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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-27-2017, 05:53 PM
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In the last several months I have seen an increase in new truck owners coming to TDS but they don't seem to stick around. I am speaking of the 7.3 & 6.0 forum.

When I first became a member, one of the very first responses I received came with a friendship from one of the senior members. He spoke to me as an equal even though I knew very little about the 7.3 PSD and he was good natured and explained things in a manner that was comprehesive yet easy to understand. He responded to future PMs with detailed explanations simply because he really knows these trucks and enjoys helping out. He is the kind of guy who would stop and help if he saw a car in a ditch or broken down even if it was in the middle of a snowstorm.

He contributed alot to the forum both with his own post count but also because he made the forum fun and had alot of friends here who would check in just to have some friendly banter. He had a way of attracting the other Big Dogs and even thoug they might not always agree, the threads became the best classrooms I have ever sat in on any forum.

I don't know how forums are deemed successful but if metrics like high volume website traffic and new members retention play into a site's profitibilty then I would say Maryland DieselNick contributed more than most.

I heard that he was banned from the site. I can't imagine that the reason outweighed all the positive he contributed but I would bet there would be quite a show of hands here by members he helped out willingly and with good humor. His reaching out to me is why I never looked for a different Powerstroke website and why I have remained loyal to TDS and the many fine people here ever since. Every once in awhile I am able to help out a new member and pay it forward.

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I would add that he was the author of what is probably the longest thread in the history of TDS at 410 posts...yes, I am talking about the "CPS Bible". It is 28 pages long and had many participants.


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2002 F-250 4x4 SC LB 7.3 PSD w/ZF-6. 177,000 miles.
NOS Black CPS. ScanGauge-II. Bilstein 5100. Stancor GPR. Walker BTM. Noco Mod. Michelin Defender LTX 285/75/16.

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2000 F-250 4x4 SC SB 7.3 PSD w/4R100. 164,000 miles.
NOS Black CPS. Rebuilt Fuel bowl w/gold spring, 6.0 Cooler, Walker BTM, Stancor GPR, Michelin LTX M&S2.

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I agree. The drama we all witnessed drove a lot of members away. The password fiasco didn't help. The forum needs a reset. A group of moderators that are active helpful participants would go a long way. Kevin and Mark are still around a lot. Smokey took off for another forum. I nominate Chuckster and FordDoctor.


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RT, I very much appreciate your support, but after my last experience and "learning" the policies used to "moderate", I couldn't in good conscious subscribe to them as a moderator here. I will continue to participate as a member and adhere to the "spirit" of the rules as much as the written rules. I am enjoying a fulfilling moderator position on an RV forum. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!!

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Ya the last two weeks have been dead.

The Facebook groups are the reason for the decline.

I'm a member of three groups and a moderator for one. I reply to 30+ threads a day on there when you see maybe 2 threads on here.

A lot of the guys are on there. Also, all of the enthusiast vendors are there as well.

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I agree with all the comments.
I say just get Nick back on the forum and be done with the past , just do it!
Nick's better than most of us and more helpful so let by gones be by gones.


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There are many reasons for slow forums. Running one of my own I see seasonally slow times and peaks however even though it is a niche site for a specific group of people I have noticed over the years that my traffic mimics those of the open public forums. There are many other forums out there and as mentioned, Facebook groups and media such as YouTube. The product has changed. People lose interest or no longer own relevant vehicles and have no reason to participate anymore. The bottom line is that with all of these changes any community must be run like a community that fosters communication and offers good content to remain desirable. I don't believe The Diesel Stop has lost it or will disappear any time soon however things have just gotten a little bit stale IMHO. Bottom line, it is what you make it - that goes for the Administrators, the Moderators and every single member that participates in this community.


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There are many reasons for slow forums. Running one of my own I see seasonally slow times and peaks however even though it is a niche site for a specific group of people I have noticed over the years that my traffic mimics those of the open public forums. There are many other forums out there and as mentioned, Facebook groups and media such as YouTube. The product has changed. People lose interest or no longer own relevant vehicles and have no reason to participate anymore. The bottom line is that with all of these changes any community must be run like a community that fosters communication and offers good content to remain desirable. I don't believe The Diesel Stop has lost it or will disappear any time soon however things have just gotten a little bit stale IMHO. Bottom line, it is what you make it - that goes for the Administrators, the Moderators and every single member that participates in this community.
I would not disagree with any of this and you obviously have an understanding of these things more than myself but I would say that Powerstrokes are still in abundant supply, there are many new first time owners of PSDs and they are experiencing breakdowns atleast as often as at any time and possibly more as these trucks continue to get more miles.

It seems to me a forum goal is to attract and retain as many of these new owners as possible.

I only speak from my own personal experience...there are many forums out there that cater to our niche of PSDs and the reason a person chooses one over another is a combination of many things--I have found in my own experience that an attitude of "inclusiveness" typically results in a greater share of the potential membership. Its why I am here.
I believe you nailed it..."community".

The other forums are full of egos and attempts at one-upperance and often an attitude by senior members that typical problems (for example, cold start issues) are not worth their time.

I don't see YouTube as a replacement to forums but rather a supplement. It does not replace the real time dynamic of a forum but a forum becomes less real-time as membership, enthusiasm and participation drops AND I see this happening at TDS as does the OP.

I am not a facebooker so I did not realize that was even an option. When I bought my first PSD I joined probably 4 or 5 different forums but I knew straight away that I had found my home here at TDS the first time I saw the unique level of community and comraderie that exists in the 7.3 forums (and that was directly a result of Nick). Good leadership fosters community & inclusiveness.

Have a good week Gents.
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2002 F-250 4x4 SC LB 7.3 PSD w/ZF-6. 177,000 miles.
NOS Black CPS. ScanGauge-II. Bilstein 5100. Stancor GPR. Walker BTM. Noco Mod. Michelin Defender LTX 285/75/16.

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NOS Black CPS. Rebuilt Fuel bowl w/gold spring, 6.0 Cooler, Walker BTM, Stancor GPR, Michelin LTX M&S2.

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I totally agree with articdriver.

And yes the facebook pages as totally taken over. LOTS and LOTS of activity over there. Just poping by once in awhile to chat with some friends that i made over here. Depending the time of the year i don't have much time. When time slow down it is nice to really come over

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Facebook is killing off most of the forums, I belong to a few not related to trucks and it's the same there.
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