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CoryB
02-12-2011, 10:43 AM
Is there a forum suggestions area? I don't see one yet but I have a suggestion.

Could there be a Mid-Atlantic regional forum? I live in Virginia so I'm not really in the Northeast. But it seems I'm not considered to be in the Southeast either.

If there can't be a Mid-Atlantic section, could there at least be a list of states contained in the existing regional forums so we know where to post?

Thanks!

CoryB

Randy Jones
02-12-2011, 10:45 AM
Good thread start. Let's try and keep the suggestions in this post.

Sticky'd.

Thanks!

R :)

mikeinatlanta
02-12-2011, 05:25 PM
Wayne's pub. A must have.

mrmustang
02-12-2011, 05:36 PM
289FIA/slabside sub forum (for those building outside the regular FFR roadster box)
Road Race and Autocross sub forums.
Events sub forum (for posting shows, cruises, like SAAC and Hot August Nights)


Just a few off the top of my head.


Bill S.

67Cobra
02-12-2011, 05:58 PM
Wayne's pub. A must have.

I'll second that.

OttawaFFRer
02-12-2011, 06:17 PM
Just my opinion...

the right column listing of the most recent posts is okay, but I really like to see them a little larger.

I think the newbies like myself that are really focused on the forum, I pick up my roadster in April, are reading threads several times a day and the new posts lists is vital.

Geniusjim
02-12-2011, 06:43 PM
Wayne's pub. A must have.
Can we repost a couple of the threads?
;)

Jim

Kerry & Kathy
02-12-2011, 06:49 PM
A Forum Category segregating engine type....Modular...Small Block...Big Block...and "Other".

K&K

Howard
02-12-2011, 06:52 PM
I'd like to see a better organized FFR FAQs - these are tough to keep updated, but it would nice to try and keep the different build progress threads organized so you could see a list of E brake threads for example, or footbox expansion mods (I know this is not really needed in the Mk4 but you get the idea).

KOUROS
02-12-2011, 08:58 PM
PLEASE DO NOT HAVE ANY FORUM THATS NON AUTOMOTIVE. Keep politics and religion out. It divides us

BLTFRDTUF
02-12-2011, 09:15 PM
Is there a forum suggestions area? I don't see one yet but I have a suggestion.

Could there be a Mid-Atlantic regional forum? I live in Virginia so I'm not really in the Northeast. But it seems I'm not considered to be in the Southeast either.

If there can't be a Mid-Atlantic section, could there at least be a list of states contained in the existing regional forums so we know where to post?

Thanks!

CoryB

I'm with your Cory. I'm from Maryland and we kinda get lost in the middle.

67Cobra
02-12-2011, 09:46 PM
An iPhone app.

Carography
02-12-2011, 10:24 PM
A car photography forum. A place to discus and show off photography techniques.

frankeeski
02-12-2011, 10:34 PM
PLEASE DO NOT HAVE ANY FORUM THATS NON AUTOMOTIVE. Keep politics and religion out. It divides us

While I can agree with you K on a certain level, the suggestion of a Club House or Frank's Pub would kind of negate off topic posts. It would be nice to be able stray away from strictly automotive.

I'll do a X4 on a Club House and Pub.

Dave Smith
02-12-2011, 10:44 PM
I would like FFR to sponsor a monthly award in memory of Robert Feddersen or Paul Mastroinni (we do an annual award in Roberts name at the summer open house) or Dick SMith or another community member we've lost and who we'd like to honor. This would be a monthly $100 FFR gift certificate awarded to the forum member who was voted most helpful, builds fellowship, helps others or charitable causes. Gotta be a non-clique way to do this and guys would be added to a perpetual list.

An official FFR serial number database (i have some data!) and join forces with that the efforts of others like F5registry.

Dave Smith
FFR001

Carography
02-13-2011, 01:50 AM
Picture of the month.
Year end calendar -

Hankl
02-13-2011, 03:03 PM
Wayne's pub. A must have.

I think that this site should be different. Since this will be a site that your younger children, and/or spouses will have open access to, I don't see where a "Pub" is really a viable item. Some of the threads that exist in Wayne's Pub, do belong behind closed doors because of their content.

I think FFR's overall intent is to maintain content that is "Safe" for all to see. We need to maintain the "Family Atmosphere", so all can access this site, without regard to whether the content or comments of individuals will or would offend.

Hank

Questor
02-13-2011, 03:11 PM
I'm sure it's just because the place was just freshly painted, but there doesn't seem to be many smilies. :)

RonSchofield
02-13-2011, 03:16 PM
Wayne's pub. A must have.

