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since I did not see a multi quote button on here and rather then multi mutli posting I will try and answer all the questions I can now.

Advertisements: Ford Muscle already had a healthy amount of ad placement. From what I can tell we have shifted some of this around and there may be a few less ad banners then you had before. Ads keep the lights on here so they will never go away but there will not be so many that you cannot navigate the site. I understand you may see ads occasionally for companies other then ford. This can happen for a variety of reasons and the main one is if ford is not as active with its online ad budget they will not have the same reach as other car manufacturers through google ads.

Being logged out: The site was moved to a new server so if you where logged in it would have required you to log in again, no biggie but if you have trouble with your account please report any bugs directly to me.

Paying for articles: as far as I can tell the articles are from the main fordmuscle site and not from the forum and will still remain on there. This is more to do with Chirag and Jon as the editorial site still belongs to them.

simpler way of posting: If you have trouble or something you feel should be improved upon please send me a PM with the details so I can better understand your needs.

There is more reading I still need to do in this thread to organize and answer your questions. I am exited to start working with the mod/admin staff to make some positive changes on the technical end of the site and hopefully within a short period of time the negativity will subside and we can all go on to enjoy the forum.
 

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Paying for articles: as far as I can tell the articles are from the main fordmuscle site and not from the forum and will still remain on there. This is more to do with Chirag and Jon as the editorial site still belongs to them.
Yes, as Philip noted, articles outside of www.fordmuscleforums.com are still under the ownership and management of FordMuscle. The membership program is still in place. We've always believed that in-depth tech content cannot be given away under a growth business model, at least not all of it. We'll be developing a mix of fresh "member-based" content as well as "free" content in a new format.
 

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So let me get this right.

You will be keeping the magazine part of the site and keeping the ample profits from that.

You sold off the forum part of the site and they receive the ample profits from traffic from the forums?

And I am guessing you still have admin rights on the forums and maybe even a slice of the advertising pie?

At the very least you can now say the forums are not taking up your time and you can maybe produce complete articles now eh?
 

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I am very disappointed to hear about autoforums taking over this forum. I am a firm believer in small business and grass roots community sharing. These kinds of take-overs lead to corporate control of every facet of our lives. Have you listened to the radio lately? Every channel plays the same thing because they are all owned by clearchannel. Even our loved hot-rodding magazines are all owned by primedia. I could give you countless examples. Well, I for one, don't buy those magazines, I don't listen to the radio (besides our local university stations), and I will no longer be participating in this forum. In addition I will be removing myself from this forum. Understand that I am doing this with hesitation. Fordmuscle.com and its members have provided much needed assistance with my hobbies, and has taught me so much. Sadly this great wealth of information is no longer suitable for me.
 

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Advertisements:

Ford Muscle already had a healthy amount of ad placement. From what I can tell we have shifted some of this around and there may be a few less ad banners then you had before. Ads keep the lights on here so they will never go away but there will not be so many that you cannot navigate the site. I understand you may see ads occasionally for companies other then ford.

This can happen for a variety of reasons and the main one is if ford is not as active with its online ad budget they will not have the same reach as other car manufacturers through google ads.
I truly hope by other than ford, you mean speed equip vendors and not GM, TOYOTA and Blue Pill Ads... :frown:

If you start advertising trash to make a quick buck, you have lost my interest.

Paying for articles:

as far as I can tell the articles are from the main fordmuscle site and not from the forum and will still remain on there. This is more to do with Chirag and Jon as the editorial site still belongs to them.

...hopefully within a short period of time the negativity will subside and we can all go on to enjoy the forum.
You build something up over time through the contribution(s) of member posters and then sell it off for a quick buck. The American way... :tdn:
 

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Will we continue to hold all rights to content we add in the forums and Tech Exchange?

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Found this, not sure if it answers your question
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I truly hope by other than ford, you mean speed equip vendors and not GM, TOYOTA and Blue Pill Ads... :frown:
The main ad that has been on every page yesterday and today is for Dodge trucks. Imagine that, The industry leader in trucks is Ford and they are now running ads for Dodge on a Ford only site....nice move. I don't think many users on here want a Dodge truck. If we want a truck I'm pretty sure it will be a Ford.They are also running an ad for BMW cars on here. Sounds like the partys over. It looks like they have just dumped this forum into their normal ad rotation.
 

