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    ๐Ÿ“ In Loving Memory of my dad Peter, aka Mallory.
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Dear All,

    It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news of the passing of my dad, a beloved member of the MBW community and an integral part of the website team here.

    Some of you may remember him from various model boating events, particularly during the fireboat/Aerokit fundays and clubs across the north west.

    His enthusiasm for model building was profound, and while he may not have posted frequently on here, he read every discussion and cherished the connections and friendships of members.

    He was immensely proud of me for creating this site and growing our community, something I will undoubtedly continue.

    I also plan to continue sailing his yacht and SeaScout (complete with Popeye and Olive Oyl) whenever the weather and time permit ๐Ÿ‘

    This forum meant a great deal to him, as do all of you.

    May our boats glide through the waters as gracefully as his spirit now sails through the stars โค๏ธ

    Stephen

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    ๐Ÿ“ No emails
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    @Doug, the bug was more a function of changing how push notification messages are sent. Iโ€™m utilising the whole header, subject and subtitle parts of push notifications now. So anyone using apps will now see a little more detail in the notifications.

    I just managed to break emails at the same time ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ No emails
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    There is a bug. I'm working on it ๐Ÿ‘

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ BACKDOOR ADVERTISING ALARM!!
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Member removed. Also removed your URL. No need to sent traffic to that website.

    Good spot ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Happy Christmas
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Merry Christmas to all members far and wide! Thank you for being part of this fantastic community which makes this website so super special ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Hi All, bit late replying here, but Iโ€™ll swap yesterdays answer to Endeavor later today or tomorrow (busy days at the moment!) so youโ€™ll be honoured with the point for the 15th once I get around to it ๐Ÿ‘

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    If everyone is in agreement, I'll retrospectively change it to Frigate ๐Ÿ˜ but I'll await more feedback. I see most have actually put Galleon so far. We can safely say it's not submarine at least ๐Ÿ‘

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Wordle of the Day?
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Somehow guessed it after PIRATES. Donโ€™t usually hit the mark on two! ๐Ÿฅณ

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    I can confirm the calculation if anyone wants to figure out why a number would go down if answering correctly?

    Player Average % = Total Correct (last 30 days) / Total Answered (last 30 days) x 100

    I can't think of a reason either. The only oddity that I can see might occur is in the 30 day calculation, which isn't whole days, it's to the second... 60*60*24*30

    I'll leave this brain teaser out there ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Wordle of the Day?
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Oops! Seems we ran out of 4-6 letter words. First 7 letter one today. Good luck! Iโ€™ll look to add a few smaller ones again too. The new mix will be words between 4 and 7 letters ๐Ÿ‘

    Stephen

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    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Dave, itโ€™s never been subscription only. Subscriptions are optional and depending on the level, remove ads and make the experience much nicer. Functionally you can do everything still having no subscription.

    This is also why everything is managed through PayPal. Everything is compulsorily above board. Iโ€™ve no time to manage direct debits or anyoneโ€™s payment details. Notifications have been sent to those few affected. A mass comm would be ridiculous.

    Indeed, website bills have gone up, itโ€™s expensive to have apps in all the app stores, web hosting has only gone one way, storage costs only increasing with the content being hosted increasing too, database backups cost, domain names and security certificates cost.

    Iโ€™m sorry Iโ€™ve offended by not sending personal emails in advance of the PayPal comm, but at the end of the day, if the cost is now too much, please just unsubscribe. I run this, as you know, in my very limited spare time.

    Around 10 members were adjusted on price. Plus a few who simply had a description change from โ€œWebsite supporterโ€ to โ€œBronze etc membershipโ€ and this is simply so the website code knows what membership type someone is.

    Stephen

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    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Membership costs havenโ€™t actually changed since Jan 2022.

    ยฃ2.50 Bronze
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    For those who subscribed earlier than that, itโ€™s not entirely fair on newer members if costs arenโ€™t equal to all.

    If youโ€™re one of the few with changes, youโ€™ll have been informed at least 14 days before the next payment and perfectly entitled to cancel before then.

    I know how costs of everything these days are increasing, but this is to align all members.

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Wordle of the Day?
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Thinking on the "4 with clue" which has become the standard...

    Should we allow a clue at any time? But have a one line penalty when used?

    Open to thoughts!

