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Offline Patmo

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STAR...why?
« on: January 06, 2019, 08:52:17 AM »
For those of you that don’t do Facebook, there has been a very lively and enjoyable discussion going on as what is the “purpose” of our annual STAR event.  The discussion morphed out of the original discussion of where to hold a western STAR?  There were several good suggestions made, but the where really depends on the WHY?


Is STAR’s main purpose to bring as many of our members together in one place at one time?
OR
Is it to introduce members to new areas and venues they wouldn’t normally go to?
OR
Something else?


Opinions? Thoughts?  Please discuss.....
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Re: STAR...why?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2019, 10:27:32 AM »
All of the above. TM

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Re: STAR...why?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2019, 11:24:35 AM »
Probably 70-80% more to bring members together from different parts of the country.

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Re: STAR...why?
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2019, 06:52:43 PM »
I agree, All of the above.


But, that does not help to answer the question/survey.
Having been to only three so far, I go to Ride with like minded riders and to see friends that I have not seen since last year.


We have been members since 2002, but never found time to attend those far away places, until Springdale, AR.  Enjoyed it so much with the new friends we made, now we are willing to travel further.


This past year in La Crosse, I heard those same comments, along with, WOW!  You guys to do have some nice riding roads in the Midwest.


Yes, we are planning to go to Bristol, to experience new roads and renew old friendships.
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Re: STAR...why?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2019, 09:58:51 AM »
I sort of feel that for me, this is a false dichotomy. I think both of those things are equally important to my enjoyment of a STAR.
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Re: STAR...why?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2019, 11:55:35 AM »
I'm with BD but I will say I have blown off STARs if i don't care for the destination. 

Now I'll add a second question and this is a pet peeve of mine.  Why can't these FB discussions at least roll to our website?   FB posts are a fart in a whirlwind as far as I'm concerned.  Have it post here as well and at least you can find it later.
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2019, 12:17:36 PM »


Now I'll add a second question and this is a pet peeve of mine.  Why can't these FB discussions at least roll to our website?   FB posts are a fart in a whirlwind as far as I'm concerned.  Have it post here as well and at least you can find it later.

Two words....proprietary software

I have been told that was possible up until a little while ago,  but there is a block on it now and it can’t be done anymore.  I think it has to do with FaceBook security changes after the large data breach they had.
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Re: STAR...why?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2019, 12:38:46 PM »


Now I'll add a second question and this is a pet peeve of mine.  Why can't these FB discussions at least roll to our website?   FB posts are a fart in a whirlwind as far as I'm concerned.  Have it post here as well and at least you can find it later.

Two words....proprietary software

I have been told that was possible up until a little while ago,  but there is a block on it now and it can’t be done anymore.  I think it has to do with FaceBook security changes after the large data breach they had.
Pat is correct. We used to have a feed from Facebook Groups(s) to the forum. I would switch between the STAR group and the MSTA group depending on the season. After the data breech in 2016 FB changed their policy to allow only individually owned pages - no more groups. There is little control over access to groups and thus no control over content, wheras a page owner is responsible for for content.   I am far from a Facebook expert but I received the explanationion from the author of the app that provided the feed. There may be a way a Facebook guru could work around this limitation but that aint me.
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Re: STAR...why?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2019, 06:44:17 AM »
Okay.  Thanks for the explanation.  Just adds to my dislike of FB. 
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Re: STAR...why?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2019, 05:52:10 PM »
For me its is more about going to new places, riding new places, seeing new things. I did both STARs in Lexington KY, and I would return to Avon in a heartbeat. But I've really enjoyed the 3 STARs I attended out west (Taus 2010, Avon 2012, Rapid City 2014) as I took a week after the event to ride around places out west that I'd probably never see otherwise. A week in Colorado, then Wyoming, then Montana. This year was similar with LaCrosse, an opportunity to take the ferry across Lake Michigan and then 4 days return ride back thru Michigan's UP.

Most of the various STARs in the east/SE (State College, Charleston, Lexington twice, Asheville, Staunton) were closer to home, and places that I had on most occasions done some riding in. They were still fun, but different. The exception was 2016 Stratton VT, and other things made that even more special.

Wait what was the question?   If it is "should we return to Avon or are people tired of it?", I'd go back.

Seriously though, If the trade-off is a location we've been to before but more accessible vs. somewhere new but further away and attendance will be low (e.g. Mamoth CA) I vote for the larger number.
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