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About TheSamba.com
Who is the Webmaster?
Who is authorized to represent TheSamba.com?
How do you create/modify your website?
How does one guy run a site this big that is constantly updated?
Can I buy or see the source code for programs on your site?
How is TheSamba.com funded?
What is a Premium Membership?
What is an appropriate donation?
How many people visit the site each day?
What is a Samba?
Do you sell T-Shirts?
Will TheSamba.com sell my personal information?
Why am I getting Pop-Up ads on TheSamba.com when you say there aren't any?
Can I get a copy of the random VW Facts from the Home Page?
I got a virus from everettb, why?
Where can I find out the history of TheSamba.com?
I have a VW brochure/manual/tech info that isn't on TheSamba.com, are you interested?

Login and Registration Issues
How do I change my username?
How do I change my email address in my account?
Why can't I log in?
Why do I need to register at all?
I can't remember my password, what do I do?
I can't remember my username, what do I do?
I think I used to have an old account, what do I do?
When I try to register, I get an email is in use message, why?
I registered, why can't I log in?
I registered in the past, why can't I log in anymore?
I received an email saying my account has been deleted due to inactivity, why?

How Things Work
How do I see what is new on the site?
How do I start a Banner Ad for my business or VW event?
How do I make a donation to TheSamba.com
How do I add a stolen vehicle notification?
I can't find (fill in the blank) on the site, where is it?
Why didn't you respond to my email/pictures?
Where is the appropriate place to publicize another website here?
Whom do I contact about offensive, abusive, and/or legal matters related to TheSamba.com?

General VW Questions
Where can I find parts?
How much is this Bug/Bus/Ghia worth?
Where can I get a Birth Certificate for my VW?

 