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Oops! Well I guess one ridiculously wrong question was bound to slip through at some point ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Iโ€™ve reworded it ๐Ÿ‘

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Wordle of the Day?
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Donโ€™t worry, HARBOUR is in the mix somewhere which will come up one day to trip up all the US members ๐Ÿคฃ

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Wordle of the Day?
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    If anyone gets todays as a first guess, Iโ€™ll be suspicious of cheating ๐Ÿคฃ

    Bombero, I checked on this, you put YEPHSR as your last line, but it's ZEPHYR. I had to check in case it was a bug, but I don't think it is ๐Ÿ˜œ

    Also those who have had double entries of the same word, thatโ€™s happened to me now too, I've added a check to prevent repeated lines, so we shouldn't see that happening anymore ๐Ÿ‘

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Hi Ron, just switch off the puzzles of the day in your my account page ๐Ÿ‘

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Stopping "Wordie" and "Question of the day"
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Hi Lew,

    I've made some tweaks and now when 'Puzzles of the Day' are switched off in my account, it'll be as though they don't exist. You shouldn't see them online or be notified of any new posts in the respective threads.

    You can still get to the threads from the forum page, but that's all.

    Thanks! Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Stopping "Wordie" and "Question of the day"
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Lew, I am going to add a toggle for this in the My Account section. I realise itโ€™s not for everyone and I donโ€™t want the two puzzles to take away focus from the other great content on the site. Thatโ€™s really what itโ€™s all about more than the puzzles ๐Ÿ‘

    Iโ€™ll switch it off on your account as soon as Iโ€™ve added the functionality.

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Some changes from tomorrow:

    * Lots of poor future Q's have been deleted
    * They'll be the occasional repeat, as Q's are no longer scheduled, but picked at random, so old ones may come around again
    * They'll now be an explanation of why the correct answer is correct and why the other options are not.
    * Some Q's will have comical 'incorrect' options, it should be about the fun more than real intelligence after all!
    * Most Q's have been checked, so more confidence here, but I can't 100% guarantee something wont slip through the net still. Let's see!
    * No more 'who owns this super yacht' type Q's
    * Less Q's on sailing and rigging
    * As much as possible the Q's are internationally applicable
    * Less banana's required ๐ŸŒ
    * Added the %'s of how many have gone for each answer. You can see the number of votes by hovering over the %.

    -- If anyone has the enthusiasm to put together more Q's, fun ones! With fun answers, in an excel sheet / google docs, let me know ๐Ÿ‘

    Thanks,
    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    I canโ€™t fix the answer right now, but Iโ€™ll swap it to staysail and update everyoneโ€™s scores later today! ๐Ÿ‘

    Meanwhile thinking again what can be done to improve the daily questionsโ€ฆ

    Scrap sailing questions, more historical nautical questions (these seem to be popular), I did consider the option of a free text โ€˜none of the aboveโ€™ option, but realistically we want these questions to be factually correct in the first placeโ€ฆ I think well referenced evidence of the correct answer and reason for it should be added too.

    Once Iโ€™ve time to work on this, I will do. The last thing I want is everyone to be annoyed at the inaccuracies of it all the time.

    Stephen

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    ๐Ÿ“ Wordle of the Day?
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Stephen T, did you use the clue at all? ๐Ÿค” it's free to use it after line 3.

    Clue today:
    ___ Boat. A vessel designed for transporting a tropical fruit known for its curve

    This word was really added for Colin, since his lack of quality banana's seems to be what's caused him poor results of late ๐Ÿคฃ

    ๐Ÿ“ Wordle of the Day?
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Normally I donโ€™t know whatโ€™s coming up, so I can join inโ€ฆ but tomorrowโ€™s Wordle is an exception ๐Ÿ˜ I think itโ€™ll be enjoyed!

    Iโ€™ll give nothing further away ๐Ÿ˜Ž tune in tomorrow ๐Ÿคฃ

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Good to have an easy one occasionally! Haha ๐Ÿคฃ

    ๐Ÿ“ Wordle of the Day?
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    My worst yet. Line 6! Negatively effecting the UK average. Oops!

    ๐Ÿ“ Happy Birthday Stephen(Fireboat)
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Haha, thank you all!

    I wasnโ€™t sure the birthdays section was ever really looked at ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Bit stressful this week with hitting deadlines for Friday (day job), everything seems to have gone wrong todayโ€ฆ but Iโ€™ll celebrate my old age when time permits ๐Ÿฅณ

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Wordle of the Day?
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    I couldn't get the clue originally either - I did find the bug that caused it though which is now fixed ๐Ÿ‘

    5 with clue, not very good!

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Wordle of the Day?
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Started with POND, only the P & D were right, so swapped them about, guessed DEEP on the 2nd line!

    Think I just luckily started with the right word ๐Ÿ˜

    Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Question rewrite was in order today. All entries reset! Stephen

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง fireboat ( Commander)
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    Answer changed to Foot! ๐Ÿ‘

    Stephen



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