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17th July 2008 CTRO site stuff

How to use the search function effectively

I am just about to post a new topic

Whoa, whoa whoa, hold your horses. Back away from the keyboard for a few seconds.

There are a finite number of induction kits, exhausts, ECU’s, bodykits and modifications on the market for the EP3, the FN2 and the FD2.

This means, in all likelihood, that the thread you are about to start and the questions you are about to ask have been asked and answered before many, many, many times.

Ok, so where do I start?

Well the first thing to do is to kick back, relax, grab a cup of tea and start reading. Yes, that’s right, do your own research. If you have to ask what induction kit to buy, or which is the cheapest, or the most powerful, or which one is the best or the loudest, then you should LURK MORE and make your own mind up.

How do I LURK MORE?

There are 2 main ways.

1) The first is to start with the sticky FAQ’s at the top of the page. These are the most commonly asked questions on the most popular induction kits available.

2) The second is to browse the various pages. There are currently 2823 individual topics, 28855 posts and 57 pages of people asking the same questions you are about to ask in this very forum section. You can browse the various pages by using either the top or the bottom list of pages, thus:

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Look where the arrows are pointing. Yeah, those are pages. All 57 pages have lots of threads on.

Hang on, I need an answer yesterday, I don’t have time for this!

We have a solution for this!. It’s what we forum regulars call “the search function”. Yeah you’ve probably heard of it. But your question is too important to type into a search box, or perhaps you just don’t know how to use it. Well I’m gonna show you both methods anyway.

1). This is what we call the quick search.

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Just type your search term and click search. For example here, I have searched on the term: GruppeM (a popular induction kit)

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Ooh look, loads of results, and the search term is highlighted in red!

But wait a second, it gets better than that! Lets say I want to narrow down my search to display posts about cleaning GruppeM. Well that works too!

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Amazing! In just a few seconds, I have reduced 1883 results down to 17!

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Wow, evilowl that’s incredible. Do you have any other search tips?

Well it’s funny you should ask, because yes, I do. It’s what we forum regulars call the “advanced search”. You can see the link in the top right hand corner of your screen and it’s on every single page

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Lets say, for example, I wanted information on the GruppeM cowl. So we type it into the search box:

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This is where the magic happens. First, from the drop down menu select the sub section of the forum you want to search in. Hint: choose the Air Induction bit

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Then below that, select to display results as topics and click search

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OMGZWTFBBQ look what has happened! Amazing no? 5 results and look they are in topic form. Hurray for evilowl!

17th July 2008 CTRO site stuff

Important guidelines for protecting buyers & sellers

All,

Buying on the internet can be a good and inexpensive way to get second hand (and new) goods. Large numbers of people trade on this forum daily and the majority of transactions go well, however some do not.

As with all things there are a minority of people that will use this site to Scam people, or who will just be too lazy to send goods to you, and in some cases the postal system fails and the goods never arrive. So I have decided to write a guide to try and help people..this is a first draft so will hopefull evolve with time.

1) We are not Ebay..if something goes wrong with a sale, then the mod team will try hard to help you out, but we do not have the powers of a bank, or the ability to refund money like paypal/Ebay.

2) When purchasing/selling an item, check how many posts the user has made, how long they have been a user for, look at any feedback they have and have a look at some of their recent posts. New people who have little posts, and no feedback are obviously more risky than people who have been on the site for years and sell things regularly.

3) When purchasing an item, try an insured method of payment such as paying with a credit card via paypal. If the product does not arrive you may be able to claim the money back from the card company. This is especially important if the seller has little history on the site.

Its also worth noting that if you decide to pay direct into someones bank account there is normally a definate trace to a payee and so you may be able to get your cash back by going to the small claims court.

4) When selling ensure you are paid in full for the product before sending.

5) I advise all items to be sent via recorded delivery, and insured. If the item never arrives this protects both the seller and the buyer.

6) When buying/selling gather as much info about the other user as possible (name/address/phone etc) so you can easily contact them outside of the forum if needed.

7) Look out for the following signs of a dogy seller:

Little history on forum
Negative feedback
Will only accept payment direct to a bank account
Reluctant to let u pick the item out, despite claiming to live locally.
Prices too good to be true
Will not show proper picture of the item

8) If you think you are being scammed contact the Mod team ASAP. They can at least stop the user from scamming on here again, and maybe able to get more information to help you.

Hope this is of use, and will hopefully help reduce the number of scammers operating on this forum.