About TheSamba.com
Who is the Webmaster?
Everett Barnes is the creator, Webmaster, and Administrator for TheSamba.com.
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Who is authorized to represent TheSamba.com?
Everett Barnes or Jennepher Barnes are the only people who speak for the site.
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How do you create/modify your website?
I use Front Page and Notepad. I got Front Page for free and it works for me. If you are looking for a product, go to web pages you like and ask them what they use.
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How does one guy run a site this big that is constantly updated?
I used to post every addition myself but as the site grew I started to automate different functions. A few visitor uploads must still be approved but I usually just spend most of my time answering my email, deleting non-VW ads or duplicates, and working on ways to improve TheSamba.com.
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Can I buy or see the source code for programs on your site?
The code is not for sale. If you have a specific question, I will do my best to help you.
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How is TheSamba.com funded?
The site is paid for by Banner Ads, Samba Store sales, Donations, Premium Members and Classified Ad upgrade options such as Featured Ads, Bold Red Text, and Additional Photos. I plan to keep the site free to VW enthusiasts as long as these sources of income pay for the site.
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What is a Premium Membership?
Check out our Premium Membership page for all the information and how to sign up.
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What is an appropriate donation?
Donations are voluntary and much appreciated. 1% is a guideline for car sellers, you are welcome to send any amount, most of the donations I receive are around $10 to $15. Some cars sell in one day, some ads run for a year. Consider the time and money advertising on TheSamba.com saves verses running ads in the newspaper, Auto Trader, or eBay. Last time I checked, it was $80 to sell a car on eBay! Every dollar is appreciated.
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How many people visit the site each day?
Please visit the Statistics page for the latest stats.
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What is a Samba?
Samba is the term used for the 23-window Deluxe Bus in Europe. It was also the name of my dog, Samba.
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Do you sell T-Shirts?
Yes, visit our Samba Store to order Shirts, Posters, and Free Stickers.
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Will TheSamba.com sell my personal information?
No, we do not sell any personal information.
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Why am I getting Pop-Up ads on TheSamba.com when you say there aren't any?
This site does not allow pop-ups. There are several possible reasons. You may have visited another site which launched pop-up windows in the background, or some web pages trigger pop-ups when a user leaves that site. When you came to TheSamba.com, the windows may have become visible. Or, some free programs include other programs when you install them. These secret programs can show pop-ups at random intervals or based on anything you type on a web page. To prevent Spyware and other viruses, it is important that you keep your browser updated to the latest version.
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Can I get a copy of the random VW Facts from the Home Page?
Currently, they are not available. Sorry.
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I got a virus from everettb, why?
It is not from me. Some of the newest viruses will steal email addresses from your address book or from the last site you visited and them use that as the From address. If you want to see who the email is really from use the View headers command on the email. Any valid emails from me have a from address of Everett Barnes.
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Where can I find out the history of TheSamba.com?
Check out the Site History.
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I have a VW brochure/manual/tech info that isn't on TheSamba.com, are you interested?
Yes, we are always interested in visitor submissions to the site! Please contact Everett Barnes for more information.
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Login and Registration Issues
How do I change my username?
Contact Everett to make this change to your account.
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How do I change my email address in my account?
Log in to your account and click on Control Panel in the upper left of the site. Enter your new email address in your profile and click submit. You will receive an automated authorization email within a few minutes to the new email address. You must follow the directions in that email it re-activate your account.
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Why can't I log in?
You must be registered and enter your correct username and password to log in. See this thread for further assistance.
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Why do I need to register at all?
You are not required to register to view the site. However, you must be registered to post Gallery photos, Classified Ads, or participate in the Forums. This helps prevent abuse, and registration is free!
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I can't remember my password, what do I do?
Go to the login page and click I've forgotten my password. While your password cannot be retrieved it can be reset. Expect an automated email giving you a new password. After you login, you are free to reset your password in the Control Panel screen.
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I can't remember my username, what do I do?
Go to the login page and click I've forgotten my username.
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I think I used to have an old account, what do I do?
Check out this helpful thread.
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When I try to register, I get an email is in use message, why?
Check out this helpful thread.
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I registered, why can't I log in?
First check that you are entering the correct username and password. If they are okay then you either didn't receive or didn't read the automated activation email. Activation is required to reduce the possibility of users abusing the board anonymously. Please do not create another account, contact Everett Barnes to activate your existing account.
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I registered in the past, why can't I log in anymore?
The most likely reasons for this are: you entered an incorrect username or password (check the email you were sent when you first registered) or you changed your email or username and didn't read the automated activation email from the site.
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I received an email saying my account has been deleted due to inactivity, why?
It is our policy to periodically remove users who have not activated their account within 15 days of registering. You either didn't read or didn't respond to the automated activation email when you attempted to register so your account was never activated. You will have to register again.
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How Things Work
How do I see what is new on the site?
Since the site is so dynamic, there is always something new to look at. You can keep track of site updates through the What's New link on the Home Page.
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How do I start a Banner Ad for my business or VW event?
First, read our Advertising information, then contact Everett with any questions or to get started.
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How do I make a donation to TheSamba.com
Please visit the Donate page. Thanks in advance for any donation you make!
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How do I add a stolen vehicle notification?
Select the Stolen vehicles category when you add a photo to the Gallery.
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I can't find (fill in the blank) on the site, where is it?
There is a navigation bar at the top of the site. There are seven main sections: Home, Classifieds, Gallery, Forums, Community, and Archives, and Technical. Clicking on a main section will change the sub-heading bar underneath to reveal the topics under that section. For instance, clicking on the Community button will reveal your choices to be Shows, Clubs, Links, and Businesses. Take a few minutes to click through all the choices and you will see where everything is located. Use the Search located under the Home tab if you are still lost.
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Why didn't you respond to my email/pictures?
If you have sent me emails and/or pictures and I haven't gotten back to you, that most likely indicates that your return email address was invalid and I was unable to contact you. Please check your Return-To address in your email program and resend your note(s) to me. This happens at least 1-2 times per week. Thanks!
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Where is the appropriate place to publicize another website here?
You can post a link to your personal page on the Links page. If it is a VW related business, please post it here. Post a link to your VW club in Clubs. Post a link to upcoming VW shows here. Non VW-related items are not allowed.
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Whom do I contact about offensive, abusive, and/or legal matters related to TheSamba.com?
Please contact Everett Barnes.
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General VW Questions
Where can I find parts?
Check out the free Business Directory, go to VW shows for the swap meets, search the Classifieds on my site and others on the Internet, check eBay, contact VW stores listed in VW magazines, or join a VW club.
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How much is this Bug/Bus/Ghia worth?
It is difficult to estimate value without seeing a car in person. The value of a vintage VW depends on a lot of things - location, condition (rust, etc.), and rarity. I suggest looking at comparable cars in the Classifieds. You could try posting a note in the appropriate Forum, but be sure to include a lot of information and pictures if possible.
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Where can I get a Birth Certificate for my VW?
This thread has the information.
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