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History of TwinTurbo.NET:
TwinTurbo.COM started in Feb of '96. David H ran it then off the office
server. The original forum was for all years of Zs. Once traffic picked up,
David split it into '70-'83 & '90+. Morgan's Z31 board (now www.z31.com)
handled the Z31s off site, saving bandwidth & leaving Morgan's traffic
alone. Graphics only changed once during the history of TwinTurbo.COM. I think
I have copies of the original menubar somewhere. Bandwidth use became a concern
at his office, so David got together with Blair to move the site over from
Austin to Houston. Blair was on ISDN (64k at the time I think???), so we used
ALL of that pipe for about a year. Blair told me they had been talking about
getting on an OC3 pipe for more speed. Unfortunately, the OC3 was provided by
autoforums.com the current home to TwinTurbo.COM. David bought a Venom 550
& lost interest in the Z community, the forum went to autoforums &
Blair had no idea it was going to turn out that way. :-(
The couple months after when TwinTurbo.COM moved from Blair's server to
autoforums.com lots of people were a little more than upset. The format had
changed (no longer Matt's PERL scripts). Then a month into that, the banners
started. :-( Very little if any moderation left the forum in sad shape for
about a year. Autoforums finally got around to moderating it again at that
I got TONS of mail about this, because the whole time I had been running (now)
www.TTZD.com & had been very active on the TwinTurbo.COM forum. They were
asking me to start my own forum. I had it built on an SGI server here at the
office, but it was BASIC Matt's PERL scripts stuff. I met Greg Fields somewhere
during this time & started talking about programming. 'Sure, we can do
that! No problems there.' Gave Greg a password to the server & off he went.
We spent a lot of time figuring out the logistics to make this forum flow, the
login, the delete, the FAQ, etc. We went live late the night of June 3rd, 1998.
Within no time, TwinTurbo.NET was getting more traffic than TwinTurbo.COM or
any of the other forums that had been started for the same reasons as
TwinTurbo.NET. We kept working on the scripts (V1.0), but the server was MAXED
out, so I got Steve Simmons involved and got a a dual 300 mHz w/ 256M RAM NT4.0
server built. We started porting the scripts from UNIX to NT (V2.0) &
changing some things up & went live with the new TwinTurbo.NET server in
October of 1998. MUCH faster now. Courtesy & SGP offered to pick up the tab
on the server hardware (thanks guyZ!) as out first sponsors on the forum.
We hit 1,000,000 on the counter (which is ONLY the initial access to the page,
not every message read etc.) on 5-29-99 4:55 pm by Chris B.. Just days before
our 1st birthday on 6-3-99. I never imagined it would move this quickly.
We hit 2,000,000 on the counter even faster then the first 1,000,000. on Dec
28, 1999 5:49 pm 2000000 by Justin (OKC).
V3.0, now known as V2K, because we launched on the evening 1-1-2000, is a work
in progress. The development got stale and we couldn't go any further without
getting it under 'real' use. The entire site is now hand-coded by us. There is
no free-ware stuff involved, although we kept the user end look and feel of it
the same, the programming going on behind the scenes is totally different. We
adopted this because it would allow us a lot of new flexabilities as we
continue to improve the site.
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Your browser & OS are:
, If it's 4.0 or higher you're in good shape. TwinTurbo.NET was designed for
4.0+ browsers, lower versions may not allow you to utilize some features here.
Your screen resolution is:
, If it's 1024 x 768 or higher, once again you're in good shape. TwinTurbo.NET
was designed at 1024 x 768, although we did make it 800 x 600 compatible too,
viewing will be best at higher resolutions.
Why can't I log in?
