Maine On2 group now on io

We are pleased to announce that the former Yahoo! Maine On2 group has now been copied across to the io platform. All former members of the Yahoo! group with current working email addresses should receive an email inviting them to join the group on io.

All the intellectual assets of the group such as the past message board, photos and files etc have been copied across and are now available on io.

io appears to replicate the functioning of Yahoo! groups in the limited operations tried yesterday.

Those members of the Yahoo! group with non-working email addresses and prospective new members should visit the group home page on io to request membership.

To access the groups new home page on io click here.

For a short period, possibly until 14th December 2019, the originals will still be available via Yahoo!

 

 

Yahoo! groups to close

Yahoo! has announced “that they have made the decision to no longer allow content to be uploaded to the Yahoo Groups site.”

The notice gives the information that “no new content will be uploaded after October 28th and all existing content will be deleted starting December 14th”. To read the Yahoo! notice click here.

For a fuller third party explanation of what is happening click here.

The Maine On2 FAQ’s will not be greatly affected by the Yahoo! groups closure, apart from potentially losing access to some of it’s current research sources.

At the current time, the good news is that the Maine On2 group currently on Yahoo! Groups is migrating to another platform, which will preserve access to all the current content.

Update: 15 November 2019: the Maine On2 group has now been copied across to io.

Top posts for 2018

The editors would like to wish all the contributors a Happy New Year and thank them for their material used in the past year. We also hope that our viewers have found the site of interest over the last year.

The most viewed posts (*) for the calendar year 2018 were;-

#1- MaineOn2 layouts – Trevor Marshall’s Somerset & Piscataquis Counties RR.

#2– Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Megantic module.

#3– Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Franklin module.

#4– Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Franklin module – Goes West – to New England.

#5- MaineOn2 layouts – Peter Barney’s SR&RL.

#6- MaineOn2 layouts – Bill Kerr’s SR&RL.

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This is a rather different listing compared to those of previous calendar years, but it still has a familiar look, with Trevor Marshall’s now dismantled layout topping the list again. This is the first time that all six top places have been filled by layout posts.

Activity this year has been down on previous years, with fewer new topics posted and visitor numbers being slightly down on last year. The overall viewing and specific topic viewing numbers, which are used to produce these end of year rankings, are both significantly lower than those of the last few years.

The nationality of viewers had been pretty stable over the previous years, has seen some ranking changes this year. The USA still leads with some 77% of the 2018 total viewings, but Canada came in second with 4.7% and the United Kingdom slipped to third place with 4.2%, reversing their previous rankings. Next came Australia (2.8%), Switzerland (2.1%) and Germany (1.8%).

The blog has recorded visits from 55 different countries around the globe this year.

We still have more topics and content in-process and may well find errors to correct and additional information to add to existing postings, so keep coming back in the coming year.

Terry,

on behalf of the editorial team (Trevor, Matt & Terry).

(*) as recorded by WordPress, using direct visits to the topic/posting.

We are five

It is five years since we made our first tentative public disclosures of this blog. We had been discussing republishing the old HTML version of the FAQ’s for several months and then started loading up information in WordPress on a trial basis. After about four weeks, we were satisfied with both the formats chosen and styles developed, and when several discussions on the Maine On2 Yahoo! group made reference to the old FAQ’s, we decided to go public with the new version to support those threads. We started back then with just 41 topics/posts, mostly picture based, showing some of the commercially produced brass models and a selection of historic On2 layouts.

Encouraged by the response from the group, the number of topics grew to over 110 by our first anniversary in 2014, and today, on our fifth anniversary the blog consists of 195 topics/posts and 6 pages. In our fifth year, we have passed a major milestone, that of receiving our 100 000th viewing.

This past year has seen reduced activity publicly by the editorial team for a number of reasons, and the activity which took place was focussed on acknowledging that the blog is now mature and bringing the editorial postings up to date and revising older topics, rather than publishing new Maine On2 modelling topics. The activity included adding new pages to cover topics which we previously frequently received private messages about. A number of existing topics have been updated, with errors corrected and pictures and links added to related topics.

Thanks to all our contributors and viewers,

 

Terry, Matt and Trevor.

 

Top posts for 2017

The editors would like to wish all the contributors a Happy New Year and thank them for their material used in the past year during which the blog received its 100,000th viewing.

