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Hey all,

I just though it would be nice to promote a page I made right here on this forum.

It's called Virtual Airline List and you can find it here. Basically, it's like a TOP list where people can vote for (or register) their favorite Virtual Airline. I hope to get as many as possible on board so all information is neatly collected in one central area with a quick glance at their respective descriptions (hover over banner), voting and jumping to the VA official homepage without any ties to any other homepage and / or organisation whatsoever.

There is also a section which permits Virtual Airlines to submit weekly news on, a vote free list of Virtual Airlines and some bonus features after acquiring a premium account.

Just have a look, and I hope to see your VA there online soon as well ;)

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We're expanding!

- The Virtual Airlines Weekly News is completely up and running and can be used by registered Virtual Airlines.

- An anti-proxy system has also been realized so fake votes are reduced to a minimum.

- A simple search function has been added which searches actively for Virtual Airline names (An improved search will be added soon with more functionality and options).

Come have a look!

Virtual Airline List / Virtual Airlines Weekly News

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Within the next week I will be adding classifieds where potential Virtual Airline pilots can leave a message requesting contact with active Virtual Airlines. I have to give it some thought on where and how really, it might have the same setup as the Virtual Airlines Weekly News section.

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Virtual Airlines Weekly News is undergoing some major upgrades.

- News archives are being added.

- Pilot classifieds will be added.

- Random VA banner will be displayed.

Pilot classifieds will be the most interesting item here. It will allow new Virtual Airline pilots to present themselves, with their 'demands' and Virtual Airlines will be able to react on it. Either by leaving a comment or sending a direct email to the person in question (if they allow it).

Click here to check it out. Just remember, if it's not working right now, it will be later today ( I am writing the scripts _right_ now ;) )

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After every month the votes will be removed, the winner will gain a month medal and every Virtual Airline will start at zero again.

Why I do this is to be able to show potential Virtual Airlien pilots _active_ Virtual Airlines. We all know that a lot of Virtual Airlines die a slow death over time. The voting creates a filter basically. :)

And those of you who are worried about / or are using proxies to submit votes, know that this is being restricted and monitored. If a Virtual Airline gets caught several times will result in a deactivation of this VA within the list.

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Well it takes a dedicated pilot to vote every month, but it's for a good cause right? And navigating your way once a month to hit a link shouldn't be so bad ;)

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hmm have a problem with the vote for us picture. When i would add it to my site, then is my site down? :mellow:

Works it correctly when i only use the picture with the link?

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<a href="http://www.va-list.com/" target="valist"><img src="http://www.va-list.com/img/vote_100_50.png" border="0" alt=""></a>

Should work normally. I am not quite sure what you mean that your site is down, does it stop functioning after you add the image?

And please, for questions, errors or remarks, please use the contact button from www.va-list.com at the bottom of the screen. The message goes directly to the admin mailbox and we'll help you from there ;)

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A lot of work is going on in the background, but don't worry, development and new features are being added all the time. If nothing appears to happen I am probably working on the administrative area of the site. But for now, some visible updates for the paper:

- The submit news section is accepting images. Although it still needs some testing and coding, it will probably be fully functional before the next edition (week 43).

- The classifieds are fully functional, I really hope this will be used soon by pilots looking for a Virtual Airline that meets _their_ requirements. ;)

- The News Archive is still being added.

The main Virtual Airline List is starting to grow rapidly I think, and we're only in the first real month online. I'm really happy about that, I am also getting some good feedback, but if there are problems or questions feel free to use the contact button at the bottom of the main page. There are still some country flags missing on the frontpage, so if you are registered with VA-List, please log in and select your country and it will be there... eventually. :)

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A small announcement regarding the VA-List;

In the next weeks I will be re-designing the look of the Virtual Airline List, it will look somewhat similar to the old version but the graphics will be more 'upgraded'. I posted a screenshot on the Facebook page for the ones who 'manage' their lives on their and if you don't feel like clicking, just take a peek below.

Important for the people who are looking for a Virtual Airline to join; we have a News section (Virtual Airlines Weekly News) in which you can post a small advertisement (aka classified) which will show up there for Virtual Airlines to contact you and offer their services. Of course you can always take a look at the Virtual Airline List itself. ;)

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Update: The new layout is live. While I am still finishing some little things here and there, the main pages are done and ready to use.

New features;

- Facebook sharing of Virtual Airlines.

- Medals indicating the top three of the previous month.

Check it all out here.

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Alright, I haven't been sitting still, so here's a new update.

The Layout is working out quite well, so that's worth mentioning I think. This is basically the way it will look like for a few months unless I stumble upon an even better layout idea... Who knows ;) AND we have almost reached 40... FORTY Virtual Airlines after almost two months, that's quite a leap forward and it makes me happy getting people excited to join up. Good stuff, and I thank all of you who signed up. It makes the webpage worth working on. Also to the people who take the time to fill out the surveys, thanks.., it really helps a lot. :)

Updates:

- The new news-ticker includes the latest three Virtual Airlines Weekly News articles.

