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« on: September 26, 2016, 10:33:28 AM »
Where have all the posters gone? Gone to sleep every one! When will they learn? Wake up and post!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2016, 12:58:24 PM »
This has come up a number of times in the past year or so. Most of the lack of posting seems to be attributed to Facebook. Forum posting seems to have become "your father's Oldsmobile."  In my Sunbeam Tiger world we had an email based way of communicating through AutoX. 10-15 years ago there were 20+ related emails rolling in every day. Now a week can go by and there is nothing.

 Also, over the past few years we have had about 3-4 long time posters (Dianne and Fred Morgan come to mind) who have past away.  Others seem to have indicated they were offended here and have either dropped off or only lurk, but don't post. I find that aspect rather sad.  There was one poster who seemed to instigate but frankly he has been gone for well over a year now.  So unless there are other things I'm unaware of my hope is that those offended by that particular poster will return.

We may also be over the hump of Pinto's and their interest.  The bottom line is that as time goes by there will be less Pintos for people to have interest in. And as we all pass on there will be less people who have interest in Pintos. Those who have the remaining Pintos will have fixed them to a functional level.  So, the need for input will diminish.  I also believe the collector car realm seems to have more people today who buy (decent) cars and have others repair their cars. They are more enthusiasts than hobbyists.  Thus they are not come to sites like the PCCA for advise.

What I do find interesting is I am on a Studebaker forum.  There were a little over three million Pinto's manufactured and from what I find a bit less than five million Studebakers. So the total production of those cars is not too far apart.  Also Studebaker has been out of business for over 50 years now.  The last Pinto was manufactured 36 years ago.  When you factor that you would think the "interest" would be close strictly based on numbers and maybe greater in the Pinto based on time from last manufacture and well as the parent company still exists.  That said the Studebaker site has traffic ten to twenty times what we get here.  Now, this might be the difference. The Studebaker site has the appearance of posters being predominantly 60 years old - and up.  Here at the PCCA the posters seem to be predominantly 60 years old - and younger.

But who knows??? So, I'll more directly ask the questions:

 If you frequent this site and have decreased your posting, why?

If you frequent this site but generally don't post, why (kink of a stupid question because I doubt people who don't post will answer - but I had to ask)?

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2016, 07:35:56 AM »
Usually the only time I have is early morning andIt's always dead in here and only a couple posts, and sometimes it's about stuff I don't know anything about so I just read and learn.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2016, 12:31:13 PM »
For me it comes down to time. Life gets in the way at times & prevents me from posting as much as I'd like to. I mainly update my restoration post & don't see much new so it's hard to really post much
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2016, 01:31:21 PM »
I'll wager to say that I probably spend more time per day on this site than any other member - I'm online frequently throughout the day and night and check in often.  As for posting, I try my best to be supportive of those who are sharing their projects and whatever progress (or lack thereof) that they are experiencing.  If an opinion is requested, I'll usually throw caution to the wind and chime in.  On the rare occasion when I actually know the answer to a question someone posts, I'll share that too.  But, as much as I love Ford Pintos, I am not a mechanic; never was and never will be.  Generally speaking, I have absolutely no knowledge to share in that respect.  On the forum, I have two rules that I live by: "it's better to keep my mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt" (on technical issues), and: "if I can't say something positive, it's better to say nothing at all" (which comes into play whenever someone has done something to their car that strikes me as just atrocious).  All that having been said, I spend much on my time here in the background, smoothing ruffled feathers when members get into a dispute, dealing with spammers, answering or seeking answers to members' questions, and trying to keep this site family-friendly, etc.  I'm sure the Facebook site is a factor, especially for younger folks.  Personally, I have no Facebook presence, nor do I want any.  Nothing against Facebook; it's just not for me.  This site carries a vast amount of knowledge about our beloved ponies, and is always my "go to" site for information, even if it's only so I can pass it along to the professional who is doing the physical work on my car. The friendships I have made through this site are cherished.  I've had the opportunity to meet and socialize with many of you over the years, and have maintained meaningful online relationships with numerous others.  As a member, I've loved this site since the first time I stumbled onto it and now, as an Administrator, I not only love it, but take great pride and satisfaction in being a part of it. 

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2016, 09:37:02 PM »
When away working I seldom get on line or post. No time. Work is taking all my hours...... about 15+ a day.
No shop time, so nothing to report on my projects.
Just tonight I was going to show a fellow the engine running video & couldn't find it on my computer. Had to look in my B2 car topic.
We started working 7 day weeks....will catch up on the next long week end in about 9 days.

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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2016, 11:20:37 AM »
Well, I'm up at 2:30 every morning and It isn't because I'm well rested. So as I swing on the pendulum of my First home purchase process, My patience & energies get sent elsewhere. Suffice it to say, I'd love to write another chapter of Car Trek, especially with the Presidential stakes so high. However, my inner voice says tread lightly, as many existential forces are in play, and of course, the Queen is near the throne room.
 My VW paradox is colliding with my total automotive budget, and the Truck needs work too . Even if I succeed in the RE venture, I'm putting the Horse into Storage, and Restoration will wait yet again.
 Time for another round at the Sway Bar, but that too must wait for the Intellectual Sobriety to have its day..
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