Sal Collaziano

Somebody go through the pinned topics

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I remember a time when C&G and GMI were running toe to toe.. It's painfully obvious who dropped the ball....

(I don't get two seconds to edit a post without a notation in my message?)

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Also the server problems are getting really annoying lately.

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I've contacted the owner and admins a few times but more often than not, I don't get replies. I see a lot of potential here but I honestly believe the people who ran this site so well in the past have lost interest. Maybe not all interest, but at least the portion needed for a site to be successful. There are so many things to be done here.... Somebody throw a number at me. If I have the money, I'll buy the site and do what needs to be done to make it competitive again. If I don't have the cash to buy it, than maybe somebody else will. At least give the domain the opportunity to regain its past glory...

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I've contacted the owner and admins a few times but more often than not, I don't get replies. I see a lot of potential here but I honestly believe the people who ran this site so well in the past have lost interest. Maybe not all interest, but at least the portion needed for a site to be successful. There are so many things to be done here.... Somebody throw a number at me. If I have the money, I'll buy the site and do what needs to be done to make it competitive again. If I don't have the cash to buy it, than maybe somebody else will. At least give the domain the opportunity to regain its past glory...

Agreed. If you would do this, I'd greatly appreciate it.

I will also put this out here that I am willing to donate my time again and be a moderator again...I have the time and passion to do it, and I swear there won't be any politically partisan moderating, or any other forms of "over moderating" from me. It's been several years, and while I would be more involved than many of the current mods are, it wouldn't be like before.

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I've contacted the owner and admins a few times but more often than not, I don't get replies. I see a lot of potential here but I honestly believe the people who ran this site so well in the past have lost interest. Maybe not all interest, but at least the portion needed for a site to be successful. There are so many things to be done here.... Somebody throw a number at me. If I have the money, I'll buy the site and do what needs to be done to make it competitive again. If I don't have the cash to buy it, than maybe somebody else will. At least give the domain the opportunity to regain its past glory...

We have responded to your PMs and discussed having you buy the site, and told you we were not interested. Why do you care to make such a big stink out of it in the public forum. Walt is not going to sell the site. Simple as that.

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I think the site is fantastic the way it is, tons of us at work on here regularly. Certain people need to step off. I've never had a problem on here ever. :neenerneener:

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We have responded to your PMs and discussed having you buy the site, and told you we were not interested. Why do you care to make such a big stink out of it in the public forum. Walt is not going to sell the site. Simple as that.

Well, with all due respect, things have definitely slowed to a crawl since around the time Fly left, and while I want to stress that this isn't an indictment of any sorts, it pretty much is what happened.

I know you guys all have lives outside of the site, and having been in your shoes before I know how tedious it can be...but it is pretty disheartening to see so little in the way of news being posted, the front page being updated, and in general things (seemingly) not getting done like they used to be. I love this site and am certainly not going anywhere on my own volition, but I also remember how it used to be just a short time ago.

Now, if Sal is taking this public after previously being rebuffed by Walt, that isn't cool and I was not aware of it. I just assumed he was making the offer as a followup to his previous posts.

Anyway, my offer still stands, and will be an open offer if you guys ever need any additional help.

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I don't remember getting a rejection to the idea of buying the site. I could be wrong. In any event, it needs funding to be successful. Somebody should step up.

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Will anybody step up? Or is C&G doomed to mediocrity for good? This isn't a personal attack and should not be taken that way. Honestly, everyone (?) in charge should be happy us regular members care at all.

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While I will not go to an extent of calling it being doomed, the traffic has definitely slowed down. The level of intensity and information has gone down. Less posts are seen as time goes by. There used to be time when I was gone for 24 hours the "View New Post" used to have 6-7 pages to see and read. Many a times now it is hardly a page long.

The political discussion went a little bit overboard, but hey it was one of the most important election and I am glad that sanctity is now prevailing.

I want best of :CG_all: and like my conversations with Fly, I would like to reiterate that I am ready to help in anyways (except for being a moderator - I do not have time for that).

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Everyone on staff is painfully aware of our current situation.

Have patience, we are working on a number of changes as quickly as we can.

Fly devoted an insane amount of time into the site until he could no longer do so - for whatever reason. That left a huge hole in things that we have yet to stitch back together.

In the meantime, it would be very helpful if those with the time would post any news that they come across.

