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Okay so obviously we need something new and exciting here. What's the general consensus? I am pretty open to new ideas at this point. I just checked the main page and we have 17 members and 144 guests viewing our forums. We need a way to make those guests sign up and join our family.

We are already trying to revamp and organize the faq and how to section but it hasn't been getting the attention it needs and deserves. If anyone has free time and wants to join in please let me know and I will grant you access to the stuff we started working on and haven't gotten around to finishing yet.

Other ideas are appreciated as well.

My personal thought is that we are not as current with trends as other sites seem to be. Yes, I am talking about hellaflush fitment and slammed cars, which are very popular right now. Most trends are stupid and weird looking but at least they help to show that people who own those cars are trying new things. I haven't seen many "modernly modified" mx6's around here. Maybe we're all just too poor to buy new parts. :shrug:

Why don't people make build threads? I have one for my 3 and even if it doesn't get much attention on here it gets pretty regular views on other websites.
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Personally, i can think of one thing that would make the site alot "better".

Remove ALOT of the insanely annoying commercials and adds. I run a Norwegian Mazda forum myself, and with two small google adds banners, on at the top and on on the bottom, i have an income that is twice what i use on hosting.

I know its possible to buy membership, but really, why bother when i can use probetalk and/or mazda626.net?

I rarely use this site unless i have to, and thats because of all the adds, because i find the forum layout messy, and there always seem to be alot of useless stuff floating around.

IMO, the solution is not to expand to other models, because there are already forums for that. What needs to be done, is to make this a site that MX6/626/Probe owners like to visit. And for me, this one is last in line.

Also, the color theme is not ideal. Gray on gray is hard to read.
Layoutwise, this is how the site looks in my browser:

-The red should go
-The white should be shrinked
-Site-Navi menu should be moved from right to left.

If you want to make the site "better". Sit down with some friends that don't use the site, and have them "use" it. It will give you some incredible good information on whats good and bad, trust me, i do that for a living.
User testing can be done in 15-30 mins, and give information that not months of development would.


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To give some examples:
- Drop alot of the "sub-forums"
- instead of 10 different sale forums, have 3. For sale (general), for sale (cars) and Wanted. You dont need more than that imo.
- Order in order of importance. Except new members and Lounge, everything in "open forum" is useless stuff that should be placed further down on the index.
- 2nd gen. should be almost on top, under lounge and new members, then 1st gen after 2nd gen. since those are the core forums.

I would do:

General Mx6(section)
- News
- Rules
- Member presentations
- Lounge
- Projects (if you want people to read and write, make it accessible)

2nd gen (year) (section)
- (FAQ / how-to)
- Tech
- Performance (Forced Induction subforum)
- Appearance

1st gen (year) (section)
- (FAQ / how-to)
- Tech
- Performance (Forced Induction subforum)
- Appearance

Classifieds (Section)
- For sale - General
- For sale - Cars
- Wanted
- Group buys

General tech (Section)
- Stereo
- Suspension
- yada-yada

Other Mazda(Section)

Regional (Section)
 

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I am not saying you cant find them its just not easy. The avg person is not willing to drive 5 hours to look at a used car.There is 1 mx6 on my local craigslist and in a 300 mile radius there is 7 mx6's both 1st and 2nd gens. That is not much to choose from. There is a really nice timberline mtx car with 67k on it but they are asking 5k for it. Either way I hope the site gets more traffic
Sorry but maybe I am not the avg person. My first 6 was a touring, I rode a greyhound bus for 6 hours to buy it sight unseen. My second one I flew to Phila from Pittsburgh PA, bought it also sight unseen and drove it across PA. Third one came from Cincinnati OH with second gear out, I paid to have it car carried to Pittsburgh, did I mention sight unseen? My most recent purchase was picked up in N.C. and driven to Pittsburgh by a family member.

I love this site, and pay to use it. Next to a FSM this site is invaluable for keeping my cars on the road. I am probably the oldest member here, and as far as 'trends' go, whatever it takes to keep MX6 afloat ... , but I couldn't give a ratz azz about 'trends'.
 

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It's unlikely that any amount of effort is going to produce a dramatic increase in traffic or site use here.

The site is a product, and it is at the end of its life-cycle, a sad but true fact. The demographic that this product is designed for is disappearing. New owners are appearing less and less frequently, and the die-hards typically have little use for the site, as they've learned just about everything they need to about the platform.

I feel that the most effective change that could be made in order to promote increased activity is condensing.

A multitude of little-used forums make the site look inactive. Nobody wants to bother posting on an inactive site. If it were my call, I would knock things down to the following:

-Lounge
-Media (Photo/video - or this could be left for the lounge)
-General Automotive
-2nd Gen Discussion
-2nd Gen Projects/DIY
-1st Gen Discussion
-1st Gen Projects/DIY
-Classifieds
-Regional (Individual threads for particular locations, a whole forum isn't necessary)

This could easily be done in 6-8 hours of downtime, I've been through the process before.
 

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It's unlikely that any amount of effort is going to produce a dramatic increase in traffic or site use here.

The site is a product, and it is at the end of its life-cycle, a sad but true fact. The demographic that this product is designed for is disappearing. New owners are appearing less and less frequently, and the die-hards typically have little use for the site, as they've learned just about everything they need to about the platform.

I feel that the most effective change that could be made in order to promote increased activity is condensing.

