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by Charles L. Cotton
Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

mojo84 wrote:Charles, I signed up when I saw this original post. At that time, if I remember correctly, I could sign in. Now I can't so I sign up again thinking I may have been deleted from the database. I still cannot sign in. Is there a need for me to be able to sign in?

Thanks for all your efforts.
The site was getting buried with spambots registering so the registration feature was removed. There never has been a "members only" section so logging in didn't give Members access to any additional information. People join TFC by filling out the Member form, but that doesn't automatically make them a "site user." If I could import the member database as "site users" I would do so. If I ever do add a "members only" section, I'll have to figure a way to get Members listed as "site users" without opening the door to folks we don't want to see the information.

Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

Jeff B. wrote:Enthusiasm and participation (properly expressed) go a long way towards defending our rights.

Best Regards,

Jeff B.
This is the single most important element in the battle to protect and expand gun rights. This is why the number of Members in TFC is not merely important, it is mission-critical! I'll talk more about post-legislative-session plans when the session ends. I plan to take on two of . . . I'd better keep quiet for now. :banghead:

Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

ryouiki wrote:Hmm,
baldeagle wrote:That's pitiful. Cmon folks, our liberty is at stake. It costs NOTHING to join. Join now. Please!!!
While interested in joining, I have to wonder if the uptake will be difficult just based on the amount/type of membership the site is asking to provide.
The site is secure and displays an SSL. The only required information on the membership form is name, address, phone number and email address, all of which is readily available to anyone and everyone on the Internet. Everything else is optional. If people don't want me to have basic contact information, then we'll just agree that the Texas Firearms Coalition isn't their type of organization.
ryouiki wrote:Not to sound overly paranoid, but we have a whole set of the population that is quite adverse to the ideal of registration, etc... and unless your specifically going to lie on the forms, asking about CHL status (which is supposedly not shared outside of DPS), along with other personal information tying back to you might make quite a few nervous.
As noted, that information isn't required, it's optional. Texas law prohibits DPS from releasing CHL information to anyone outside a criminal justice agency. There's no prohibition on asking people to voluntarily disclose this information. When you reference the DPS with the phrase "which is supposedly not shared outside of DPS" I think this does display a certain level of paranoia. DPS is expressly prevented from disclosing this information by Texas law; it's not a DPS rule or a simply departmental policy.
ryouiki wrote:Pair that with no visible privacy policy that I can find... I think it might be a hard sell for people that think twice about handing out personal information (as much as they are being attacked nowadays, firearm owners are starting to think carefully about who they share information with).
You're right, I didn't put a privacy statement on the site. They are meaningless; you either trust the organization or you don't. I have posted that I will never sell or share email addresses and people are free to accept that or not.
ryouiki wrote:At the very least the CHL/NRA questions should default not "Not Specified" or something that is neither a "yes/no" answer.
I'm glad you pointed this out because it let me see an oversight. The question about NRA membership has three possible responses -- yes, no, or leave blank. The same was to hold true for CHL status, but the blank apparently wasn't included. I've added the blank to the CHL question and changed the format so both the NRA and CHL questions default to blank.
ryouiki wrote:It may also be useful to know where the site itself is hosted... would be a shame if your backend provider is actually in a non-free state like NY/CA/IL etc. (seems this one is indicating somewhere in Arizona).
You bring up what you believe to be security issues, then expect me to disclose the location of the server?

I presume you read the numbers I posted about licenses, gun owners, etc. With those numbers less than 40,000 are TSRA members and somewhere around 350,000 are NRA members. This is apathy pure and simple. People are either unconcerned, unaware, or unwilling to get involved. They aren't failing to join the NRA because of information requested on the membership application. Don't misunderstand this statement, the NRA is growing at a record-breaking rate, but the majority of gun owners nationwide and here in Texas still aren't joining and aren't getting involved. The sad fact is the vast majority of people are willing to let "someone else" do the work.

You obviously have concerns about disclosing basic contact information, so you shouldn't join. In fact, I don't want you to join so please don't! If someone gets your contact information from an Internet search engine, or other personal information from one of the dozens of Internet providers like Public Data, I don't want you having the slightest suspicion that I disclosed your information to anyone. I'm not being spiteful or resentful, I seriously don't want anyone joining TFC if they have security concerns about me or the organization.

Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

RX8er wrote:
Charles L. Cotton wrote:
Mike1951 wrote:
baldeagle wrote:Those of you who signed up earlier might want to check. I did, and my account didn't exist. I had to recreate it.
Charles did tell us that those of us that registered after the initial launch would need to re-register.
I'll send a test email to everyone who joined. I'll send it tomorrow.

Chas.
Chas,

I'm sure you will, but please let us know via the thread that you have sent the email.
I will. Sorry I couldn't get it done today. I've been on the phone with bills almost all day. I'll try again tomorrow.

Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

Mike1951 wrote:
baldeagle wrote:Those of you who signed up earlier might want to check. I did, and my account didn't exist. I had to recreate it.
Charles did tell us that those of us that registered after the initial launch would need to re-register.
I'll send a test email to everyone who joined. I'll send it tomorrow.

Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

RX8er wrote:Several weeks ago, I went to sign in but didn't think I created a password or didn't remember doing it. I requested to reset my password and the system can't find my email address???

I don't know if I am registered or not to be honest.

EDIT:

I wanted to add, I received the email from Chas welcoming me to TFC but that is the only email/newsletter I have received. Have any been sent out?
One eNewsletter was sent but I don't recall the date. No other emails have been sent, because I'm trying to keep my promise of not sending anything unless it's important or a call-to-action.

Send a PM with your name and I'll check the database.

Thanks,
Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

I wanted to update everyone on the TFC membership number. We're up to 292 Members.

Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

TrueFlog wrote:I just became a member, but I have a few comments on the website.

It's not immediately clear how to create a username/password for the site. The login fields are clearly displayed in the upper-left, but there's no link to sign up. You have to click "Log in" then look for the "Don't have an account?" link. I didn't that very intuitive. Also, what is the benefit of logging in to the site? I don't see a members-only section...
There's no members-only section at this point. TFC eNewsletters will be the method use to send information to Members that I don't want to post on the Forum for our opponents to see. These folks could obviously join and get the eNewsletters, but at least they have to do something more than click on the Forum website. The login block is there for me in case I want to log in from the frontend for some reason. Most of my work is done from the backend.
TrueFlog wrote:Also, the information on the seminars seems incomplete. For example, the blurb on the CHL Fashion Show describes the purpose of the event but doesn't provide any info on date, location, registration, etc. The same is true of the other seminars listed.
This is just listing the seminars that are currently available, i.e. in the inventory. When they are scheduled, they will be posted on the TFC event calendar and a notice will be posted.

Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

MasterOfNone wrote:Chas, have you created a banner that can be put in the sidebar of a website to promote TFC (like the NRA eagle banner)?
No, but that's a great idea. Skiprr designed the TFC badge logo and that could be used as a base for a recruiting banner. I'll try to play with that when I get a little breathing room.

I need to figure out how to put a full width banner across the top of the main page here on TexasCHLforum so I can put recruiting banners for the NRA, ProjectOneMillionTexas, and Texas Firearms Coalition.

Thanks for the idea,
Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

Thanks for joining folks and thanks also to those who donated to the cause.

Let's try to get the membership numbers to a level that will really get the attention of those in Austin. We may not make it this session, but I'd sure like to be able to do a lot of off-season work with over 100,000 members. (That's being conservative.) Keep stressing that membership is free folks. We need numbers and we need people to answer calls-to-action in mass!

Thanks,
Chas.

BTW, I added a background that I think is really appropriate. I hope you do too. http://www.TexasFirearmsCoalition.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Charles L. Cotton
Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

baldeagle wrote:Charles, it's worth it just for the Bill Status Report. Linking to the actual bills was genius. Great work. I paid for membership previously. I wonder if you would accept monthly electronic withdrawals some day? I'd be more than happy to setup an automatic withdrawal that helps to fund TFC projects.
Thanks for joining and I'm not sure about recurring donations yet. That may come in a few weeks, but I'm swamped with legislative stuff at this point.

Thanks for asking.
Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

Rex B wrote:Charles
What wil TFC do that TSRA doesn' already do?
I can't get into a TFC v. TSRA discussion. You can look at the activities of TFC and look for differences. Both will be active in the legislative arena, but we may have different agendas and at times different approaches.

TSRA has always had about 40,000 members and with no membership fee, I hope TFC will be many times that number so we can accomplish more in Austin.

Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

The SSL has been installed and everything resolves to the https:// secure, encrypted site. As Wes noted, all donations go through PayPal's secure site, but now everything input on TFC forms is encrypted.

Thanks for joining folks and for the donations. Membership is free so please encourage your friends and family members to join. We need a level of membership that will have a big impact in Austin!

Remember, it's not necessary to create a user account on the TFC website to join, and creating a user account does not make you a Member. You must fill out the Member Application.

Thanks,
Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

Wes wrote:There was no look up on that update page so i tried logging in to the site and had to create a separate account for that. It looks like joining the site and joining the TFC is seperate. Is that how it should be? I assumed I could update my info by logging in but it didnt work. I tried an update anyways, hope it didnt go through twice and you got my updated info.
Hi Wes:
It's not necessary to set up a registration for the TFC website. In fact, there's no reason to set up a user account on the website because there's no information that isn't available without registering.

Joining TFC by filling out the online form is necessary to become a member.

Thanks,
Chas.
by Charles L. Cotton
Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Texas Firearms Coalition
Topic: TFC Reorganized
Replies: 88
Views: 23546

Re: TFC Reorganized

pbwalker wrote:Being that we're entering PII in this form, is it possible to have this page encrypted instead of sending sensitive info via clear text? Looks like it is hosted in a shared environment, so that's what is keeping me from signing up.
I'm working on that as I type this. I thought the SSL had been installed and I just realized it has not. I'll post a notice when it's done.

Chas.

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