I don't think we need to have anything like that. If you have things that you can't say in front of kids, then you shouldn't say them. There is no need to have a 'pub' on this company forum.

davidct
02-14-2011, 07:07 AM
While I can agree with you K on a certain level, the suggestion of a Club House or Frank's Pub would kind of negate off topic posts. It would be nice to be able stray away from strictly automotive.

I'll do a X4 on a Club House and Pub.

So I guess this is a X5? The Clubhouse and the Pub were the two places I always checked first, for a laugh and brighten my morning (or evening), I think there should be a place to banter and laugh.
A Vote for the POM and Graduation posts would be awesome also, Calendar? sign me up.
David
P.S. I don't know about ads but I already miss Mike forte

Kelownacobra
02-14-2011, 12:04 PM
I like the front page (don't know what it is really called) from that other forum, where you can see all recent posts regardless (or is it irregardless) of what sub section it is posted in.

Jim.

THE ITALIAN
02-14-2011, 01:36 PM
How about a NEW forum???????


How about a section devoted to VIDEOS of Racing , AutoX and such.
How to use and where to mount cameras,what type of camera

Hoosier
02-14-2011, 02:31 PM
Classifieds - For Sale, Other Vehicles

I have bought two other vehicles from my forum brothers via this section on the other forum...

mikeinatlanta
02-14-2011, 05:12 PM
I would like to see an area that allows for open and honest reviews of vendors, whether they are paying or not.

Hoosier
02-14-2011, 05:31 PM
How about automatically underlining and making bold a link that has been user created such as the "HERE" in click HERE (http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showthread.php?118-Forum-suggestions)... They are much more recognizable as links when they are bold and underlined. This should be a function of the forum software as most if not all forums are formatted this way.

Scalded-Dog
02-15-2011, 08:12 AM
Mods need to keep the various posts for the different car forums on track. Keep the "off topic" BS on the other forum. Also agree we don't need a "clubhouse" since we have one on the FFCars forum. I already see the Roadster forum going way off track...."What did you do for Valentines Day?" WTF! If we keep the Roadster forum strictly for build questions only it will make it much easier to treat it as a reference library and we won't have to be wading through silly posts while searching a build topic.

Big-Foot
02-15-2011, 10:16 AM
Two NEW Forums please...

1) Checkered Flag forum - A place to honor those brothers and sisters that have gone off to that racetrack in the sky
2) Off Topic Other Vehicles - A place for us to discuss non-FFR cars, trucks, boats, planes, you get the picture... I'd love to have a forum like this for the various other build threads.

Joe
02-15-2011, 10:27 AM
An iPhone app.

Please don't forget about Android too!

Questor
02-15-2011, 11:06 AM
Mods need to keep the various posts for the different car forums on track. Keep the "off topic" BS on the other forum. Also agree we don't need a "clubhouse" since we have one on the FFCars forum. I already see the Roadster forum going way off track...."What did you do for Valentines Day?" WTF! If we keep the Roadster forum strictly for build questions only it will make it much easier to treat it as a reference library and we won't have to be wading through silly posts while searching a build topic.

I'm just wondering what you have against off-topic or information which isn't strictly about the build? Isn't this about community too?

People frequent forums for many reasons and this place can be a great resource, but can't it also be a place to get to know each other and to offer or receive advice? It certainly makes sense to keep the resource forums dedicated to that, but even very serious builders sometimes relax and have a beverage and shoot the breeze with each other.

We're all adults here and can act as adults. It is very easy to just not enter an off-topic forum if you don't want trivia or discussion: Isn't it?

Just a thought.

frankeeski
02-15-2011, 12:57 PM
My suggestion is to have a general build discussion. Segregating all of the different body styles is nice however, the main build issues carry over to almost all of the cars. This would make trying to find things a little easier if you want to talk about a general engine and trans setup that applies to call the cars. I think the main roadster forum will somehow morph into that on it's own but it would be nice to address it now rather then wait and see.

Indy14
02-15-2011, 01:19 PM
I would like to see a review of vendors.

RonSchofield
02-15-2011, 03:10 PM
I would like to see the forum focus just on things that are related directly to Factory Five Racing and their cars. I have seen things go bad when too much non-company discussions happen.

Hoosier
02-15-2011, 03:26 PM
I'm just wondering what you have against off-topic or information which isn't strictly about the build? Isn't this about community too?

People frequent forums for many reasons and this place can be a great resource, but can't it also be a place to get to know each other and to offer or receive advice? It certainly makes sense to keep the resource forums dedicated to that, but even very serious builders sometimes relax and have a beverage and shoot the breeze with each other.

