First day of Ute Hub\'s existence blew me away

I turned on registration this morning and then headed out to play golf. After that I went to a party at my dad’s house. 12 hours after I returned to my computer. The forum exploded with over 250 posts/replies! I was almost overwhelmed by them all, and have gone through and tried to respond to each one as I thought was necessary.

The user base started at 1 (me) and is now at over 165.

The site didn’t crash all day. (baby steps)

The best part? The commentary has been so positive and complimentary about having a new place and new format.

What an opening day. Thanks to all and spread the word. I’ll work hard to make the workings of the site the best they can be and hope your great participation and posts help it grow to something special.

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    Thanks for getting this site set up so quickly!

    I think that this place can be great if we make it somewhere that will evolve with what Ute fans want in a place to chat about their Utes!

    Great work so far!

  • Tony

    Many thanks. There are critics already but that’s fine. I’m very happy with the response so far.

  • UteStuckInSeattle

    There will always be critics. Just keep a finger on the pulse of your REAL members and they’ll keep coming back to make this place GREAT!

  • When I hit reply on a boardmembers post it refreshes to the top of the thread. On my phone at least.

  • Badbadute

    I have seen this happen 4 or 5 times on facebook in the last year alone.
    Especially in Sports related groups, A group will splinter and people will act like kids choosing a parent in divorce, they will gnash teeth and proclaim one superior and one a piece of trash when in the end both sides generally want what is best for them.

    Time will tell what happens here.
    if the site stays the way it is with an ever expanding improved format, An active admin base and overall positive membership it will continue to grow and eventually take over the reigns as the place to be.

    Utefans.net has been for a while a page of clique’s that have and will run people off.
    I have been there to damn long and know enough people to ” get run off’ But i stopped posting as much as I once did because I was turned off by the Mob mentality.

    I think posters have called more Ute fans zoobs than BYU fans in the last few years.

    Who knows if this place will really become the new home for Utah fans or just another niche page for the people that burn out at UFN.

    All I know is that it is nice to have feedback from a site owner/admin and people that genuinely seem to care about the online experience.

    So great job on getting the place set up Tony, I have appreciated what i have seen so far and look forward to much growth and success.


    • Tony

      Beehive, the reply field is at the bottom which is sort of a pain. I’ll look on my phone. It’s positioning in the reply field in my browser though.

      • I have a droid it keeps dragging it to the top when my keyboard pops up.

  • Tony

    Thanks Bob.

    I don’t intend to be half-assed about this site.

    • oc_ute

      i think you might have a bug on the time posts are made or maybe it’s picking up the time zone of the poster??

    • Milton Vanderslice

      without any like features, I’ll just drop a +1 right here.

  • 230+ New Members On Day ONE

    Wow this is really amazing. After opening the site up to registration on its first day, over 150 have already signed up in only about 12 hours.

    Keep spreading the word. Let’s make this into something special.

  • It’s looking good so far. What’s really going to make this board explode is a PAC 12 championship and I think this year is as good of an opportunity as we’re going to see in a long time. Hopefully we take advantage.

  • Tony

    Sounds like many users are having problems with their activation emails not arriving. Probably ending up in their junk folder.

    • Tacoma Ute

      Mine didn’t end up in my junk box. It did take a half hour or so to arrive.

  • GadValleyUte

    Mine ended up in spam filter

  • 3UteDad

    mine came in immediately to my inbox on yahoomail.

  • Utesbyfive

    And one of them is Moose. One of the worst internet trolls I’ve ever had the displeasure to run across.

  • Epibass

    Long time lurker on UFN. For some reason I never felt compelled to participate much in the conversation there. Looking forward to this new site. The format is much more user friendly. Good work and go Utes!

  • Tony

    If I could, I’d thumbs up that last post!

  • Genesis

    I think we may be witnessing the start of something special here. I think this site is already more active than utahbyfive.

  • Tony

    I hope you are right, and hope it isn’t special ed. Really though I appreciate it.

    Spread the word.

  • The thing about utahby5.com is that it is an offshoot of a board that was named cougarutefan.com. It was a board specifically targeting LDS fans of both schools. Of course the cougs on the board changed the name of the board to cougarstadium.com without even a warning to the ute fans who frequented the board and invested quite a lot in it. So the ute fans of that cesspool cougaruteforum.com got together and formed utahby5.com.

    • UteStuckInSeattle

      Great, so now we already have TWO MORE things going for this site.

  • 3UteDad

    It’s encouraging that so many familiar names have already registered. The same thing happened with Utahby5, but I think the fact that you don’t have a core group here with already established relationships will be helpful in that posters won’t feel like outsiders to the community. After looking at some posts there after they learned about this new site, it’s apparent they weren’t really interested in attracting participation from UFN miscreants 🙂

    Good luck and thanks for your efforts. The only way I know to help at this point is to be an active poster and participant as you ramp things up.

    • Tacoma Ute

      That’s probably why they didn’t bother to help 89Ute or I recover our passwords. That’s OK though. This site already feels more lively than that one in it’s first day.

      I always felt like an outsider on UB5.

      • I think you’ve made enough anti-Mormon posts on uf.n that they don’t want you on utahby5.com. It’s all Mormons over there, you can’t talk s**t on the LDS church and expect to be welcome on their site.

        • Tacoma Ute

          Yeah, except for I didn’t, unless you count anti-BYU posts.

  • Format issues on Galaxy S5.

    Not sure if others are seeing this but on my android, replies are cascading with an indent repeatedly until there is only a word or two per line and you have to scroll like crazy to read a post.

    Sometimes the words are even off the page and can’t be read.

    Also, I’m getting an avatar over the headline so the firstfew letters are covered up.

    Anyone else with a Samsung S5 having issues? Thanks for building the site, I understand there’s still work to be done. Hopefully it gets worked out.

  • Tony

    I’m on an S6. Just checked it out. There are definitely some forum formatting issues I can make better.

    This is the default template for the forum area. I haven’t touched ANY of the code for it yet. Mobile WILL get better.

    • LiquidUte

      Thanks Tony.

  • NorthEZUte

    Just wanted to say this site works great on my iPhone and iPad!

  • Subscription, RSS, and The site wide activity feed

    I’ve noticed the subscribe button – anyone know how that works? does it send email notifications, does it go somewhere on the board like a personalized feed?

    I know what RSS is, but never used it for discussion board before (this is really my only one) anyone have ideas/insights on ways to put it to use in this context?

    re: site wide activity – it would be awesome if that was somehow customizable instead of a universal site wide feed. It’s probably just because this is day 1, but its short and new members and profile changes are not of real interest to me

  • Tony

    In forums typically a subscription is a forum you specially mark that you want to revisit. It will show up in your profile under subscriptions. Maybe you’re particularly interested in a couple of threads or something. Now, I have yet to even LOOK at it here so that’s just an assumption on that!

    On the RSS side, you can have an app on your machine/phone which sucks the RSS feed in and can display it without you having to go to the site to read the posts. You could also place that feed in another site.

    On the member site wide things, like “joe changed his profile picture” those can be turned off.