|Rex said to me a while back, "Why dont you set up a forum on
our website so we can chat to each other when we have a problem?". This is not so
easy to do, as we would need to source the software to do it with, find out how to host it
with our web site, and then someone (me?) would need to moderate it to keep out the riff
raff and spammers that would show up.
But all is not lost. There are a multitude of forums out there that are already set up and operational that we can use. All that is needed is to choose one and sign on. I recommend that we use the MG Car Club UK forum at www.mgcc.co.uk. There are sub-fora for all of the various registers and one for Australia/New Zealand, with NZ split to Auckland and Canterbury. So far there is one posts here. But we can change that. The MGB forum is reasonably active, the others less so. But it looks like they have only had the forums operating for about a year.
I frequent http://forums.mg-rover.org/, which is particularly good for the MG F/TF and other modern MG Rover cars. Not so good for older MGs. The MG Cars Enthusiasts web site at http://www.mgcars.org.uk had one of the first forums, called a BBS (Bulletin Board System), and used to get a lot of traffic. There is a vast amount of information in the archives section there.
Be aware that some posts can degenerate into mindless drivel on occasions, but if you just ignore this (or take part if you wish) then you can sometimes get a very fast response to a problem. I have posted a question and had a response as quickly as 5 minutes with the solution.
Lets all give the MG Car Club forum a try. Once you have signed up, go to the Auckland section of the Australia/New Zealand forum and add a reply to my post "Hi from Auckland, NZ" so that we know who has found there way there.
Happy MG chatting.
Find the forum:
Go to www.mgcc.co.uk. Go to "Create an account" down the left hand column, fill in the details to sign up, then click on MG Car Club Forum (top left menu), and you are away. After you have signed on and got to the main forum board, save the address as a Bookmark (Firefox), or Favourite (Internet Explorer), to make it easier to sign on next time.
Sign on name:
Many people will choose a moniker to use such as WildMan73 or JimBob when their real name is Bill Jones. They seem to think that using their real name is not a good idea. If we could keep to using our real names (I use Neil Courtney), or maybe first name/surname initial (NeilC), I think this would work much better.