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landranger68   on 28/05/19 @ 8:30 said:

Hello Di,
I have been a member since 2010 and have made many lifetime friends,a really good times and especially the long weekends spent plodding the Fells around Keswick and an unforgettable Trekies Coniston Capers,with Ducks swimming between the Tents,almost blown away on top of the Old Man.We may be from different walks of life and age,but it is that common bond of friendship and love of the Hills and Valleys that make OD so special

Camino Queen   on 28/05/19 @ 10:26 said:

Thanks Landranger yes I have many dear friends too. I've also experienced so many beautiful walks in the Peak District near where I now live..
But there are lots of other groups too which people are joining so I wanted a few answers us it's nice to hear other members views. Thanks

Site Admin   on 28/05/19 @ 11:54 said:

Hi CQ,
Investors from the USA? A few billion bucks perhaps?
Ahhh - if only. Still just little ol' me providing a service for y'all. No stetson on my head or oil money in my back pocket.

Site Admin   on 28/05/19 @ 11:58 said:

The new look was prompted by the increasing number of mobile users, and the the amount of feedback I was getting regarding the site looking a bit "90s"

Invites are entirely member led, and if people have found new partners or groups of friends and moved on then I guess thats what the site is about. "Meet new outdoorsy people and discover a new life"

Site Admin   on 28/05/19 @ 12:05 said:

On the data front:- nothing is sold, passed to any third party or in any other way sent to any other server than this one. Yep, this is a very unusual social networking site. Unlike Fb, Google groups, various chat apps etc we don't have anyone advertising to you, profiling you, mining your data or snooping in any way. Your data is totally private Even I only look at the data when a user has an issue I need to sort out.

I have been in IT for nearly 30 years most of that time dealing with databases, some of it for marketing purposes, and I don't have an FB account. Never had, never will.

Site Admin   on 28/05/19 @ 12:13 said:

For most so called free sites you are the product. You are sold for many millions to advertisers, political profilers, and various questionable entities. When the Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal broke I was able to smirk into my pint and mumble "told you so!".

Have a store card? I can buy a list of those who prefer black knickers over white. No, really. Why do you think you get those discounts ...

Is a website pushing their app at you? Of course they are. An App, unlike sites in a browser, can search your memory card, contact lists and messages for items of interest and upload them to the controller.

Site Admin   on 28/05/19 @ 0:00 said:

Its just little ol' boring me here I am afraid!

Site Admin   on 28/05/19 @ 12:23 said:

p.s. Glad you like the new site CQ.

trekkie  on 28/05/19 @ 15:28 said:

Steve, Great reply which clarifies what's behind.

I know you have an objective of running a good and safe site which serves different purposes for different people.

I know it costs in actual hard cash and a great deal of time and you deserve to be recompensed for both.

Similarly as you have stated, events are member led and whilst you are no doubt the enabler, the additional value is community based by member events.

trekkie  on 28/05/19 @ 15:32 said:

So it is we, the members who direct our destiny in terms of events.
Firstly by those who invest in putting up invitations, secondly by people attending and supporting the invitations.
In the early days the events were few and less variety. There are so many different things available now which can stretch both comfort zones and budgets if you so wish. There are also regular regional activities.

trekkie  on 28/05/19 @ 15:45 said:

I too remember with fondness the Coniston event Keith refers to.
That was in the early days, it is testament that these memories have stood the test of time and the acquaintances have grown to friendships.

The Christmas parties, summer balls etc which I have never attended, looked amazing.

So what is the site? It is what ever facets you take and mould for what you want. Dip in as suits or fully immerse yourself in a community or family of friends and like minded people wanting to share.

Great job Steve, and great job all who put on and support the events.

Glyn2   on 28/05/19 @ 23:34 said:

I’ll just echo what Dale said in a comment on a previous forum discussion ‘trekkie for prime minister I say’

Mitch   on 29/05/19 @ 9:41 said:

and Dougie for Chancellor of the Exchequor

milvus   on 29/05/19 @ 21:42 said:

Well said Treckie, thank you Steve; probably not said often enough 😊

Camino Queen   on 18/06/19 @ 13:41 said:

Thanks Steve for answering and nice to have things clarified. Not sure re the white or black knickers on the data???
Great folk got involved in this forum. Thanks

Ultreia (Jo & Alan)   on 19/06/19 @ 21:40 said:

It was a brilliant question Di and a brilliant reply Steve, Keith and Trekkie. I will ditto Babs, thank you Steve for bringing us all together.
Ps that was one very wet weekend and I still remember it with fondness. Another very wet weekend when we met Mitch or should I say he was shocked to meeting us lol. 9 years ago wow how time flies when you're having fun.
Steve I do believe we should celebrate the 10th anniversary of OD. Party on you Mr Billionare


Camino Queen   on 20/06/19 @ 18:24 said:

I'll have a prosecco or two...any more orders at the bar??

