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ElantraClub - Elantra Owner and Enthusiast Archive _ Announcements _ Ok, let's try this again

Posted by: elantragt May 15 2017, 07:18 PM

Sure the community isn't the same hyper active place it once was. The script for registering new members is broken. Many parts of the community are gone...

Sounds kind of bleak. But, you know what? We have some pretty cool members who have been here for years. And who I think genuinely have an affection for EC. We still have a very good forum with reliably fast load times.

So...

We're NOT closing. Let's post about anything here. It doesn't have to be about the Elantra. Don't drive an Elantra anymore? Who cares. Post about your new ride here. Got something that's bugging you? Vent about it. It's all good.

Back to business.

EC, smaller, less active, but... we're still here and we have good people.

Mitch

Posted by: Ishtar May 16 2017, 11:31 AM

Amen, Mitch!

Posted by: Bigs May 16 2017, 11:50 AM

I agree and has always been a great place to shoot the shit.

Posted by: Red Elantra GT May 16 2017, 03:29 PM

Hey-I continue to check new posts and use the arcade.

Posted by: elantragt May 17 2017, 05:32 AM

QUOTE (Red Elantra GT @ May 16 2017, 04:29 PM) *
Hey-I continue to check new posts and use the arcade.

& no hesitation. I've gotten 33 MPG on a trip to and from San Francisco, which is better than what I got with the Elantra. I plan on keeping it and the Audi S7 for a while.

Red,

I appreciate that you check in. But, the only way this works is if people start to post again. Honestly, I didn't even know if you still owned the car. wink.gif Glad to get the mileage update. Thank you. thumbsup.gif

Posted by: Spectre May 28 2017, 06:42 PM

I'm glad I came back to check on the site. I could have a different daily driver, but I've never had a problem with my Elantra and the suspension upgrades make it a hoot to drive. I look forward to driving it through the curvy mountain roads next year.

P.S. The newer, more performance oriented Elantra could draw more members to this site. Targeting the crowd that buys that car will probably be a good idea.

Posted by: elantragt Jun 6 2017, 05:11 PM

So here's the problem with the current forum. Most of the important scripts were broken due to server changes. We can't get new members here because the registration script just doesn't work. I've made a big decision regarding the clubs future. Yes, this forum will be archived. Meaning that people will be able to view the topics and features but no more new posting will be possible.

I'm working on a brand new version of ElantraClub. It will be us starting from scratch. Starting with zero posts. Your login details from here will not work. You'll need to re-register. It will be setup much more simple but will be modern. The good thing is... it will work and we can get new members registering. Members who can post about their 2017+ cars as well as all the older generations. I don't think there's any other choice.

Well the easy choice would be to shut down but that's not in my DNA.

ElantraClub will rise again. Hopefully. What do you think?

Posted by: scott9050 Jun 7 2017, 10:25 AM

QUOTE (elantragt @ Jun 6 2017, 06:11 PM) *
So here's the problem with the current forum. Most of the important scripts were broken due to server changes. We can't get new members here because the registration script just doesn't work. I've made a big decision regarding the clubs future. Yes, this forum will be archived. Meaning that people will be able to view the topics and features but no more new posting will be possible.

I'm working on a brand new version on ElantraClub. It will be us starting from scratch. Starting with zero posts. Your login details from here will not work. You'll need to re-register. It will be setup much more simple but will be modern. The good thing is... it will work and we can get new members registering. Members who can post about their 2017+ cars. I don't think there's any other choice.

Well the easy choice would be to shut down but that's not in my DNA.

ElantraClub will rise again. Hopefully. What do you think?


Since you are going to start from scratch, will you expand it to bring some people back?

Posted by: elantragt Jun 7 2017, 10:40 AM

It's still going to be ElantraClub but we've always had a section for people to talk about their non-Elantras. There's no changing the domain, it ElantraClub.com afterall. Not really sure why so many people have chosen to leave here. We had such an active and tight knit group for a long time.

A way too early sneak peek. As you can see, it's an all-new look with different software.:




Posted by: Bigs Jun 7 2017, 11:27 AM

I love that dark theme Mitch! thumbsup.gif

I agree, I think this will be a good refreshing new start.

