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What is The Berm exactly?
The Berm is a Mountain Biking community network, set up by a new Canberran bored with his own company and looking for a few riding buddies in the A.C.T. The aim is for like minded riders to hook up for rides, find out about what's going on in the MTB community, chat about cycling related or occasionally other stuff, or just meet up socially, not just in the A.C.T. but in other places Canberrans can easily get to. So if you're riding or organising an event anywhere from the Southern Highlands to the NSW South Coast to South Australia, tell everyone here about it.
If you like the idea and think we're reasonable people, and you can see we're just about having fun and socialising around mountain biking, then sign up, post or join a ride and do what you know makes sense - get out there and churn up some dust.
What will I find on The Berm?
Glad you asked! Let's take you through the tabs at the top of the page.
First up the Main page is where most stuff you want to know at a glance sits. You can check out what rides or events are going on; check out what people are talking about in the Forum or in their Blogs; see what people have been doing on The Berm; check out cycling news, look at some cool MTB photos; see who the members are, and join any groups that have been created within The Berm.
My Page Here's where you get to do that thing you love - talk about yourself. You can pretty much make this page anything you want it to be – you can move things around, choose what to include or not, and set up this page to receive your bike news via RSS. You can link to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, add cool Application, make friends with other members and easily find any content you’ve added to the site in one spot.
Invite Friends is where, as a member, you get to tell your mates how good The Berm is and invite them to join up too.
Rides / Events Turn from no-mates to loadsa-mates in an instant by letting people know when you're next going for a ride. Alternatively join someone else's ride and let them worry about typing the stuff in. You’ll also find any events Berm members have found and posted. If you find any new events on the web, this is where you’ll post them up for all to see. Also if you run events yourself, feel free to chuck up the details here.
Forum is where you can talk about anything you like that's got the remotest link to mountain biking. Check out the Are there any rules? FAQ for a couple of guidelines on posting etiquette.
Trail Wiki Where you'll (eventually) find all you need to know about the trails we ride in this part of the world. Set up as groups so you can join them and comment on your fave trails, put on a status update or share your pics & vids.
Classifieds Buy, buy, buy! Or sell, sell, sell. Or give away some freebies. Your ability to turn into a mountain bike part selling millionaire machine are endless. See the How can I buy & sell stuff on the site? FAQ below.
Photos Add your own photos to an album, create a new one or just peruse other members' art.
Groups Join or create a public or private Group from this tab. You can start any Group you like as long as it’s bike related. Make it a closed Group if you want to restrict membership and who can view the Group’s content, even the rest of The Berm community. Setting up a group is the only section of the site that the Administrators have to approve.
FAQ’s You’re here! Hover over the FAQ’s tab at the top of the page to reveal the following subtabs:
Contact Admin. If you are having real difficulties with the site, get hold of me directly here and we'll fix you up as soon as we can
Are there any rules?
No. The Berm is a self-moderating site (READ: the administrator, being a hardworking public servant with no access to The Berm at the office, doesn't have time to read every post that's put up on it).
However, The Berm wants to attract reasonably normal people who enjoy riding and talking about mountain biking, so here are a couple of basic guidelines for ensuring healthy debate and a successful site:
Who is responsible for me if I attend a ride or event?
OK this is important. The Berm is basically a social network, not a club, association or society, so think of the Rides/Events page the same as you would a cork board in your kitchen - it's there to tell you what's going on, and you can go and do something, but it isn't responsible for you. You decide whether or not to join a ride and if you do attend one, it's at your own risk - you are responsible for yourself. Before you sign up for a ride, assess your abilities and if in doubt about how hard or easy a ride is, ask.
On the other hand it's pretty reasonable to expect that: the ride poster can tell you how hard and how long a ride they want to do (so you can decide whether to attend or not); they know where they're going (unless they say otherwise in the ride post); and that the group always looks after each other if things go pear shaped on the trail.
Events that you pay for are a different matter and you should check with the organisation running the event as to what they are responsible for and what you are insured against.
What's the etiquette if I post or want to attend a ride?
IF YOU POST A RIDE:
IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND A RIDE:
How do I post videos on The Berm?
You can’t post videos directly onto The Berm but you can embed an external video (e.g. from YouTube) intoThe Berm. Basically wherever there is an option to post HTML content in a text area, you can paste the embed code from the host site.
To embed a video:
How do I talk to other members on The Berm?
There are a few ways you can talk to other members, either publicly or privately.
Private Messages (PM) The thing to remember about PM'ing someone is that you have to add the intended recipient as a friend first. 1) Go to the Members section on the Main page, click on View All members and choose your victim from the list by clicking on their name (you might have to search for them using the search function). 2) Invite them to become a friend by clicking on Add as a Friend (it's under their photo). A pop-up will appear where you can send them a message, but you have to wait for them to accept your invitation. 3) Once the person is your friend it's easy to PM them - go to your Inbox (on the right hand side of the screen underneath your name) and send/receive messages from there.
Chat Pasted to the bottom right of your screen you have 2 sections that read "Main Room" and "Members Online". To chat with everyone who's online, click on the "Main Room" and type something at the bottom, adjacent to the smiley face. Once you've typed what you want, hit your Enter button to post it up. You can click on the smiley face to select an Emoticon to add to your post.
To chat with an individual who's online, click on "Members Online" and then click on the individual you want to chat with. This will open up a separate chat room where you can chat with just that person in private.
Comment You're pretty much able to leave a Comment on most pages on this site, including other members' Profile pages. Just look out for a Comments box on the page.
What if I think of something that could improve The Berm?
The Berm took about 20 hours of work by a complete IT newby to create, so obviously it ain't going to be perfect. If you have any ideas about what you'd like to see here, post them up in the Site Issues and Wishlist section and we'll see what can be done.
Can I advertise commercially on or sponsor The Berm?
First up, if you’re an event organiser you’ve got a growing audience of members (1500 at November 2013) and around 750 hits a day from all visitors. If you have an event to tell us about, simply create a Ride/Event for it to let us all know about it. No charge.
We have now opened up advertising space on the main page to anyone who is interested in helping support the site (you'll see it if you take a look there). If you’re interested in coming on board, please get in touch with Nathaniel either by sending a PM or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Bear in mind though that because we're seeking sponsorship only to help us run the site, we've limited the number of sponsors to a maximum of 4 at any time.
OK I think that's about it I think. If you have any comments about the FAQ’s please let us know through a PM to Nathaniel or via the Forum.
See you out on the trails. Peace out!
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