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Old 04-05-2010, 12:25 PM   #1
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Fairness in thread titles--a tiny rant

Folks,

I try to help whenever I can...and when titles indicate 'please help' 'OMG what do I do?' 'Emergency...please help' I always will make the time to read and see if I can help.

Seems like of late people express emergency 'cries of help' for non-emergencies and it doesn't seem fair to me.

I could be wrong, and nothing personal to the poster...but there's one today about needing a e-brake handle and boot and I can't see how that's an emergency, unless someone broke or otherwise stole the existing handle.

In the last week, seems like there were a few 'panicked' titles about picking what color to paint calipers or which bumper to select or an 'emergency' about not knowing what mod to spend money on.

I'm sure I'll get flames, and that's fine, I'm used to this place. Just don't flame me and expect me to graciously help you with an issue I otherwise might be able to...my memory is pretty good (no, I don't keep a 'banned' list !) and so is my experience with our model.

You've heard of the 'crying wolf' story...I'm just 'pitching' a little fairness in thread titles is all. I'd like to invest my time for our community efficiently and we all need to pitch in to make it work for all of us.

Soapbox mode off! Thanks for listening to my rant.

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Old 04-05-2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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I'll to that. I always notice you helping folks as you've got a wealth of knowledge from hands on work on you ride. Don't think this thread will help with the issue, there will always be noobs and thus always false advertising. Frustrating, maybe, but it'd be just as easy to ignore them and move on once you've notices it is not an actual "emergency" post.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:40 PM   #3
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I'll to that. I always notice you helping folks as you've got a wealth of knowledge from hands on work on you ride. Don't think this thread will help with the issue, there will always be noobs and thus always false advertising. Frustrating, maybe, but it'd be just as easy to ignore them and move on once you've notices it is not an actual "emergency" post.
Admittedly, I identify the non-emergencies pretty well...if I see the words "color" or "bumper" I move on...and although I'm pretty cool about this stuff, thought a friendly reminder to our newer members wouldn't hurt. Thanks for the drink, btw, Jman. Scotch or my favorite, a Black & Tan?

As our cars get older, we all know that younger guys will be driving them, and the 'mod' posts in general also, I think, decrease the signal to noise ratio...as I've often said, the best looking bmw is the one that's on the road moving...much better than the 'badest' looking ride sitting up on jack stands!

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Old 04-05-2010, 01:00 PM   #4
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As long as we are on this topic, we might address the multi-year members with only a handful of posts, who use the forum to resolve problems and NEVER do a final post to let everyone know what the final solution to the problem was! These greedy people need to be BANNED!!!
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:08 PM   #5
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+1 330!

...and it's not just that they're 'drive by' members with only problems, and that they don't 'document' which solution of the many usually offered did it (if any?), but that they don't give back, even in small measure by helping someone with a similar problem.

Even noobs that have resolved issues can 'pay it forward' by 'nursing' along others with similar issues...some do. You noticed the noob today...first post...knew about realoem, posted picture...don't expect all to be like that, but come on people...do unto others...

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Old 04-05-2010, 01:33 PM   #6
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:50 PM   #7
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Another thread title that needs to be severely curtailed is the "This or that REVIEW". A review is NOT replacing worn out, OEM parts with aftermarket parts then stating how much better the cat feels! If you want to do a "review", get NEW OEM parts, install, drive, test, remove OEM, install aftermarket parts, drive, test, THAN REVIEW!!! If you are "reviewing" items such as CABs or suspension parts and such, you will also need to get an alignment after EACH install (to IDENTICAL settings...NO less). If it's not a review, do everyone a favor, DON'T call it one!!
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:28 PM   #8
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Im fairly new to this forum, but not forums in general. I think we could use a few more sub-forums, considering we have ~161,000 users I dont think the site has nearly as many sub-forums as other sites (svtperformance) this size.

