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Post by Webmaster » Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:20 pm

OK everyone, so far I've posted information that I think will be of interest to Ford Five Hundred owners and enthusiasts.

Now it's your turn to tell me what you want to see here.

So far I've posted:
- News Articles
- Model Specifications
- Photo Galleries
- Links
- Forums

What else would you like to see? I'm open to just about anything, because I want this to be the BEST Ford 500 site on the planet. It's the first and largest site, and I want it to be the BEST. But I can't do it without you guys/gals!
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Post by rjs239 » Wed Jul 28, 2004 7:25 am

Well, for what it's worth...

First, let's refer to the name of the car. It is the Ford Five Hundred . The "500" label should be refered to the old cars (Fairlane 500, Galaxy 500 etc). All great cars, but not the car of the new millenium.

Second. It would be nice to have a link, on the website, to the Ford Five Hundred webpage. http://www.fordvehicles.com/fivehundred ... asp?bhcp=1 Especially when it gets closer to roll out, it will make it easier to go to the source to review any new releases, options, etc.

Lastly, the overall appearance of the website looks pretty good. After the car gets rolled out, I would expect to see more details and downloadable information (if you want to see an example of a pretty good car forum, check out the Toyota Sienna Club owners website siennaclub.org. You might want to talk to their moderator to see what software he's used to make it look like it does.
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Post by Webmaster » Wed Jul 28, 2004 12:30 pm

Thanks for the feedback Rick.

I realize the formal name of the car is the Five Hundred (not 500) but the odd time I do write it the short way. I'll try to stop that ;-) Also, for what it's worth, you can get to this site using My Ford Five Hundred .com (I just use the shorter URL because it's easier to remember and type).

And it's no problem to add additional links. I will add a link to the Ford site right away. If you find any other links you think would be helpful to have (or even ideas for other links), by all means, let me know.

I'll check out that Sienna site and get some ideas. Would you be able to go into specifics on what you like about the site? Is it the layout? colors? content? etc. Please be specific because this site is for people like you so I want to make sure you can find what you're looking for.

Thanks again for the feedback Rick.

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Post by rjs239 » Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:32 pm

No problem. Just remember, I really and truly like what you've done and what your doing with the website (I didn't know you had registered the other domain name for the site!).

The Sienna club site has been around for about a year or so. Most of this has been thru word of mouth from other Sienna owners (including those that had the first generation Sienna's as well as the excitement of those that bought the first of the 2nd generation 2004 Sienna's).

Software they use is from Invision Board (you can link to the company at the bottom of their webpages if you want more information) and is very easy for people to navigate thru and to post their notes on the web.

The portal is very intuitive for users. Non-members and regular members can view the forums, with special form indexes limited to members only. Included with these are pages specifically for FAQ's, Comparisons, Warranty discussions, and (especially with a new auto roll out), Problems, Technical Service Bulletins (in downloadable PDF formats) and Recall information.

The webmaster for the site, Jack Bowell (SiennaSaurus) has taken donations thru PayPal to keep it up and has been a "second expert" on the sienna with all of the modifications he has made to his van to make it even better.

I especially appreciate the photo logs that people submit (hopefully, after the Five Hundred rolls out, we can more of these here!!).[/url]
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Post by 500FX » Mon Jun 20, 2005 11:46 pm

Webmaster:

As a new Five Hundred owner, Ive really enjoyed the site. This is especially true for the technical section with TSBs, the Forums, and the Photo album section.

One area which you might want to consider adding is a section of the forum where members can either post Ford Five hundred items and parts "For Sale", along with a "wanted" section. Since most of our cars are "new" this hasn't been urgent, however, eventually, we may be looking for parts or have parts or accessories for sale that we want to offer first to Ford Five Hundred.com members before they get posted out on ebay.

I am also a regular on 2 other automotive forums, and, on both of those sites, members quite often are in need of parts, or have parts for sale. The for sale and wanted sections allow them a place to post items prior to listing them elsewhere.

Thanks again for a great website.
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Post by ALECAT » Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:22 pm

I have been on many a car web site as an owner of Mustangs and SHOs. I find this one to be very informative and easy to use. I would like you to keep it pretty much the same as it is. I like to read all the articles and opinions that people have written about these cars. GOOD WORK keep it going.
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Post by Stoker1 » Sat Jun 25, 2005 7:23 am

Don't know if this was mentioned before but how about a "Do It Yourself" forum topic with links to do it yourself "how to" projects.
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Post by Webmaster » Sat Jun 25, 2005 6:38 pm

Stoker1 wrote:Don't know if this was mentioned before but how about a "Do It Yourself" forum topic with links to do it yourself "how to" projects.
Something like this?
https://www.fordtaurus.net/tech/

I've started a section for tech articles, it's not ready to go quite yet. I'm looking for more articles to put in there.

