Just picking up on a point made by Peter (BladeVFR) in a recent post elsewhere on the forum pages, he makes reference to the site not being the liveliest. Of course no one could disagree our forum is rather quiet especially when compared directly with other regional IAM affiliated clubs. Nevertheless we mustn’t forget our forum is still relatively young and at the time of writing this post, has just 41 registered members with probably no more than 25% of those being active as regular contributors.
Knowing there are a considerable number of NAM members, it is clear the forum’s existence hasn’t motivated more to register. However it would be my hunch far more than just those 41 registered members regularly read the forum’s posts. Whether it is apathy, time constraints, inhibition, wariness or whatever else… I wonder if more members could be attracted to register and post on our site.
Nosing around other Advanced Motorcyclist forums or indeed forums in general, there always seems to be a “Smart Alec” who has pounced upon an erroneous post and in the most unsubtle manner, corrected and put the contributor firmly in their place. I suppose unless a post is completely accurate or the views therein solid and logical in content, the forum concept of social interaction/input whilst sitting at the computer screen is always going to capture the attentions of the “Smart Alec” who, safe in the knowledge they won’t meet their quarry in person, prey on flawed or imprecise posts in their characteristically sharp way. Perhaps fearing the “Smart Alec” is why we do not have a more broad selection of contributors to our forum or why our posts in the main are about events, group rides or just light hearted in topic. Without wanting to completely denounce these pedants of forums, they do in fact serve to make websites extremely useful places to research almost anything.
With just three headings in which to enter a post, I wonder if additional headings would encourage more members to start threads. I guess and can understand at the moment it maybe viewed by those who run the forum as unnecessary to broaden the variety of headings to post into, as it could be considered or argued there just isn’t the need.
Some additional heading ideas could be:
• Roadcraft & Theory
• Personal or Individual Rides or Trips
• Clothing & Equipment
• Motorcycle Reviews
I for one have a question about the Bridgestone 023’s I’m running at the moment and in time would probably have other bike related posts to make. Moreover readers might like to peruse the views of members who have recently purchased for example a different motorcycle. I am sure nearly all of us enjoy reading a review, so what could be better than to read a short or long term review of a motorcycle or equipment, especially when it would have been written by another advanced motorcyclist.
The only reason I can see why the forum shouldn’t be opened up more, is it might start to compete for the entries which otherwise might be submitted to the periodic NAM Newsletter.
Of course this is all supposition and may, if implemented, make no difference whatsoever. However without trying, one would never know. Maybe if you are a NAM committee member reading this post you might consider raising the contents of this contribution at your next NAM meeting?