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6/9/09 12:18pm - Original Message: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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Hey folks..
Please make sure threads stay on topic. 
I've noticed lately that many threads wind up going into a joking and ribbing mode, which is fine in the fact that no one is being mean and no one is being offended, but it does bring down the usefulness of the original topic of discussion and people will start to ignore a thread for that reason.
I have gotten some feedback that the overall tone of the site is going to more of a casual discussion board than C3 tech.

Moderators have been given instructions to keep watch for threads getting off-topic and to remove off-topics posts from a thread.

If you have any questions or comments about this policy, please let me know via reply to this thread, PM or email.

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6/9/09 8:05pm - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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Point taken.

On the casual note. I would not be here as much if it was all tech. It's the casual "we are all family" bit that makes this site and I think that is proven every day.

I enjoy taken the ribbing and think it's pretty well behaved.
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6/9/09 9:03pm - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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I'm not suggesting that a little ribbing or fun is not allowed here.  What I'm saying is when a thread about brakes squealing has more posts of having fun than it does about the brake squeal, the thread has gotten off topic.
There are plenty of forums here for off-topic conversation.
I'm just suggesting that you consider the topic of the thread before you reply, and take a look at the direction of the thread.  If it seems like the last few posts have been more having fun than staying on topic, it is time to get back on-topic.

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6/9/09 9:16pm - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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I agree with EBO, its the causal way around here that keeps me paying my dues every year along with the tech., personally I believe in the 500 posts I've contributed, I might have joked or ribbed maybe a dozen times, and I don't think thats getting off topic, or have I read more than a handful of threads in 8 years that were starting to sound a little dumb cause of jokes or ribbing, when your at home and some friends come over and maybe your in the garage B.S.in having  a drink, watchin  NASCAR, drags, working on the car, whatever, during the conversation what happens.....RIGHT!..., you start to JACK each other UP with jokes and ribbing, and thats part of the fun, I don't know what upset Adam but please lets not Obamasize the C3VR.......that was a joke?!

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6/9/09 9:35pm - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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anips, please see my post just above yours (if you didn't already).
I'm not planning to abolish having fun.


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6/9/09 9:47pm - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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Just a thought...the question has been asked on more than one occasion, why aren't  the C4, C5, or C6 sites as popular as C3VR? Well, I have always answered that it's the people and attitudes here that keep people here. I know that's why I purchased a Lifetime Membership. I understand Adam's point... I too see no reason to turn a tech issue into a long thread of jokes. But I also enjoy the threads that are just buddies joking around. This site seems very successful to me. I think it will be fine.

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6/9/09 9:50pm - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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There are/have been several threads that started out with tech questions, or help requests, that turned into joke-fests, or our normal, good natured ribbing of one another. We really need to keep the threads on the original topic, and not lose sight of what the originator of the thread was looking for.
I'm as guilty as anyone of throwing a little humor into my responses in the threads, but I also respond to the original question.
It's not always jokes or humor that gets a thread off topic. It can also be another question thrown in from another member on a similar, but different subject. You'll see a topic listed as "Brake problem", and by the last post, it's about fuel filters, or something.
This is just a friendly reminder to everyone to try to keep the posts related to the original topic, that's all.
On my Goldwing forum, there is a thread on downloading  service manuals...at least it started that way. Five pages later, it's a discussion about fixing an ignition issue with one person's bike. It's quite annoying, at least to me.


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6/9/09 10:18pm - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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Yes Adam, I did, we were both composing at the same time , your trigger finger was a little faster than mine, and I understand.

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6/10/09 8:13am - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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I agree with the stay on topic and have no issues at all with that, Joel is right that is does get annoying when it jumps tracks.
What did bother me was the "feedback that it has become more casual then tech". If you take a tally of the days post 75% or better I'd class as Tech. Not counting the largest topic  "Welcome", now I hope there is no complaint about that?  If we did not have "Welcome" this great site might not be here.
I know that if the post has no interest to me I just DON"T open it............DUH.
 