- The Virtual Airlines Weekly News has finally image support. Sorry Marc for the delay, I should have fixed it sooner.

- Increased scanning for Proxy and Dynamic IP voting. Our team is also working hard to check the daily votes and report suspicious ones, it's quite a handful but we assure that every vote is/will be handled fair and square.

Things to do:

- The Premium accounts cosmetics. If one is interested in the Premium accounts, it has to be worth while. So I am looking into cool features (Suggestions are welcome, please contact me using the Contact link on Virtual Airline List)

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quick question there ussed to be vaflash whare we could post news and it hooked to the vacentral server is/will this be possible with your site

that would be 1 more plus for your site

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quick question there ussed to be vaflash whare we could post news and it hooked to the vacentral server is/will this be possible with your site

that would be 1 more plus for your site

Well I don't have any ties with VACentral really. I am unsure how VACentral grabbed news (if I understand this correctly) from the VAFlash site, maybe with a RSS/Atom feed, I don't know. If they want they are welcome to send me an email with what they would like to have as a standard.

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I am happy to announce that the Virtual Airline List has now reached over 55 registered Virtual Airlines and 30.000 pageviews. Although some might have a member advantage, we still have a non-voting list as well for your VA browsing pleasure. So if you are looking for a big Virtual Airline, or a smaller personal one, be sure to check it out.

For our regular viewers, I am thinking about yet a new layout. Yes, I got some itches here and there and I need to let it out. ;)

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Alright, I'm letting it out and here's a preview. The premiere is here on phpvms!

The new layout for February 2011.

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I am 10% done more or less with implementation, and it will need some testing before it will replace the old layout. But I promise I will have it done for sure in February :)

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This just in!!!

We will also be upgrading the Virtual Airline News weekly and make it into a Daily news bulletin with corresponding links throughout the Virtual Airline News webpage and it will also be integrated and cannot be seen separately anymore.

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The Premium account will now allow registration of HUBs to provide more info for our visitors / viewers.

We expect to have the new layout up and running in February.

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The new version of Virtual Airline list is up and working!

I am happy to announce that after three days of testing, we can now officially declare that the new version (v3) of the Virtual Airline List is working smoothly. More and more Virtual Airlines still sign up, which is absolutely a wonderful thing, the news section is working splendidly ( so you registered VAs, please use it ;) ) and now has a RSS function so be updated daily through feedburner, it also has a twitter button now for every news article, so tweet away! The news items will not be updated weekly anymore, but daily and it is integrated nicely within the whole new design. So it's a big improvement on the News section and it's ready to take on the more established VA news pages which are still rather limited. :S

The Premium Accounts have been polished, is more glittery and allows now mentioning of where the Virtual Airline HUBs are. We are also thinking about more to the point info, mentioning of FSAcars, KAcars, FSPassengers and such. AND, if we get the back up on this one, linking to other "official" pages like vacentral, if they would have us. And maybe even a live flight tracking map somewhere... but that's in investigation / research.

A search function (page) has been added, although that area could use some good ideas still... but we're working it.

If you have a Virtual Airline, or are flying for one which is not yet on the Virtual Airline List, make sure it gets added. It's a good thing to get all the worlds VAs in one neat list. :)

The proxy rules have been lifted somewhat, January was a test with the immediate shutdown of voting rights after proxy votes have been found. But for the people who noticed these proxy-bans, still be warned, we do NOT allow votes through proxy sites and / or web servers. :angry:

See you there!

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Hey guys, it's been a while since I last posted here, so I thought I would show some stuff to let the people who are interested in these kind of things what we at the Virtual Airline List handle our stuff.

There has been quite some stuff going on about votes we get which we do not allow, so here's a screenshot of what we see...

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As you can see here, in the red box, three web servers. Sometimes they lead to a proxy page, sometimes it leads to an ordinary server somewhere on the globe. These votes we check by clicking on the actual ip address, or we copy paste the host in our address bar... because we are just that curious about it ;)

If a Virtual Airline goes completely crazy and uses every single proxy or webserver they can get their hands on. We disable the voting process for these VAs. Because we do value fair voting...

If a vote leads to absolutely nowhere and the host is just a standard IP address, we tag it, and we move on and after the end of the month all these addresses will be removed from our database, but we keep the servers and proxy addresses in a different datavase so they can't be used again.

So that's basically how it works. :)

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Pretty damn sweet system!

And it does give a fair vote, so like say if someone uses a proxy to vote an airline, you basically disable them the proxy.

Very good idea for a such a voting system

Those damn proxy things does make it more alot unfair for a NO VAILD vote!

Nice to see how you done it. :)

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