CURIOUS: What direction is the site going?

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by 08_rado_rocker, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. 08_rado_rocker

    08_rado_rocker New Member

    It seems to me that the only things that anyone is ever talking about on here is the games, their spouse, how their days been... I hadn't realized this was a social network.

    When I first joined up, there was always someone trying to tweak their truck to get more power, or doing an ACTUAL MOD, or someone having a problem with their truck and plenty of members ACTUALLY giving input instead of saying "hope you figure it out"...

    I don't know if maybe it's just me... but I DONT GIVE A **** about "this or that"... or who's gonna post next.. or word association.. how many questions we can answer with a question!!

    Seems like they've all fallen into the cracks of the social network slop of the internet or something.

    I remember just a few months ago if I posted a thread talking about the changes that can be made to amp up the power your truck is making, or who was unhappy with the amount of power their truck makes... there would have ACTUALLY BEEN REPLIES ON IT... rather than "This or THat"

    Am I the only member that feels this way??
  2. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    not sure what to say to this.

    I think alot of the regulars are inbetween projects. I know I am. Times are tough, upgrades cost money, and I think alot of people are feeling the squeeze. I have noticed mor threads about visual upgrades that are cheap to do, rather then adding HP, which tends to be expensive.

    As far as the games go, if thats what people want to do, what problem does it make for you?

  3. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Ok my turn...TRUE Stuff like the next poster or this and that games are fun some times BUT like a few others it gets overplayed.. Sure some people are on here to find and get help on there GM Trucks. But some like myself Can't stand Face Book and use this site to talk just about anything. I for one Love to post pics of Hot Trucks (and some Girls) From shows so some can get Idea's on what they too would like to do..

    I don't try to boost up my Post numbers by saying Hi to every new member that Joins But I do hope they feel Welcome.. We all have seen new members join post 1-3 times and disapair..I would like to see more of them stay here and be free to talk just about anything that they want to as long as it's clean and of intress to other members on here..

    Anyway I did take some Great from the 4 wheel Jam in Bloomsburg,Pa yesterday and will post up soon.. I have to go to a work now back in Pa for the Co I work for.. It never ends..

    Have a good day all :)
  4. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    I think ultimately it comes down to money, but I don't play the games on the site I have been doing relatively cheap upgrades..... If I $$$$$$$$ I could use a rebuilt upgraded 5.3 (500hp) a transmission and drive train to match........ but then what is the cost of a brand new over priced truck with 10 miles on it? I would also like a Dmax and upgrade it to 1000hp......$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Gotta decide whats important the truck I have, the house.... would be "nice" to have a boat and jet skies......
  5. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    The site goes through it's up and down periods, summer for the last 5 years has always been a little slower with people on vacation and busy outdoors they dont have as much time to post, winter while everyones indoors and bored all they have is time.
    The conomy probably has a little to do with people and how much their spending on projects, even if your still making the same money as 3 years ago everyones a little nervous about whats around the corner so their conserving a little.
    And member turnover has a lot to do with content, new active members means a whole new slew of questions and mechanical skill levels, I was just thinking the other day about a lot of the older members I havent seen in weeks or months.
  6. Als09Sierra

    Als09Sierra New Member

    Agreed. It seems kind of quiet around here lately, but I remember the same thing happened last summer. Hopefully the GTG in August will renew interest and help us all connect with our fellow GMTC buddies. I know I'm now thinking about all the mods I had hoped to do before the GTG, but won't get to. It's hard to get to it in the summer.
  7. GMCErica

    GMCErica New Member

    Well, I guess it is my turn to add my Canadian Two cents; guess that would be our Toonie.. LOL

    Activity levels are slow here and in the other clubs that I am involved in as well; lots of members on vacation, and trying to spend more time with family, they are getting the bills paid, then the toys come last. That is what happens when a new mod cost more then two weeks worth of groceries. What do you do? I am done modding for the year, next year will be rims and tires, which I am saving up to finish off paying for. My mods this year have ended the budget I have set out for myself. I have to agree with the new members point, and I got add in Canadian and Female members (which I happen to be). I have been active almost every day for the last year or more, and most newbie come in, say Hi, ask one question and then leave. You get the odd one or two that fit right in, jump in to conversations, post their opinions, even bother to do a signature, and become real active members in our GMTC family. Don't get me started on female and Canadian Members, which seem to be like a mirage in the desert. haha! I have tried to do my part in welcoming newbies, starting up a girls club, joining almost every club and posting and planning meets and stuff. I don't really know what else I can do...I think the older members, and I am going to be honest- myself (you know who you are) are getting tired of the drama, the games, the silliness; its not fresh and new anymore, things became mundane, and you just need to get away from it.

    I know most people will read the post and say why did 'Rado post this... Well, he is entitled to his opinion, and it takes guts to post things like this...and I think threads like this, are sometimes needed- to shake things up, and have people start taking a look at the site, for different reasons, and more ways to improve the enjoyment of the site, and other things that impact the way members are feeling. The end result should be ways to move forward in a positive direction for everyone. If people want to post games and community news that is GREAT!! This is how we get to know our fellow GMTC family members and their families, friends, trucks, animals, etc... We should not dis-encourage members to post community news and activities, that is another part of what makes GMTC one of the best truck sites to join.

