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Re: Back in fashion?

Postby silverbullet » 20 Dec 2017, 08:43

I was really anti-FB until I got into it (I blame Ray Perry!) and then learned how to manage the endless stream of "content" from people I thought I knew quite well (unfollow, not unfriend etc) and then turned off most of the notification settings so its not constantly shouting for my attention...
Its proved to be a useful tool in finding some obscure parts and its also been good for promoting business to a global T3 audience.
The photobucket fiasco has rendered most of my topics here somewhat redundant but thankfully I type a lot too, so any real info is still there.
There's still a place for forums but its defo a bit quiet round here these days.
At least Tapatalk seems to be reasonably reliable for photo hosting...

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Re: Back in fashion?

Postby Moonrakers » 20 Dec 2017, 14:36

silverbullet wrote:I was really anti-FB until I got into it (I blame Ray Perry!) and then learned how to manage the endless stream of "content" from people I thought I knew quite well (unfollow, not unfriend etc) and then turned off most of the notification settings so its not constantly shouting for my attention...
Its proved to be a useful tool in finding some obscure parts and its also been good for promoting business to a global T3 audience.
The photobucket fiasco has rendered most of my topics here somewhat redundant but thankfully I type a lot too, so any real info is still there.
There's still a place for forums but its defo a bit quiet round here these days.
At least Tapatalk seems to be reasonably reliable for photo hosting...

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You're using FB in the right way by the sound of it and for business purposes I'm sure it's essential. The only trouble or conflict happens when important contributors such as yourself gradually spend less and less time on the old-school forums which shrinks the knowledge base available to others. After all, posting helpful info on sites like this is a form of charity with nothing much in return but a feeling of having helped someone out - every forum has a core of regular posters who make it what it is and losing even a few of them can relly affect the quality of the site. Anyway, cheers for your input here for less knowleadgeable owners like me to profit by and hope to see you here for the forseeable future...
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Re: Back in fashion?

Postby Moonrakers » 20 Dec 2017, 14:40

itchyfeet wrote:
Moonrakers wrote: I am worried that the internet is becoming, paradoxically, less useful as it grows bigger, with more and more traffic becoming concentrated on fewer highly commercial sites. .


the internet would have long since been useless without powerful search engines like google, anybody who can remember using the internet early on would know it soon became unusable without search engines.

Thats Facebooks problem, it wont allow search engines inside.

I often use google to find stuff on here its quicker and finds stuff this search engine cant.

I would not want to go back, I was brought up with encyclopdia britannica and its just not the same.


Yep, all good points. I can't imagine life without the internet either.(couldn't even do my job without it) and would hate to go back, I just don't like seeing Facebook hoarding information, taking ownership of it and burying it. I will probably go back to FB and use it in a minimal way, filtering content and the fake social elements of the experience, but it will never be able to solve mechanical issues like this place has done for me.
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Re: Back in fashion?

Postby silverbullet » 20 Dec 2017, 16:41

I would add that the T3 hasn't been the cheap option for the van or camper enthusiast for a while now, the age of the vehicles mean that major restoration (not just repairs) is a harsh reality for long-term owners and that demographic is changing, especially for more specialist models.
It all has a bearing on the forum membership, usage and contributors.
There's not much new to learn or do and the wiki covers a lot of it, so the posts dwindle...

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Re: Back in fashion?

Postby itchyfeet » 20 Dec 2017, 18:42

silverbullet wrote:There's not much new to learn or do and the wiki covers a lot of it, so the posts dwindle...


The wiki hasn't been update much in years and there is a lot missing, it's also lacking in pictures which many people need, not everybody can read and digest written technical info.... plenty to learn for many.

I think your point about cost is very valid, my tin top van of 10 years costs me several hundred a year in maintenance ( I have a log) and that's doing it myself and being frugal ( only recently have I been a bit more extravagant), garage costs would be much more. What I spent on maintenance in the last 10 years is more than double what it's worth now.

Less and less people have the skills these days to DIY so questions are less about maintenance and more about the VW scene.

Anybody seen any VW wally hats for sale?
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Re: Back in fashion?

Postby kit » 20 Dec 2017, 22:27

It doesn't take long to discover who on Facebook just talk "Balls" and who knows what they are talking about.
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Re: Back in fashion?

Postby scottbott » 22 Dec 2017, 09:16

I agree that the wiki is great but I must be getting 'thicker' the older I get as sometimes I have to reread an article and still cannot figure it out in my head but if there are photos that makes a huge difference, mind you I have never been a rocket scientist either!
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