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« on: May 05, 2009, 01:45:38 PM »

To all new members, and all existing members reading this for the first time, welcome to Elite CM!

My name is Steve (though most everybody calls me 'Skippy'), and I am one of four individuals who started this forum with our administrator Tim.

I'd like to give a chronological account of how we came about, what our mission is, and how we intend to fulfill our goals.

First and foremost, we cannot forget our roots.  The founding members of this forum; Timot_One, MyNameIsThien, Myself, and Alpha are all from Gen7accord.com, a web forum dedicated to 7th generation Honda Accords.  With the exception of Alpha, we were all moderators there.  I will be frank about how this started.  News came from the admin that the site was changing and getting hosted in a different format, more geared to social networking.  We, the moderators did not like the idea and strongly urged the Admin to reconsider.  Our requests were not granted and the site was changed over to a new format.  The core elements of the site remained, but we lost something in the process.  The site was now widely popular and could be found by a vast number of people, but a lot of people left for a few reasons, namely because they were used to the old format.  

I still post over at Gen7accord.com occasionally and I would like to clear up one matter once and for all.  Elite CM is not a condemnation of Gen7accord.com.  We are a separate entity who retain some members from that site.  Elite CM is just a name, and we do not advertise that we are better than anybody else.  The name came up as part of a campaign to design a site that would offer a traditional format layout.  We wrestled with many names and eventually we approved the name "Elite CM".  Our philosophy here is to get the right information the first time.  Those who are enlightened by our knowledge become Elite in the same way that we did when we acquired that knowledge.  The right information leads to proper modification techniques, which results in well-modified vehicles that are reliable, powerful, and cost effective.  The traditional builder's triangle only allows for two of the aforementioned positives, and the one you do not choose becomes your con.  We at Elite CM believe that you CAN have all three because if you do something the wrong way, you're really not doing things the right way.  You end up paying more money for something that shouldn't have cost as much.  We do not challenge the system, we re-engineer it.

Our mission is to provide quality technical knowledge in ways that help you modify your car correctly, and even learn a little.  We are not a group of "one-uppers".  We only brag when necessary to prove a point or to laugh a little.  The reason that we started Elite CM is to provide a comprehensive database of knowledge on 7th generation Honda Accords in an environment that suits the user in search of instruction, help, and camaraderie.  This web forum is not a group of users who communicate on a day to day basis.  We are a group of friends looking to expand our knowledge base.  The members that are helping you out are well versed in their fields and only offer the best quality advice and intelligence.

This thread is currently under construction, I am going to have a biography section for all of our administration so that people can get to know who we are as a team.
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009, 03:30:25 PM »

well done!
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2009, 04:58:42 PM »

Good story Skippy.  I think we need to add more of the history from when we originally started and before we came popular as a result of the "watering down" of gen7accord.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2009, 06:21:45 PM »

Well done Skip. Its actually a good thing you mentioned that we are not a condemnation of g7a. Though some of us feel that is the case (or some non members reading posts by former members of g7a), but like you said, it isn't. I would actually like to see more on this thread. Just a thought, but is there a way to make this a stickie on the main forum page instead of putting it into a subforum? Kind of like a missin statement you know?
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2009, 06:37:49 PM »

I would like to put it up on the front page, but I'm not sure how that would come about...but here are my thoughts:

When you register for ECM, Tim has the system set up to PM the new user with a welcome and I was thinking of inserting this thread link into the PM when I'm done with the thread...it's going to take a little while..it's not complete and I'd like to put in some pretty pictures and stuff like that, plus I want to put in biographies for the admins and mods.  This thread is far from being over, I need to trim down on some things and elaborate on others so this isn't the final product yet.

And yes, Timmy, I will definitely elaborate on our roots a bit more, but I'd like to speak with you to get some input on what I would say.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009, 06:40:02 PM »

Nice job Skip...
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2009, 06:40:49 PM »

Cool man. However you guys do this works. I think it'll be the first time I see a biography/ background/ mission statement on a forum so props to you sir on throwing this out there.
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2009, 06:53:36 PM »

Thanks Billy Smiley

That's what we're all about, Z.  Traditional forums are full of people who know a lot about cars and how they work, but you never get to meet them and you never really know who they are.  The difference we had on G7A was that it was a clean place to discuss cars and we were happy with it.  Before the switch I was trying to do this over there.  Now that we have our own playground where we make the rules, my ideas will be expressed that much easier.  We're real people here and we want everybody to know who we are.  So far the site has been doing great, we have a fair amount of members and we're comfortable, and now I think it is time to expand and start getting more people in.  Sure it's fun doing stuff on the advanced level, but the world isn't the same without having people to teach in it.  Since I'm working with Innovative on the 4cyl engine mount project, I'm going to spread the word when production begins so that we can attract more people here.  Instead of having the incredibly awesome group buy I'm going to set up with Innovative across multiple sites, it will all be done from here.  The incentive to register with us will be the discount that we'll be getting with the group buy.  Hopefully then we'll attract some keepers and also people new to the arena so we can have people to drop knowledge upon.
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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2009, 07:00:39 PM »

That would be killer if pulled off. As far as the keepers, we have over 140 members, but maybe a good 25% are "active" if you get what I'm saying. I get what you're trying to do, but we may attract new members as a result of the group buy and never see them again. I was thinking of a possible inactive member purge. You know? Maybe even knock off the display of number of members. I kind of see that as an advertisement for a "new" site and may deter future enrollment. I don't know.
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2009, 08:54:44 PM »

A job well done Skip...
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2009, 09:43:16 PM »

good job. just a suggestion, but maybe add why g7a was changing to a new format (due to old software and high sever costs...)
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2009, 10:36:00 AM »

Elite CM still PWNZ g7a!!!
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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2009, 08:05:45 AM »

Great write-up, Skip. I was a late bloomer in the 7th gen Accord ownership circle, however I was quickly able to appreciate the efforts that you and others put into R&D for these cars. I extend my appreciation out to you for sharing your knowledge on this forum.
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2009, 09:13:00 AM »

Thank you for all the positive feedback!

I will ammend this thread as stated above because there's a lot that needs to be said and I have a way with writing encyclopedias about stuff and this mission statement should really be short and to the point...I don't want people to be turned away because I go on and on and on and on about stuff...sure I make people suffer through it when I post...but joining shouldn't automatically subject you to it Wink

Rich...this is exactly the kind of crap I don't want to see...I bust my ass defending our reasons for creating a different forum and people like you keep making my job harder...We may not agree with the changes made to G7A and what necessitated this sites' creation, but we have developed a new entitiy not to be considered superior or inferior by anybody.  Trash talking, as on G7A will not be tolerated here.  I know you did not mean to start a fight, but that's what these kinds of statments do..

BTW Thank you JT! It will be good to see you at the end of May!
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2009, 09:31:43 AM »

Skippy this is very good to see, and I'm glad that your doing your best to put out the small battle between the two sites there really is no need for it.

Again thank you, and welcome back after your short hiatus.
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