Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Ferrari Life Posts: 162
This thread is in the 308 section, so I will comment on that basis.
As a newcomer to Ferrari 308 ownership (less than a year), I have been active on both sites (and joined this one first). The ‘Life site is certainly more social and populated by people who actually seem to drive their cars (champagne612: we’re cheering for you and your track scud!).
Right now though, the ‘Chat site is capturing more of my attention because of the large and active 308 community regarding mechanical maintenance and performance. There is much for me to learn. Neither site is particularly active regarding driving technique and suspension tuning.
These are not the first websites on which I have participated actively. A lot of people seemed bothered by the stupidity that goes on in the internet. I have grown accustomed to ignoring the inflammatory, the personal and the stupid. There are 15 year old girls masquerading as 45 year old men and vice versa on any site. The internet is a giant melting pot of genius and stupidity.
What does bother me is that many of the great technicians of the 3x8 era are in the winters of their careers and the collation of their knowledge is occurring haphazardly. There is no Service Manual for the 3x8 like the massive Bentley Publishers BMW E30 Service Manual.
One might argue that this site or the other one are actively capturing that knowledge, but privately-owned forums can abruptly shut-down. The internet is different. A tremendous body of knowledge regarding BMW 2002s was lost about 10 years ago when one website updated their forum platform. Likewise, shut-down could come from the site owner’s diminished interest, lack of revenue, or a Court Order or lawsuit caused by inappropriate content (and certainly a site owner who provokes its own demise is a little frightening).
I am very surprised that the forum on the Ferrari Club of America website is not more active. It seems thatthe FCA site would be a natural place for a more civil and structured discourse as well as a place for coordinated effort for documentation.
… I seem to have gotten myself a little off topic.
1983 308 GTS Quattrovalvole