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  1. Do a search on you should find a motor for less than $1000, then ask for members in the orlando area to help you find a local indy to install it. $600 for install is good price, you will need to replace rear main seal also

  2. As a sysadmin I can say (to everyone viewing at work) that unless you work at a REALLY small company, you're really only hiding from your coworkers - your boss / IT department knows EXACTLY what you're doing, IF they care. Where I work some days over half our bandwidth goes to non-work sites from bimmerforums to Myspace to XMradio - all on company time. Many companies log internet traffic, and some also log e-mail + file access. If someone looks over the access logs, it's usually quite clear how much someone's working. For us, Boss's position is as long as the person is getting done what they're expected to, it's ok - just like personal phone calls - but if they start slipping up it will be used against them. It's generally ineffective to micromanage employees, especially when they're producing up to expectations. However, if you're the employee who comes in at 6AM and runs off 400 church fliers on company consumables, you're much less likely to get a promotion. Well that's my $.02. </semi off-topic rant>
  3. All the extensive ip logging (06 and before?) is very cool and creepy at the same time. Pseudo-static IPs suck because it just makes it that much easier to compile long-term browsing trends. Oh well. I've accessed VS from my cellphone, campus, work, my parent's house house, and my two apartments all within the last month or two. Maybe even more places I forgot. Too bad not all within the last week or I would have helped FLA represent a little more. Did you ever say what service that map was done with, again? I assume "google analytics" is part of their ad package, if that's even what it was?
  4. I agree VS is very stuck in two niches – 850 / x 70 (P1?) performance and cosmetic interests in general. I think a big part of that is because of how the forum is organized, and the members this draws. We have one performance section, and it’s all but dominated by people with above cars. If you make a generic post, people just assume you’re talking about these cars. Perhaps keeping a general performance section (for showing off new stuff, etc) isn’t a bad idea, but adding special interest ones (like you have with maintenance) may be good, too. Adding a fourth-tier maintenance section, for even newer cars, may also be a good idea. That way, new members with their brand-new cars don't post one or two threads, get disheartened, and leave. The appeal of "Cosmetic mods" is they're easy to pull off by many of our members (who have lots of time and energy, but not necessarily much experience or money). And that's the nature of the beast – these people for a variety of reasons, can't/don't get involved in performance – but they're still members, who support the site, show up at meets, and have an interest in Volvos. Many of then have NA's, and there's only so much a highschooler with a NA, hand tools, and $250 can do for "performance". Perhaps we differ from Honda's in this way, and perhaps that's a good thing. Another thing which I'll let other people thing about might be some sort of "performance electronics" or "electronics modifications" section – or renaming the A/V forum to this – there are a lot of issues like alarms / remote starter problems, LED conversion problems, and similar things that don't necessarily fit one specific section. I also think some delineation between "standard" performance (chips, MBC, IPD exhaust kits) and custom performance (piggyback / EMS & tuning, custom hardware, etc) might be nice, but I can't say if it's worthy of a new and separate forum. The S60 project car is another interesting thing – every time I go and try to find detailed information on it, IE a detailed write-up, I can't find one after about a minute of looking around, so I move on to other things. It's a nice looking car, and I'm sure will attract interest, but if there's detailed information floating around on it, the average person can't easily find it. I must however disagree with the S60R project being "crucial" – it's definitely interesting, and will probably turn out to be a very promising car, but I think it has about as much bearing on Volvo performance as top-fuelers do on someone with a 15-year old camaro. You kinda lose some of that "bam look what a Volvo is capable of" effect when you start dealing with things like custom-built frames, etc. Perhaps a few more "down-to-earth" projects might also be warranted (such as a project I heard rumors of in my local area – a 1000HP 850)? Mods and modding posts is a sensitive area. I agree with what Pras and "notyourspoon" have to say on one level (especially with BS posts and threads) – but you delete too many posts / ban too many people, and the site begins to lose members and doesn’t grow or expand at all, or even lose valued members due to the