    *SIDE NOTE* SUMMER MEETS IN 20 DAYS!! Check out my thread for more details... Be there, or be square!! LOL
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  8. TexasTechRaider

    TexasTechRaider New Member

    From a personal standpoint I spend more money on vacation and other family activities. Summer is pretty expensive, especially when you drive to all your vacation spots gas can be a real killer! I have several planned mods that I want to do but have decided to put them to the side so I don't stress myself financially.

    As far as the games I think it's a way for everyone to "get to know each other", some want to know more about the people they interact with..

    I try and help as many people as I can on the technical forums and if I cannot provide and assistance I try to at least point them in the direction that will!

    As posted before, after the G2G and when summer comes to an end and those paychecks begin to collect I'm sure everyone, including me will be more active and be popping out mod after mod!

    I apologize for any grammar mistakes, sometimes my phone changes what I want to say!!
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  9. aaronb

    aaronb New Member

    Well Im new to this club and recently posted a problem I was having with my '92 Z71. I was expecting alot of members to offer their opinions and advice but only got a couple; please dont take this wrong, because the guys that did reply gave me good advice. I guess im just saying I was hoping for alot of members to come in and contribute to the help ive needed. The first day I became a member I replied to a member who had an issue with his truck. Like I said, im a newbie though and I dont wanna step on any toes and I run into issues all the time that im hoping, being a member of this club will be a usefull tool. If I make some friends along the way that like to just talk about truck or cars thats ok with me. you cant have to many friends is what I always say:glasses:
  10. AnimalYates

    AnimalYates New Member

    This entire thread is funny to me. I use this forum as a way to share my passion for GM truck with others who have the same intrest as me. I think a lot of members on this forum take the whole 'forum thing' a little too seriously. I kind of scratch my head at how someone can be a member for 3 months and have close to 2,000 posts, but hey, what do I care? I digress. I do however, think the forum has taken a step towards an overall community rather than just being truck oriented. But at the end of the day its an INTERNET FORUM that plays no significance in our day to day lives so why even worry about it lol. Just post and answer in the section that is of your concerns, and let the other members play word games, and talk about misc things if they want to. Its them spending their entire day posting on an internet forum, not yours.
  11. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!!!

    Online forums are communities and people in communities tend to want to get to know one another. Perhaps Rado likes living in communities where neighbors don't take the time to get to know one another ... but most people just aren't built that way. Also, online forums/communities are ALWAYS slower in the summer, as people have lives.

    I won't go into Rado's posted project details versus the posted project details of some of the people who chat in the threads he's griping about; it might make him look hypocritical for even asking about whether people are working on projects.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  12. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    Hey... where you been. I have been cranking on mine. New headers (current), ram air hood, rims and tires, researching lift kits. I have been doing allot. People are limited by the budget... I have pretty much reached mine for the year for big mods. :( But will still be doing stuff here and there customizing my interior, rust proofing, etc. Keep checking back... I have a few more big things planned for next year... :)
  13. GMCErica

    GMCErica New Member

    Okay, I know that everyone has their opinions and stuff, but lets just keep it calm. There are lots of things that we all want to say about things that other members do or aren't doing, or have done or haven't done, ROTM stuff and people that have won/not won, pictures and gallery items, signatures etc.. We all joined the site for different reasons; some of us joined for the social and community aspect, other friendships, and some technical only, but we all have the love of trucks in common. This is an opinionated thread, and it will strike members in different ways. But we are all apart of this GMTC family, and if you don't like the way the site is going then the option of finding a new site, maybe something that you look into.
  14. 08_rado_rocker

    08_rado_rocker New Member

    Who says you have to have a new truck to upgrade the 5.3? Diesel.. lol, they're just ridiculously expensive on EVERYTHING.

    Glad to have ya on the forum... I didn't get to see the thread about your pickup (most likely got frustrated with all the social butterfly crap cluttering up around it and logged off), but hope you got the issue solved.

    That's the problem to me... is even if someone has a concern, they aren't getting the response they need/desire, because of all the other random bs.

    You're not my neighbor, you're a truck enthusiast. Let's talk about trucks, rather than play games.

