SEARCH SCALEAUTOMAG.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Where Are You Posting This...?

3298 views
19 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Where Are You Posting This...?
Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 03, 2013 7:31 AM

I have noticed lately that postings are being made in sections where that particular post should not be made.  Parts and kits are being requested in the Community Build Project section, in the Muscle Cars section, etc.  Guys...this is not the Spotlight Hobbies forum where everything is tossed into one section like a giant mixing bowl!  Is it really that hard to put your posting in the appropriate section?  Really?  Having been on this forum since 2005, I have seen many, many threads posted in the wrong sections and lately,  it is really becoming a problem.  This forum was set up with sections to suit most of the needs of the members of this forum and it works very well...if you take the time to do it right.  This was taught to me at a very early age...if you are going to do something, do it right.  I have seen members of this forum, who have been members for several years, post their requests in the wrong section...continually!  

Doing it right is not difficult to do at all!  

Also, I want to touch upon another subject...spelling and punctuation.  If you post a thread with misspelled words and absolutely no sentence structure, your posting will not get the responses you are looking for.  On this forum, we communicate using Conversational English.  Please avoid using IM speak or texting speak.  A lot of us can't understand what is being said and makes communication difficult.  

Help us to help you!

Sorry for the rant, but I did have to bring this up. SoapBox Again!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    September, 2004
  • From: Peoria, IL
Posted by markdoo on Friday, May 03, 2013 8:41 AM

I agree; well said Mr. Mike.  Thanks for creating this post!

On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Friday, May 03, 2013 8:52 AM

Thank you!

I hope you don't get as much flak as I do when I make similar comments.

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

  • Member since
    September, 2004
  • From: Peoria, IL
Posted by markdoo on Friday, May 03, 2013 8:58 AM

I hope you don't get as much flak as I do when I make similar comments.

BTD; well, at least you know that if you're getting flak, then at least someone's listening to you!  Laugh

On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

  • Member since
    May, 2008
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 03, 2013 10:27 AM

Mr Mike, I agree with you,  wholeheartedly.   And when you say something about it, you get a whole garbage can of words back.  I used to be on the forum more and tried to help other members with my input, but when i catch flak from a new member (3 questions),  when i mention that he is in the wrong section asking for something.  It's time to back off and let them fly on their own. Got another member (clown) that ostracized me for mentioning to a new guy, that he is making an over-build operation that would not improve a build.  Well, I got a childish  tirade, that didn't make sense.  I was wrong for encouraging him to keep the build simple, I should have told him to complicate his build!   He's the same guy that shadows my posts, on a regular basis. A lot of people got issues, mostly ego.  And if it makes them feel "tops".  Well have at it.  That's why they run around looking for some one to play with!  I have learned to let somethings pass, but you just can' ignore the fools, the rest will take of themselves!   S56-->!    

  • Member since
    June, 2009
Posted by lazyman on Friday, May 03, 2013 11:56 AM

  Needed to be said,,,and I'm probably guilty of all the above.I use slang,and abbreviated wording. My puncuation used to get me a crack on the knuckles,and my spelling,,,well,I obviously dont use spell ckeck.  Doesn't this forum have mediators who referee this stuff,and move things around if need be?

Lazyman, AKA Thread Killer

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 03, 2013 2:04 PM

To tell you the truth, I don't know if there are any moderators left.  I do know that Jim Haught occasionally looks through the forum and posts every now and then.  The only moderator I know of, Notlezah, left the forum many years ago for reasons known only to him.  Old-Timers like BigTallDad and myself know the rules and limits quite well and I guess we have to speak up to those who violate the rules.  This forum is a good place to be and I know that we do have to police ourselves to help keep everything on an even keel.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    January, 2006
  • From: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Posted by zenrat on Friday, May 03, 2013 7:52 PM

Shouldn't this be in Community Announcements?

Cool

I think you are wasting your time Mike.  People quite often don't even bother to read earlier postings in the thread they are replying to.  Why should they bother to read I absorb this?

