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View Poll Results: Why I don't post on OWH Slot Car Talk

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  • I can read, but I can't type so good

    5 5.95%
  • I just like to read, and let others make a fool of themselves

    23 27.38%
  • I have no opinions of my own

    4 4.76%
  • I'm afraid of getting flamed if I post... I'm just too shy

    6 7.14%
  • I only post if it's controversial, or if it really gets my goat

    8 9.52%
  • I'm afraid I'll get deleted if I post

    3 3.57%
  • I just like to be a troll, and/or post flame posts

    2 2.38%
  • I'm lucky that I could even logon, let alone post

    7 8.33%
  • I'm too busy building & racing my slot cars

    16 19.05%
  • It's summer, man...

    11 13.10%
  • Which button do I press to vote?

    6 7.14%
  • Huh?

    16 19.05%
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Thread: Why I don't post on OWH

  1. #1
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    Why I don't post on OWH

    OWH Slot Car Talk has been getting thousands of page views every day, with tons of registered members logged on, as well as guests... but lately hardly anybody has been posting.

    So I thought I would post a poll to see if I could uncover any hidden reasons for this odd anomaly.

    Click all that apply... or post below if reasons I didn't think of, or other wise-a$$ remarks.

    PK @ OWH
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    Paul Kassens
    OWH Slot Car Talk "Mom"
    The Old Weird Herald
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  2. #2
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    Paul, is "huh" the same as "don't know?"
    I like long walks, especially when they're taken by people who annoy me.

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    Huh? I just don't know........Huh?
    [COLOR="Black"]TEAM ACES AND 8's http://f2000.us/[/url]

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    OK that was sneaky, saying you'll post a poll and not so people have to post to ask you where is the poll???
    Guy Middleton
    Everything I was taught in Engineering school I had already learned from slot cars....

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    Oh there it is, wasn't there till I refreshed.....
    Guy Middleton
    Everything I was taught in Engineering school I had already learned from slot cars....

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    I figure if it's controversial and not a feel good touch feely for the good of slot car racing thread, than the thread will get locked or the post deleted. So I figure why bother? We can only discuss how great it was in the 60's, the second coming in the 90's and have positive discussions on how to save slot cars and bring new people in the hobby so many times.


    Keep in mind it's your playground and if you only want feel good positive human interest posts and threads, than I don't have any issue with it. At the same time don't ask why posts are down. Your competition across the street allows for more heated "discussion" as long as it doesn't become personal. Just my oppinion
    NONE

  7. #7
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    I guess my wording was a bit misleading (at least to some...)

    1 ) As I mentioned in my poll - the views are practically record high... but not many posts.

    2 ) Before I made my poll, I had checked several other forums, and noticed the same thing... lots of views, but not as many new threads or posts lately.

    3 ) Yes, you are right... OWH is all about promoting slot car racing, and sharing the positive aspects of playing with "toy cars". Call it touchy feely or whatever, but as you mentioned, it is my sandbox.

    4 ) OWH is not generally for talking about how great it used to be back in the 60's. That's more popular on one of those other blogs "across the street", where the "AARP racers" hang out . While there are also several other forums for the "basement dweller" type builders & club racers. OWH seems to get the commercial USRA type competition ("Speed Crazed Moron") crowd. (although there are actually some "real geeks" like me... that enjoy many types of slot cars)

    During the recent wing car Nats I was joking with Bent Rim on the phone, and came up with a possible new OWH catch phrase: "OWH - for slot car racers who can still get a hard on!" (although barely, or through the miracle of modern pharmaceuticals... LOL).

    The trouble is... even while different crowds may tend to gravitate towards different forums... the truth remains that most slot racers are still a bunch of AARP basement dwellers trying to relive the good old days at commercial raceways.

    We do, however, all still enjoy this same weird hobby of playing with toy cars... so that is what I like my sandbox to be about.

    5 ) I'm not really "competing" with anyone... across the street or on the internet. I'm just trying to help promote slot car racing, and to share this weird hobby with others who enjoy it around the world. My intention has always been to make OWH the online version of going out for beer & pizza with your friends after a race.

    6 ) All forums need to control any threads from getting too "heated"- or they just deteriorate, stray too far off topic, or eventually become too personal. While different moderators may draw the line at slightly different places, it's all a judgment call depending on the circumstances.