    The curiousity is killing me. Please, by all means.. show me the hypocracy in my projects?
    Parts for restoring the 01, finishing the suspension on Truck Norris... Like i said i was gonna do.
    The visuals (RST wing and roll pan) are being painted now.
    Well.. I can't give too much detail on this one... but it's a motor that will be in Truck Norris.
    ...I don't see anything hypocritical about my projects.. they're coming together.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2012
  15. 08_rado_rocker

    08_rado_rocker New Member

    Great idea
  16. ahmitchell1

    ahmitchell1 New Member

    I'm on svt performance as well as modular ford, full size Chevy and 67-72 Chevy trucks, they are all good forums. But no matter how good the content is on them sites like svt and full size Chevy have people constantly talking crap bout others people's ride, that's just rude. I'm 21 and have more manners than half the sorry people on there talking bad on others. This is the friendliest forum on the web and ive been on a forum for anything on wheels. Also. Every game we play on here is copied by most all the forums I am on. You won't ever get away from them.three reason for the Internet.getting information, interacting with people. And nudey pics since that is searched more than any other thing on the web. Anyways my point is no matter what forum you go to people will be interacting with each other. They'll play the games( I don't like all those games either but you know what I do. I don't look at them) and they are all living n the same economy. It's hard to do anything big right now. I cancelled the order on my front and rear fab four bumpers so I could rebuild my Daytona. Modt People just can't spend money on mods and vacations

    And about content im constantly working on protects but this is my main racing time of the year so I'm constantly working on my bikes and cobras. Like today I replaced the alternator on the convert. Which is the hardest alternator on this earth to remove. And the more you post the more people will jump in behind you and get a topic rolling
    And if you wanna help with a project I need to figure out which diesiel I should put in my next project a 65 burb. Also what suspension would be best for a family toter/fun in the mud go just bought anywhere kinda truck
    If u want I'll start posting my non gm projects as well and I can fill this board with problems

    Sorry lots of typos
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2012
  17. Curky

    Curky New Member

    Well for me, I joined the form because I had questions because this is my first truck. I have hardly done any work on my past cars myself. I never grew up with anyone that has. So, I never learned how to do these things. I am learning now. I do know a little, so I can only help a little on the form. I do point people in the right direction when I can. Witch I learned how to use the form by playing around here. Witch I probably would not have done if the cool people I meet answering my questions and playing games were not being a little personal. I also welcome people when they join because when I joined I thought it was SO cool that so many people welcomed me. I personally meet some real good people playing the games. Compared to past forums I have been on, this is the best because; people are friendly, there are not people ripping on each other (which is not tolerated here), great sponsors and staff. There is a lot of talk about making this site have more members and if it was talk only about your ride nothing personal or games. A lot of new members will ask there question and leave and come back twice a year. If you take the personal out of the form it would not keep members and loose quite a few.
  18. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Curky, this is spot-on and is an example of why I am as active as I am, here -- both project-wise and community-wise. This is both a forum AND a community -- with good people who are civil to one another (unlike other forums I've been on). It's not about GM trucks it's about people who love GM trucks -and- their trucks.

    Look at the site name: GMTruckClub. This is a club. People in clubs socialize ... about the particular interest to which the club is dedicated but also about other things. If you want a bland knowledge base full of only questions and answers -- then perhaps a club isn't for you. However, if you want a place full of people who all love GM vehicles and who are good to one another, then this is it.

    To put that into perspective, look at the Meets that Erica has organized without even being asked. ( The posts to do it are NOT about trucks, so they fall into your 'BS' category, too, it would seem.) Do you think only trucks will be discussed? No! Why? Because the meets aren't about trucks, they're about connecting people who love trucks. Sure, trucks will be a topic, but people will also discuss their dogs, military experience, significant others, brands of beer they drink, etc. I've done two NC-local mini-meets, here, already ... and it was NOT all truck talk at the meets. Certainly there was lots of it, but not all ... and I dare say not even the majority of the talk was trucks. The same is true on the forums -- people will socialize; it's a club.

    If you rely only on the newest forum post widget (or similar) then yes, you're going to miss things ... because people within a club are going to socialize. If, however, you go forum section by forum section and read new posts (as many here, do), you'll miss nothing. So it comes down to what's important to you, your contribution/committment to the club or your convenience. Expecting the world around you to change so that widgets have less 'BS' (as you put it) on them is not terribly reasonable in a club atmosphere...
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2012
  19. GMCErica

    GMCErica New Member

    [MENTION=50075]SurrealOne[/MENTION] thanks for the shout out! You know, I have been in the car scene for 15 years now, and as most of the members know I drag race and show my race car. I was one of the first girl racers in Ontario.. and still the clubs haven't changed much.. in 15 years.. it is a big community of diverse members; from the know-it alls, to the learners to the quick question to the enthusiasts, to the wish I had one. But the one thing in common is the love for the vehicle. I pride myself on staying connected with members and planning meets is something I love to do; I saw the need and went ahead. Sure, It may not be perfect (as this is the first one), but my love for trucks, gm/chevys and the want to be a good community member, okay.. my need to be in control and bossy!! LOL who are we foolin'.. but, the bottom line, is people expect things to be a certain way and get disappointed when it doesn't go that path.

    This is a cows point (moo-point) LOL, the direction of the club will be and will always be community based. I am sorry, that 'Rado isn't enjoying it as much as he would like, but this is the way the board is. I hope that he will continue as a member.
  20. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Any time, E. You've worked hard on the Meets and the newer folks might not realize that. There's a whole section of the site dedicated to them, at present -- that didn't exist and now does thanks to your efforts and the site management's desire to help you make them be a success -- not just for you, but for the community/club. I just wish I could go to the southern one... :(

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