Last weekend I put together a new “Dave Moulton Owners” Forum, it went live yesterday. I now have just under 200 owners of frames I built listed on my bike registry. A forum where we can chat as a community seemed like the next logical step.
Membership of the forum is not limited to just people who own frames that I built, but anyone who is interested may join. The people who come here to this blog for example, are most welcome, especially those who comment on a regular basis.
At the moment anyone interested needs to register and be approved. Not that I am rejecting anyone’s request, most sign up under a pseudonym so I have no way of knowing who they are. But I feel the small inconvenience of having to register will not deter anyone who is really interested, and it does give me some control over the tone and the content of the forum.
The people who comment here on this blog are for the most part a pretty civil bunch. We have very few flame wars, and I am confident the same atmosphere will transfer to my forum. I will not insist, but I will encourage everyone to sign up under their own name.
There is wat too much “Keyboard Courage” on the Internet. When a person posts under his/her own name, they tend to think through what they say if their friends or family might read it.
Remember what your Momma always said, “If you can’t say something nice, say nothing.” I would add to that, “Don’t say anything under a pseudonym that you would not say to that person’s face.”
The new forum is at http://davemoultonowners.freeforums.net/ There is also a perminant link in the Navigation Bar at the top of this page.
On another subject, in May I wrote 10 articles for Answers.com, who hired me at the end of April as a “Cycling Expert.” There is a link to the articles in the right hand column of this page. I am writing for an audience who are mostly newbie cyclist, so I doubt whether regular readers here will learn anything new.
The tone of the articles is also different. Here I always feel I am talking personally to a definite audience, whereas the articles on answers.com they require articles that are more authoritative and less personal.
I will always be looking for suggestions for subject matter. If you have question, bicycle related and you would like to know the answer, or something you already know but think it would make an interesting piece, please let me know.