Rourky   on 22/06/19 @ 9:49 said:

Oh yes Jo..... Party to celebrate 10th year would be great and an ideal opportunity to catch up with members both oldies like us and newer members from this fantastic community

suesingularity   on 18/08/19 @ 9:01 said:

Thanks for clarification Steve.. now I know why I'm the app resistor
I've been somewhat absent from OD for a few years and had not realised there had been a fall numbers of invites. Not sure if there's also been a fall in numbers of members. What I look for is variety of activities and variety of folk...so there's something for all. I do hope there are still people who opt for a gentle style of walking...with time to take in the magnificence. Especially in the high peaks which tend to attract the more active types.

landranger68   on 18/08/19 @ 12:34 said:

Hi Clive,
Would you be donning your Monks outfit again,but i am unsure if fits in with your lifestyle

Ally & Dave   on 19/08/19 @ 13:27 said:

A chance for likeminded people to connect and in many cases make lifelong frienships and partners along the way!

Rourky   on 19/08/19 @ 23:09 said:

One thing i have always counted on in all the years ive known you on this wonderful site young Keith is your cheek 😂 and with regard that particular outfit, it may just make an appearance, it may not, but as you know, nobody expects the Spanish Inqusition

minty    on 10/09/19 @ 14:37 said:

Hi everyone for me I have made incredible friend and had fantastic weekends with brilliant people. Originally I join to find a partner which I have not yet found. But I've made lovely friends. Which is very important. Getting back to the original question. I've took some time out from outdoor duo thinking. That I will not miss it. But I have. Went back on the site it was like returning to Emmerdale Farm. nothing has really changed apart from a glossy new webpage. Which is brilliant. Am I missing something what is different it has been tweaked unless.. I'm in a time warp. All my phone is still running couple of years in the past. I see the same people organising weekends and the same people o

minty    on 10/09/19 @ 14:51 said:

Continued for me it's still a dating site but it is changed in respect of before it was small site and you get to know people better. Well That's progress . Well I will find out when I go on a weekend how much it has changed. But for me it just seems the same.. there are more organised weekends abroad than they used to be but that's a good thing. Quite a few people have got married which is brilliant. It is still sticking to the fundamentals an outdoorsy site the people enjoy the great outdoors who are single and want to find partners who have the same aspirations as them . My brain is hurting. So basically it still saying what it says on the tin. I better start taking my vitamins 🤣🤣🤣

capricornwelsh   on 10/10/19 @ 13:58 said:

Its whatever you want it to be if your looking for like minded people for friendship or romance up to the individual, I have only been on a couple of meets two mtb rides and a cpl walks enjoyed both all a while back now.

If something catches my interest and it fits in all well and good, have been on the site a long time and personally i think its great site :} I wouldn't analyze it to much just enjoy

Highpeakman   on 10/10/19 @ 21:17 said:

There are less invites than previously?? Yes, that's true my friends. Why? Because there are too many takers on the invitation scene, and not enough givers!!! Sorry if that sounds harsh, but several times recently I've heard members who have never put an invitation on, complain that walks are drying up.
Need I say more? (Special thanks to Glyn, Doug and Tracey for all they do for the rest of us!!)

Lazlo Woodbine   on 11/10/19 @ 8:50 said:

Think you are being harsh HPM. All websites have a life cycle. People move on and do different things. There will always come a time when the numbers leaving exceed the numbers joining. As regards organising walks etc, not everyone has the confidence to arrange an event by which they might be judged.

Philtheetiler   on 11/10/19 @ 9:08 said:

Also Doug, there have been invitations that have received little support so give the organisers no encouragement to try again.

Miss T   on 11/10/19 @ 11:18 said:

And also thanks to Mike (flat cap), PeteK & anyone else who has very kindly arranged & led walks for others to enjoy

Lazlo Woodbine   on 11/10/19 @ 12:30 said:

Phil some invites will only appeal to a few people owing to their difficulty, geographic position or content. When posting a walk it needs to be "sold". That is made to look attractive enough for people to take the trouble to attend.

Philtheetiler   on 11/10/19 @ 17:19 said:

Doug, www.? What. Where or who, You forgot the last one

Glyn nav   on 15/10/19 @ 23:17 said:

Sorry to see you go Ian catch up soon for a walk

jo_jo   on 16/10/19 @ 9:48 said:

So sorry to hear this Ian. I can't explain why some events don't get many takers. It is very sad though and although it's easy to say don't take it personally. It is mostly down to where people live

TrotOn   on 16/10/19 @ 11:16 said:

Ian, the heart of OD is what you do well, so "chin up" and keep posting walks as you have input into the next generation of group walkers who could learn from you. Don't fall into the trap of judging your quality by the number of walkers.
Best Wishes

going4gold   on 17/10/19 @ 19:55 said:

Wonderful people
Wonderful times
What more is there to say ?!

Philtheetiler   on 18/10/19 @ 0:19 said:

going4gold: exactly, so many friends all over the country all thanks to OD.

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