Tech Tips February 2012
by Bob Schoenherr, Membership Director
According to Wikipedia, "A forum is basically a 24 hour meeting place.
Members can post messages any time of the day or night, and other
members can read what they say and reply 24 hours a day." Using a forum
does not cost you anything but time.
What is forum posting exactly? Forum posting is a good way to get
involved in a community that is full of lively and informative chats or
debates. For many years now, forums (formerly known as BBS) have been
on high-traffic websites. They are similar to social bookmarking and
networking sites. Forums allow people to discuss problems that they are
facing and reach satisfactory solutions to those problems. People use
forums to obtain and share information on car topics such as engine
building, parts and services, and recommended track setups, among
Getting started with forums:
1. Find car forums in which you would be interested. Here is a list of
Porsche car forums I use.
PCA National Tech Forum (requires login)http://www.pca.org/TechQA/TechQA.aspx
PCA Boxster Registry
Poschefile List of UK forums
986 Forum (Boxster)
914 World (one of the busiest forums for Porsche 914 parts)
SCCA (Sportscar Club of America)
Pelican Parts (Good DIY, helpful with complete parts lists)
6 speed online forums Latest on newer Porsches
2. You can register or just be a "gawker". Gawkers can read others
posts, but cannot post comments or ask questions. You will want to
register for the forum if you want to ask questions or add to the
information that the forum is promoting.
3. When you register for a forum, you are creating a place for your
information to be stored. Most forums are free, so after giving your
information to join then you will want to personalize your user profile
and share pictures and stories of your car.
4. Next, select options for viewers and mail delivery. These options
alert you when someone has posted information back to you or when
someone responds to someone else's posting. For example, I am always
looking for Porsche 914 parts. I subscribe to WTB and for sale items in
the 914 forums. This may give me too many postings to go through, so I
filter the information by region, not wanting to deal with shipping and
5. When posting, be to the point and post a picture or video to help ask
or demonstrate your problem or answer. This is really important when
trying to buy or sell something. When creating a thread, you should
always give the make, year, and model of the car you are discussing to
ensure the thread you create is easy to search and to follow.
6. It is up to you to post, follow, or just observe the forums you join.
The key is to have fun and learn which forums are right for you.
Ask yourself if you want information on performance tips, suggested
drives, cool events, or DIY projects. All of these can be found in one
or more of the forums I've listed above.