Perhaps a "911 emergencies" forum? (hope there isnt already one, lol)

OP, completely agree people shouldnt freak out over some things...
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:57 PM   #9
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like the guy who HAD to get the part numbers for his shift boot. lol.
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ZOMG HALP!

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oh hai, i can haz part numbro for florr matz? k thanxz.
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^ Too true.
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Ah, DC, that reminds me of another issue...those who make fun of those who either have English as a second language or those who's native tongue is English, but they either weren't as well educated as reader, or typing on phone in an emergency.

If you want to help, keep that spirit; if not, don't insult people as if, if they can't speak English, that they're not as smart, educated, and or deserving as you who know English. Last I heard, BMWs sold in other countries, even those where English isn't spoken.

Members make fun often (happened today) of those who are in a US state and don't write so well...last I heard, we have people from other countries here.

Maybe one of the sub-forums should be for those who can only write in perfect English.

Also, reflecting on the 911 forum, I'd be concerned that so few would stop by there, since everything presumably would be an emergency. At least in General we get a mix...and the most viewers...thus the most knowledge. I think what'd be better is for mod questions to go in that forum...same with tires, etc. There are a lot of forums I think...just postings in the wrong place...but doubt that'll really change much.

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...(no, I don't keep a 'banned' list !)
You're too nice, Doug. I've only been on here a month and I've already got a list! 5 or 6 a-holes with a total IQ of maybe 400. But hey, more power to you. You're doing great.

BTW, Snowcat is on my list but only because he says stuff like "Ay, you hoser" and "Let's go oat". JK, Snowcat.
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Well another thought is a "technical questions" forum and then a "performance parts" discussion. Its like that on another forum I frequesnt...
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dmax is right! Doug, you helped me on my VANOS issue and I am very grateful!

+1 on adding a conclusion to your problem, so people don't need to start a new thread to figure out the solution!
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Admittedly, I identify the non-emergencies pretty well...if I see the words "color" or "bumper" I move on...and although I'm pretty cool about this stuff, thought a friendly reminder to our newer members wouldn't hurt. Thanks for the drink, btw, Jman. Scotch or my favorite, a Black & Tan?

As our cars get older, we all know that younger guys will be driving them, and the 'mod' posts in general also, I think, decrease the signal to noise ratio...as I've often said, the best looking bmw is the one that's on the road moving...much better than the 'badest' looking ride sitting up on jack stands!

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[QUOTE=Back2Basics;11538236]So you're gonna have your food delivered to you while you sit at your computer screen on the 112th floor responding to questions about dildo's and sex lube's while strangers fill your bank account to acquire the tools needed for their sick, guilty pleasures?
That's pretty ****ing legit man.
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dmax is right! Doug, you helped me on my VANOS issue and I am very grateful!

+1 on adding a conclusion to your problem, so people don't need to start a new thread to figure out the solution!
That's funny, I don't know the first thing about the VANOS!


...JK!

I remember you Tiag, but don't remember how I helped...probably moral support. My VANOS seems like a distant memory...this CCV/radiator/icv/TB/oil filter housing gasket marathon adventure of mine was the toughest but most rewarding journey yet.

So, did someone suggest a 'jerk forum' let them all keep themselves occupied?

..."what color" forum...including any aesthetic mods.

I am actually thinking of not helping those with the wrong political views...meaning too far to one side (I'll let you wonder!).

Mostly though, I'd like to be able to help and know I'm being a little selfish thinking that's what's most important is keeping the cars working...not looking prettier, or going faster (should've gotten that other car), or height off the ground for looks...but just working.

So Tiag, you really should be careful listening to me...I can sound very authoritative without knowing anything...watch out!

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i dont know you, but i can always respect good taste in beer.
Thanks, Smoke.

My son loves your town...the PO in particular. It has a beautiful set of stairs which my son likes a lot...2 up 5 down...4 up 7 down!

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maybe ill see him around, im always shooting cause all my buddies still ride bmx, i got out of it though.
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