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The main ad that has been on every page yesterday and today is for Dodge trucks. Imagine that, The industry leader in trucks is Ford and they are now running ads for Dodge on a Ford only site....nice move. I don't think many users on here want a Dodge truck. If we want a truck I'm pretty sure it will be a Ford.They are also running an ad for BMW cars on here. Sounds like the partys over. It looks like they have just dumped this forum into their normal ad rotation.
WHAT?

No tax lawyers...no beauty schools...no Ronson knives?

No **** Clark...no Cleo...no laxatives?

I'm gone.
 

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Is the price of annual membership going to change? How about free someday?
We don't foresee offering premier labor intensive content for free unless ad revenue justifies the costs. As we have always said, if you do not find value in the content, there's no obligation to support FordMuscle.com with a membership. It's our obligation to deliver the value first.

Are you still going to benefit if the site grows and maintains i.e. do you still have financial interest in it?
Yes, we still own and operate FordMuscle.com which consists off all non-forums content, the brand, and merchandise.

What can we expect in the future for article?
We are developing our strategy and content platform.

Where do we submit our requests?
With regard to non-forums content...[email protected]

Non-Ford automotive ads?
Our ad networks have always run Non-Ford and Ford automotive ads. I agree, it seems logical to run only Ford ads. Perhaps the logic is that Ford believes they already have your attention, the competition doesn't.
 

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There has been a lot of talk about the ads on the site. Mikelonis has pointed out that there has always been ads for other companies then Ford on here, it may only be because of the announcement that you are noticing this more then before.

If the biggest complaint that you are encountering is that you are seeing an ad for Dodge I dont see how this is so offensive compared to what you are served on most other forums on the internet. There is only speculation fear mongering that there will be ads for blue pills and free iPads and I have yet to encounter any of this.

As I have said before there have always been a lot of ads on this site and normally for autoguide.com sites we prefer to keep the ads to a minimum for members to focus on growing the brand of the forum and attracting more supporting vendors and showcasing the supporting vendors. Since to members here content is the most important thing on the site having postbit ads (ads between posts) can distract from reading the content. We have removed the postbit ads from members though they will remain for guests only.
 

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Is the price of annual membership going to change? How about free someday?
We don't foresee offering premier labor intensive content for free unless ad revenue justifies the costs. As we have always said, if you do not find value in the content, there's no obligation to support FordMuscle.com with a membership. It's our obligation to deliver the value first.
I never could see paying 19.95 for a membership here when there is so little new content provided by FM. Most articles are written by the members of the forum that FM gets for free. The members are doing most of the work. There's some dude with FM that writes about his red Ford truck in Reno and that's nice but I don't know anyone that cares about him swapping out his old Ford bench seat for a bench seat with a console from a Chevy. This is Ford Muscle, not Ford trucks. This site has lost it's way. I remember when the guy that started this site (can't remember his name) would be a Sac raceway all the time with his fox body testing all sorts of stuff and then write about it. I haven't seen him in years or anybody else from FM for that matter.

So for 19.95 I get access to a few new articles now and then and a pretty steady flow of articles from the members (thank you members) two decals to help you advertise your site and a sticky backed plaque to put on my car, no thanks. If I'm going to help you advertise your business, you should be paying me. You guys have done a poor job with the main site, so the only reason I come here is for the forums, which you have now sold.
 

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There has been a lot of talk about the ads on the site. Mikelonis has pointed out that there has always been ads for other companies then Ford on here, it may only be because of the announcement that you are noticing this more then before.
How long has this site been running ads for Dodge trucks?
 

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IMost articles are written by the members of the forum that FM gets for free. The members are doing most of the work.
To set the record straight, a large portion of the articles you find in the Tech Exchange were performed by contractors paid for by FordMuscle.com (dazecars and F15Falcon). The others we're incentivized through the one-of-a-kind program not seen anywhere on the web where contributions are rewarded with merchandise and cash.

Rick Devito (FATNFAST) was also a paid contractor who managed most of the program by communicating with contributors and working diligently to format, edit, and track what you find in the Tech Exchange.

To conclude it simply created itself with no monetary investment, labor, or creative effort, is a 100% false assumption.
 
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