> Jason's link repository is just superb! I added it to my favorites
> and have spent hours looking the sites over! It’s *so good* it gave
> me a wild idea I wanted to pass by everyone. This is what I call a
> supposal! Let's discuss the pros and cons and see if we should do it.
I agree it is a great set of links, and thanks to Ken (I believe... I
too suffer from CRS sometimes) for providing it, and Stan W. as well.
I need to comb through them and see what works and what doesn't. I need
to make the pages more appealing and user-friendly, also. So much shit
to do, so little time... on dialup it's a chore just to add or change
links to the repository. I have asked for DSL for Christmas (don't say
> What if we (the AHPBBFM newsgroup) contacted each business we have a
> link to in the repository, tell them about the newsgroup and the
> ThunderSnakes, and the repository (and they are in it!), and ask them
> to put a link to a document that tells folks who we are, how to check
> us out, etc. A “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” kind of
> thing. This document would have links to the rules and the link
> repository. “The deal” for them will be that, eventually, car
> enthusiasts will be directed to our site from *hundreds* of other
> sites, where they will see the link to their site. Our site could
> potentially act like a funnel to their site!
I think it's a very good idea to leverage our links repository for
interest in the group. As far as mentioning the Thunder Snakes, maybe
we could let them ask on their own, if they wanted? Maybe we could say
"there is a core group of vested members in this newsgroup with
expertise in many different areas relevant to your business" or
something similarly businesslike. Then, the TS group might pique their
As an aside- when collecting AHPBBFM lore, I found the old FAQ, and the
post of CJ's explaining the Thunder Snake concept:
"In the 50's it was the Jets. In the 60's it was the Pharoahs
(pronounced Phay-rows) followed by the Finks. In the 70's it was, uh,
well who cares.
The 90's saw a return of Bomber-jacketed rodders who could shoot
primer over rust and drop a flattie in for the Ultimate Kool. Far out,
But there's one thing none of these gangs, I mean *social clubs*,
ever had. And that was the Big Block Attitude. The penchant for large
displacement adrenaline doses and the fundamental belief that everyone
else and their wimp-ass rides amount to so much dog shit.
Enter the Thunder Snakes..."
> Of course, we’d need a very macho (sorry Laurie S.) BBA icon for those
> folks to put on their websites as the button to push to activate the
> url to this document.
> Maybe the ThunderSnakes can nominate folks to work on this and if
> acceptable to the individual we can progress it at the availability of
> the sub-committee. ThunderSnake Committee Members (TSCMs?) can step
> in if there gets to be any back fanging!
> It could be trialed on a small scale first to see if it’s worth the
> effort, like send the request to 10 businesses on the links repository
> The biggest pro of this, IMO, is it *may* build up the newsgroup.
> Hell, I’m excited about that part!
> The biggest con of this, IMO, is it *may* attract trolls.
And maybe some spammers. It might be a trade-off we would have to
accept for new enthusiasm. Seems to be no way to avoid it in any
vibrant Net community. But there is, of course, the Rusty Camshaft.
> Somewhere in between, is the commercialness of it and the percieved
> favoritism it will bring.
> What does everyone think?
I think it's a good idea that just needs a tweak or two. Does the
Committee or any other Snakes care to weigh in?
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