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I hear ya. I think it's been a couple of years since this place really thrived with conversation. Just know that at this point in the game, only a good marketing plan attached to a healthy budget will bring success. Gone is the time where you "build it and they will come" on the Internet. Prove me wrong, and I will be as happy as you would be. Let's see where we are in one year from now. Hopefully, not yet another year behind...

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I already post any news I find. :P I can help with other things if needed...like the design competitions since NOS disappeared for example.

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I think the site is fantastic the way it is, tons of us at work on here regularly. Certain people need to step off. I've never had a problem on here ever. :neenerneener:

+1

Sixty-Six

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I already post any news I find. :P I can help with other things if needed...like the design competitions since NOS disappeared for example.

I've noticed this and I appreciate it...

Chris

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I already post any news I find. :P I can help with other things if needed...like the design competitions since NOS disappeared for example.

And it is much appreciated!

Quite a few of the folks we always depended on to do various things no longer do them. That's not to complain, things change for people and they drift away - it's the nature of the beast.

The challenge we now face is to get someone who has the time to fill some of those roles.

I have been proposing quite a few new ideas in the Mod Forum and we are all discussing things, so I would ask everyone to be patient and hang in there.

Meantime, post up if you have an idea or are in a position to help in some way - I, for one, am interested in everyone's thoughts about C&G's future.

Feel free to PM me if you feel the need.

I always respond.

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I do not want it to go the commercial way. That does bring revenue but also brings onus and greater restrictions. The four things I will certainly concentrate on:

1. Increasing the depth and breadth of the news that have been lacking recent times after Fly and the guy who put monthly sales ticker left. Attrition and accrual of members are part and parcel of life. But filling those voids is very important, and that is where we have not kept the pace. Even the number of spy pics that Chris was posting went down. I understand it may be monetorial issue, but like I mentioned before, I may contribute some to give us some uniqueness and one-upmanship compared to other sites.

2. Curb more of those political thoughts. The months from August through November 4th lost much needed nerves. More than few nerves were vexed, and friends who were before have seen some tension ever since.

3. If moderators feel they are being taxed, please let others know and find viable ones. You guys do a tremendous job, but there is nothing wrong to accept and tell someone to take over even if it is for a while.

4. Renew some of our programs like chopping, sketching and those RWD mafia trivias. They might be difficult to maintain but they were tremendous fun.

Thanks

M

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Exactly. We need this forum to refocus on design and actual automobiles. and while I enjoyed the political discussion, methinks going back to the no politics rule might not be a bad idea!

Chris

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http://www.cheersandgears.com/index.php?showtopic=26343

This is old news and should no longer be pinned.. There are plenty of other examples. Let's clean this place up. Or sell it to somebody who cares enough to maintain it.

Thank you,

Sal C.

I went and did the pins on Nov 17. At that time, the topic you posted was still relevant.

Some of the previous ones (I unpinned) dated back a year (!!!).

I agree that some have become out of date again.

The auto industry moves FAST!

EDIT: It is unpinned now, and I will review other pinned topics.

EDIT2: Pinned topics updated.

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Camino you can check your PM I may be able to help some...

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I don't think going commercial necessarily means greater restrictions. Can you explain your thoughts on that? Otherwise, I agree with everything you said. I think this could be a good start to a turnaround. I still believe we need a major marketing campaign because as you mentioned, we need to focus on gaining new members. People come and go - but if more are leaving than signing up, that makes for a very grim future...

A marketing budget will bring on more members - which will bring on more activity - which will, in turn, bring on even more members. The busier this place is, the more likely people are to sign up. Even if only to reply to a discussion and get their opinion heard (or seen).

I do not want it to go the commercial way. That does bring revenue but also brings onus and greater restrictions. The four things I will certainly concentrate on:

1. Increasing the depth and breadth of the news that have been lacking recent times after Fly and the guy who put monthly sales ticker left. Attrition and accrual of members are part and parcel of life. But filling those voids is very important, and that is where we have not kept the pace. Even the number of spy pics that Chris was posting went down. I understand it may be monetorial issue, but like I mentioned before, I may contribute some to give us some uniqueness and one-upmanship compared to other sites.

2. Curb more of those political thoughts. The months from August through November 4th lost much needed nerves. More than few nerves were vexed, and friends who were before have seen some tension ever since.

3. If moderators feel they are being taxed, please let others know and find viable ones. You guys do a tremendous job, but there is nothing wrong to accept and tell someone to take over even if it is for a while.

4. Renew some of our programs like chopping, sketching and those RWD mafia trivias. They might be difficult to maintain but they were tremendous fun.

Thanks

M

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