Now not wishing to patronise you or anything, but I have myself run my own car site for 4 years now, together with a forum etc etc, so I thought I would just give you a bit of advice.
When I first started visiting this forum back in Nov 01, I liked it. It seemed full of intelligent, car enthusiasts who loved talking cars and did anything to help out. However over the last month or so, its gone badly downhill. I mean take a newcomer - a new 172 owner for example. All he sees at the moment is arguing, people calling each other names, sl*gging off cars etc etc. Hardly an incentive to join your club.
Strikes me there are 3 types of people on here.
-The people who know exactly what theyre talking about and dont have to keep rabitting on about races and mods etc.
-The people who rabbit on about racing all the time, and dont particularly contribute anything helpful
-The people who simply come here to wind people up because they have too much time on their hands. However, its the group 2 people who argue and bikker back, which gives these type of people the incentive to keep winding you all up.
I cant understand why forums get like this. I spose its due to lots of competitive young males fighting each other for supremacy, but what amuses me the most is that most of you think you can use the internet to protect your anonymity, when in fact for group 1 type people, it is so easy to trace who anybody is on the net.
So I have some suggestions:
-Stop crapping on about racing this that and the other all the time. Perhaps a new Forum could be setup specifically for these people who want to rant on about what theyve beaten last night.
-Vet new memberships to this board. I mean I think at the moment anyone can just sign up and post straight away. This invites anaymous cowards to post crap and starting winding people up.
-Ignore group 3 people. That way they will disappear as they are gaining no satisfaction from winding you up.
Just some thoughts for a better forum, and to make a successful club, more successful.