shell thats my thoughts.......:confused:
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1st, speed.  For some people the new site is supposedly faster, for some it's slower.  I'm constantly working to speed it up across the board. 

Uploading pictures is much simpler now for 1st class members.  There is an 'attach' button similar to the aristo forums for 1st class members only.
 

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Nick,

I don't think you'll find a better resource that MLS for the price anywhere. We should all support Shad in keeping the site up and running by becoming/renewing 1st class members.

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I re-upped my first class status just to support this site since Shad is putting so much effort into MLS. I consider it money well spent. I have not yet taken advantage of the available first class space since I have adequate space already, but it is nice to have that option. MLS is a very good setup with a great deal of participation. It is particularly valuable because the members relate their own experiences with the various products and services available to us in large scale which enables smarter purchasing decisions. Then there are all those operating tips, building tips, what not to do tips . . .
 

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Nick,

In my opinion,  the $20 for the space is well worth it.  It used to be a lot harder to upload pics, but Shad has continued to make it easier and easier.  I think it is worth it and you should consider it strongly.

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So the only advantage is storage space? I was trying to figure out the difference between first class and others.

From years of posting on the old forum, I did not know there was a difference until the move this month when posters wondered why they were not Foremen, First Class, Engineer, etc....
 

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Certainly you should upgrade to First Class if at all possible. I recently renewed my First Class membership (for two years) even though I'm now editing an O gauge magazine and don't have all the time available that I would like to spend here (or spent here in the past). I don't even take advantage of any of the extra features that are available to First Class members, but still consider the cost of membership to be well worthwhile. What I do take advantage of is the wealth of information that's available here and the (generally) friendly tone of the discussion. I can't think of a better place to visit online if you're a Large Scale/garden railroad enthusiast.

Since the magazine I work with also operates an online discussion forum--the largest, by far, devoted to the O scale and O gauge segment of the hobby--I fully appreciate the effort Shad and his moderators put into making this site the most attractive, friendly, and informative one there is for the Large Scale community. I have tried to support it since its inception, and I will continue to do so for as long as I'm able.

...Forgot to mention:  I'm also grateful for the On30 area since I'm in the process of constructing an On30 layout myself. :)
 

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I get lots more from MLS than from my Garden Railways subscription, but I pay the magazine. Go for it!
 

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Posted By Spule 4 on 01/10/2008 3:09 PM
So the only advantage is storage space? I was trying to figure out the difference between first class and others.

From years of posting on the old forum, I did not know there was a difference until the move this month when posters wondered why they were not Foremen, First Class, Engineer, etc....

It's not the only benefit, but it's certainly the main one right now. But as we move into this year, more articles, reviews, and other features will be released to 1st class members only.
 

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The only real advantage I can see is loosing the column of advertising on the left. If you have a nice big monitor, its not much of an issue.

-Brian
 

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I am on Dial up.   The speed of MLS on my  computer  varries  according  to the time of day I am on line.     But so is my Banking accout website  and  so is  E bay.   It just varries.  How ever  This is  still much faster than the old  site.  

 
 

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I'm first class mostly because (1) I want to support this helpful, friendly site, but also because (2) I don't like my screen cluttered with advertisements, and (3) I need webspace somewhere to post photos, so why not here?

I can pretty much take or leave the other first class perks. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/doze.gif

Dawg :cool:
 

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I will offer this opinion on becoming a supporting member.
Look in that previous sentence, and extract the key word.
Starts with an "S".
While all contributors (well most of 'em anyway) help support MLS by offering their first hand knowledge, opinions, and encouragement to others, I have elected to also financially support MLS, in order that we keep the juice on in our little club house.
Oh, and help replenish the "ammenities" offered to riders in the First Class Club Car (also known as the "Gold Room").
I look at it as being "share holders" in what has proven to me to be a wealth of information.
The choice to write a check or submit an Electronic Funds Transfer is a personal decision that each member (paying/renewing or not) needs to make, with the understanding and knowledge that both types of contributors are welcome here.
MLS (Shad) has always maintained that the general forums will be available to the general public, for free. If my annual fee allows him to keep that main entrance open to "passers by", then I've done at least a piece of my part to help grow the LS hobby, by letting folks come in here, ask questions, get answers and become more comfortable with their (hopefully) eventual decision to play with the big toy trains...
You can help carry the load, too.
If you care to...
 

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Well, you guys shamed me into it. Actually, Torby's post was the straw that broke my back. I also have gotten more out of this site than from GRR magazine. Sooooo.....I just signed up. So there!
 

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Well Duncan's answer is good.
I had not thought of it for awhile.
Free is important to get folks interested to help the hobby grow., thus the supporters enable that to happen.
Its not always what you get ....
 

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Yup me too.  I'm in. 
I've been waiting for Shad to upgrade and I have now upgraded to 1stclass.  This is a great forum and I like to show support.

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This upgrade is bound to have problems in the beginning, but the benefits I'm sure, will be worth it! I upgraded in an effort to add my support about a week ago.

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Thanks everyone for your support!!
 

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There is an altruistic benefit to becoming a 1st class member.


By doing so, you will be supporting a web page that allows visitors to view, post and respond without having to pay a membership.


I lurked on this board for about a year before I finally bit the built and decided to become a member. Other web sites make you join before seeing any really good articles or sneak peak photos of new products.


The way I got hooked was that I was able to see what the other posters had going on here and eventually wanted to share some of my projects as well. At that point, the 1st class storage space was necessary. Yes I could have stored my photos on other web sites, but why not support the one that is providing us with all of these benefits?


It’s like public television or radio. If it’s something you believe is worth wile, you should support it.


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