17th July 2008 CTRO site stuff

Cars for Sale section rules & guidelines

In addition to our forum wide policies, the following rules have been drafted and will be enforced by moderators and administrators.

The For Sale section is provided for the benefit of individual members to buy and sell items, not for businesses to make money.
Businesses are not allowed to use the For Sale section unless they have Trader status. PM mods/admin for details.

1. The car should be clear of any finance attached to it eg hire purchase liabilities, lease commitments etc – if there is still finance outstanding then this must be explicity stated.

2. A sale thread’s initial post must state a firm asking price. Of course you can haggle, but an initial price must be stated. A post simply asking for offers or conducting a PM auction is not allowed. A price must be stated in initial post.

3. Leave an email address for contacting.

4. The thread CANNOT be a link to an Ebay auction (or any similar off-site auction), or a jump page that leads to an Ebay auction. The CTROF Classifieds space is not meant to be used to gather attention to a potential bidding war.

5. “Thread crapping” will not be tolerated. If you do not intend to buy and have nothing positive to add to the sale, refrain from posting in the thread. This includes stating “the price is too high”, if you think the price is too high, inform seller via the PM service or an E-MAIL. If you think your post may be in any way interpreted as being “thread crapping” then take the safer route and send your message via PM or E-MAIL to the seller.

6. Most importantly, buyer and seller beware.

7. One bump a day please….pick your time wisely.

8. Once a sale has been completed it is the sellers duty to change the title of the thread to have “SOLD” at the beginning or end of the title.

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*PLEASE NOTE*
These rules can and will be modified at anytime, offenders who say “oh but i didn’t know” will not be immune to these rules. As a user of this forum it is your responsibility to know the rules and abide by them, or you simply will not be allowed to participate. Use of CTROF Forums is a privilege granted to users by forum moderators.

One more thing. Since it is physically impossible for us to be here all the time, you can help us out. If you see a post that violates one or more of the above rules, please click the “Report this post to a moderator.” Posts that violates the above rules the post will be deleted without notice. Multiple violations can lead to banning.

Make sure to get all the persons info you’re trading from , name , phone number , address , call them and verify things. Have them call you to verify on caller id. Dont use or trust yahoo/hotmail/freebie mails. Make sure its their isp email , ask them to email you from and for them to even verify a code sent to them via there email so you know theres is real is well.

** WAYS To Prevent getting ripped off. **
Do not buy from new users.
Do not buy from users with just a few posts.
Do not buy from someone without going back and reading some of there previous sales or feedbacks. Ask for proof of good feedback from the forum.

Get all details , phone number , name & address , confirm it. Call them or have them call you. Get an email from them.

Ask for any sort of credentials. Links to an ebay account for feedback. Verify the same email address.

After you buy from a user.
Go back to there thread , give a detail of the transaction. If its a Good , neutral or Bad Experience.

If anyone has any suggestions for this section, feel free to PM the Moderators.

Thanks in advance,

Moderators.

17th July 2008 CTRO site stuff

For Sale section rules & guidelines

In addition to our forum wide policies, the following rules have been drafted and will be enforced by moderators and administrators.

The For Sale section is provided for the benefit of individual members to buy and sell items, not for businesses to make money.
Businesses are not allowed to use the For Sale section unless they have Trader status. PM mods/admin for details.

1. You cannot charge VAT on top of an already stated price, charging VAT would imply that you are a business and thread will be removed.

2. You cannot sell something you do not have in your immediate possession. That means you cannot sell items on behalf of other people. Get your friends to sign up themselves if they wish to sell items on this forum

3. We do not allow adverts for any of the following :
Alcohol
Tobacco
Drugs/pharmaceuticals
Pornography
Weapons
Goods that may infringe copyright
Sale of items that you have obtained for free ie PAYG SIM cards unless you are only asking to cover postage costs

4. A sale thread’s initial post must state a firm asking price. Of course you can haggle, but an initial price must be stated. A post simply asking for offers or conducting a PM auction is not allowed. A price must be stated in initial post.

5. Leave an email address for contacting.

6. The thread CANNOT be a link to an Ebay auction (or any similar off-site auction), or a jump page that leads to an Ebay auction or another advert for your item. The CTROF Classifieds space is not meant to be used to gather attention to a potential bidding war. Advertising Ebay item numbers or other methods of identifying online auctions of items are also prohibited.

