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  • #20554

    Scout
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    • Posts: 247

    It would seem the fate of carfanatics is not yet written in stone. However if we don’t get more traffic it will soon be the final curtain call for CF.

    If anyone had any suggestions about making CF better then let your voice be heard.

    I’ve heard from several that the moderation of the form is a problem.
    I’ve heard from several that the format has driven members away.

    What are your opinions????
    Grievances,
    Likes,
    Dislikes,
    Suggestions,
    Post them here..

    #20555

    lengnert
    Participant
    • Posts: 982

    As I mentioned to Scout in a message on another site concerning this…. I am very much in favor of having the CF Forums stay ‘alive’.

    I think the biggest grievance people may have been the seemingly constant changes in the format of the forum. It personally only ‘bothered’ me for the time it took to get used to using each new iteration.

    Tell me what I can do to help in getting posters back and I will do what I can.

    #20556

    supremor
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    • Posts: 498

    All suggestions are welcome.

    #20565

    lengnert
    Participant
    • Posts: 982

    I have no idea as to the ramifications of keeping the forums “dormant” until we can make it more relevant.

    I will be happy to get the word out if there is an effort to get things moving in a positive direction.

    If moderation is the issue (or has been) than one idea is to allow everyone to be who they are regardless of how abrasive or abusive they are, but to immediately recognize that fact and possibly highlight it! If someone ‘crosses the line’, as it were, make their profile pic a specific (and applied to all people that ‘earn’ it) pic and apply a specific signature to their posts stating something like “This poster has been deemed to be abusive/trolling and whatever is posted above is not to be taken seriously etc etc.”

    I think posters (that would have included myself, from time to time) that are posting replies that are ‘out of bounds’ are not to be hidden but to be spotlighted as much as possible.

    #20567

    ALUX
    Moderator
    • Posts: 1518

    I keep hearing moderation was an issue. But when we let it go we were accused of not doing enough. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    #20568

    Scout
    Moderator
    • Posts: 247

    True. But I think it was only a few that waned it both ways. For the most part everyone was happy with the freedom this place allowed. For those that really wanted to go nuts we have a place for that.

    #20569

    The ‘Burg
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    • Posts: 132

    If you want to save the forum, here’s my advice, both from an auto nut, a professional in the automotive industry, and a former website project manager:

    1) Make sure the site is compatible with all browsers. I’m using a top-of-the-line Dell Inspiron 5000, with Chrome as the default, and certain sections of this page aren’t opening.

    2) Make it easy to see. The default font when you are typing is not only waaaay too small, but it’s gray. Against a white background its difficult for old farts like me to read.

    3) Make it user-friendly. How many hoops must I jump through in order to post a pic of an oddball car for the “Kinda Car Izzat?” section? I can’t tell you how many times I said “Fuckit, I don’t have time for this.” I should be able to upload pics direct from my harddrive. One of the first rules of web design is that if your site is difficult to use, there are too many other choices available. The design of your site can cost you traffic, money, you name it

    As for the moderation – what drew people to CF originally was that it was a spiritual successor to AWCC and all the madness within. The people calling for stronger moderation are the same type who demand “safe spaces” on college campuses, who get offended by colorful language…hell, they get offended by gender-specific pronouns. Don’t try to be all-welcoming, all-encompassing. Make it known that this is NOT a safe space, that the Wild West is back, that the spirit of Don Rickles lives here – and people will return. If you want a safe space, MT is waiting with open arms. Plenty of people yearn for Animal House Meets Black Sheep Squadron.

    Be different! Be vibrant! Don’t be a “lite” version of Every Other Website. Let the fireworks fly! The reputation will get out. We may never have the membership of a sanitized mass market forum, but so what? Trying to be the same as everyone else, with a shoestring budget – look where it got us.

    This will take work and it will be difficult at times, and it still may fail. I don’t know how much your heart will be into it. But at least if you go down, you’ll go down swinging. And if you succeed, it’ll be a true Resurrection. You’ll feel like Rocky at the top of stairs!

    #20570

    ALUX
    Moderator
    • Posts: 1518

    If you want to save the forum, here’s my advice, both from an auto nut, a professional in the automotive industry, and a former website project manager:

    1) Make sure the site is compatible with all browsers. I’m using a top-of-the-line Dell Inspiron 5000, with Chrome as the default, and certain sections of this page aren’t opening.

    2) Make it easy to see. The default font when you are typing is not only waaaay too small, but it’s gray. Against a white background its difficult for old farts like me to read.

    3) Make it user-friendly. How many hoops must I jump through in order to post a pic of an oddball car for the “Kinda Car Izzat?” section? I can’t tell you how many times I said “Fuckit, I don’t have time for this.” I should be able to upload pics direct from my harddrive. One of the first rules of web design is that if your site is difficult to use, there are too many other choices available. The design of your site can cost you traffic, money, you name it

    As for the moderation – what drew people to CF originally was that it was a spiritual successor to AWCC and all the madness within. The people calling for stronger moderation are the same type who demand “safe spaces” on college campuses, who get offended by colorful language…hell, they get offended by gender-specific pronouns.

    1. I’m using my Macbook Pro and Alienware M11x and running Chrome on both. I have no issues opening up any pages. Please let me know what you’re having trouble opening. Can’t fix a problem we don’t know about.

    2. I’ll increase the font size but it’s set to black not sure why you’re getting gray.

    3. You can link any picture to this site. Easy as 1-2-3.

    #20590

    ArtRiX
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    • Posts: 123

    I was never a fan of the current format, so I think some changes in this department would only be for the better.

    I think one of the main reasons why a lot of people left CF was Facebook. Facebook made it easier to communicate and there’s basically no moderation at all.

    #20593

    ALUX
    Moderator
    • Posts: 1518

    I think one of the main reasons why a lot of people left CF was Facebook. Facebook made it easier to communicate and there’s basically no moderation at all.

    Exactly! Social media more than anything IMO.

    #20607

    ChevroletGuy
    Participant
    • Posts: 35

    I stuck with every transition, but each time we changed forum hosts, we lost people in the shuffle because we had to re-register, and to many people they didn’t see the point in having to do it for the millionth time in 3 years, so I stopped posting when I saw it was just the same 3 people on everyday. If we want this to work, we need to find a format and stick to it, period.

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