Prepare for a rant:
Why is "Astra Chat" full of:
"Look at my car"
"I bought these"
"What do YOU think of these?"
"Where can I get these?"
Search is clearly broken on the website.
Whatever happened to the topics from years ago which actually "discussed" the cars, things that work, things that don't work, new ideas (not f**king airbox mods).
The tech sections are still full of the "i have a problem with .... " fair enough, thats what they are there for.
The regional forums seem to be dead compared to a few years back too and we had less members then. I browse the Scottish region alot and if you go back 3-6 years you'll probably notice alot more activity and it was more useful stuff too. (Nothing wrong with the banter thread IMO, good idea to keep all the spam in one area).
I posted a topic in Astra chat regarding gearbox ratios which IMO is a pretty interesting topic. (Im not just saying that cos its my topic), yet other than a few people (who've posted regularly) it seems people would rather post "i like ur car" in the "here is a new pic of my car i washed it with fairy liquid" topic.
People can post wherever they want, understood but it just seems like alot of the knowledge has vanished from the site ... and everything is getting repetitive.
I know MatG or someone will say that as time goes by things get brought up over & over and with the Astra G being the most popular car on the forum (I think) then the same old questions will get asked time & time again but it just seems like people aren't interested in actually discussing the "cars" and just ask which looks best or what they've bought. I mean people still believe the 2.2 can do 150mph (see N/A forum) so it seems the newbies don't know "about the cars" yet they don't ask and stick to the old "which looks better" formula.
I could rant for alot longer but having been here for 6yrs and seen the site change and evolve im wondering if we're bring anything new to the table or just treading water?
On a side note: (Mainly to MatG): I'm NOT slagging your website off. The majority of your staff (mods, RO's etc) do a good job, the site is informative (usually) and not as strict as it was (for about 9month) awhile ago ... This is just a post wondering if the old members (Pre-2005/6) think the same or not. I know alot of old members have left for various reasons or rarely post anymore (prob don't own an Astra) but there's still some left around. (K3FUS, D Dave etc) ... I know mods will give their slightly biased opinion swaying towards the site is better than ever which is why I guess I'd rather hear from the non-mods/staff.
PS: The car detailing forum was a good addition and wasn't there years ago.