    But yes, I do try to keep it positive, because that is how I choose to promote this hobby to potential new racers who might stumble across these forums every day. I'm just trying my best to keep the sand in my sandbox clean for the new kids. If you poop in my sandbox... then somebody's got to clean it up...


    So.... I guess what you are saying is... you don't post so much here on OWH because you have nothing positive to say about this hobby, and online forums only serve as a litter box... for pooping in?

    So where's your votes...?

    If you can't find anything positive about a hobby... maybe you either need to find a new hobby, or figure out what it is that you do get out of it. (just my opinion)

    Wow... I sure hope that most slot car racers have half as much fun as I do "playing with toy cars". Last night I went to a 1/32 scale club race, and 15 racers were talking, laughing, drinking beer, farting, racing, and having a great time. Sure seemed like fun to me!


    "Hey- who farted?" - photo & story on www.slotcarunderground.com

    And basically I posted the poll just too try to be funny and get some fun posts going...

    "Just my opinion"
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  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldweirdherald

    And basically I posted the poll just too try to be funny and get some fun posts going...
    Well that'll teach you!
    Peter N. Varlan

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    I like the votes for,

    Too busy building & racing or it's summer. Funny they had time to read this thread and to vote.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] Quit cryin and act like a MAN!!!

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    Ahmmm here for da flamin'.
    Warning: The following post may/may not contain certain words or phrases that some may find either funny or extremely dreadful.

  11. #11
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    There's no voting option for "I'm not a traveling wing racer".
    ‎‎"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs 1955-2011

  12. #12
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    I really should have worded my poll "Why I don't much post, lately"...

    Since my intention was to figure out why it seems so quiet online EVERYWHERE, while at the same time there are plenty (obviously) reading the forums.

    It wasn't intended to be about OWH versus the other forums, since I am well aware of which "clicks" go where. (by the way... traveling non-wing racers read OWH also... not just traveling wing racers ).

    However, on that note, I have noticed that on the other forums I checked do seem to have more "off-topic" or non-slot car discussions on them, especially during the summer... where I have not encouraged (and often not allowed) non-slot car topics here on OWH.

    We've discussed that here many times long ago, and I guess I just think this forum should be about SLOT CARS, since there are other forums out there to talk about Michael Schumacher, Jimmy Johnson, Danica Patrick, President Obama, the weather, gastrointestinal disorders, or waxy yellow build-up on kitchen floors.
    (but just in case... OWH does have the "Out of the Slot" forum... but no politics, please)

    So... I think that while many slot racers are still check out the forums to see what's shaking in the slot car world... during the day time there just aren't as many races going on during the summer, and plenty of other things to do.

    I've been keeping pretty busy and keeping excited this summer while helping set up a new slot car raceway here in the Pacific Northwest... and looking forward to a lot of fun racing coming up this fall!

    PK
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  13. #13
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    Bingo!

    Quote Originally Posted by oldweirdherald
    I really should have worded my poll "Why I don't much post, lately".................................................. ............

    I've been keeping pretty busy and keeping excited this summer while helping set up a new slot car raceway here in the Pacific Northwest... and looking forward to a lot of fun racing coming up this fall!

    PK
    Hit the nail on the head. There's no controversy at the moment. All the air ran out of the USRA Scale rules threads. There was a lot of air in those threads, some was bad air. Lot's of stuff was vented and released into the atmosphere and is now in the upper atmosphere, some is affecting the ozone layer, but much of it is benign. Let's ask you this Mr. Mom, what were the hot threads up until the lull you have seen? Let me also tell you that Rob's place looks like it is going to be GREAT! I am desperate to come up to race with you. I really like the enthusiasm from the posting about this new raceway.

  14. #14
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    I chose first and last, I just stepped up from one finger to two last year. And i usually only post if i can help or add to the conversation. I thought i had a track near me, but don't so i can't give PbP on any races here, there are none
    Larry Palmer JR

    former womp master of Middle GA

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    Because I haven’t been made to feel guilty about not posting lately? Nah, that wouldn’t do it. Maybe because my personal life is… hold it… I play with slot cars, I don’t have a personal life (at least, not a serious one). Maybe because I can’t posture myself as some know-it-all whose opinions are better than everyone else’s… hahahahahahahaha… oh, that’s funny, really. Maybe because I’m working on 14 projects and not getting any of them done… oh crap… that’s it! Okay, screw it, I’ll post somethin’ anyway…

    Rick

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    Let’s all try to take this a little more seriously… hahahahahahahaha … Nope… can’t even type it with a straight face…

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