We're all adults here and can act as adults. It is very easy to just not enter an off-topic forum if you don't want trivia or discussion: Isn't it?

Just a thought.

You are correct Questor, and that is why there is an Off Topic forum. The suggestion was simply to keep OT posts out of the Roadster fourm...Not to eliminate Off Topic all together...or at least that is what I think he meant.

Scalded-Dog
02-15-2011, 04:24 PM
You are correct Questor, and that is why there is an Off Topic forum. The suggestion was simply to keep OT posts out of the Roadster fourm...Not to eliminate Off Topic all together...or at least that is what I think he meant.

That's exactly what I meant. I see the OT forum and the General Discussions forum. It's just good to keep the goofy stuff out of the Roadster Forum.

Questor
02-15-2011, 04:40 PM
Okay. My bad.

I misread the intent.

Joe
02-15-2011, 07:06 PM
Good thread start. Let's try and keep the suggestions in this post.

Sticky'd.

Thanks!


R :)

The size of the avatars are too small here. How about increasing the size of the allowed Avatars by just a little bit? Maybe the size that you have configured for yours Randy! :)

VeniceCobra
02-15-2011, 08:25 PM
A drop down menu on the "Forum" button to access directly the main sub-menus

Tails
02-15-2011, 10:48 PM
At the risk of sounding blasphemous a Chebbie section for us darsiders? :)

Tails

Mustang Man
02-16-2011, 08:47 AM
I second the picture of the month. Maybe submit to FFR and the winner gets a small $25 gift credit or something?

I feel no need for a clubhouse or other such area. This is now a company owned forum and reflects directly on FFR. I'm no prude, but hell, you can turn off Google safe search and find anything you want to "make your day", just don't need it here.

I'm fine with an OT section, but mods need to be stricter on the main forums and move the OT stuff to OT quickly. People will get the hang of it and realize where it goes. Keep the main forums about the cars and helping each other with their build questions.

Finally, I'd like to see a section on insurance/registration/titling like the old forum had. There have been many before us that went through the DMV and have plenty to offer their respective neighbors on how to do it correctly and with as little pain as possible.

I'm sure I'll think of more and add to the list.

Thanks...
Mark

sclaxton
02-16-2011, 09:20 AM
I am noticing that the display is only for 20 posts per page. Is there a setting I am missing, or can that be set to display more? I would assume everyone would have their own preferences on that setting.

bromikl
02-16-2011, 09:50 PM
Guys spend months or years agonizing over which parts to put into a new build. Shouldn't planning a build be a forum by itself? A newbie like me could say, "I want to build a GTM with the Carbon Fiber package, powered by a modded LS3 that's tame on the street, for under 80K including paint. Oh yeah - and it should be AWD, have a quiet interior, killer stereo and driver adjustable suspension on the fly.

Then a dozen of guys who have built these cars can say that's do-able; but only if you can live without the AWD and the on-the-fly suspension and BTW, this is what you'll need:
...Oh, and if you use ABC brakes, they have them in the blue you're looking for and you won't have to paint them.

Planning well can really save a lot, and the end result would be closer to expectations. Just my .02

ChopperJustin
02-16-2011, 10:15 PM
I already posted this under Dave's Four Days In Thread, but now I see a suggestions thread. So at the risk of being redundant and in no particular order:

1) A photo gallery area/garage etc. where we can post our build photos, photos of completed cars, events, shows, O/T stuff, maybe organized by profile. Kinda (Facebook) style. This would kick the POM & calendar ideas into gear too.

2) Custom user titles - Mods/Admins get to have all the fun. Maybe its the kid in me, but I like giving myself a custom title after reaching a certain number of posts.

3) More thread subscription options. Right now you have to select the subscribe function each time you visit a thread. I like where you're auto-subscrubed as soon as you post to that thread.

4) more smileys

5) Newest Posts/Threads list as the home page.

6) Larger Avatars would be nice. Right now we gotta squint to see what it is.

7) An FFForum Mobile version for smartphones. I don't know how it works. I'm not ech savvy, but I know that yahoo and other big sites recognize when a mobile device is accessing them, and as a result you get a cleaner, easier to navigate webpage designed specifically for mobile devices. Doesn't necessarily HAVE to be an App. Just a mobile weblink.


Really looking forward to seeing how the build Wiki comes together for the different cars, and also the FFR FAQ page.

mikeinatlanta
02-26-2011, 06:25 AM
We need a picture of the month, but we need to do it better. I never understood why other forums wouldn't include build pictures, there are some great ones out there.

ram_g
02-27-2011, 09:50 PM
Can we please have a South Central subforum under Central - to house Texas, Oklahoma, etc.? Right now Texas is under South Western which is under Pacific - last time I checked Texas was nowhere near the Pacific...