Posted by: elantragt Jun 7 2017, 11:50 AM

And of course, there will be an auto resizing mobile version...




Hopefully, I'll be ready with this by the end of August.

Posted by: Bigs Jun 7 2017, 12:29 PM

SWEET! thumbsup.gif

Posted by: slowgls Jun 7 2017, 04:38 PM

Can't wait buddy.

Posted by: elantragt Jun 7 2017, 05:00 PM

Yeah! Great to hear Kyle. Let's make the new place awesome.

Posted by: elantragt Jun 7 2017, 06:08 PM

Some thing to keep in mind about ElantraClub:

We're the only major Hyundai based community that's run by an individual not some big brother corporation.
We are very low on advertising scripts that slow a board down and the new forum will hopefully be even more ad free.
We've been online continuously since 2002.
In recent times I've rarely asked for donations but we do need them to help keep us going.
Yes, we feature the Elantra but anyone can join no matter what they drive. The Alumni Zone is a great place to post about your non-Elantras.
This place has always been not just about the cars we drive but about the people behind the wheel too. I've always tried to promote a community feel.

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Let's get this place on track

There's more to the internet that Facebook. Forums are still the very best way to discuss/communicate for a niche group like we have.

Don't let this club just fade away.

Mitch

P.S. ElantraClub's new forum grand opening is August 1, 2017. smile.gif

Posted by: elantraelite Jun 8 2017, 03:55 PM

Hi Mitch,

Haven't been here for ages, quite annoying what happened, but great to see the club will bounce back!

I think you're on the right page with the new direction. I'm also on a i30 forum based in Australia and the activity is very much the same as you describe.

Looking forward to signing up to the new club!

Posted by: elantragt Jun 8 2017, 07:01 PM

A Dean sighting. Cool!

So, what's been keeping you away from EC? I always want to know when a regular just disappears from EC. Inquiring minds and all that. wink.gif

Posted by: elantragt Jun 10 2017, 04:34 PM

Well, we pretty much have zero activity even with the idea of a brand new forum coming. Am I wasting my time?

Posted by: elantraelite Jun 11 2017, 04:41 PM

QUOTE (elantragt @ Jun 9 2017, 10:01 AM) *
A Dean sighting. Cool!

So, what's been keeping you away from EC? I always want to know when a regular just disappears from EC. Inquiring minds and all that. wink.gif


Hi Mitch, hope you have been well too! Is the Forte your current wheels?

Other than the usual life being busy, which I think most people are these days. It's more over the last few years, I've been using a PC much less at home and I keep forgetting to log into EC!

The only reason I'm a bit more active on the i30 forum is because our FD wagon and GD were both diesel and there was a bigger following of the diesel engine over there. We just sold our 6spd manual diesel i30 in Feb, Manual is such a dying breed that when we put it on the market we had 3 people fighting for it and got insane money for it! Bought the car for $26k new and sold it for $21k almost 3 years later! We've now just purchased a 2.2 CRDi Santa Fe Sport, my first auto car ever! - We were going to get it in manual, but it had a dual mass clutch, and I wasn't hearing good things about it, so we went the Auto.

Also the forum It works with the Tapatalk App. If I didn't have that I doubt I'd even be on there much either.

Will the new site be compatible with Tapatalk? Or some other App?

Posted by: elantragt Jun 11 2017, 07:02 PM

It will automatically switch to the mobile version for easier reading and navigation.

Posted by: Bigs Jun 15 2017, 11:36 AM

I have new (and old) detailing products I will review in the new site Mitch so can't wait to see it. smile.gif Just going to wait until it's up instead of posting them here.

Posted by: elantragt Jun 15 2017, 05:15 PM

I've made a very big decision and it's very member/visitor friendly. There will be no ads on the new forum at all. None. Can you name any other car forum with no ads?

It will just make for a better experience for all.

That means no income for me to help maintain/improve the site though. So, I ask anyone who has even the smallest amount of interest in the club to http://www.elantraclub.com/forum/index.php?autocom=donateto help the cause.

I am trying to see if I can implement the affiliate mall again but so far I've had no luck. Recreating this new forum is a big, time-consuming project.

Thanks,
Mitch

Posted by: elantraelite Jun 21 2017, 07:11 AM

I'd be happy to donate to the club. It's pretty amazing to think this place has been around for 15 years now!

