Seems a lot of people are being easily offended lately on here. While I don't think anybody should feel offended, picked on or bullied in any way, I still think this forum is a very sheltered and safe place to be, and it is very active.
I have joined other forums where personal insulting is a way of life and it can get very viscious. You can also wait weeks to have your question answered, which can be very frustrating if you are stuck until you find a solution.
It isn't just car forums. Computer forums etc are bombarded by people who seem easily offended and attack you because you have asked a question about something they obviously love.
We would all like a forum of close friends who think like us and agree with our views, but that will never happen. In life you can pick your group of friends who you can discuss matters with, but on the net you are throwing your conversation open to the world, so don't be surprised if some of the views are a long way from what you feel are acceptable.
The advantage of having conversations where anybody can join in is that you will always get a unique perspective and the chances that someone has had the same problem as you is greatly increased.
I have heard a lot of people say the forum isn't what it used to be. Is that simply because a tried and trusted group of friends has sadly broken up for various reasons (new cars etc) over the years and you are now faced with breaking in a new set of friends with different values and views? If you went down the pub year after year with the same group and they slowly moved on leaving you on your own and then a whole new group of people came and sat with you, would you feel comfortable? Would you feel as though things have changed and it is toodifficult to accept these new people and their different views?
Don't look on these changes as a bad thing, think of it as an evolutionary process. OK, you may not have the same clique and the same type/standard of questions you used to have, but I bet you are learning some new things and getting some new perspectives.
Go back a few years and you probably wouldn't have thought that so many people would want to turbo/supercharge/tune their car to the degree that is now happening. You wouldn't have thought that somebody would fit Lambo doors to an F/TF. Some more staid owners would frown on these things, but I bet we have all learned something from them.
I would rather get flack and have people disagree with me if it means that I get a wider view of things. In fact I like a good disagreeing with every now and then, it keeps me in my place
Lets be more accepting, a little more tolerant and a little less sensitive on what is, after all, a public forum.
Please feel free to slag me off for such a long and boring post, just feel that things are getting a bit out of perspective around here. You lot have changed.