If you read nothing else, read this:
Don't be an rear end in a top hat for no reason.
If you're looking for advice on what car to buy, use this A/T thread.
If you have a simple question that you don't think is thread-worthy, use this thread. Use your best judgement here as to what constitutes threadworthy or not.
Simply put, AI kicks rear end. We have a very diverse group of members from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many automotive forums are little more than the owners of one particular car stroking each other's egos while posting magazine racing bullshit and bluff "kill stories". AI is full of knowledgeable and talented people, many of whom pretend to like eachother. We've got classic lead sleds, muscle cars, sports cars, legitimate race cars, lovable shitboxes, etc. In order to keep things from getting shitted up by typical automotive forum retardation, there are a handful of ground rules that we expect you to follow. Questions? Concerns about forum issues? Pissed off? Feel free to talk to me about it.
1. All SA forum rules apply
This page has all you need to know. These forums belong to Lowtax, and they operate according to his rules. You may not like all of the rules. You may think there are too many. You may think some of them are lame. You may think your friendly mods are assholes for applying these rules. Take it up with Lowtax. If you want to post on Something Awful, you follow the rules. AI is not exempt. If you'd like a reminder of why we have these rules, head over to Fark, VWVortex, 4chan etc.
Exception: Relaxed image size rules. However, don't go above 1024x768 without a TIMG tag, and for the sake of those who are browsing on devices that start choking on it, try to create actual thumbnail images instead of the TIMG tag if you're posting a straight-out-of-the-camera shot.
There is a car recommendation thread, and it is here. We don't need any new ones posted because inevitably, for a given set of requirements, the same set of cars gets recommended over and over again. If you have questions about a specific car, you can probably find a thread where owners of that car are gloating / whining, read it, and then ask anything specific in there.
4. Content über alles
At the end of the day there's too much good variety here in AI to try and single any one group out for extradition. We've got people doing amazing things that may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they're at least interesting for most of us. I'd like to think we have enough good project/project-type threads going at any one time to appease fans of any vehicular activity.
If all you want to do is (unironically) bodykit your Civic, though, don't expect any love.
5. HOW DID YOU AFFORD THAT
Anyone who's been here long enough knows that there have been some drat good posters who have the means to own, drive, and post on the internet about cars most of us can only dream about. Realize that in some cases, people either prioritize their spending differently than you do, or they may just have more money than you do. Posting on the internet asking "WHAT THE gently caress DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING" does not change that, but it does work wonders for making sure we don't get threads like that as often.
6. Ticket Threads
Unless your ticket was unfair in a reasonably significant way, don't bother asking how to weasel out of the ticket you just got. You know the rules, we all do. If you gently caress around and drive like a moron, there's a chance you'll get caught. Be an adult, pay the fine, and move on.
7. Title searches
There are a number of pay services that offer title searches. Carfax is the best example. If you want Carfax reports, pay for them. Don't ask us for free reports. Carfax has cracked down on this in the past and it's better to just avoid it.
8. The Car Game
All instances of The Car Game are considered high stakes. gently caress it up once and get a week off of posting, twice and get banned.
A lot of threads have been turning into pages and pages of chat that's completely unrelated to anything automotive. I get it, we're all buds and everyone wants to bullshit once in a while, but it's been getting out of hand. Let's try a off-topic thread and keep actual automotive threads automotive, mmkay?
10. Thread Bumping
It's the nature of car project threads - sometimes the OP will get sidetracked from their thread, and occasionally a single bump to the thread reminds them to come back to it and update it. However, one is enough. If someone has already bumped the thread and the OP still hasn't come back, it's time to let that thread die.
11. The owl has retired
7/11/12: Initial rework of the rules. Simplified the basics, added content/economic rules, updated recommend me a car rule, retired owl.
8/2/12: All Car Games are high stakes Car Games.
8/4/12: Clarified image size rules.
12/10/12: Revised stakes of Car Game, deleted anime rule because I don't remember where it came from, added off-topic rule
1/10/13: Added bumping rule
IOwnCalculus fucked around with this message at Jan 10, 2013 around 16:33
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