7. “Thread crapping” will not be tolerated. If you do not intend to buy and have nothing positive to add to the sale, refrain from posting in the thread. This includes stating “the price is too high”, if you think the price is too high, inform seller via the PM service or an E-MAIL. If you think your post may be in any way interpreted as being “thread crapping” then take the safer route and send your message via PM or E-MAIL to the seller.

8. Most importantly, buyer and seller beware.

9. Do not bump more than once every 2 or 3 days….pick your time wisely.

10. Once a sale has been agreed it is the sellers duty to finalise the deal to enable feedback for both parties.

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*PLEASE NOTE*
These rules can and will be modified at anytime, offenders who say “oh but i didn’t know” will not be immune to these rules. As a user of this forum it is your responsibility to know the rules and abide by them, or you simply will not be allowed to participate. Use of CTRO Forums is a privilege granted to users by forum moderators.

One more thing. Since it is physically impossible for us to be here all the time, you can help me out. If you see a post that violates one or more of the above rules, please click the “Report this post to a moderator.” Posts that violates the above rules the post will be deleted without notice. Multiple violations can lead to banning.

Make sure to get all the persons info your trading from , name , phone number , address , call them and verify things. Have them call you to verify on caller id , Ship with verifications and signatures needed , keep an open line of communication. Don’t trade/sell something and become unavailable. Don’t use or trust yahoo/hotmail/freebie mails. Make sure its their isp email , ask them to email you from and for them to even verify a code sent to them via there email so you know theirs is real is well.

** WAYS To Prevent getting ripped off. **
Do not buy from new users.
Do not buy from users with just a few posts.
Do not buy from someone without going back and reading some of there previous sales or feedbacks. Ask for proof of good feedback from the forum.

Get all details , phone number , name & address , confirm it. Call them or have them call you. Get an email from them.

Ask for any sort of credentials. Links to an ebay account for feedback. Verify the same email address.

After you buy from a user.
Go back to there thread , give a detail of the transaction. If its a Good , neutral or Bad Experience.

If anyone has any suggestions for the Classifieds section, feel free to PM the Moderators.

Thanks in advance,

Moderators.

17th July 2008 CTRO site stuff

Street racing posts

There are an increasing number of street racing related posts appearing on this forum. The owners of this site wish to state that they do not endorse street racing or the use of excessive speeds on public roads in any way, shape or form. In the future posts deemed to be of an irresponsible manner may be deleted.

We all know the capabilites of the car, but to brag about dangerous or near miss incidents is irresponsible. We are getting interest from many companies wishing to offer members discount and to keep these offers coming in we need to keep to a certain level of standards. Details of these discount schemes will be published in the future. Thanks for your time. 8)

17th July 2008 CTRO site stuff

Forum rules

By registering you have agreed to follow these forum rules:

– No double posting.

– No offensive language.

– No street-racing posts.

– No pictures in signatures

– No libellous language, be it potential or actual.

– No sexually-orientated material.

– No racist material.

– No posts containing personal abuse.

– No advertising or sale of illegal goods that infringe copyright laws.

– No spam or any other form of unauthorised advertising.

– Traders must ask for permission before posting commercial ads.

Members of the forum agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators have the right to edit, move, remove or close any topic at any time should they see fit. This includes but is not limited to posts of the nature described above.

Members of the forum agree that any information they have entered may be stored on a database. Whilst this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised. By making contact details publically available, forum members accept responsibility for receiving direct messages from unknown parties who have no connection to the forum.

Posts to the forum that the webmaster, administrators or moderators believe break the above rules or posts that can be viewed to contain objectionable material will be removed or edited as quickly as possible.

Forum members acknowledge that all posts made to this forum express the views and opinions of the author and not the webmaster, administrators or moderators (except for posts by these people) and hence the webmaster, administrators or moderators will not be held liable.

If you have any comments or questions, please PM the moderators.

15th July 2008 CTRO site stuff

About the team


Site owner:

  • Stu – Forum Alias: EvoStu

Forum and website administrators:

  • Stu – Forum Alias: EvoStu
  • Dan – Forum Alias: dandemoraliser
  • Rich – Forum Alias: Sedge

Forum moderators:

  • Mark – forum alias: Superbully
  • Andy – forum alias: Newannaive
  • Bryn – forum alias: Nyseria
  • Gary – forum alias: Sacrificial Pawn
  • Catriona – forum alias: Cat

Regional events organisers:

  • Catriona – forum alias: Cat

 

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