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6/10/09 10:30am - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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I do recall a post I started about my wiper door raising up a bit when I turn the key off. After I got some serious response it was suggested, I won't mention any names "Apple", to put a brick on it. LOL It went into a long discussion about type of brick and whether it was NCRS approved. Now I love that kinda stuff, and most of you know that. One thing that kinda bothers me is when someone sees a buddy in the post and starts a conversation with him about personal stuff. We have topics and PM's for everything necessary here. If it don't fit any specific topic through it in Chit-chat. I love the people I've met here and know them on a personal level. There is a topic for communication with them, and thats not tech related. There my .02, "T"

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6/10/09 11:46am - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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This is turning too stuffy.......for me......

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I would just let the chips fall where they may, so to speak.  Unless the thread is getting excessive, let it go. This is more of a family setting than a tech seminar. I agree there is a point, but very few times have I thought it got that far in here.
People are funny about restrictions and there certainly are plenty of choices of forums to visit these days.
 
There are plenty of tech articles and posts to be researched in this forum and if a person askes a question of the tech sort, it usually gets an answer pretty fast.
 
Don't be wondering in a few months why the post count is down to nothing Wink
 
Take the family and carefree out of this forum and it will die like the rest.
 
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6/10/09 4:35pm - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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Ya, I gues that some peeps think that we get off topic alot.  But we have fun!!  And thats the whole point of life, to have fun !!!
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Larry, I think we're all still good here.  I can understand the fine line Adam is trying to tread and why.  I think the guideline of "if the last couple of posts" is probably good.  Will there be times where something is just too darn funny to not comment?  Yup.  Are you going to get kicked off the site when that happens?  Nope.  We just want to make sure that folks that are here trying us out or just trying to get some good info meet that goal.  We also want it to be fun so everyone wants to stick around.
We can have fun and still get something accomplished at the same time manget12009-06-10 17:42:05

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Everyone who has responded to this thread so far have made some good points.  And as far as I can tell no one has gotten too upset about anything.

I think Marshall has summed it up pretty well.  We are a family of C3 Corvette enthusiasts who love our cars and are willing to share our knowledge and experience about them with each other.  We also enjoy each other's company and as a result the garage (and parking lot) conversations tend to wander around a bit.  So when conversations tend to stray too far from the center a gentle nudge should be all that is needed to bring them back in focus.
 
And as Joel pointed out, if the topic of a thread is about something at the front of the car the thread should stay on that topic and not morph into something about a topic at the back of the car.  That makes it difficult for everyone (newbees and lifers) especially when trying to dredge through the forums looking for a particular topic.

It should also be noted that all of the moderators are members of the C3VR family who volunteer their time on the site to be helpful to everyone and to try to keep things in check.  So when one of them suggests that a topic is getting off topic it is done so with purpose and respect for all of the individuals.  There is no intent to target or single out anyone.  Only in the most extreme set of circumstances does a situation need to be handled off-line and I can honestly say that in all the years I've been a part of the C3VR family something like that has only happened a few times.  That fact in and of itself speaks volumes for the integrity and mutual respect this group of very diverse, and yet very similar, people scattered around the globe has for each other.  I tip my hat to all of you.


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6/11/09 12:12am - Reply: 'Reminder to stay on topic'
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I have to ask if their is a thread up right now that could please be used as an example of what not to do.

I had a thread about the air cleaner pan on the 70, it got some good feedback and Ebo and I had some fun towards the end.

Is that stuff off limits or would you like us to start another topic somewhere when it turns more fun than tech?

Thats why an example or two would really help.

I like the way the threads kind of have a "natural progression" to them.


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You nailed it Norsky!! Well said.

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Thanks Jim. I am impressed.Thumbs Up Did you ever think about going into motivational speaking?LOL

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Friendly reminder.... please see the top of this thread.
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