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i tried to go to gmforums.com and it says the domain has been sold and the site is closed. whats up with that?
 

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DeVillish said:
i tried to go to gmforums.com and it says the domain has been sold and the site is closed. whats up with that?

I got the same message when I went there. I hope it isn't gone. It is a good source of information.
 

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I got the same message when I went there. I hope it isn't gone. It is a good source of information.
got the same here and i was just on it last night. That is really odd.
 

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Interesting.. I was considering opening up a few more forums to funnel traffic into this site. I also own (no sites on these) ***************, lincolnforums.com and mercuryforums.com... Maybe now would be a good time - especially for ***************, to just throw something up. If I do - and whatever I may do - it would be all free forum software. Nothing like this...
 

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Conspiracy Theory

My conspiracy theory is that GM bought out the owner of the site with large amounts of $$. The reasons being might be twofold.

Maybe GM wanted to avoid negative feedback about their products from irate GM owners.

Maybe GM didn't want people to easily be able to teach other people how to repair their cars by themselves and they wanted to get more people into GM repair shops instead of having them fix them themselves.

Think about it...I bet a lot of people were getting free instructions on how to fix their car and GM was losing service revenue.

danananananananana...just a thought.

Sal, don't let them buy you out!!
 

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I sent emails to both the owners and the editors addresses and both came back "undelivreable". It's a shame that all the questions and answers that are posted there are lost. They were a great source of information just as the ones here are. I hope that some of the contributors whose names I only saw at gmforums cadillac site migrate here because that can only enrich the depth of information available.
 

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I dunno if I agree with your theory AirJigga. Maybe GMforums wasnt really about general motors, rather it was Goose & Maverick where people just went to discuss Top Gun.

On a side note, i went out as Tom Curise for Halloween last year. lol :histeric:
 

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I dunno if I agree with your theory AirJigga. Maybe GMforums wasnt really about general motors, rather it was Goose & Maverick where people just went to discuss Top Gun.

On a side note, i went out as Tom Curise for Halloween last year. lol :histeric:
my theory's awesome...don't deny it mang

goodness gracious great balls of fire!
 

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Hey Sal maybe you could open up a D&B-body forum. Give FOSS and their friends a place to call home since GMForums is gone. You know how loyal these guys are with their cars.
 

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Is a shame, there was a TON of info on that site.
Find him on Fordforums.com (LunaticSVT) and drop him a line. I did, probably wont get any response though...
 

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FOSS is going to stay here where it belongs.. Fleetwood owners will have their own section very soon..

Otherwise.. Like I mentioned before - I was planning on opening several 'sister' forums for THIS site. Someplace to funnel more traffic and interest in CadillacForums. They will be very generic and I wont be spending any money on them, though.. And, I basically wont be running them either..

www.lincolnforums.com (half-way up some time today)
www.***************
www.mercuryforums.com
www.oldsmobileforums.com

I think that many, many people who buy any of these types of cars have at least some sore of interest in owning or learning about Cadillacs.
 

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So much lost.... Lunatic could have at least warned us all... :crybaby: :crying:
Yea really. Glad to see you found a new home Phil. They didn't even warn the mods? It sounds like he blamed you guys for it though.....
 

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He's pinning it on the mods?? Not to be rude, but I thought I was doing a pretty good job in the Cadillac section. Where did you hear that?
(Read somethin else)
I'll admit I wasn't working much else, but I kept the Caddy forums running pretty well, wasn't I?
 

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Lunatic always came off as...well having an appropriate name. The last posts in that thread proved that, along with what he did to superpap a couple of months ago (banned for disagreeing with him). I wandered around those forums, and I saw ShadowLvr posting in the off topic areas occasionally, but there was not enough activity to make it worth looking in those areas more than once every month or so. Even the Caddy section was dying. You tried to keep it afloat, but that section, along with the rest of the site had no community. There was a wealth of knowledge being shared by bbob, but it was getting to the point where it was ask a question have bbob answer it, then move on. Nothing like what we have here in the OT section, like the Lets talk thread, or whats your favorite smell. Everyone gets to know each other a little better and it makes the forum worth participating in more often. I will say this, the Caddy section was the one that still had SOME activity. 3/4 of those sections were absolutely dead, with the last post being 6 months ago or longer. As far as what Lunatic expected from the mods, I have to wonder what HE was doing to save the site myself. Sal is adding new things (gotta post in the picture section soon...) and even has some merchandise available promoting the fourm. It is a shame that that happened, but I did forsee it coming. Without any community, there was no way GMForums would have survived.
 

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I was a member of GMforums too but visited rarely. (G-DUB). The thing is, it wasn't tightly knit enough and way too broad. There's no way the s10 forums should've had so many people as opposed to the GM forums. A lot of what it comes down to is the participating people/moderators/management. It seems that Mr. LunaticSS was all business and he didn't want to mess around with a dying forum and decided to sell it off for a profit. I'm disapointed he didn't save the content though...that sucks.

On a brighter note, I think that cadillacforums.com has forged a tight unit of cadillac loving people with good knowledge and the only place this place is going is up. So welcome to all of the GMFORUMS.COM people, we're happy to have you aboard.
 

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Unfortunately, there is always a very real problem with forum growth. It brings with it, a lack of intimacy. As the group gets larger, there's just no way possible to keep a "close-knit" group. There's just too damn many people to make that possible. I can see that happening here. I can't be the only one noticing that quite often it's just plain impossible to keep up with ALL the new posts. Maybe it's just me, 'cause I'm usually looking at posts that require some digging to aquire info for the person posting but, as this site gets bigger, it's members WILL be less in touch with each other. And unfortunately, as it becomes less of a small community, and MORE of a "big-city" it will be less comfortable for those that are used to the small-town feeling. SO HOW do we make the transition from "small-town" to "big-city" and NOT lose the sense of community?
 