The number one reason is you don't have cookies enabled. Please
check under Edit->Preferences->Advanced-set 'Cookies' to 'Accept all cookies'
or 'Accept only cookies...' & check 'warn me before accepting any cookies'
depending on preferences for you Netscape users. For Internet Explorer users,
it's View->Options->Advanced & basically the same item listings. After
compeleting the login process, you can set your cookie preferences to be good
as long as the browser window is open. When it closes, the browser will delete
the cookie. Or, you can click on the 'Enable 30 day cookie' option. This allows
you to log in once a month. More info on cookies can be found
. Certain companies won't allow cookies through the firewall & we couldn't
find any info on cookies in relation to WEB-TV. In these instances, we
apologize, the original login used IP tracking, but that had more problems
& was rather slow compared to the cookie system.
Important info on passwords:
The transaction between your browser and TwinTurbo.NET is not a
'secure' transaction. Please DO NOT use your office passwords/e-mail
passwords/or any other important passwords. Doing so is very unwise in any
website passwording situation. These can be 'lifted' during the transaction. If
you are using an important password to access TwinTurbo.NET, please go
to change your password to something less security sensitive.
How do I edit my user profile?
Simple, just click here
for a page that allows you to edit your profile.
Who else is a member here?
Check the member directory here
What's the .HTML/Footer message window used for in the
new user login?
Information put in this window of the Member Profiel Editor is tacked to
the end of the message you post like a signature file for e-mail.
How do I make the .HTML for the signature?
First off, whatever image you want to use has to be on a server somewhere on
the internet. Find the address for that image itself by right clicking on it
& selecting 'copy image location'. Next, use this basic line to display an
which is my pre-made signature that is always tied to the TTZD logo like this:
Or this on the screen:
Now there's one other basic thing you'll need to know & that's how to make
For example (tieing two things together):
There are some other small things you can add to the .html to it a little
nicer. This is my complete signature:
SRC="http://www.ttzd.com/sigs/dziiisig.jpg" ALT="Click here to e-mail me!"
BORDER=0></A><A HREF="http://www.ttzd.com" target="_top"><IMG
SRC="http://www.ttzd.com/sigs/ttzdsig.gif" ALT="Click here for Twin Turbo Zs of
How do I put pictures in posts or make 'La-Z-links'?
Put this in the message where you want a link: [[LL|URL of whatever
page|optional title]]. Fill in 'URL of whatever page' with the URL of whatever
page you want to link to. The optional title is what actually gets shown as the
link in the message, it's not reqired.
Put this in the message like the La-Z-Link macro above,but for an image:
[[LI|URL of whatever image]]. Fill in the 'URL of whatever image' with the
URL of whatever image you want to display. Use [ Preview ] in the message
posting window to make sure it's what you want and then [ Post ]. Simple!
What's with all the voting?
It's democracy in action! We have a specific number that has to be met
for the message to be deleted (along with any follow-ups) or be flagged for the
FAQ. If you think it qualifies, vote your mind! On [Vote to Delete], if there's
an next to
it, it is being voted off. When it goes, all followups go with it. This can
happen anywhere in the message tree.
next to it means it's almost gone.
is toasted! :) Three strikes, you're out (more or less, the actual number is
higher)!!! When deleted, a message line will appear showing where the message
was & who posted it, showing your vote does make a difference. While there
are 's on the
forum, you can simply click on the 's
to vote against, you don't even have to read it if you don't want to (this will
help kill flames as rapidly as possible). The [Vote to FAQ] works much the same
way, except it will send the message to the FAQ area to be inserted into the
upcoming FAQ. ,,...
You'll have to read the message to vote for it... otherwise we can't make a
concise FAQ for the forum. We'll start developing the FAQ from here on out.
Read FAQ info
The FAQ we mantain here is a collection of messages boiled down to the
pertinent info, hopefully in the most objective fashion possible. When [Voting
to FAQ] keep in mind that all messages involved in the voted thread will be
taken into account. We never expect one post to cover all aspects of a topic.
When a single message in a thread gets voted in, it's flagged & we'll
examine the contents of the entire thread & then grind out the most concise
answer possible. What does this mean? While the thread is on the forum, &
one message is being voted on, if better info is present elsewhere in the
thread, keep voting on the one message already garnering votes. All will be
involved instead of splitting the vote between two messages & never getting
either of the messages totally voted in.