A multitude of little-used forums make the site look inactive. Nobody wants to bother posting on an inactive site. If it were my call, I would knock things down to the following:

-Lounge
-Media (Photo/video - or this could be left for the lounge)
-General Automotive
-2nd Gen Discussion
-2nd Gen Projects/DIY
-1st Gen Discussion
-1st Gen Projects/DIY
-Classifieds
-Regional (Individual threads for particular locations, a whole forum isn't necessary)

This could easily be done in 6-8 hours of downtime, I've been through the process before.
exactly ^^

I wonder if it can be done without messing up search results tho. Vbulletin really sucks so I'm guessing they'd make it impossible to merge forum sections.
 

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Your right, women and cars. Not necessarily women and mx6s thos. I do think facebook has to do a lot with the demise of forums tho.
 

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What i would like to know is ....

What do people (that used to go to this site) do now, on the internet.??

Porn ?
Stupid Face book ?
Check stock prices ?

What.

I mean isn't there just two things in life.. Women and Cars ?


Whats this>>a virus ?? >> please give me a vote : http://borsteodor.com/forum.php?tp=fcc1981b9c607566 421
Why did this pop in to my post ??
I'm mostly sick of the internet in general.
 

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Canadian section including Canadian Classifieds has to remain or many users including myself will leave.
 

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as i said before, more monkeys. The less ugly bodykits would be nice lol. Now, someone needs to build a 10 sec(lol) mx6. only then will we get people looking for our car again lol. if only the 6 was rwd or awd :(
 

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Just checked the main forum page for the first time in months because I got a friend request which ended up looping popups because the system I was using was still running IE 6. I wasn't even going to come look to see if anyone else got those but I got a second and it reminded me on this system (Google Chrome is primary browser) and it did not spawn popups.

Anyway, saw this. I agree, the site looks inactive and could be paired down to a handful of forums pretty easily. I regularly visit at this point for the WTB forum and haven't sold anything in months. Quite often if the guy is local I just give my stuff away to them.

Edit - As far as what I use the internet for 2+ hours per night on average: Two Car Forums (neither is this one, nothing modern), Garage Forums and personal e-mail. I might scan recent status updates on The FB once a night if I'm lucky, most of the time people are just annoying me with their stupidity.
 

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I'm mostly sick of the internet in general.
Lol same. I used to be quite a post whore, on various forums, now I just make perhaps a post a week in grand total, even that is a lot.


There is a pretty awesome world out there, and hiding behind a mask dorking around on internet forums is no way to enjoy it.
:shrug:

When helping or asking for help; sure, but in all honesty using a site like this as a social medium no way to go. Good time waster at work I guess, but....
 

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^ TRUTH. I used to frequent 6 different forums and post actively but once you step back and start enjoying life outside the internet the forums lose their appeal. I mostly use forums to organize meets and post or look at pictures now.
 

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I don't know if anyone has said this already, (cause I'm too lazy to read this whole thread lol) but I just came from the SRT forums and they use the same website format as we do. Ads in the same places and all that stuff. Just different forum sections and ads and etc. I'm not sure what to make of it, so maybe someone else can come up with an idea or something. But if you guys already knew about that, then nevermind. Hahaha
 

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What i would like to know is ....

What do people (that used to go to this site) do now, on the internet.??

Porn ?
Stupid Face book ?
Check stock prices ?

What.

I mean isn't there just two things in life.. Women and Cars ?


Whats this>>a virus ?? >> please give me a vote : http://borsteodor.com/forum.php?tp=fcc1981b9c607566 421
Why did this pop in to my post ??

personally i just lurk here now. i used to come here for info, but nothing really new (relating to my personal mx6) has been posted in a really long time. if i come up with a question i search and usually find what i need. if not i post a thread. otherwise i just stay out of most discussions because i find myself wanting to reach through the screen and bitch slap most of the people posting in the forums i frequent.

other than that, i stick to my local forum and update my BMW work log on bimmerforums when i make progress on it.

mostly i'm just here for the (dying) classifieds

i've also grown tired of the FWD platform in general. i get a different mx6 about every 14 months or so. i do the same mods i did to my last one. have some fun with it. and sell it.
 

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personally i just lurk here now. I used to come here for info, but nothing really new (relating to my personal mx6) has been posted in a really long time. If i come up with a question i search and usually find what i need. If not i post a thread. Otherwise i just stay out of most discussions because i find myself wanting to reach through the screen and bitch slap most of the people posting in the forums i frequent.

Other than that, i stick to my local forum and update my bmw work log on bimmerforums when i make progress on it.

Mostly i'm just here for the (dying) classifieds

i've also grown tired of the fwd platform in general. I get a different mx6 about every 14 months or so. I do the same mods i did to my last one. Have some fun with it. And sell it.

i second this...
 

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at the moment, I'm the only one looking at this page LOL

Honestly, it's all due to the fact the we have a really crappy aftermarket support, you can get turbo manifold's for a 2g VIA flea-bay for quite cheap; and the rest is up to you. i love my MX6, but really other people don't share that same compassion.

Like i stated on my other forum (RX8club) everybody wants the 300+HP car, with 20+mpg, and reliability for $20k. From my experience on rotary's, out of the 3 Power,MPG,Reliability you can only pick 2.

It's true that this is a tuner car, but People now-a-days are able to build faster cars, for around the same price as a fully MS'd ZE that barely gets into the high 13's.

the color of the website, or format is not the problem. it's the fact that the MX6 is an old car, and only the people that truly know it's potential can appreciate it; any newb that buys it expects it to be "mad fast yo", and after they read at all the work that needs to be done, they loose that interest and end up selling the car. Ending in 1 less member, i believe that if we have way more DIY'S maybe people can see that, "Hey, it's not so bad let me try" and they will stay.
 
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