Can't believe it's been 12 years since I bought my XD Elantra and was absolutely stoked to pick it up from the dealer. I loved my XD.

To be honest there hasn't been an Elantra since the XD that I looked at and thought, yep Hyundai you got it right again.

Enter the AD Elantra and I'm in love again! It's such a beautiful looking car from all angles. The front is spot on, side profile is sleek and the back is sexy just like the XD. The interior has a hit of the XD's legacy with the centre stack and cluster together like the XD.

I'm hoping to sell off the FD i30 Wagon, to be honest the diesel is starting to act up and I want to get rid of it before it costs too much in repairs. Mechanically it possibly needs a new turbo and I reckon there is something going on with one of the sensors on start up.

The partner and I are set on the AD Elantra SR - In Australia that is what they call the 1.6 Turbo top spec model. We drove the new i30 and Elantra and I just thought the Elantra had more personality. The i30 had more tech than the Elantra, but the ride and size of the car is much nicer.

We're looking at the 7 speed DCT... Im struggling with the idea of not having a manual transmission. Manuals are just unbreakable compared to autos, but given how much traffic we drive in these days the auto is better suited for us... I bet If I drove the manual I could easily change my mine.

Looking forward to joining the Elantra community again!


Posted by: Bigs Jun 21 2017, 07:58 AM

Mitch,

In response to your note you just sent...

People these days want everything for free. They expect you to go out of your way and wipe their ass clean (figuratively speaking) without performing any type of research on their own or without spending one dime. Also, from the time that you started the forum, people appreciated the help and the community, we gave a shit (most of us anyway).

Today, I think it's a generation thing. Smart phone strapped to the hand and text text text. People are harsh when they respond or reply and they seem to have more attitude than the older days. Probably the result of texting instead of having a real conversation in person or over the phone. The "I don't give a shit" attitude if you know what I'm saying. They'll buy shitty mufflers and crappy parts and spend useless amounts of money without researching but that's OK, don't ask them to spend $1 on a forum subscription though..

Us older folks are still around, we are just not into mods as much or have moved on to some other passions. My Santa Fe won't be modded, I love it as-is but I still like good communities (none left). Not as active as I first was, obviously, but still try to visit here and there. I'm part of a few Santa Fe forums and it's dead there as well. A few nice guys but nothing close nit as EC used to be. The politeness is gone today.

I tip my hat to you for all you have done. Many people would have sold it and maybe you should have. It's cool that you are making a new site but not sure how it will work out, I hope it takes off like a jet!

To finish off, it would suck to see this site go... but this is my opinion, you should also start thinking about yourself. It's very obvious that you went through a lot, if EC is something that you need to keep your blood flowing, then by all means keep going, but if you think you need a break from it, then...

I'll always be around, I may have disappeared for a while (due to some unforeseen life circumstances) but I always come back.

Posted by: elantragt Jun 21 2017, 08:15 AM

Marc,

It's strange. I see regular posters from the old days lurking here from time to time but they never post. I don't know if they just visit to see if EC has finally shut down or what. I'll tell you this if EC did shut down it wouldn't be from lack of passion on my end. Hell, I haven't owned an Elantra since 2010, but I still run this place because I believe in it.

As far as you saying I should have sold to AutoGuide... let me tell you, I think of that often. At the time, I ran it by Tammy and although she knew we needed the money, she let me keep running it myself. Now, I often feel regret that I didn't take the money. Maybe Tammy's life could have been more comfortable. I was betting on the loyalty of my EC members (who I considered family) but I realized that my thoughts were way off. People left the club left and right. There was no loyalty from most. My efforts for them (and there were many) didn't have any effect on them. I certainly have a different opinion of my fellow man these days. I'm much more cynical and I don't expect anything from people. When people are kind or understanding, it's such a shock and I am so grateful.

Look, I'm not getting any younger. My dear Tammy died at only 45 years old. Can you imagine that? The heartache is inside of me forever.

EC has always been something important to me. So in that way I keep it going for me, I guess. If others don't want to give me or EC the time of day, so be it. I don't begrudge them. But I also don't want them joining the new forum. I want people who want to be there. Want to be active and want EC to thrive.

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