Where can I find my post from the other day?
There's 3 different ways to find it. The easiest would be to use the
'View Personal Posts' link at the top of the forum page. This will display only
your messages and their followups. The next way would be to go to
Search by Date and enter a date to look through. The last way would be
to just keep reading down the forum pages by click [ Next ]
at the top or bottom until the message is found.
How come I see a [Delete] link in the message sometimes?
You can delete your own posts anytime, as long as there are no follow-ups
to it. Once a follow-up is present, the link goes away.
What's the Preview button?
This is a feature that allows you to see your post before it is submitted
to the forum. Sometimes it's just difficult to proofread a long post in the
'message' window, or maybe you're trying to use some new .html in there.
No Message. If you enter a post that can sum it up all on the subject
line without having to type a message, the forum notes that there is no message
for people that are reading down the main forum page.
The Classifieds forum won't let me post.
More than likely, you're missing some data in your user profile. We have
to require more data here than regular posts to try & cut down on
illegitimate for sale items. Read PRIVACY
to understand what's involved with the extra data being exposed to the other
members. OR you are a very new member and need to spend some time using the site before being allowed to post in the Classifieds forum. People try to scam other people everyday, we are just trying to avoid
this. Remember the gym weight and brick from ttSteve? More than one person got
caught in that one, luckily no money was lost during the transaction. If you
don't feel comfortable doing business like this, DON'T. We just provide this as
a service to you. Remember: BUYER BEWARE.
I sold my For Sale item. How do I delete the listing?
If you go back into your message, there will be a [delete] link that only
you get to see. Use it to remove your listing from the board
How do I submit my Z for inclusion in the Rides section?
This is a complicated one, this is what we need and need not do:
1. All images MUST be 256+ color .jpgs in a minimum of 500 x * resolution.
My extra time is very short, consider these rules a courtesy to me and other
people who have submitted their pics so things can be done in a timely manner.
Non unique pics won't be displayed. The Rides page creator/editor is a part of
the Profile Editor under the Member section, editing the Member Profile will
also include editing the Rides page once the pics are finished. There is a link
to see/start the page at the top of the normal Member Profile Editor page. Use
it to see the images and make changes there. Use the regular Member Profile
editor to change the rest of the parameters. Please keep in mind this is a time
consuming process, any pics that deviate from the above standards and procedure
for submission will be refused in an effort to be as timely with other member's
Rides pictures. I will spend as much time as neccessary to make your rides
looks as good on the site as it does in person, but I can't work miracles with
poor scans/images. We reserve the right to refuse any pics submitted for Rides
as deamed necessary & choose which images will be displayed in the Rides
section. It usually takes awhile for these to get done as they get done in
batches (as in more then 2 days, but less than a year). Please be patient,
2. At least one nice clean shot (or a couple) of the ENTIRE (the entire car
needs to be in the picture, nothing cut out) outside with the car on the
street/parking lot/etc., so I can clean up the bottom & leave whatever
shadow is there around the bottom of the car (just like
3. Possibly a couple shots of what makes your car
unique from stock (interior, bodywork, wheels, etc.) will compliment the
list of mods added from your member profile. Show me a close up pic of a stock
wheel & I'll show you a pic that won't make it into the Rides section. We
all know what the stock stuff looks like. Just like a car magazine shoot only
the different things will get in.
4. I don't need your mods list, you'll take care of that yourself when you
start your page.
5. Please make sure to send your Member ID Number in the e-mail, so we
know WHO the pics belong to. If you don't know your number, go to Members
--> Directory --> find your profile, it will be listed right
below your screen name. It is NOT the temporary number mailed to you for
login reasons or the page's hitcounter. In general, finding out who you are
wastes more time then actually prepping the pics. If I receive pics
without a Member ID number listed in the e-mail, into the trash they go. I'm NOT
6. I do not want you to do the whiting-out yourself. It doesn't speed things
up, and generally makes things look worse overall. Please e-mail the raw .jpg
version with out aditional touch-ups, alterations, etc. I will handle the
whiting out of the image for the top of the page.
