The most annoying things IMHO are the slow performance, naff layout and plethora of annoying and intrusive adverts.
I like the ads on websites for the same reason I like ads on TV and radio: Keeps the entertainment free.
What I don't like is that the ads are flash-based and often don't load. When the ads don't load neither do the posts. I get frustrated that I can't read the forum at work (where adservers are blocked).
As for new forum:
WHY? There are plenty of hybrid-oriented forums to visit. For that matter there's also the insight-specific forum at yahoogroups.
No need to reinvent.
OWN: 61mpg Insight (greenercars.org score: 57)
both blue and silver,
and a 45mpg BeetleTDI (score: 47).
I'll share my opinions about the forum because I'm willing to do some work in a move (I believe there are many of us who would volunteer a few hours of work):
1) The most annoying thing for me is the lack of organization. Some rearranging would allow for the possibility to make things smoother and more efficient. The thing that frustrates and angers me is that the mods/admin of this site have their hands tied and can't make the necessary improvements. The owner doesn't care/respond to emails/requests.
2) I don't notice the ads or loading problems (I use Chrome, I may have adblock on through Kaspersky), but surely a different site could end the problem for those who experience it. And what are the ads paying for if the owner doesn't respond to users?
3) I refuse to believe that there isn't anyone among us who has the knowledge and/or ability to organize a new site etc.
4) I think $5/year would be a good membership fee.
-Ability to organize a better set of G1/G2/HCH1/HCH2 etc. area.
-Ability to distinguish between general maintenance and user-engineered projects. MIMA & OBD11C&C threads should not share space with "Help, my windows won't roll down". This lowers the bar for everything as I see it.
-Ability to have direct & immediate user input and response to site issues.
-Possibility of significant reduction in membership pool/ideas
-Reduces free information to the public
-Possibility of failure
-Possibility of creating too specific/small of a niche
The way I see it, it wouldn't be overly hard to pack up and leave. A lot of the stuff I've put in the stickies can be condensed into a better TL;DR version. The tough part would be the 50+ page threads, but I'm sure someone has the ability to archive/move them easily. Probably 80% of the topics are simple to sort through, the other 20% require a lot of reading/understanding to condense/compile.
The General Area & MPG forums don't need to be moved (unless there's something in them I'm unaware of).
A membership fee would get rid of a lot of the lazy, "I didn't search but want answers anyway" threads. It may create a sense of community. It may however create a sense of exclusivity/elitism. Some of the now-familiar mods have started out as, "hey what if..." styled 'stupid' questions.
I think that a move would be beneficial. I've been reading since '05-06, and it seems silly to me that a community which can reverse engineer America's first hybrid can't start up a community run & based website.
The main issue would be getting the main contributing members to move permanently. The reason I visit IC is to check up on the advanced user input & projects. If they stayed here I would stay here. If they split their time between 2 sites I think the quality would suffer overall and we'd be shooting ourselves in the foot. But if we get the engineering stuff going on at a new site, the "Help my windows won't roll down" users will follow, only in a more specific area which is to the benefit of everyone.
Thanks for that deadpool. Elegantly put.
Speaking personally my own time is so limited I doubt I would me much help in any move until after June 2014 when I retire from my full time job. I'm certainly not adverse to your idea as you have explained it though.
OBDIIC&C $50 inc software, pcb, switch and obdii plug.
IMAC&C HCH1 $50 inc software and pcb.
//installed AdBlock for Chrome, and revisited this thread.
No need to move imho.
I agree. Try also Ghostery and Collusion addons for your platform to see graphically how many miners are stealing data and hogging the bandwidth with spyware/adware. A few clicks and it's done.
Search google site specifically and it works so much better than the site's own spyware ridden search engine.
site:insightcentral.net "searchterm" +keyword -wrongstuff etc.
As to a fee, forget it.
Ive had the internet since the early 90s and still use some of the same equipment to use it.
Its just a disappointment to see what it has become. The hundreds of emails in my spam folder. The ok attitude of stopping ads by installing ad blocking software. Webpages that pause to download ads first before displaying content.
Maybe that is how our society has just evolved? You stop speeding tickets with a radar detector, right? How much does a radar detector cost, as much as a speeding ticket?
Cant say I miss any of the geo coties or angel fire webpages.....
I had a nice website that netted 150 bucks a month in ad revenue, then lost it in the feature price disaster as they went out of business. Thats like getting ready to have sex with a pretty women and get kicked between the legs, twice.
If a new site developed over nite I wouldnt mind joining it I have no problems with all my stuff getting copied over. Hell, before I started my website a corporate one with a wheelchair manufacture pissed me off, so I went in there and they left the ability to delete all my posts open, so I did so in 3 hours.
I've used Adblock for years and had to send Michael and Katie enough for what I hope was a good meal out after using it for just a few days.
Google has recently removed Adblock plus from the Play Store. You can go to Adblock Plus - Surf the web without annoying ads! for the download if they should extend this censorship to the chrome and other versions.
Except for the horrible search engine this site is nice thanks to the work of the mods and the addition of the stickies not too long ago. There are some great write-ups on repairs and mods that aren't highlighted that can be hard to find.
I'd take a chainsaw to every billboard along the highways if I could. I don't need the distraction(and ruined scenery) there and I damn sure don't want it here.
"Would you say that traditional ads should die or is there still a place for them?
There’s definitely a place for them. It’s the unsolicited, untargeted, aggressive, in-your-way ads that tend to frustrate people. If AdBlock had a way to add a “Show me ads if they don’t suck” checkbox, I’d add it in a second and I’m sure lots of people would opt in." Michael Gundlach
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