However, good luck.

It's the 21st Century. Where's my Jet Pack & Flying Car? On the bench - detritus mainly.

Ninjas don't have pockets.

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 03, 2013 8:20 PM

See!  I just knew it! Laugh  You are correct as most people don't bother reading the early posting of any thread.  And, they may not be inclined to do so if the thread is more than several pages long.  Like I had said earlier, I had to bring it up...again!  I suppose if I was to play a game of Monopoly, I wouldn't bother reading the rules and directions.  I would just jump in and play any way I wanted.  It would certainly make the other players mad and bounce me out of the game.

If other members didn't bother reading the rules, someone would have to remind them that there are rules and that they are simple enough to remember and to follow.  The various sections of the forum do provide us with ample space to post and to discover the various aspects that this wonder hobby has to offer us.  We can show what we build, ask questions, comment, and discover new things that some of us didn't know.  Even at my great age of 60, I am still learning new techniques and discovering new ways to build a better model.  I'm not trying to be a jerk about this as a simple reminder can be made in a polite and positive manner.  Like I said earlier, we are here to help each other.  Help me to help you.  Simple enough.   

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December, 2012
  • From: Spokane, Washington
Posted by papadan on Friday, May 03, 2013 9:55 PM

I agree, with what you're saying.  I'm still fairly new here and it's tough sometime to figure out where to post what.  However, with that being said, I've started reading post in any forum until I figure out where to put my queries.  That does help, and I always find new things to learn.   I have never figured out why so many people constantly mis spell words, when it's easy to use spell check.  I hate reading shortened words, abbreviated words and the new abbreviated words used for texting.  Mr. Mike  and BigTallDad, you're doing a fantastic job of watching out for all of us.  Keep up the good job!  

Thanks,

Dan "the other ole man"

WIP,1953 Bel Aire 2 dr Hardtop, WIP, 1953 Ford Victoria, 1953 Ford F-100

Have you Smiled today? Big Smile   Pass it on, 

Pappy, Pops, Paps,  PappyD. Dan, papaD, papaDan.  Pick one and that's me! Big Smile

  • Member since
    March, 2010
Posted by 70CudaTJ on Friday, May 03, 2013 9:59 PM

I guess it has been left to the old boys to police this and I'm amazed that there is no regular moderator presence, with exception of Jim, but it would be a huge job to moderate/police the entire forum totally.

Is it a case of the forum rules not being highly visible enough? I know guys when they sign up are mad keen to start posting and just hop in without spending time to find and read the rules........doesn't that just reflect the current society we live in, everything here and now, right now?

I too, can get real sick of txt speak or whatever you call it, but my approach sometimes is to translate it to what I think it means for us older generation to read. If not, don't reply and maybe the poster will work out that no-one can understand it.....?

I have also been guilty of posting in the wrong section before (the old "that's not a Muscle car" issue) and was told so too. I would like to say though, that even though the forum section breakdown is good and you don't have everything jumbled into one forum, the categories could be massaged a bit. We have a section dedicated to solely Muscle cars, but other groups are jumbled? Hot rod, Street rods and Street Machines, that could be broken down to specific forums eg; Hotrods, Customs or Street machines as each really are different genres?

On the other hand I personally don't mind mixed forums either, where everything car related is posted in one forum. I'm a member of one and everyone gets on real well, very well actually and if you don't like to look at hot rods then skip on to what does take your fancy..... easy. I also belong to another forum that is one genre only and is VERY specific about what can be posted, I like that too. Each to their own I say.

And for your info too, this was the first forum I signed onto and will always be my "go to" forum Wink

Just my My 2 Cents worth....and yes I did read the initial posting, but conversations grow and develop too

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Tennessee
Posted by SLUSHER on Saturday, May 04, 2013 1:43 AM

Mike l am not around here as much as l once was but l have seen posts all over the place. So many left after the last format change. Maybe this will help the problem and l can't understand any of the texting lingo....................Slusher

IT TAKES A LIVING SAVIOR TO SAVE A DYING WORLD....

