It's people, not
'likes', technology or features.
than you make.
Respect and civility.
Foster a sense of
Lead by example.
primary role in world:
husband / father
wings and guitar strings
FIRST AND FOREMOST:
I don't track your interactions with
this website. There are no
'analytic metrics' going on behind the scenes. I wouldn't sell
the VAF reader's contact information for a million dollars,
and at least for me,
that Google/Facebook/Twitter/Instragram/Snapchat/etc have been
to track mouse moments, keystrokes, your lon/lat (and
potentially sounds) breaks squelch on my comfort level.
get why companies use social media to promote their products, it
just makes me a little squeamish how the social media companies
use people's data.
studies suggesting heavy social media use and its ties to mental
illness are something else that raises a flag with me (sources).
"Addictive Nature." "Fragmented attention."
"Underlying background of anxiety."
have purposely laid out VAF's content delivery in a way similar
to a newspaper - something you check for five minutes a day. Or
not. Skip a day! You’re not going to miss anything if you’re
registered and know where the ’New Posts’ link is.
There are no ‘attention engineers’ here (it’s a thing….....4min
If I’ve done my job right, VAF should allow you to touch RV base
for five minutes, then spend the remaining 99.65% of your day
living your life. I'll have no idea what you're doing. ;^)
So, when potential
advertisers contact me and ask 'how many clicks do you get?' I
just say 'I think a lot. Maybe ask some RV owners
around you if they've heard of the site'. If you
have, for example, a widget ad on VAF over on the side of the
page, chances are when it comes time for an RV builder to
purchase a widget, they have scrolled past that ad daily for a
few years. They know where it is...
might be wrong, but it just seems less intrusive this way.
IMHO, you deserve your privacy.
At least you'll get it here in my infinitesimally small corner of the
having said all that....
Thanks for stopping by!
Doug Reeves, and I started and run this website.
Photo at left circa 1972(ish)
- extra points for flowers on the pants.
exactly the deep stare, alpha male pose staring at the
camera in mirror shades with Rock You Like A Hurricane
blaring out of the speakers, but hey, it's something.
The hat said 'Mexico'.
As you might suspect, there is a buzzword for
what I'm doing here:
(started back in 1996 and branded as 'VAF' online)
puts the spotlight on Van's RV kitplanes and the people who
build and enjoy them.
It's a laid back, civil, non-corporate place to
virtually hang out with other people who, like yourself, like
the idea of
leaving the Earth's surface occasionally in a Van's Aircraft RV.
you think this type of web site should stay online, please send
in your honor system $25USD each year. VAF
is how I put food on the table for my family. Those who
along with the advertisers, quite literally put food in our mouths and
a roof over our heads. Easily an eight hour a day job,
out over the whole 24hr day in little thirty minute bites. An unconventional career, but the perks are meaningful:
optional / shorts above 50*F.
The airplane, and the occasional drive out to the airport, are business expenses.
No status reports.
Some background on the site:
back in '97 with the
RV White Pages and some 3rd party
message board software, the site found its online
footing. Later, as the weaknesses in the message
board app became apparent, I created several Yahoo groups - one for each model to give the community a
little more flexibility. A couple of years later
when the I.T. department (of my then day job) blocked access to
all Yahoo stuff (like most companies were doing at the
time), I couldn't approve messages fast enough
for people's needs and still keep the spam out. Shortly thereafter I researched, purchased and
current forum software (and deleted the Yahoo
groups I had created). The newest incarnation of the site's forums
hopefully make the hobby, in some small way, more personal.
became my full time job in 2007.
VAF comes to you
a former cube worm's spare bedroom Doug Reeves
for posting in the VAF Forums can be cliff-noted with 99% accuracy
with a simple "Don't be a D-bag", but you should take a
moment to familiarize yourself with them. These rules are
required due to the high eyeball traffic seen here...high volume
forum sites need structure due to the wide demographic makeup of
its participants. As a contrast, read the comments section
of any news site (any story) to see what happens when there are
no enforceable posting rules.
"You can stand out on a
street corner handing out $100 bills and someone will still call you an
-- friend of Jim Pappas
has been a very conscious effort on my part to make everything
on the site
visible to everyone,
without requiring any kind of registration or login. While you do need to login
to the forums to actually POST a message, any
unregistered 'lurker' can
see it all. Unlike almost every other aviation
I do it this way specifically to put a no-hassle spin on
the experience and to quasi-reinforce to viewers that we
represent something that is more community than clique.
me this hobby in its purest form is one person, one plane and
an empty airport. But there are those occasions when your
passenger makes you realize what you were put on this Earth for
(I wrote this after a flight with my son):
my hope that if you come to the site regularly, and
consider yourself a regular viewer, you will adhere to the
honor system that I've requested and will send in
$25 donation some time during the year. I have enough usernames and passwords to
keep track of, and have enough people trying to pressure
me into buying things. I don't want to be that guy.
I currently live north of Dallasw,
jewelry making /
yoga instructing wife, two children (below) and chihuahua 'Moon Dog'. Above all else I care
about my wife, children, extended family and friends.
Besides all things RV, I also really like
racing, playing acoustic/electric guitar/bass, college football and target shooting.
Thank you for stopping by and reading this.
Kindest and best,
Doug Reeves (and family)