The most viewed posts (*) during the calendar year 2017 were;-

#1- MaineOn2 layouts – Trevor Marshall’s Somerset & Piscataquis Counties RR.

#2- MaineOn2 layouts – Peter Barney’s SR&RL.

#3- Moe Example – a password protected example showing Moe Mechling’s inimitable styles for drawings and letters.

#4- MaineOn2 layouts – Bill Kerr’s SR&RL.

#5– Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Megantic module.

#6- Couplers.

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The Moe page was posted to the blog in support of a then current discussion on the Maine On2 Yahoo! group board at the end of June 2017. For copyright and other reasons, it was posted under password protection, with the password being posted to members of that group on June 29 2017.

Yet again, this is a rather different listing compared to those of previous calendar years, with three of the top placings being taken by new topics posted this year, and four of the top placings being taken by layouts, although regrettably only two still exist.

Activity this year has generally been down on last years record numbers, in terms of lower numbers of new topics posted, slightly lower viewing numbers and lower numbers of specific topic viewings which are used to produce these end of year rankings. The number of visitors was up by nearly 5% on last years total.

The nationality of viewers was pretty stable, with some 72% of the 2017 total viewings coming from the USA, the United Kingdom came in second with 7% and Canada placed third with 4%. Next came Australia (3.3%), France(2.8%), Germany (2.1%) and Japan (2.0%). The blog has recorded visits from 56 different countries around the globe this year.

We hope that our viewers have found the site of interest over the last year.
We have more topics and content in-process and may well find errors to correct and additional information to add to existing postings, so keep coming back in the coming year.

 

Terry,

on behalf of the editorial team (Trevor, Matt & Terry).

(*) as recorded by WordPress, using direct visits to the topic/posting.

For Sale

For Sale? ………Not here!

Buying and selling?

At fairly regular intervals, the Maine On2 FAQ’s receives questions about buying and selling Maine On2 items, many of which appear to be a thinly veiled request to list items wanted or for sale here.

Commercial transactions such as listing items wanted or for sale are beyond the intended scope of this FAQ, and for a number of reasons, the editors have no desire to become involved in facilitating 3rd party commercial transactions.

There are many potential venues both online and offline for buying or selling Maine On2 models. This FAQ is not one of them.

For those looking to buy or sell Maine On2 models, and if you are not already a member, then the easiest way to make contact with a large number of potentially interested parties is to join one (or more) of the special interest news/discussion groups and to post there. The resulting discussions could lead to up-to-date suggestions for suitable online auction sites, hobby shops, or even a private sale. Note that some sites, for example Yahoo! Groups, specifically discourage trading via their services, hence you will often be asked to complete any transaction off-board by cognisant vendors.

Some such groups are listed in the sidebar of this FAQ’s home page. This listing is not exhaustive nor is it an endorsement of any particular group: it is merely provided for information.

Updated 29-09-2019.

Updated 30-10-2019. Yahoo! Groups is closing December 14th 2019.

 

 

 

 

Casual viewer with research questions?

Are you a casual viewer with research questions? – then why not join a group?

We frequently get interesting questions about Maine two-footers and modelling them via the “comments” facility.

Often, the answers are already in the FAQ, and a search of the site will find them. You can find a search box on the home page at the top of the sidebar. You may also find what you’re looking for by scanning the extensive “Categories” list in the sidebar.

Sometimes, we (the editors) do not have the answers. Providing them personally could require us to undertake a substantial research project.

The MaineOn2 FAQ is essentially a repository for peer reviewed knowledge provided by fellow enthusiasts to be shared within the group and the FAQ for the benefit of all, on a self-service basis – the FAQ is not a research bureau.

Therefore, if you can’t find the answer here and if you are not already a member, then we encourage you to join one or more special interest news/discussion groups and ask your questions there. Hopefully this will result in information and discussion from members knowledgeable about the particular topic, and may even result in information that can be added to the MaineOn2 FAQ. In this way, the person posing the question is likely to get a better quality answer, than if the editors replied to the limit of their own knowledge.

Some such groups are listed in the sidebar of this FAQ’s home page. This listing is not exhaustive nor is it an endorsement: it is merely provided for information.