Just a question about the gen 2 area, @Honcho , is there still a need to keep it secret? I can understand five years ago why there was a need, but does that need for secrecy still exist? There are a lot of us who are gen 1 owners who like and have interest in the gen 2...
[MENTION=32021]neuronbob[/MENTION] I started this thread here, since it has more to do with the site than with [MENTION=20915]RYU[/MENTION]'s discussion thread.
Gen2 is a touchy subject. Basically, new owners, many of whom just spent $200k on a car they were really excited about, came here to talk about it and were greeted with lots of non-owners telling them how dumb they were for buying the NC1. Those same non-owners then proceeded to nitpick the NC1 and incessantly magazine race it against other exotics, none of which they could ever afford. Can you imagine that if it were you? Lud created the private forum to help deflect some of this, but over 200 NC1 owners moved off this forum and onto a private FB group. Criticism is ok to a certain extent, but a lot of that behavior was inappropriate trolling, as far as I'm concerned. Gen2 owners are concerned if they come back to Prime, it will happen again.
The way I see it is that NSX Prime is a site for people who either own a NSX now, owned one (or more) for a very long time, or are thinking about buying one. It's also for fans of the NSX. It is not for internet trolls or drama starters. Conduct like what occurred before will not fly around here as long as I am calling the shots, and we have a new team of mods in place to help keep it that way. Instead, NSX Prime is a place for NSX lovers to talk and learn about the car they love, and we want to encourage that as much as possible.
With that said, we're kicking around what to do with the Gen2 forums because we want to convince these NC1 owners that it is safe to come back to Prime. Right now, I'm thinking about locking down most of the forums to verified owners only, but leaving the prospective owner forum open to registered Prime members. Basically, all registered members can read the Gen2 forums (except the private forum), but only actual NC1 owners can post in the restricted forums. The private forum likely will stay private because it needs to be a safe space for real owners to post criticism/concerns about the NC1. But, all members can read and post in the prospective owner forum, which will be heavily policed.