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Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 09:54:07 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig Ian Dewick <craignospamlet.apana.org.au>
Subject: Re: SAAB INFO WEBSITE


"James Onesios" <onesiosnospamdnet.att.net> writes: >If anyone needs a great website with all the info you could want about >Saabs, check www.saabnet.com >It has the answers to most all questions plus a great bulletin board. Ahoy mateys we've found a Saabnet stooge! 8-) The *concept* that Saabnet embodies is very good, but the *implementation* of that concept is extremely bad and gives the Saab enthusiast community a very bad reputation amongst the ranks of prestige vehicle owners. The primary reason is due to Scott's censorship (and blocking) of posts and his posting policies in general. The online forums on my C900 Workshop site (and all the other alternative Saab online forum sites I have explored) have none of that superfluous shite as I believe, as do most other site owners running forums for Saab enthusists, that *everyone* should be freely able to use online forums for genuine discussions about Saab-related issues without any censorship of their posts even if a poster is the owner of an alternative site, forum, etc. to one that might already exist on a particular site. Fortunately, there are plenty of sites like mine that have been set up to counter the negative image created by Saabnet. I've got one of the alternative sites as most of you would know by now, but there are others which you'll find if you do a search through google. Most of the Saab owners clubs (such as SCCA here in Australia) have online forums too. If you want global exposure you'll get a fairer hearing in this newsgroup than you will on Saabnet. If you would like a more focused audience try online forums, mailing lists, yahoo groups, etc. These things exist at my site but there are plenty of other sites offering similar things. My site is "http://www.nospam.net" for those who would like to check it out. Mine is nowhere near the most extensive but it's the only one actively supporting Saab C900 enthusiasts in Australia and New Zealand! 8-) Regards, Craig. PS. Today I created a new mailing list for Saab NG900 enthusiasts as a sister mailing list to the one I'm already running for Saab C900 enthusists. The NG900 list is at "http://nospam/mailman/listinfo/saab_ng900" if anyone wishes to subscribe to it and kick it off. I am not an NG900 owner so I am happy to consider someone who is, and is passionate about their car(s) and having an independent list for NG900's, to offer to become an alternative list administrator. I'd prefer someone in Australia or NZ to keep the local focus but like the web-based forums, the list is open to everyone who has an interest in NG900's. -- Craig Dewick - craignospamlet.apana.org.au - Founder/maintainer of the SunShack at www.sunshack.org - Operator of Jedi (an APANA Sydney PoP) - please visit www.jedi.apana.org.au or www.sydney.apana.org.au for more detailed information Lover of SpamAssassin - high quality open-source spam killing for the masses!

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