Thanks for that RPO83. Well it's nearly 3:30 AM right now but I obviously won't be sleeping until I have responded properly to this matter.
In the event that new XK-XG Falcon and an AU Falcon sections were created, this would disunite the FF community and, perhaps, reduce its strength. In effect, there are now 2 EA-ED "Garage" sections, for example, because the normal Garage caters for these models. There is less efficient sharing of information that may be relevant to owners of other models (EA and AU engines, for example, are pretty similar).
Now that I've said that, I would like to express my community's concerns. I have been under fire for allowing 'big fish' to eat 'small fish'. But by merging the eafalcon.com and FF communities, I see it as an expansion rather than something destructive. And it's important to see the difference here, because this merger is NOT a division of FF, but rather, getting a new community of Ford fans on board (and, I might add, one that I have had to work damn hard to create over the past year). Thus there is no implication of dividing the FF community based on cars owned.
Now to the nitty-gritty. Depending on John's stance on the matter, there is a distinct possibility of merging all E-Series "Garage" (or equivalent) sections into the current Garage. This would need to happen over a period of time, and I suggest that for the moment things stay as is. The For Sale sections were merged from day 1, and I personally believe that the different General (aka Pub) sections should never be merged because this to me would swallow the crucial independence of my club's forums. Obviously the EA-ED Club and EA-EF Club "Events & Meets" sections can remain as is.
As for the colour scheme, this is so superficial that I hate to even respond. I have heard no end of criticism over it. The EA-ED Club forums have merged from our previous ezboard home, and I asked John to retain our previous colour scheme to enable an even smoother transition for my members. Apparently the scheme doesn't work as well on this board, so changes will be made in good time. But as I said in my original post on the matter, John has worked extremely hard on not only making this merger happen, but being sensitive to the needs of both communities. I simply do not have it in me to start whinging to him about colours.
Some of you may be aware that I have begun to contemplate a large, combined Victorian meet for all FF regulars as well as all EA-ED and EF-EL Club members. It is expected to be a huge event, and I look forward to not only meet new people, but showing all my critics what a great thing this merger is.
I hope this has covered everything. As mentioned it's very late here, and I can't do much better than this.
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S