atmosphere this creates. I’m sure some of the hardcore members might want this, but it somewhat undermines one of the purposes of VS – to be a resource to Volvo owners. Posts like "nice" and "I like it" can get annoying, but it also sucks when you post some sort of a mod or upgrade you did, and you're trying to show it off, and there's no response. People need to use judgment when posting, and find the happy medium, but alas, this is the internet. Post counts exacerbate this – while it's a useful system, people get too caught up in it, too. The sad truth is many people out there are idiots, and there’s only so much you can do. You put up too much idiot protection, and you prevent the new user (who's not a 'n00b', but just had his first Volvo problem, googled us, and found the forum) from posting a serious question in A/V or maintenance. Perhaps some level of responsibility / authority between member and mod – for all the decently trustworthy members who are on a lot, but are unworthy/ unwilling to take on the responsibility of moderator? Like "BS post remover", with the ability to flag BS posts / threads, or something… With all that being said, I don't think there's much need to worry about exciting interest in the Volvo brand, or drumming up new members. We have a great community here, and I like the esoteric nature of it. I don't really want Mercedes people crowding our forums with their problems or showing up at meets – they're probably wonderful people and the cars sure are nice, but it takes something away, too. IMO, that's just one step up from the adds Charles was talking about (which I also think are a bad idea – thanks for not doing them!). I think everything's running just fine, and letting things grow and follow their natural progression isn't a bad thing. I remember in one post I made where I criticized something about this forum someone reminded I compare it to other forums, and that’s true – I really forgot how much better this forum runs compared to other ones. I'd rather see "d00dz can I turbo my 850 N/A" than "d00dz I think she gave me wartz" or "click here free pr0n" (outside of O/T) any day. Sorry it's long, but, I quote AND babble.
  5. Hey it was just an idea, hell, you could let the recipient chose: "MBC, stock rotors, 5 quarts of oil, or $45 in paypal". Nothing's perfect, and something will always be better for someone and worse for someone else. I think you're doing more than enough just with the idea, so if you think cash will make the most people happy, and it's easiest for you, then great. It's kinda petty I'm / we're bitching over how you give out free stuff .
  6. I like the tentative awards categories, but perhaps there are other options? I know most of the admins / mods do it because the like it, but perhaps something for some of them? It seems they're usually ignored unless something goes wrong and then they catch people's stuff (I know I'm guilty of this). Your awards seem to be based on who "gives back" the most to VS, and I think that for the most part, the admins / mods do that. Other options might be "most innovative mod", "best looking car - on the cheap" or other things that would generate interest and perhaps positive competition. I'm somewhat disinterested in the new user idea, as most new users are existing car / forum people, or n00bs and therefore useless. It might be exploited, and I'm not sure what it will do to gain / keep members. But, it's your site so it's your call, it's cool you're doing anything whatsoever. Also, perhaps not cash, but the person's choice in car parts, say whatever vendors offer up, or from a list or something? and do it every couple months for more $$? I know it might be more headache but hey, just an idea. I only bring this up because while to me, $20 would mean little, and to many people on here it would mean absolutely nothing - a set of plugs and wires, a MBC, some decent component speakers, or some other equivalent car parts might be of use. This is especially true for the husbands with the "You can't go spending $$$ on the car" wives, or the high schoolers (also in a similar predicament). Either way, it's a great idea, and props for thinking of doing it.
  7. The ads wouldn't be so bad if they were a bit more intelligent. I know how incredibly difficult that can be, especially with dynamic content, but It would be nice if it could tell that intercooler meant Intercooler in this context, not Integrated Circuit. Many of the ads are quite absurd, with pipe bringing up results for "engineered piping systems and head exchangers". The only one i've seen that is applicable was for koni, where it redirected to suspension at tirerack, and that's something I just might click. I've yet to try out this "Add-free skin", but thank god you're offering one, the adds would drive me nuts if there was no escape. I think you'll generate more revenue from people becoming supporting members to get rid of them then from the adds themselves. Cash prizes are cool though, so if that's what the adds get us, sounds good here.
