At a recent dinner with an industry friend, it was explained to me that one weakness of Fourtitude as compared to other Audi websites is the existence of an off-topic forum where users can let off steam and discuss their other interest beyond cars. Of course, we do have plenty of non-car subject-focused forums in our networked Community Forums area, but there is no specific place for Audi owners to pull up a chair, grab a beer and simply talk with each other.
With the new 4T OT forum, we've decided to add this feature. Keeping it in the Audi section of our forums rather than a more obviously networked portion of our forums means it will be focused on, but not limited to, Audi owners and Fourtitude users. As it is, this forum will still be viewable from sister websites such as VWvortex and Motive Magazine, but we believe the placement of the forum will keep those with Audi interests the main players in this section.
What is Off-Topic? For those who haven't gotten intimate with similar setups on other sites, it's open game. Talk about anything is allowable so long as it meets our user agreement. If might fly close to the borders outlined by those rules, we'd suggest you re-read them.
Also, bear in mind the nature of this forum. It's not uncommon to find subjectively offensive posts, widely different political opinions and the like. We ask you to take two points of advice if you plan on being active in here.
1.) KEEP A THICK SKIN. If someone calls you an idiot or says something objectionable to your own idea of right and wrong, we suggest you turn the other cheek or walk away. So long as posts are not vulgar or sexually explicit, we're going to have a fairly loose moderating style in this section.
2.) USE CARE BEFORE YOU POST. Yes, there will be others more sensitive or with differing views than you. Keep the internet cajones in check and think twice before you call someone an 'idiot' or describe their own posts as 'stupid' or something of the like.
Thanks guys and girls. Enjoy the forum.