David Hodgkins
02-28-2011, 02:05 PM
I just made some changes and additions to the regional forums. Please bear with me while I get this right! Under Central I now have Northern Central, Midwest and Southern Central discussions. The Southwest was moved from Pacific into Mountain and renamed Southern Mountain discussions. A Northern Mountain discussions forum was added.

Are these alignments OK? Do we need to break out Texas into it's own Sub forum?

Thanks for the feedback everyone, we are listening and trying to get it right.

PS The advertising links pages are going in tonight, vendor images will be added to usernames so everyone will know who the supporting vendor are and the forum fonts have been darkened so they are easier to read.

HTH,

:)

JRL
04-16-2011, 03:39 PM
How about a "tips of the trade" or "how to" that is general to all builds. If someone has a neat little trick that is applicable to builds across the board there is currently no way to share.

Duramaxhd
05-16-2011, 02:21 PM
How about a place for us DarkSide guys? A sub forum for alt-power source wierd-o's would be great. While I admire the purest FoMoCo only types, the fact that little chevys have dominated the HotRod scene is hard to denigh. With the popularity of the new Gen 3 & 4 mills, we need some place to share info, tips, tricks, and how to's to help each member.

Come to think of it... a section called "Power Plants" with sub-sections for Little Ford, Big Ford, Mod Ford, Bow-Tie, and Other would be great. This way engine related questions could be kept away from the main forum leaving it for Chassis/Body build related questions only.

What say you?????

Jethrow
06-19-2011, 04:48 AM
I would like to see a How to Video section covering various aspects of the build.

And for a start, how about some vids on putting in and pulling out the aluminium panels. I know you can figure it out, but finding the best way before you have scratched the panel or the powder coated frame can be a challenge.

mcwho
03-23-2012, 10:49 AM
There is a great deal of build info on that other forum under "FFR FAQ" on the top web page that has been helpful to me, and hopefully others. Is there anyway we can get some of that stuff on here ?

I hope there is no issue with copyright etc.

AJ Roadster NJ
03-23-2012, 11:58 AM
I'd vote against a clone of Wayne's Pub appearing here. Larry Johnson actually asked me if I wanted to host the Pub back in the day, and I said no. I enjoy a pretty girl as much as the next guy, and I am hardly a prude, but do we need that on the FFR Forum? I think not.

Also, I stay logged in on this site, I never have to give my password. Same on the other site. So my son can see what he wants to see over there, which doesn't make me happy. We use Trend security to block all the porn sites and even questionable sites, but the Pub clears the hurdles and comes through the security. Grrr.

Lots of great suggestions here though for new forums, excellent ideas.

AJ

AJ Roadster NJ
03-23-2012, 12:03 PM
Adding another comment here to say; if we outlaw politics, religion, and porn (all of which have approximately seven billion websites we can visit for those discussions) we'll have a FANTASTIC forum. (Not that we don't already, but you get my meaning.)

AJ

mrmustang
03-23-2012, 12:43 PM
I'd vote against a clone of Wayne's Pub appearing here. Larry Johnson actually asked me if I wanted to host the Pub back in the day, and I said no. I enjoy a pretty girl as much as the next guy, and I am hardly a prude, but do we need that on the FFR Forum? I think not.

Also, I stay logged in on this site, I never have to give my password. Same on the other site. So my son can see what he wants to see over there, which doesn't make me happy. We use Trend security to block all the porn sites and even questionable sites, but the Pub clears the hurdles and comes through the security. Grrr.

Lots of great suggestions here though for new forums, excellent ideas.

AJ

AJ, besides the post above yours, the last one was in June 2011 :D

David Hodgkins
03-23-2012, 12:54 PM
That's OK, I wouldn't mind this thread lasting for a long, long time as it provides feedback that folks feel would make for a better site.

Bagdad Bob, We are experimenting with aditional sub-forums under the '33 forum to help us build content. We can't just take what is on FFCars and repost it here.

If someone wants to take the reins to create a new FAQ I'd support it!

:)

AJ Roadster NJ
03-23-2012, 01:47 PM
AJ, besides the post above yours, the last one was in June 2011

Bill, sorry, I'm not following at all. What are you talking about?

mrmustang
03-23-2012, 06:35 PM
Bill, sorry, I'm not following at all. What are you talking about?