  8. I check my VS news RSS to see if there's anything important, like the whole sig thing, and I see a thread called "suspend", and figure, "well stuff, this just might be important". I think Adam summed it up. I think I spent a good 5 minutes of my life on that, and couldn't figure it out at all. Guess I'm not the gamer I used to be.
  9. Yeah, that's what I'd consider four cores... It seems like bandwidth, then IO, then Ram would be the limiting factors at this point, though.? 6MB for regular members wow that's generous. I figgure there are 18k members total, who knows how many active... I guess that fits well with 147GB, tho. Wasn't it just 1MB only a few months ago...? What next, VS hosting? Setup that's replacing the U320 = Dell FC4700, at 1.8TB. If that doesn't offer enough space and throughput, I don't know what will. Supposed to hold 360 MBps sustained.
  10. not bad, especially for a website. I wasn't just commenting on storage space and speed though, but backups + bandwidth, too. I don't know what the connection is, but someone's paying for it... Right now I'm upgrading a site from U320 to Fibre, got a powervault 220S loaded with U320 36g 15k Cheetah's, 2 RAID5 controllers, and three cold spares. Trying to get $1800 for it, but that would benefit any VS people, especially VS itself, that price could definitely fall..
  11. Yeah, well, it's not really as interesting as the other forums. Hell, I just found out it had a separate RSS feed oh 15 minutes ago. I guess the whole sig thing proves it's important, though. Seems like those server upgrades are paying off if you can hand out upgrades like that. You're gonna go from 6GB of data to a lot more - real quick. Wish you luck with that one man .
  12. When you put it like that, I guess it makes more sense. Sometimes it's easy to forget you guys are doing this in your spare time, too. I only had "modifications" in RSS, I didn't even know there was a news one, so now that's added. So yeah I guess that's me apologizing for being an ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD.
  13. No, I've had several posts edited, but because they WERE offensive. I self-edited my rant to remove some of the direct insults in it, and if you want to clean that up even more, great. That's fine, that's what mods are for. Not to be picture-size nazi's, because some jpeg is a few pixels too big. There's no way that's hurting / offending anyone. I made my rant, and I'm done with this. Half the time I don't even run a sig, so I'm not going to bother making a new one right now. Flat-out removing people's sigs as opposed to replacing them with something offensive would have been much better from a PR standpoint, but whatever, what's done is done. Word filter bothered me too, so I paid the $15 fee, and no more "is that a word, let me check" or whatever the hell it does these days. For the record, I don't actually want people's sigs to be bigger, I just don't think it's the admin team's business, especially if they're not hosting the images. There are methods in place not to show people's sigs, and beyond that, the choice should be left to the users. Regarding me not reading your memo and it being my "fault", yes, that is on you guys, too. Not everyone on here actively concerns themselves with the running of this board, as we're too busy doing things. It's not like you replaced it with a benign message. I've already stated my position on this, and I'm not going to waste any more time with it. It's done, you guys made it law, I think it's I&#39;m dumb, many people agree with you, perhaps a few agree with me - whatever - it's not worth the time and attention it's getting anymore.
  14. I replied your PM, didn't need to bring it back into the thread, but whatever. There are many issues here - for those of us who only use RSS feeds, we never saw the damn memo. Only noticed when our sig was changed. Kinda a kick in the nuts to go from a nice pic of your car to "idiot", with no warning. The point is, setting some specific guideline, "600x150", is really absurd. kB, overall size, or area are all much better ideas if you're dead set on an official rule. A general "anti-large-sig" guideline is much better. There are many well-formated, aesthetic sigs, that happen to be just out of this guideline. Reason I brought up Kevin's sig was because it looked nice, and he formated his text (one line) to accommodate it. When I redid my sig from my old size to the new one, I got rid of three lines of text so my sig was the same size overall. re: me putting up a fight, I have issue with people changing my stuff, especially for no damn good reason. If someone re-parked my car because I wasn't quite centered between the lines, I'd also be pretty pissed. I was maybe 60pix over? I'm glad the admin's all came to consensus, and it's swell you all decided this is now official policy. Still doesn't mean it was necessary or wise, or handled properly regarding those who didn't change their sigs.