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Old 01-14-2005, 08:55 AM
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People who join a forum that don't own the car?

I've cruised several car specific car forums and found that this is pretty common. Does it bother anyone else that people join a forum and have nothing to add to it, because they don't own the car or have any ties to that car. I work for an OEM, so I have joined some of the forum related to those cars, but I am developing that car. I see similar signatures all the time that say "I WILL own this car.....someday." It's a free country, but trolling boards that you have no connection to just bothers me. I guess 12 year olds need something to pass the time! Why not just join a general car forum? Better yet, find a hobby and join that forum. Going on and on about BMW's on this forum when you don't even own one........... what gives?
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Old 01-14-2005, 08:59 AM
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I would like to buy a used Porsche someday and I visit a number of Porsche boards and learn a little along the way. Likewise, I'm probably selling my bimmer in a few months when I have a company car coming in but I plan to continue visiting Bimmerfest and other BMW boards where I've made acquaintenaces.
I see these websites as a place for people with common interests to get together, weather they actually own the car or not.
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Old 01-14-2005, 08:59 AM
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I've cruised several car specific car forums and found that this is pretty common. Does it bother anyone else that people join a forum and have nothing to add to it, because they don't own the car or have any ties to that car. I work for an OEM, so I have joined some of the forum related to those cars, but I am developing that car. I see similar signatures all the time that say "I WILL own this car.....someday." It's a free country, but trolling boards that you have no connection to just bothers me. I guess 12 year olds need something to pass the time! Why not just join a general car forum? Better yet, find a hobby and join that forum. Going on and on about BMW's on this forum when you don't even own one........... what gives?
Never bothers me.

EDIT - Actually, what bothers me more is some of the people around here that actually own them!

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Old 01-14-2005, 09:03 AM
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:04 AM
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I don't know, I joined several car forums (non-BMW) before purchasing my 330Ci back in '02. I did it to read up on any issues/problems that those cars had. The boards helped steer me away from the Acura CL Type-S. Back then, there were tons of complaints about transmissions blowing after only a few months. People would get the transmission fixed, only to have it fail again. If it wasn't for that board, I would never have known of the issue and probably bought that car.

So to me, people who don't own a BMW that are here to either gain research for a new/used car purchase or because they just love BMW's, doesn't bother me.

There is a nice "Ignore" feature if certain people/trolls do bother you.
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:09 AM
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I would like to buy a used Porsche someday and I visit a number of Porsche boards and learn a little along the way. Likewise, I'm probably selling my bimmer in a few months when I have a company car coming in but I plan to continue visiting Bimmerfest and other BMW boards where I've made acquaintenaces.
I see these websites as a place for people with common interests to get together, weather they actually own the car or not.

Theese are all valid reasons for joining, or staying involved (research and previous owner)! My problem is more with some people that give advice about a car they don't really know, or just troll the "off topic" or "other cars" sections. I didn't join this forum until I bought my car, and if I didn't I would have never joined. Like I said, it's a free country, but it just seems odd to me.
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Perhaps a board that charges fees might curtail any non-BMW owners from joining.
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:16 AM
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Perhaps a board that charges fees might curtail any non-BMW owners from joining.
Or a VIN # varifacation system. if you join for research, you get limited functions.
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:19 AM
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:21 AM
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I don't own a BMW and I have a very high post count here ...

I've got no plans on leaving either ...
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:38 AM
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Or a VIN # varifacation system. if you join for research, you get limited functions.
Nope, too easy to get a BMW VIN # from ebay.com.
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I don't own a BMW and I have a very high post count here ...

I've got no plans on leaving either ...

If you need a VIN# I can let you borrow mine ... if they are going to start charging can I borrow some of your money
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:53 AM
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:00 AM
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I've cruised several car specific car forums and found that this is pretty common. Does it bother anyone else that people join a forum and have nothing to add to it, because they don't own the car or have any ties to that car. I work for an OEM, so I have joined some of the forum related to those cars, but I am developing that car. I see similar signatures all the time that say "I WILL own this car.....someday." It's a free country, but trolling boards that you have no connection to just bothers me. I guess 12 year olds need something to pass the time! Why not just join a general car forum? Better yet, find a hobby and join that forum. Going on and on about BMW's on this forum when you don't even own one........... what gives?
Funny you posted this in Off Topic. I never seen an automobile related post here.

BTW, I value the insight non bimmer owners bring to this bimmerfest - it's a different perspective, and for the most part, very enlightening

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Old 01-14-2005, 10:11 AM
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If you need a VIN# I can let you borrow mine ... if they are going to start charging can I borrow some of your money
thanks, can I borrow your key also ... heck let me just borrow the car too
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:21 AM
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thanks, can I borrow your key also ... heck let me just borrow the car too
Sure ... you can borrow the whole car ... you can even use the seat warmer thingy ... I LOVE the seat warmer
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:28 AM
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Theese are all valid reasons for joining, or staying involved (research and previous owner)! My problem is more with some people that give advice about a car they don't really know, or just troll the "off topic" or "other cars" sections. I didn't join this forum until I bought my car, and if I didn't I would have never joined. Like I said, it's a free country, but it just seems odd to me.
Your arguments (owning a car as requirement) don't apply in the "off topic" and "other cars" fora.
I don't recall seeing any serious advice from those people. They mostly joke around. If they ever do try a serious advice without knowing the facts, I'm sure they will be quickly called on their BS by this bunch.
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Or a VIN # varifacation system. if you join for research, you get limited functions.


If you don't like the boards then don't subscribe/use them. The mods here do an excellent job keeping specific forums on their topic. As such this forum is a fun chat forum for all kinds of "stuff". I've found the 5 - series forum incredibly helpful for resolving problems with my car and helping point others in the right direction. In general if someone not knowledgable about the vehicle points the poster in the wrong direction there are several others to help redirect in the right direction.

In answer to your question:

No it does not bother me. If the board limited members by some goofy criterion I would find it offensive.

P.S. One of the most entertaining posters, Jever, is a regular poster here and I am certain he does NOT own a BMW. The board would be less if he didn't post.
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I joined the 'fest shortly after I got my 325i. While I never had anything of value to add to the auto talk, I did absorb a lot of info from the posts and learned some things about the mechanics of the automobile I was driving.

However, I no longer have my BMW due to my relocation to Alaska this summer, but fully intend to purchase another once we leave this island, therefore I'm still scanning the auto boards trying to gather info on the models I'm interested in.

While I'm sure there are at least a few people who wish I would go away, it will take more than that to get rid of me.
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