September 9, 2004Before anyone flames the post....
With the site change the member names at the "old" Truckworld reverted back some period of time. We had a lot of members that had changed names over the years and right now I can't remember who half of them are or were. Those that are here or lurking... check in and if your name is different than your last TW user name fill us in.
I'd also like to offer some constructive input to all here. I've seen a lot of sterotpyes thrown both directions, at both the old TW and the members coming from the existing forum sites from the tenmagazines crew. The attitude seems to be one of "your camp vs our camp and our camp is better". The flames shouldn't be going out in either direction. Even if someone had been to the other sites it's nothing more than opinion.
I seriously doubt you'll find many of the "old" TW members that didn't like the site. Those that didn't were always free to move on, just as they are here. What amazes me is the accusation that the old TW had no structure and wasn't family oriented. Quite the opposite was true, it's simply that the moderators only stepped in when needed and let the MEMBERS decide on how much heated debate was acceptable. They also listened to our input, and changed some forums around when we asked, and the same goes for forum functions as well. The original TW was unique in that it was OUR site, and was a product of its members. The few times the moderators did have to step in, they reminded us of that, and never asked for anything in return other than that we keep it civil. If any of the old editors are out there..... thanks guys. You gave us one hell of a nice home, and a lot of us appreciated it.
Quick question to all those that flame the old TW members.... if one of us had said "I'd F the out of that" or suggested the double click to the top feature be added (which was at least two threads) would it have been a source of flames or treated as it was here when posted by other forum members? I think you can see my point here, sterotypes and assumptions won't do anything for either "camp" to get along.
This isn't a flame or anything negative about this site, but I wanted some of you to see how it is from the other view. I'm sure if DTW, FTW or any of the other sites you belong to suddenly vanished some of you would be harsh too. One final note on this... I have no idea what happened with the lawsuits nor do I expect that anyone fill us in. I do know that the old TW made no mention of it, and we found out only when other site members came in attacking the site and it's members. I've also seen numerous mentions of it here, as if it has something to do with a battle between the site members. Unless you're one of the people involved directly, it didn't affect either "camp" any differently, as the same thing happened over time with the name changes and ownership apparently.
I'm not sure if I will stay or go, but I know I have either option. What will make or break this site is the base of members that stick around, and the way they welcome others into the community of the forums here. Right now that doesn't appear to be too solid, and I think the reasons stated above have a lot to do with the tension.
Regardless of if I stick around or move on, best of luck to the site, and whoever ends up making it work or fail. As for you old TW members that might be lurking or have moved on, email me any time.