7. Do NOT send links to pics stored on the web. most of the time they're
on photopoint or some other hosting site & are yet another pain to deal with.
8. Do NOT embed the images in the e-mail message, send them as
attachments (the paperclip icon for you Outlook users) only.
Send the required pics to rides@TwinTurbo.NET
How do I submit my Z link for inclusion in the Links
Go to the LINKS
page and enter in the information at the bottom of the page.
Why are there colons in the message when I try to post a
Colons appear in the message dialog box when you try to followup up on a
message to indicate that those lines are quoting the previous document.
What are the forum preferences at the bottom of the
The appearance and some of the functions are definable per member.
- The overall look of the site. We have 3 now, but more will be added soon. New
Graphics are the default theme, Old Graphics are the original recipe graphics
from the old forum, BOSS mode is text only (for the most part) and is rather
generic looking, for those sneaky people reading the forum at work.
- The way the front forum page appears. There are 4 different styles of view
right now. They are self explanatory.
Max messages in window
- This is the total number of messages displayed on the front page of the
forum. up to 500 currently. 50 is the default, 100 is a comfortable number for
Order of thread responses
- This is the order of the follow-ups in each message thread. Newest -> Oldest
is default, although it's backward really, it's what the original forum used,
so most people are more comforatble looking at threads in this order. Oldest ->
Newest is in true chronological order. This is only for the follow-ups, the
thread tops are always in reverse chronological order from each other top to
Show signature graphics when viewing messages
- This will turn member's signature graphics into text only if set to Off. This
is helpful to make the BOSS theme even more generic looking.
Include original message in reply
- This will retain the original message's content in the follow-up window,
making reading the thread a little easier from message to message. Some members
might find it nicer to start with a clean slate in every message.
Launch messages in a new window
- Internet Explorer users have been able to shift + click to open messages in a
new window, making reading the forum faster. Now both browsers can
automatically open messages in a new window with this option set to On. Keep in
mind the 'Forum' button inside each message will NOT refresh the original
browser window, but put the forum front page in the new window, effectively
losing the menus etc. They are all back on the original browser window. We
might institute a dual window approach with more scripting to manage both
windows at once, it's low on the priority list for now though.
What's the prefered method for navigation of the
There's actually 2 basic forms of navigation on the forum:
The simplest is to read down the front forum page until you find a message you
want to read. Click the subject line to read the message in the current
theme frameset. Read the message, respond, read follow-ups, etc. To get
back to the forum, click the [ Forum ] link inside the message. This
will put the thread you were reading at the top of the front forum page, to
continue reading down the front forum page. While it might seem odd, if you
click the Forum button on the left menu bar, it would take you back to the
'top' of the front forum page, with the newest posted messages listed. Not
convenient if you're on page 53 from using [ Next ] and [ Previous ]
to go from front page to front page, and end up back up at the 'top' of the
The second form of navigation is the two window style. This is simplified with
the 'Launch messages in a new window' profile option
. You set up your profile to open the selected message in a new window. Read,
respond, read follow-ups, etc. then CLOSE that window. Keep in mind the 'Forum'
button inside each message window will NOT refresh the original browser window,
but put the forum front page in the new window, effectively losing the menus
etc. They are all back on the original browser window. So when you close the
message window, the original browser window will still be on the front forum
page where you launched off the new message window from. While this might be a
faster method of reading the forum, the downside is the original front forum
window does not update like it would in the first method of navigation.
with any questions concerning www.TwinTurbo.NET.
Suggestions may be E-mailed to suggestions@TwinTurbo.NET
Who did it?
Damon S-Site Director/html coder/turboforum engine coder
Greg F-turboforum engine coder/html coder
Steve S-Hardware & OS/netOS coorinator
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