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Lunatic always came off as...well having an appropriate name. The last posts in that thread proved that, along with what he did to superpap a couple of months ago (banned for disagreeing with him). I wandered around those forums, and I saw ShadowLvr posting in the off topic areas occasionally, but there was not enough activity to make it worth looking in those areas more than once every month or so. Even the Caddy section was dying. You tried to keep it afloat, but that section, along with the rest of the site had no community. There was a wealth of knowledge being shared by bbob, but it was getting to the point where it was ask a question have bbob answer it, then move on. Nothing like what we have here in the OT section, like the Lets talk thread, or whats your favorite smell. Everyone gets to know each other a little better and it makes the forum worth participating in more often. I will say this, the Caddy section was the one that still had SOME activity. 3/4 of those sections were absolutely dead, with the last post being 6 months ago or longer. As far as what Lunatic expected from the mods, I have to wonder what HE was doing to save the site myself. Sal is adding new things (gotta post in the picture section soon...) and even has some merchandise available promoting the fourm. It is a shame that that happened, but I did forsee it coming. Without any community, there was no way GMForums would have survived.
Where do I start with this one.......

What have I done? What was I doing? Spent several thousand dollars in gear, events, promotions, giveaways and hosting. What was returned out of it. People that whinned, complained and moaned that they did not have a "section" for themselves or people that felt that they were too good to even answer or participate in another section of the site. I promoted that site like crazy. I sunk in hours of redesign that was actually fixing to be launched when the domain was sold.

You doubt or question what was done...well since you dont know what was done there is not any need to assume that nothing was done. I ran that site as I do my others. I put 2 people in charge to run day to day activities and oversee moderators and the site in general. I gave moderators an open source to be able to do what they needed. Yet, those that were in power sat on it and did not do anything. I obtained Media credentials for GMF so we could get access to new and upcoming information from GM Media and from Weick <however you spell their name>. I used exclusive ties with just-auto and their writers to have articles written by them exclusively for GMF. I had test drives and write ups ready to launch upon removal of the black out date. I spent time with GM themselves from Dealers, dealer principles to Brand managers getting and sourcing interviews to be launched on the news portal. I spent the time building up the Technical database that i just did not launch and am importing the data for FORD into now. I set up subdomains, upgraded software, updated code, got other members to help in participating in adding info on subdomains etc. I guess I did not do a damn thing then ehh?

Try looking at the larger picture. with such a broad array of vehicles to cover, members that are too uppity to participate with any other group and "need" to have their own special sections because they dont want to associate with "the other" classes of vehicles, it is a bit difficult to get them to participate with one another. So you have 24 offtopic areas due to those facts, 24 general areas, 24 technical areas etc...etc...etc. We moved all offtopic into one area with links pointing towards the one, yet no one would then participate in it. Why because it was not in their vehicle specific area. Gets better, try to organize a centralized forsale are so there are not 24 posts across the site selling one item. But, hey you know vehicle specific site not manufacturer specific sites are easier to maintain. Only one crowd to deal with, unlike GMF that had countless; even though the majority shared platform and parts across the boards from w body to caddy to trucks.

Regarding Superpap.....you want the entire PM and post history of this idiot? I can supply that. Where do I start. Besides the fact that he openly attacked myself in forum over points made about all things the Iraq war. I guess he has the right to voice his opinion and I did not stiffle that. I only used the same examples that he used against me and turned the tide on to him, yet when I did that he tells me to F off, get F'ed, i am a f'ing a**hole and starts spamming the board with the same attack against myself in every section. I guess I should have allowed him to continue to attack and berate me. I took the steps of removing him from the site because that is all he was doing. Once he was unable to do it on the forum he proceeds to attack in email. After 2 months I removed the ban figuring that he has either cooled down or is not going to bother coming back. Boy was I wrong. He comes back just to attack me in another thread that had nothing to do with him or anything regarding what he got banned for. Just came on jumped in a thread and started the same crap that he did when he was banned. So he was RIGHTLY banned for his actions. What did I do? Nothing but what any admin of a site would have done. I removed his posts from view, added him to the ban list and then added him to the Firewall. So do you need the posts? I have them all saved in a back up.

The domain was sold. The db is still in my posession and doubtful if I will relaunch it or sell it. Comments on the mods and how I treated them? Yes, I may have treated them like dirt, but they were the ones in charge basically on the site. They were the ones that did not do anything until I started forcing emails down their way to make them even touch the admin/mod forum. Go look on s10f and have a gander in OT over there. I posted a reply to the idiocy that others are spewing about on other forums and the way I ran it. Do I regret shutting it down? Not one bit. It was a money pit that was going no where and everyone that wanted to be a part of it only dragged it down further, with a few exceptions of course. People complain that they should have gotten a warning. My response is this. I only saw my American Express card paying for BW, paying for software, paying for a new server, paying the colocation fees. Money talks, plain and simple. I had an offer that I could not refuse and was close to my Ebay asking price for the domain name, db and all other domain names associated with the site. Best part is that I only had to give up one domain name.

Dont get me wrong. I dont hate GM. Hell I own a Z06. I just dont want to waste my time and money on a site that is not going to go anywhere even with countless hours and $'s being sunk into it. It stayed afloat only due to FordForums paying its way. Atleast on FF I have corporate sponsorship from Ford OZ, FPV(Ford Australia's performance division), DJR and FPR (two of the Ford v8 Supercar race teams) and other smaller names. GM, well I wont go there.

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