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Saturday, May 04, 2013 10:10 AM

I think the forum most abused is the Muscle Car forum. I  turned 21 in 1964 and the term Muscle Car was coined. The typical definition was a large engine in a medium-size vehicle... the 64 GTO had a 389 in a Tempest body. Muscle cars came that way from the factory; they were not created in somebody's garage.

If the car was manufactured prior to 1964, how could it be a true muscle car? If it has a roll cage, a blower, or is a Pro Touring vehicle, it does not belong in the Muscle Car forum as those were not factory options.

I once suggested that the Muscle Cars be included in the Factory Stock; the response was "there are no changes planned."

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: Antioch CA
Posted by JM485 on Saturday, May 04, 2013 11:15 AM

I can understand being obsessed over some of the off the wall places people post their builds or questions, like a motorcycle in the muscle car section or something, but is it really that big of a deal if someone post a pro-touring car in the muscle car forum?  I understand the purist definition that you bought a muscle car from the factory, but is a small mistake like that really worth starting a debate over?  The categories here are really very simple and straight forward, but I do think a small bit of overlap can be allowed as long as it doesn't push the limit too far.  

Ratbeach Racing pro hillclimbers                                     18 years old now!      

Be reasonable, do it my way.

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Saturday, May 04, 2013 12:30 PM

JM485

I can understand being obsessed over some of the off the wall places people post their builds or questions, like a motorcycle in the muscle car section or something, but is it really that big of a deal if someone post a pro-touring car in the muscle car forum?  I understand the purist definition that you bought a muscle car from the factory, but is a small mistake like that really worth starting a debate over?  The categories here are really very simple and straight forward, but I do think a small bit of overlap can be allowed as long as it doesn't push the limit too far.  

 
I don't start debates, I give a clear definition of what a muscle car is/was. There have been several instances where the builder had no clue as to the definition (they had their own definition: big engine, rear wheel drive, regardless of year). If nobody tells them, how will they ever know?
 
What's even worse is stating, in the Subject line, "I know this isn't a Muscle Car" but they posted it there anyway.

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

  • Member since
    June, 2010
Posted by eshaver on Saturday, May 04, 2013 6:42 PM

I dunno, I'm headed for Pop Corn an Coffee................. Ed Shaver

See ya on the road folks

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 18, 2013 9:30 PM

And the mis-posts continue!  Come on guys...is it really that hard to place your postings in the correct category?  Or is it that you just don't care...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December, 2004
  • From: Indiana
Posted by wabatuckeun on Sunday, May 19, 2013 12:20 AM

I agreee Mike, I've been here probably as long as you and it does seem the forums are starting to get abused!!! No one seems to remember it's 3 photos to a post not the whole build!!! And why do you post something,give it a title, then when you're writing about it say" I don't really think this goes here but oh well" My thoughts are LOOK through the catagories to see where it needs to be not just stick it where you want. BTD You're right, a Muscle car is just that, Muscle. Fast Factory and mean, not lowered, blown or whatever else BUT someguys restore thier cars t be "2nd" day cars, in other words what was done once it got into the drive way. A set of mags or headers. Anyway I'm done with my paragraph of words. Let's go build something!!!!

Stace

On the 8th day God created the HEMI and all the Bosses and Rats ran away!!!!
  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Sunday, May 19, 2013 4:57 AM

I'm a member of a Wood Working forum and that site has an option to designate errant postings...a member flags a post, and an admin will typically move the post to the proper location. This actually does two things: it keeps the category/sub-forum "clean" as well as forcing the Original Poster to look for their post in another area; once they have found it they will (hopefully) recognize the error they made.

Too bad we don't have a similar feature here.

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: Antioch CA
Posted by JM485 on Sunday, May 19, 2013 9:51 PM

That would actually be a really good idea, something they should definitely consider adding to this site.

Ratbeach Racing pro hillclimbers                                     18 years old now!      

Be reasonable, do it my way.

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS

FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our privacy policy