Inspired by questions Claus and I got about being potential VT-managers, here's my question: If you were the manager of VT, what would happen? (you could describe your average VT-manager business day). ... and please add some fun ideas. PJ
Top priority would be to travel to all the exotic locations to do an on-the-spot verification of what's been written on VT - at company expense, of course.
verify the information as been genuine visits not google copy and paste. verify photos are done by the poster not by AP, etc For the above you need to visit, and try everything, do everything, and no questions, just do it. If anything we will agree on what you did or not ,much later,,,::)
First day on the job......create the "opt out" choice for FUTURE forum replies.....YES!
Free beer for everyone and two girls to kiss me at the end of each cycling day, like they have in the Tour De France.
"Inspired by questions Claus and I got about being potential VT-managers," is this truly a case of the lunatics taking over the asylum? I think I would make it my business, purely in the interests of VT of course, to attend every VT meet in the world. That would be a fun thing to do. I'd also install a pool table and beer chiller in VTHQ, purely for team-building purposes you understand.
No, these were cases of mistaken job identity. ... and if I was to be the VT-manager, I would start with an overall status update and a blog to report that to our members. PJ
So is there still such a thing as a VT manager now that we're under TA - guess so - anyhow, I would be very aware to keep a good balance between what made VT great, and what contributes to the bottom line - after all someone has to pay the bills. VT had a better sense of Community - and the improvements made have definitely not gone unnoticed - VT beats TA hands down when it comes to travel avise, what to do, etc - but Hotels - I would leave that to TA, or offer a link to TA rather than to crowd the VT pages with hotels. If I want to find a hotel, I go to TA - everything else, VT.
Being the manager of VT is definitely not my bag!!! I'd come to work, do my best and by the end of the day--if there was one, considering all those complainers and know-it-alls and glitches to take care of immediately--I would drop dead from stress.
Since joining in with the VT forums I've thought to myself that it would be good to include photos with our messages and comments. For practical reasons perhaps it should be limited to 1 picture per message. What would be the possibilities of that do you think?
I'm with you on that Linda :-) Malc, we are getting a new forum, and I believe we will be able to add more stuff, links anyway, not sure about images/photos though.
I haven't heard anything about images attachment but I believe the forums (fora, I've never known?) are changing quite radically with a more immediate function. I would certainly be happy with the images on the forums if it were technically possible.
We used to have this years ago and idiots posted all sorts of unmentionables ...
Pam, would that problem not be eased if members are required to "verify" themselves, normally by way of valid email address, which I believe is happening now? I know I was required to provide a valid address some months ago.
Idiots still have verified email addresses, as we have seen with the spammers. Sure they get removed, but they still get onsite. Let's hope it goes well though in the new forum :-)
Sorry, it is no secret ehre that my tech knowledge is limited to the point of being non-existent. Maybe best we leave the images out then.
I didn't really mean to leave them out, just that we can expect some rubbish. Not wanting to rain on the party :-)
"A picture paints a thousand words" is a well known phrase, and used in the correct context, could be a really useful addition to a message I reckon. Not that I think it would work on VT, but I used to post a picture early on a morning amongst my circle of friends on Facebook asking "Where am I?" It was just a bit of fun but it got people out of bed so that they could be the first to get it right.
Already mentioned ... but I'd implement that 'Opt Out' button - yesterday. I'd also implement myself a 'Delete' button so I could censor those questions and answers that *I* consider superfluous, hehe.
If I were a manager of VT, then... oh no... I hope it will never happen!!!
We need to grill G on his working day... I bet there are some days where he would gladly surrender the reins of VT, for at least few hrs...
G is probably too busy being manager of VT to be chit-chatting with us here!
I'm all for a bit of grilling. Permanent BBQ on offer for VTers at HQ. A complete VT wardrobe gratis for all members of staff. A free DVD of the more hilarious incidents at meets. Definitely a free holiday for all the staff twice a year to recoup energy and ideas. More competitions and events organised in each capital city, not the same old same old, unless they prove very popular. A brand new server for the VT site. Perhaps a policed charity for the underpriveleged youngsters so that they can see what a wonderful place we live in and encourage them to be productive enough to travel and broaden their lifetime education. I believe that this would bring heart to people who are stuck in opressive places simply because they were born there. Forget about company meetings. More one to one discussions and brainstorming about the very essence of VT, not a commercial enterprise but a worldwide helpful club to welcome visitors to our own city/town. I feel it is important to make new friends of all ages and learn from them. Root out and ban spammers permanently. Give staff more freedom to make their own decisions and speak their mind, within the confines of no racism, no politics and no religion. Nicey nicey, but with a bit of spit and fire without going completely over the top.... oh wait, we do that already. Change the rules in that meetings must be a lot of fun. Leave the emotional baggage and negativity at home and put on the smiley face. Make very pleasant and hilarious memories for years to come. Too much? Did we do all that already?
i'll be darn PJ, all along thought you were VT's general manager...and a good humorous one at that forget about G and grilling him, the man since married has been grilled good alright, skinned to boot and now burnt to exhaustion!
BWAAAAAAAAAAHHAAAAAAAAA Solo! Certainly given G something to think abooot!!!
I will only be a VT manager if I own the company myself- all the stocks and all. No partner! So, I am not a stamped pad. I can make all the decisions like the authoritarian and dictator of all those countries that just went viral last year...And those complainants will be absolutely banned from posting...(Linda will be so happy!)I can be as lunatic as the decisions of Claus being kissed by two girls after his bike. One thing though, my decisions will all be for fun stuffs! VT meetings all over the world and giving contests to members and for the winner, a trip to Europe or Australia or Antartica- all expenses paid with pocketmoney...Afterall, I own the company and not worry about the stockholders.
.... being a general manager with no salary. Do you really think you will find any Dutchman crazy enough to do that? To be honest I am glad I am enjoying some weeks off (with the usual VT-meets to attend). PJ
Lucky you, PJ! Have fun and have a great time!
I'm preparing my trip to the Antwerp VT-meeting. 10 Years to celebrate! PJ
perfect occasion PJ to tell everyone in Antwerp you're the newly-appointed general manager of VT anyone asks just say G has taken up new duties outside-but-in relation to VT which heavily demands of him to perform! thus leaving the man so exhausted!
.... and he has to prepare himself for a new TV appearance. PJ