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post #1 of 191 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 16, 6:24 AM Thread Starter
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Has this board slowed down?

Has anyone else noticed the lack of posts the last few years?

Maybe it's just me but it seems like there used to be a lot more activity on these forums. I can go days without seeing new posts in forum sections, and a lot more questions are going unanswered than I remember from years past.

Are there any viewable stats for these forums?

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Re: Has this board slowed down?

I have to agree, not seeing any official stats but it does seem there are less people logged on and less posts.
Another thing I noticed is when I first got my chevelle in 2005, it was real easy to sell parts locally like consoles, bucket seats, monte carlo dash assemblies, 12 bolt rears. Today I think the rearends are about the only thing popular (cant find hardly any when I need one) the other parts you end up sitting on them for weeks. Jim

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Re: Has this board slowed down?

the site has slowed down a lot. I think part of it was the change on the website. A lot of the older guys seemed to hate it. I find my self on other sites now since the slow down and the change.

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post #4 of 191 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 16, 9:23 AM
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Re: Has this board slowed down?

There's a large Facebook presence now, so a lot of guys hang out there.
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post #5 of 191 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 16, 9:26 AM
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Re: Has this board slowed down?

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I have to agree, not seeing any official stats but it does seem there are less people logged on and less posts.
Another thing I noticed is when I first got my chevelle in 2005, it was real easy to sell parts locally like consoles, bucket seats, monte carlo dash assemblies, 12 bolt rears. Today I think the rearends are about the only thing popular (cant find hardly any when I need one) the other parts you end up sitting on them for weeks. Jim
X2. Like you, I noticed that there are sections where the last post often goes back to several weeks. As for selling parts, I've never sold anything through this site… Like you said, I often end up sitting on them but not for weeks, but rather months and sometimes a year! …Even rearend parts (like gear sets which I have for sale right now), I've never had anyone interested.

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post #6 of 191 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 16, 10:08 AM
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Re: Has this board slowed down?

For what it's worth, think about how much more expensive this hobby is than it was ten years ago. (Thanks a lot, reality TV d-bags.)

To the extent that 64-72 Chevelles...or all old Chevys....cost so much more these days means less new people are entering the hobby....or so I would think.

At the same time, we're deep into Muscle Car Era #2. Today's new Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, etc are great performing cars....and are reasonably priced.

Something to ponder: you can now buy a nice, well optioned C5 Vette for the same price as a '70 Malibu. Would you rather have a C6 Vette or LS Camaro or new 5.0 Mustang....or a 325 HP 396 SS of some kind?

My point is that at the same time this hobby has gotten really expensive, more affordable and faster alternatives have emerged. I'm not saying these alternatives are better...but they are out there.
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post #7 of 191 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 16, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Has this board slowed down?

I guess it's not just me then...

It's a shame, as it seems like we're losing collective knowledge.

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post #8 of 191 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 16, 10:33 AM
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Re: Has this board slowed down?

Oh yes, the site has slowed down a lot. I think it's because of facebook myself.

As for the hobby, more and more cars are either being restored or used for parts so not a lot left anymore.
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Re: Has this board slowed down?

I have always had a tough time posting pictures on here. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. It is very frustrating! I have been fighting signing up on Facebook because of identity theft issues, but with the way this site works off/on, I just might have to cave in. The Northern Ohio Chevelle Club uses Facebook a lot, and I miss out on many activities because of it, but I still resist joining Facebook.

I have been putting off posting a build thread of my Chevelle because it will be waaayyy to difficult, but I will try later this winter. It will also be very depressing to go over all of the problems I've had with it, too! Plus, my car is still in paint jail where it has been all summer!

Just like this posting. If I hadn't previewed my posting, I would have missed a lot of formatting errors that didn't show up during typing...GRRRRR

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Re: Has this board slowed down?

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At the same time, we're deep into Muscle Car Era #2. Today's new Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, etc are great performing cars....and are reasonably priced.

Something to ponder: you can now buy a nice, well optioned C5 Vette for the same price as a '70 Malibu. Would you rather have a C6 Vette or LS Camaro or new 5.0 Mustang....or a 325 HP 396 SS of some kind?
Tony: I am of the age that I can remember when the 64-72 Muscle cars were brand new. Couldn't drive them till mid 70's, which we did. So I may be of a generation that looks at classic muscle cars from a different perspective.
A good friend of mine, who grew up owning a 68 roadrunner and a 70 Boss Mustang bought a brand new 2012 Mustang Shelby. At that time he brought it over to my house and insisted that I drive it. I have to say it was very impressive. I told my wife "I want one". She told me no problem, just sell your Chevelle and you can get one. Faced with that choice it is no contest. Although the Shelby mustang is a much better performer it just isn't a classic muscle car. I am quite sure that if I were to sell mine to buy a new performance car I would be longing for the sights,smells and nostalgia that comes with the classics. Many 20 something's would love to own classic Chevelles,Camaros,Mutangs,etc but for the most part those vehicles are out of their price range.
As far as traffic on the website, I think we peaked several/many years ago. Don't know the exact reason for that but maybe people just moved on. I will many times search the archives when researching a project or purchase. When I do I will run across a poster that used to be a regular on this site. You don't realize they no longer use the site till you run across their user name. Just today I was researching some alternator information and I ran across a user that was a moderator on this site. He hasn't posted for 6 or 7 years.

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post #11 of 191 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 16, 11:24 AM
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Re: Has this board slowed down?

Don't get me wrong, BLM. I, too, prefer the Classics. I was just trying to point out why overall hobby participation may be down some.

As the old saying goes, one man's coffee is another man's tea.......although I'm not sure what Caitlyn Jenner is drinking these days.
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For what it's worth, think about how much more expensive this hobby is than it was ten years ago. (Thanks a lot, reality TV d-bags.)

To the extent that 64-72 Chevelles...or all old Chevys....cost so much more these days means less new people are entering the hobby....or so I would think.

At the same time, we're deep into Muscle Car Era #2. Today's new Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, etc are great performing cars....and are reasonably priced.

Something to ponder: you can now buy a nice, well optioned C5 Vette for the same price as a '70 Malibu. Would you rather have a C6 Vette or LS Camaro or new 5.0 Mustang....or a 325 HP 396 SS of some kind?

My point is that at the same time this hobby has gotten really expensive, more affordable and faster alternatives have emerged. I'm not saying these alternatives are better...but they are out there.
Modern cars, even some smaller imports, outperform our old classic muscle cars in just about every area there is EXCEPT for classic styling, comfort and economy. Not to say if we spend enough money we can compete but today's factory performance offerings are hard to beat.
As mentioned, the Barret Jacksons and wealthy collector car investors have destroyed this hobby for the average guy. Prices are astronomical and that is also reflected in our "for sale section".

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post #13 of 191 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 16, 12:20 PM
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Gotten off topic.
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post #14 of 191 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 16, 12:31 PM
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gotten off topic.
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this site has gone downhill since some insecure techie had to flex his diminutive muscles and totally revise the format.

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post #15 of 191 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 16, 12:46 PM
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Re: Has this board slowed down?

I'm not sure what you guys are talking about when it comes to format. When they redesigned the website in May or June all you needed to do was hit classic as a preference. That's the same format as it has been since the early 2000's.

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