Well. I must say this thread is very interesting.
I think basically the biggest problem is the search. With the 1,736,726,023 threads on this site, it's hard to come by sound advice without reading for 18 hours str8.
People think that because they have 15,000 posts, or or 10 red boxes in their rep, they are some how above everyone else. Which is rediculous. Like some one else mentioned, regardless of what a website/forum is about, you want new people...period! When new people don't feel welcome, say goodbye, cause they aint commin back. You don't even have to be the person that own's the website (makes all the money), to want new people to join. This is about comming together because we all love the SAME car.
You would be surprised what some N0oBs may know about YOUR car, that YOU DON'T...Mr. I have 50 million posts and 23 red boxes. So when he asks a question that may be obvious, or already discussed...just give a good answer to the best of your knowledge. If you wana write somthing stupid, why waste your time? Why not just hit the back button and go read another thread that you WILL be interested in, and leave dealing with the noobs up to people that WANT TO take the time to help the noobs?
The search sucks. We all know it. They always do on ALL forums, it's not just this one. Reason being is that their are so many diffrent topics per key word. Not to mention all the threads that say "should I go turbo or SC?" "shut up noob, you suck. Use the search!" Which always seems to be in the top 10 threads on the search might I add. Also, threads that are completely irrelavant. It may have started out about "what does this button do?" and turned into "well, my car is turbo, and ur's is N/A..blah blah blah." Giving that person absolutely nothing.
The point here is, if you plan on telling a noob to search, try searching it yourself first. If you happen to come up with somthing without having to go through 123 threads...just post the damn link. If it's so easy, why not help the noob out and show them how it's done?
And another thing I would like to point out here! Take the "go fast stuff" forum. If all the questions have already been answered, then why does it even exist anymore? That goes for all the forums acctually. If everyone want's to complain about repeat posts, theres pretty much nothing to talk about anymore except "which rims do you think I should get?" or "look at the pics of my new paint job". Think about THAT for a second.
And THAT'S all I have to say about THAT!
Thanks for reading this reply, have a horrible day!
And don't forget to play in traffic you mongoloid!
that was sarcasm by the way, if you coulnt tell by the smiley, so don't get all butt hurt...