Has this site helped you out? Feedback please

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by ChevyFan, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    So I was listening to Ed Wallace (KLIF in Dallas/Fort Worth 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday) on the radio this morning and he railed against the car "blogs" (I think he meant forums or online communities in general) where those that respond to the "blog postings" don't have a clue as to the real problem and "don't know anything about the automotive industry"*.

    So, my question is to all of you ... Do you get anything out of this website and the community that exists on here that has helped you out?

    That can be anything from getting a technical question answered all the way to making a decision on what to buy, accessories and aftermarket decisions, finding a dealer or a repair facility or even DIY help that you found on here.

    *Quotes are from the best of my memory as I don't have a transcript or a recording becuase he doesn't believe in podcasting.

    TELORVEHC New Member

    This site is, without a doubt, an incredible concentration of automotive knowledge. All of the members from different walks of life have something to contribute. I have learned so much about automotive things in general since I became a member. Before I joined, I didn't even know how to read a sidewall or what wheel offset meant. Now I'm recommending tires to other members haha. All because of what I've learned here. Also, being able to converse with owners of the same vehicle is a great way to gain knowledge about how the vehicle functions, common problems and fixes, and advice on aftermarket parts and upgrades. This Ed Wallace guy is entitled to his opinion, but I think he is dead wrong for saying that online forums don't know anything about the automotive industry.
  3. Als09Sierra

    Als09Sierra New Member

    I've learned more from this site than I could've from hanging around a garage. I was able to install HIDs thanks to posts on here. I don't know where Mr. Wallace was looking, but I've learned a ton from the guys on here who know what they're talking about. I'm not an expert, but there are a lot of guys and gals on here who are.
  4. adampaul1964

    adampaul1964 New Member

    This site has been a wealth of knowledge for the 2 years I've been a member. We must be doing something right because the site keeps growing everyday. I know more about my vehicle now than I ever did, not to mention the social side of it, I consider all the members on here friends and would do anything I could to help any one of you guys.
  5. 1991 Suburban

    1991 Suburban New Member

    So, apparently Ed Wallace is an idiot. This site is great! What I don't know, others may and vice versa. Just like people in the "automotive industry" we learn by experience. To hell with what he has to say!
  6. Vincennes02261897

    Vincennes02261897 New Member

    GMTC has certainly been extremely helpful. I'm not sure what sort of unfavorable experiences Mr. Wallace has had with automotive forums in the past but I've always found this one quite helpful. Although I have no experience with other vehicle forums, I have accessed and held memberships at forums on several other topics from cigars and wine to audio and computer equipment. Although every forum has certainly been helpful, others (such as GMTC) have certainly been more pleasurable to be a part of.

    In short, this site has helped me numerous times. It has given me ideas as to the practicality and aesthetics of several different aftermarket accessories and has also helped me through several different problems I have encountered. In addition to the technical assistance offered by the members of GMTC, the site holds its own as a community of individuals with like minds and similar interests and hobbies. As such, it is more than just a helpful tool, it is a social medium that is a pleasure to be a part of.
  7. pmf608

    pmf608 New Member

    I won't go into details of how this site has been helpful to me, since it is generally a lot of smaller things that are useful (my Chevy is too reliable to need a lot of help on big issues), but I have found this site very helpful and I would hope others have found some of my posts to be useful to them. From what you've said there, this Ed Wallace seems to be a bit biased against technology in any form, so I think he needs to crawl out from under his rock and get with the times.

    DAREDEVIL New Member

    I love this site !!!! it helps and actually is fun also finding new friends is great here,,,everybody shares the same thing ..TRUCKS !!

    KEEP IT UP , good job...ohh and maybe we can bump up the 13 rating..lol
  9. jbjones240

    jbjones240 New Member

    I have found a wealth of knowlwdge on this site. Everyone is willing to help each other and provide a great sounding board for new ideas. i have been introduced to new products that I going to buy because of the success for members GMTC. Evey site is different and I kept finding the information that I need from this community, that is why I joined.

  10. jwco5.3

    jwco5.3 New Member


    I've been on many sites that seemed more geared toward flaming each other and pi$$ing contests..:grrrrrr:..

    Here its friendly and everyone helps each other. I've received much friendly, helpful advice on maintenance and upgrades for my truck. :great:
  11. IanF

    IanF New Member

    Having been a member for just a few short weeks, this site has helped me with several issues already. I hate like h*ll to take my truck to the dealership and prefer to do everything (well as much as possible) myself. There is a lot is interesting information and help always appears at hand.

    Keep up the good work!
  12. randomsandwhich

    randomsandwhich New Member

    I came across this forum simply by "googling" information on my truck. I had never joined a forum like this, nor intended too. I just wanted to get the information I needed and go about my business. I have always referenced to manuals, car repair books and asking my buddy what he did in the past or if he knew how to fix it. Since joining here, I have found a great deal of information from this forum. If I need a question answered quickly or want a wider range of opinion I will defiantly come here. This forum has helped me greatly, and some of the mods were influenced by what others did !!

    Greatly appreciate GMTC !!
  13. redneckarmyMP

    redneckarmyMP New Member

    haha thats rediculous! this site has helped me many times. Its full of useful info.and if the answer im looking for is not already posted somewhere, sombody is always willing to help me out
  14. KidHauler

    KidHauler New Member

    What's a blog?
    I have found all sorts of info here, and the folks are great. I, too, found this site by looking for info on my truck, and I'm pretty sure my question was answered on the first day. Since then, GMTC is automatically on the checklist for troubleshooting.

    I don't know about computer communities, but I know a truck guy is a truck guy is a truck guy, no matter where you find them. I also have a feeling that Ed probably doesn't have to worry about saving a nickel, or planning out his weekend rebuild project, and that a support system such as GMTC would seem alien to him.

    Thank you, Steve, and everyone else here, for your knowledge and insight to date.

  15. mac0611

    mac0611 New Member

    it's like anything else in life- sort out the crap and hold onto the gems. if you are helped just once it is better than not having internet forums.
  16. mfleetwood

    mfleetwood Moderator

    I echo all of the great feedback that has been provided above! This site rocks and the members are awesome!!
  17. 383man

    383man New Member

    other than the false and inaccurate information I spew from time to time, great info here, and it's like a monster family :) definately glad it's around for use.
  18. sgtsjj

    sgtsjj New Member

    im gonna agree with everyone on here and the knowledge is great!!!! 10 thumbs up for it
  19. ejohnson03

    ejohnson03 New Member

    What could I say that hasn't already been said?

    Radio is an old and out of touch media outlet.

    The blue hairs there get their feathers ruffled anytime something new, like 8-track tapes, comes along and threatens their listening audience.

    Next thing you know, they will want to block Live Streaming of their broadcasts on the internet, in fear that no one will huddle around there home radios to listen to their incessant whining about these hear computer things...

    The lights are on and nobody's home.

    Thanks to Steve and the many other bloggers that keep this site going, we can rest at night.

  20. dsfloyd

    dsfloyd New Member

    Love this place. I try to chime in if I have some knowledge on a topic and sit back and try to learn when I don't. been here for a couple of years and always found it as a useful tool. I also have looked at other forums when trying to do something on my wifes car, but not joined (and have found good information there), I am only a member of one other forum (a landrover forum), but this is the one I go to almost every day.

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