I have taken all the products offline. I thought I had solved the shipping problem with Canada post wrt to shipping a single item, but alas.... they have tightened the rules again it seems.
Out of 7 shipments I just lost money on 6. They refused to do the $4 over sized letter mail shipments, and forced me to ship them as parcels. I am done playing this game with them. $18 to ship a $20 scarf to Alberta. Really disappointing. Have to do things differently. The same package using Amazon fulfillment services using the exact same shipping method via Canada Post would be three times cheaper, and that is with my business discount.
Going to switch to annual, or biennial Voyageurs Kits. Shirt, Scarf and some third alternating thing we change up every year (or two).
The kits can be shipped via AFS. High upfront capital cost, but less problems overall.
I've already sold almost all the studio gear. When I started doing this my rent was $690 a month, now its' $1800. Have to do this differently and really looking forward to simplifying things. Buy a kit. Ship a kit.
Apologies for this taking so long. The upgrade script went haywire and decided to self destruct. Fortunately the powers that be were able to figure it all out and get us back on our feet.
The new software has many new features, some of which we will explore turning on over the next few weeks.
Forum Default View - You can change this, but it now functions more like an activity stream for all posts.
Reactions - We now have reactions to post rather than just Like
Shipping - We will no longer ship Oversized Letter Mail. The default shipping will be tracked expedited parcels. This increases our default shipping cost so it really is only effective to buy more than one item. Canada Post is simply not letting us ship a shirt or scarf in what used to be a $3.50 envelope. Make no mistake when you go to a Canada post outlet, the people at those front desks are sales people in disguise. They have quotas or at least get bonuses for driving more sales to things like Express Post. I consider this a terrible disservice to the public.
Member Map - Thought it would be fun to see where everyone is from: http://www.thevoyageurs.org/membermap/
Default Letter Avatars - Defaults to the first letter of your username for those who have not up loaded one.
Signatures - Signatures should work if you have been on the site long enough. If these prove irritating, we will kill them.
One of the new features I have not yet turned on is Clubs. I may delete all of the City based Voyageurs FB Pages and pull it back into the site. The Facebook pages are too cumbersome on mass. It's also very unclear how FB decides who gets to see what. You need to pay them it seems now if you want to get your message out there.
It seems that the second batch of SLS shirts that went out, the week before Christmas, there are some missing from that shipment. Everything in the first shipment arrived, the second not so much. I used a shirt folder on the second batch of orders, and I am wondering if some of them are bunching up and getting rejected by Canada Post for being too thick for oversized regular mail.
My heat press is very unhappy. The temperature regulator/controller board is fried.
I have ordered a new one. Just replace it they said... it's easy they said..... Just reattach all the wires the same way, or you will wreck the board again.... have a look.
Hopefully I don't burn my building down, or kill myself.
Playing Korea seemed to garner the attention of a new breed of spammers.
I would really like to see some solid rationale for the efforts they seem to through to post all this garbage.
If we know of people in Korea, China, Nigeria ect... that legitimately post, please let know. I may need to make some rule exceptions for them.
This should decrease the amount of spam we get.
I'll just have to live with my current supply of Viagra and fake passports.
Sunday, Nov 20th, I went to Hamilton for a meeting with the Barton Street Battalion and several guests from the OSA, CanPL and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. A lot of really good ideas being floated and an incredibly positive atmosphere. There is nothing to indicate that this league is anything other than real, and I feel more encouraged now than ever.
Thanks to James Hutton for organizing this and doing a fantastic job in setting up what is going to be a really great supporters group.
There is no new information regarding the league as the point of the meeting was setting up the SG not trying to pick details out of people that don't have them or can't release them.
Original Supporter was deemed snobby and rightfully so. I have changed it to SUPPORTERS UNITED for the CanPL.
One thing is clear, we don't need to be conciliatory in any way. We don't need to apologize for anything that this league is not. It's not MLS, it's not Serie A or the EPL. It's ours.
Looking for sections to be written on the following. Some of these things existed in the past but did not survive the transition to the new platform.
Voyageurs Cup What it is
Voyageurs Cup History & Data
I will do the following.
Create a thread for each topic for people to contribute ideas to.
Someone to take the lead on consolidating it and writing it into something comprehensible
A just get it done sunset clause as we will not get caught in endless machinations over trivial crap
Are there any other suggestions for non forum content sections?
Site content additions are happening in the following order
Basic about us content above
POTY and Retirement awards are next
Game day operations, ticketing, marches and tifo explanations
I have added a directory to the site for Canadian soccer clubs, leagues, associations and academies. I will add other categories and provinces later, just testing it right now.
Associations ect are not particularly forthcoming with data on contacts in the soccer community. So I have decided we need to build our own.
Over the next year I will be doing a significant amount of cross Canada outreach for The Voyageurs and the CanPL and a good directory will be a place to start.
We have to start building better relationships in the soccer community, and knowing where to go is half the battle.
If everyone can please first test the system to make sure it is working and makes sense, then we can make a wider push for a complete Canadian soccer directly.
Leave out the professional teams, that will be a new category later
Requires both web address and physical address - it's a PIA to coppy in an address, but super important. (currently defaults to USA)
Copy in a blurb about the club or a mission statement if they have it on the site. (use the Remove Formatting if cut & paste from a site)
Upload the clubs logo if you can
If you have any ideas on how to improve it, please let me know.
Thanks for you help.
Our collision with legal reality is well under way. We should in short order, provided we do not hit any road blocks upon final approval, be a federally registered non profit before the end of this year. Hopefully sooner than later.
The articles of incorporation leave room for 11 board members. We are starting with only three. I have chosen a small professional board to get things started. We can expand the board later if necessary. I'll announce more details when it is finalized and those people are written in.
The focus is narrow. We are not starting a professional soccer team, building a stadium, hiring assassins or any other such lofty goal. We are here to grow the culture of the game in Canada, support all the teams at home and abroad along with some ancillary therapeutic support services for members.
The module I bought for this purpose just seems to break on every point release for this platform.
The software (platform) has stabilized tremendously since it was first released. There is an update available for the module which I will try.
Otherwise I will simply build it all manually from the Pay Pal records.
I apologize to those who feel they have been left out. The donations are all now in play as the incorporation has been started. Your help is truly greatly appreciated and with each passing day it is clear this is going to be a huge benefit to us.
Thanks for you patience.
Working on it today.