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Post by Stoker1 » Sat Jun 25, 2005 7:03 pm

Yes, just like that, with links :D , but perhaps a separate forum also, for the back and forth, give and take etc.
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Post by sskocz » Sat Jun 25, 2005 7:12 pm

Webmaster wrote:
Stoker1 wrote:Don't know if this was mentioned before but how about a "Do It Yourself" forum topic with links to do it yourself "how to" projects.
Something like this?
https://www.fordtaurus.net/tech/

I've started a section for tech articles, it's not ready to go quite yet. I'm looking for more articles to put in there.
Great idea. Love due it yourself as long as I know it isn't above my ability to due it "right".
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Re: Looking for feedback - What do you want to see on this s

Post by RStabb » Sat Jun 25, 2005 7:37 pm

Webmaster wrote:OK everyone, so far I've posted information that I think will be of interest to Ford Five Hundred owners and enthusiasts.

Now it's your turn to tell me what you want to see here.

So far I've posted:
- News Articles
- Model Specifications
- Photo Galleries
- Links
- Forums

What else would you like to see? I'm open to just about anything, because I want this to be the BEST Ford 500 site on the planet. It's the first and largest site, and I want it to be the BEST. But I can't do it without you guys/gals!
Webmaster,

Nice job, so far.

Just a notice for new owners to read the owners manual would be a big help.
I've always thought that if the CIA wanted to keep something secret, all they would have to do is put it in the owners manual. :lol:

Here is a link to a good site for technical info and help:

http://www.flatratetech.com

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Post by angel500 » Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:55 pm

Webmaster,

I'm not a vehicle guru or even a website expert. Yet this website has helped me greatly when it comes to my Five Hundred. Thus far I have found the site to be quite easy to use and informative.

The only thing I don't see here that I have seen on some other forums is a place for chat. Though chat may get people asking questions there rather than posting and sharing them with everyone.

Thanks again!!

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Post by JJ » Tue Jul 26, 2005 2:17 pm

Great site. The only thing is try to make it more reliable if possible. Keep up the good work. :D
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Post by akajones » Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:11 pm

Maybe more smileys????????
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Post by Toaderly » Fri Aug 05, 2005 7:37 am

Something I've noticed on other message boards that is helpful, especially to newbies, is the ability to rank members, ie., whether information provided is useful, their knowledge base, technical expertise, etc. You could eliminate all of the above mentioned criteria and simply add a "Rank This Member" button next to each post, whereby readers could rate them on a 1 to 10 scale and then it would tabulate a rolling average. I'm not suggesting this as a way to implent a neo-income class struggle, not in the slightest, but simply to give members an idea of who knows more about this and that, etc. Then again, it wouldn't necessarily have to be limited to ones knowledge base but could be much more subjective.

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Post by angel500 » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:21 pm

All this interior room does not translate into a cheap low quality interior. We are duly impressed by the Freestyle’s material and assembly quality.
Being the pessimist that I am I can see how this function can be abused. Someone has a problem with another person on the forum and consistently ranks them low. On a forum such as this where we not only have enthusiasts but people who do not like the Five Hundred those who are just here to stir the pot can go through and rate anyone who has something positive to say with a negative rating. Unfortunately not everyone will have "honest" intentions of helping anything {this forum, it's users, or future visitors} with a ranking or rating system.

Just another unsolicited opinion and point of view.

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Post by Toaderly » Sat Aug 06, 2005 8:34 am

You do have a very valid point, angel, and one I guess I somewhat ignored or dismissed given my optimistic attitude and overall generalization of the good in everyone.

Perhaps the boards could have a "badging" system. For example, for those on the boards that are either technically or mechanically gifted, they could have a symbol below their handle, like a wrench or something. Maybe for those of us who are not gifted in that manner, we could have a steering wheel symbol (just know how to drive it, not how to fix it). Then there are those who are gifted at detailing their cars by adding modifications to the interior (new stereos, etc.) or exterior (billet grilles, etc.) - perhaps they could have a wizards hat.

Then again, not being a big fan of labels, perhaps we just leave well enough alone.

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Post by nabrum » Sat Aug 06, 2005 5:24 pm

Toaderly wrote:Then again, not being a big fan of labels, perhaps we just leave well enough alone.
That gets my vote.
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Post by johnclineii » Sun Aug 07, 2005 9:31 am

My vote, too!

I've seen too many other sites have all kinds of trouble when they have instituted such a system. One site, in particular, had the mods rate members than come up with a set of 15 top members, who were identified as such. The very top member got into a mild personal dispute with the site owner, which had NOTHING to do with the website and everything to do with the owner's financial gain, and next thing you know, that top member DISAPPEARED!

This place is great. The Webmaster is fantastic. The members here get along great! We really don't need some sort of system of honors or designations causing us all trouble before it was over....

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Post by Toaderly » Sun Aug 07, 2005 10:59 am

In view of the wisdom and experience of such systems, I respectfully retract my suggestion. I've never been one who likes to rock the boat nor one who enjoys labels that promote seperation but was merely throwing out an idea. In light of the lack of salutes when this flag was raised, I feel comfortable knowing it was a poor idea. Therefore, I also cast my vote for leaving well enough alone.

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