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#1 2014-05-25 10:20:47

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Read Me First: ThinkClassic FAQ

Community Manifesto

Established in 2014, ThinkClassic aims to deliver the necessary tools and resources to owners, collectors and enthusiasts of Apple computers to assist them in the process of repairing, upgrading, restoring, modifying and preserving their machines.



General F.A.Q

Why ThinkClassic?

ThinkClassic is derived from Apple’s 1997 Think Different advertising campaign and the collective name for Mac operating systems released prior to OS X.


When & why was ThinkClassic formed?

ThinkClassic was launched in response to a reduction in the number of specialist vintage Mac resources and communities. While interest in vintage computers continues to thrive, useful information and tools continue to be lost as the internet continues to change on a daily basis. ThinkClassic was launched to provide a centralised location for users to share their collective knowledge and preserve the resources that allow collectors, owners and enthusiasts to continue their endeavours with vintage and modern day Apple computers, accessories and peripherals. Initial discussions and community planning took place on MacTalk Australia in January 2014, with the site launching to the public on May 12th, 2014.


Where is ThinkClassic based?

The ThinkClassic community extends its services to and has members from several countries around the world. Our server is currently hosted in Oregon, United States.


So, ThinkClassic is exclusively for vintage computers?

Not at all. While the community is definitely oriented toward vintage Apple hardware, ThinkClassic aims to encourage interest in all computers and hardware, regardless of their age, make or model. The community encourages enthusiasts to restore, repair or modify their machines and provides the necessary tools and resources for individuals and businesses to learn more about the computers they own, how they function, how to maintain them and what they can do with them, at all stages of their service life.


What are the community forums for?

Technology enthusiasts are a talkative bunch, always sharing (and debating) information and ideas. ThinkClassic has its own community forum for members to discuss and present their ideas, share information and advice, to show off the latest addition to their collection or recent developments in their projects or even simply to converse with other like-minded people about just about anything (within reason).


Does ThinkClassic provide access to software and utilities?

Only where ThinkClassic has the distribution rights to do so. While we don’t discourage users from doing as they please with their own equipment, due to copyright laws and software licensing agreements, we can’t endorse any methods of questionable legality when it comes to obtaining or distributing software, nor can we provide the means to do so on the ThinkClassic website, forums, chatrooms or any other forms of media affiliated with the site and community. Any methods that may be considered questionable posted by members of the community may be subject to review and moderated as necessary ( but we’ll always try to be nice about it ).


Does ThinkClassic sell components or offer services for vintage computers?

Unfortunately no, however ThinkClassic actively assists members in locating the necessary components, tools, software and services they require by the means of linking, reviewing and (where possible) partnering with online and local vendors of vintage computer related products and services. Additionally, ThinkClassic provides the means for members to communicate with each other in order to privately sell and exchange their goods and services with other members in our Buy, Sell & Trade forum. For further information, refer to the Buy, Sell & Trade F.A.Q portion of this document and the Buy, Sell & Trade forum terms and guidelines.

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#2 2014-05-25 10:21:29

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Re: Read Me First: ThinkClassic FAQ

Forum FAQ

Where should I start when looking for information?

ThinkClassic's discussion forums are simpler than most to navigate. Below the header on each page is the toolbar, a unified location for navigation links, settings and even search. If it looks a little like the Mac OS menu bar, that's no coincidence. Along the left side are the common areas of the board, including:

  • Index - The forum index, an overview of all the forums and areas on ThinkClassic.

  • Members - Accessible to some, the user list is a directory of the members on ThinkClassic. A little like a community phone book.

  • Rules - An overview of where to find information regarding ThinkClassic's Rules & Guidelines.

  • Search - Allows you to search every forum and thread on ThinkClassic to find information.

  • Profile - Your personal settings, including view options, signatures, avatars and other personalisation options.

  • Logout - Allows you to log out of the forums and end the current session.

On the right side of the toolbar is the Quick Search field, which is the same as clicking Search on the left side of the toolbar, but a much quicker way of performing a basic search. Simply type in your search terms (including boolean operators if you prefer) and hit return to receive a list of topics that match the terms you've entered.


What about navigating the forums and topics?

Viewing forums and topics on ThinkClassic is like navigating through files and folders. The Forum Index is the central hub of the community, giving you an overview of the different discussion areas that ThinkClassic covers. Clicking on one of the titles of the discussion areas, or Forums, gives you an overview of all of the topics within that forum. Clicking a Topic opens that particular discussion, allowing you to see all of the contributions to the discussion, or Posts, from individual members. All forums and topics have a series of links at the beginning and end of the page that allow you to easily move back through the forum hierarchy.


Why are some forums only visible when I'm logged in?

While most forums are still readable while logged out, some forums are accessible only to registered members. As a result of the method in which our forum software handles permissions, these forums are completely invisible if a person or group - including logged out users or guests - doesn't have permission to read the threads in that forum.


How do I attach images?

