GMTC alone among friendly forums?

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by Caddiac, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. Caddiac

    Caddiac Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I belong to several automotive sites in addition to GMTC. In visiting those other sites, two patterns stand out that I do not see at GMTC. First, there will be lots of views to a post but no comments. The other is a tendency to be a jerk or give arrogant responses.

    Is it me or is GMTC the friendliest of the online communities?
  2. Rebel_Bowtie

    Rebel_Bowtie Rockstar

    No you're correct Caddiac. I see the same type stuff you mentioned on other forums too. Good group of folks on here.
  3. Goldie

    Goldie Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I also belong to a couple of other truck sites but visit them infrequently due to the overall lack of help and generally immature type of responses provided. From my experience, it appears that a responders (to a request for info) perception of their expertise it directly related to their use of a high degree of sarcasm and/or profanity. The opposite is norm here
  4. Als09Sierra

    Als09Sierra Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    100% agree and glad you are back Caddiac.
  5. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    I've been a MOD and member on a few other forums and left for the reasons you point out, many forums turn into a space for people to show how much of an internet tough guy they are.
    When your trying your hardest to find factual good information to, mod, repair, or maintain a vehicle the last thing you want to deal with is some guy who doesnt know much except for the fact his computer keyboard can beat yours up.
    We try hard to maintain a helpful atmosphere on GMTC.
    I do think at times we do have posters that get frustrated because no one has answers to their questions,
    A recent one that comes to mind was a post about top kick brake issues, after a few days the poster became frustrated and made a few comments about the amount of views and lack of advice offered.
    The answer that we just dont have many with repair experience on airbrake systems or TopKick trucks didnt placate him, neither did the my telling him that many possibly chose to remain silent vs speak about a subject they knew nothing of.
    I dont know the best way to handle posts of this nature.
    If you were a poster of a question that no one seemed to have an answer to how would you want others to respond?
    Shoot out a guess?
    Just acknowledge the post?
    Or read the post and quietly leave?
  6. jake's silverado

    jake's silverado Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    What, there's other truck forums? :gasp:

    I'm shocked! Why would there be? all the answers for the only truck is right here!

    So I do have a NON GM vehicle Some Other Brand SOB) in my driveway and have been there less frequent and I do see this BS (Big Speak) you speak off. (one after market distributor bad mouthing another)
    I Like it here. The help offered and received is above and beyond.
  7. McClintoc

    McClintoc ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ Staff Member 3 Years 1000 Posts

    I've noticed the same as the OP. I have been a member of many other forums and the trends are all the same: either no answers to your questions, irrelevant answers to your questions and/or arrogant attention whores always chiming in. None of that seems to be the case around here. It's breath of fresh air!
  8. jsmith4816

    jsmith4816 Rockstar 4 Years 100 Posts

    I would agree. GMTC is one of the friendliest and that's why I promote to other Chevy owners.
  9. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    I have been a member of many forums, including appliance repair, boating, and automotive. I have to say that every other forum that I have been on has been terrible. You ask a question and get some smart A$$ response or someone insulting you for not already knowing the answer. Plus, most of the other forum's layouts are terrible. I have also noticed that many are poorly maintained and moderated if they are at all. I know that the mods here (including myself) keep and eye out for any posts that are overly negative or insulting, we also try to keep a PG-13 environment here. Our members should get a majority of the credit for keeping this forum such a friendly environment. When a member reports an inappropriate posts it draws moderator attention to it, which helps stop offensive posts from remaining on the site
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013
  10. Caddiac

    Caddiac Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    In the past, there were times when I acknowledged the post, admitted I knew nothing about their problem and in some cases suggested they add more information especially if they failed to include specifics about the vehicle. Other times, I just read and leave quietly.

    Sounds like a good idea for a poll. What would you prefer:
    1. no answer
    2. empathetic response admitting you can't help
    3. acknowledge you don't know but offer some guesses

    I would choose 2. TB, you figure this one out and you will be a genius.

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