Look at the date of the post above "Mcwho", Jethrow
's post was dated 06-19-2011, 06:48 AM thus mrwho was dredging up an much older thread where the decision was already made to not include "waynes lounge" :D

TahoeTim
04-03-2014, 07:44 AM
This site is a great resource but the search tool is weak. Why can't we search within our section of interest? The search rule that restricts the minimum number of search characters needs to be reduced to three letters. We can't search for wrx, ls1, ecu, etc.

Thanks for hosting the forum!

David Hodgkins
04-03-2014, 09:07 AM
Tim, I just adjusted the minimum to 3 letters. Thanks for the suggestion. Also, you can search any sub-forum you like. I don't quite understand "section of interest". If you could elaborate...

:)

Ray
04-03-2014, 10:12 AM
I would like FFR to sponsor a monthly award in memory of Robert Feddersen or Paul Mastroinni (we do an annual award in Roberts name at the summer open house) or Dick SMith or another community member we've lost and who we'd like to honor. This would be a monthly $100 FFR gift certificate awarded to the forum member who was voted most helpful, builds fellowship, helps others or charitable causes. Gotta be a non-clique way to do this and guys would be added to a perpetual list.

An official FFR serial number database (i have some data!) and join forces with that the efforts of others like F5registry.

Dave Smith
FFR001

Dave,

This is a GREAT idea. I would suggest that the recipient of a monthly award is not eligible for a specified time period. 6-months, 1-year etc.

Ray

TouchStone
04-28-2015, 01:33 AM
How about a chat system so online/registered users can all group chat via instant message?

rx7922
04-05-2017, 04:40 PM
how about an "all" page to display the whole thread as a whole, instead of pages

David Hodgkins
04-05-2017, 05:02 PM
how about an "all" page to display the whole thread as a whole, instead of pages

The default is 40 posts per page. I'll have to look into whether that is a user option.

:)

Just puttering
05-20-2017, 08:31 PM
I wonder how far from home you typicaly would drive. There could be a section for roads you must travel! How many people found a great road after years of traveling past it?

Maybe grouped by state then major city or start and end location?

I live by Sacramento and there is a cool road heading south from Folsom to Rancho Murieta! But be carefull, on one part you could end up with four wheels in the air!

Braden
10-13-2017, 12:48 AM
Hi I'm new to all this, is there a way of finding people who live in Australia for instance easily? Being so far away it would be great to make contact easily with people close by willing to talk and help. Like Canada I'm assuming Australia will have its quirks re emission control and licensing.
Cheers and thanks
Braden

Jethrow
10-13-2017, 08:50 AM
Hi I'm new to all this, is there a way of finding people who live in Australia for instance easily? Being so far away it would be great to make contact easily with people close by willing to talk and help. Like Canada I'm assuming Australia will have its quirks re emission control and licensing.
Cheers and thanks
Braden

Hi Braden.

I don't think there is an Australian sub-section here, but for what it's worth I am Australian (Perth). Can I help in any way?

David Hodgkins
10-13-2017, 01:02 PM
Braden and Tim,

I have no objection to an Austalian Forum(s)

Do you see any reason why it would need to be further sub-divided? If so, do you have a suggestion for Australian sub forums?

:)

Jethrow
10-14-2017, 09:42 AM
Hi David.
I am not sure how much traffic an Australian sub-forum might generate, but I welcome the idea - it might be nice to have a place where the aussie F5 owners can meet and greet. For sure it would not need further sub-dividing. For what it's worth there is maybe around 10 F5's (of a few different varieties) in my state (WA) and more in some of the other states.
Thanks

David Hodgkins
10-14-2017, 01:48 PM
I'll have a new Australian sub forum in place this weekend.

:)

David Hodgkins
10-14-2017, 02:39 PM
Done!

http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/forumdisplay.php?115-Australian-Discussions

:)

Braden
10-18-2017, 05:28 AM
Hi Tim
Lovely to hear from you, I'm in Perth as well. Have you build a car yet? I'm wondering about the 65 or the 818 and what the real cost is for us in the colonies?
Thanks for getting back to me.
Cheers
Braden

Braden
10-18-2017, 05:29 AM
Many thanks David
you are a star.
Cheers
Braden

Jethrow
10-18-2017, 07:47 AM
Hi Tim
Lovely to hear from you, I'm in Perth as well. Have you build a car yet? I'm wondering about the 65 or the 818 and what the real cost is for us in the colonies?
Thanks for getting back to me.
Cheers
Braden

Hey Braden. Yes I have built a car (Mk4 Roadster) and I can also tell you at least 2 65's have been built in WA as well. One of those builders is well known in the local Cobra Club. If you have any specific questions you can send me a PM, or maybe start a thread in the new Aussie forum.