While we allow users to insert images into posts, we don't handle image attachments on our own server. If you wish to insert an image into a post, we recommend hosting it on your own server or uploading it to an image hosting service. Services like Flickr, Imgur and PostImage allow you to upload images for free. Once you have uploaded your image, simply copy the direct link to the image and paste it into your post between IMG tags to include it. Alternatively, you can click the Insert Image button in the post editing toolbar and provide the direct link to the image to include it in your post.


How do I send Private Messages?

Unlike other communities, ThinkClassic doesn't handle Private Messages internally. This is primarily due to a limitation of our community software, but it does have some benefits. Private messages are not intended to be viewed by other members of the community or its staff, and by allowing members to send messages through standard email channels, we aren't storing the contents of any messages in our own database. Members can still send email messages to other users via the forum software by clicking the Email link under their avatar in the topic view or through their profile. The forum software does not give out email addresses, instead allowing users to send the message through a form that the forum software then sends on a members behalf.

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#3 2014-07-09 04:14:01

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Re: Read Me First: ThinkClassic FAQ

Buy, Sell & Trade FAQ

So, ThinkClassic operates a community trading board?

Absolutely. When it comes to finding vintage and rare components for our machines, sometimes the only way to source them is with the assistance of other enthusiasts. For this reason, we provide the Buy, Sell & Trade section of our community forums for members to list the items they have for sale or trade and to negotiate the terms and prices of the sale. Members are also welcome to request specific items on the board in order to find out whether another member may have the item they’re looking for.


Then why can't I see it?

ThinkClassic uses a system that many communities before it have used. We require that users have a minimum of 30 posts before they can access our Buy, Sell & Trade area. It's nothing personal, only that ThinkClassic isn't intended to be a Vintage Computer trading hub. We provide the trading area as a service to members that already contribute around the community. We ask that you don't simply make a bunch of pointless posts in order to boost your post count up to the minimum of 30 either - take a look at the ThinkClassic Rules & Guidelines, Section 2 for more information.


What classes of listing does the Buy, Sell & Trade forum provide?

The Buy, Sell & Trade forum generally consists of three types of listing - For Sale, Wanted and Expression of Interest. The For Sale classification is used when a member wishes to list an item for sale at a fixed or negotiable price. The Wanted classification is used when a member is seeking out and thinking of purchasing an item, in order to notify others of their interest in a particular item. The Expression of Interest classification is used when a member has an item they are thinking of selling, but are still uncertain of whether they will sell the item, subject to interest from other members. Expression of Interest threads can also be used in order to request information about the expected or market value of an item before choosing to proceed with a sale.


As a Buyer or Seller, what are the terms of using the Buy, Sell & Trade forum?

Due to the nature of trading between members, we have compiled an extensive list of rules and guidelines to be observed when trading on ThinkClassic. It can be found as a permanent topic at the top of the Buy, Sell & Trade forum. Members are advised to read the section in its entirety before creating or participating in any trading threads.


Where are the full Buy, Sell & Trade forum terms and guidelines located?

The trading forum terms and guidelines can be found as a permanent topic at the top of the Buy, Sell & Trade forum.


What actions may be taken in the event of a contravention of the terms and guidelines of the Buy, Sell & Trade forum?

While ThinkClassic does provide the Buy, Sell & Trade service to its members, it is provided as a courtesy, and discussions are considered to be between each individual member and are not handled by the community. However, we aim to do what we can to protect our users, and in the case of users breaking the terms and guidelines of the Buy, Sell & Trade forum, the moderation team may choose to terminate a listing where deemed necessary, suspend a user from a posting new threads or reply to existing threads in the Buy, Sell & Trade forum for a specified or indefinite amount of time, prevent a user from viewing any threads within the Buy, Sell & Trade forum for a specified or indefinite amount of time or remove the user from the community forum and associated services entirely for a specified or indefinite amount of time.


What protections are offered to users of the Buy, Sell & Trade forum, and what authority does ThinkClassic have in the dispute resolution process?

ThinkClassic provides the Buy, Sell & Trade forum as a courtesy to its members and does not have the ability or authority to provide any protections to users of the forum. Transactions are handled between the individual users only, and in the event of a dispute it is advised to first attempt contact with the other parties involved. If you have contacted the other member but were unable to resolve the problem, you may contact the moderation team of the Buy, Sell & Trade forum and they will attempt to assist where possible. Please note while the moderation team will do everything they can to assist in resolving a dispute, in no way can we guarantee that every dispute has a resolution.


As a Buyer or Seller, am I under obligation to complete a transaction with another member?

While ThinkClassic does provide the Buy, Sell & Trade service to its members, it is provided as a courtesy, and negotiations for the sale once the listing is complete are between each individual member and are not handled by the community. We can not force a member to complete a transaction with another, and where the items, money or other goods involved in the process have yet to be exchanged, the buyer may choose to negotiate a cancellation of the sale with the seller. Likewise, the seller may choose to withdraw the item from sale, including re-listing the item at a later time or date as they wish. However, repeated instances (that have been reported to the administrative team) of a consistent pattern where members fail to complete transactions may be subject to investigation and review by the moderation team with action taken where deemed necessary.

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