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Jon 06-06-2005 04:32 PM

Announcing the Crankshaft Coalition
We just launched a new site, run by It's called the Crankshaft Coalition ==> .

The Crankshaft Coalition will be a coalition of automotive forums, just like this one. We'll be joining together to discuss issues that are common to running an online automotive community.

The Coalition was formed in response to the forced takedown of HRI, the Australian hotrodding site. With the help of several free speech organizations and lawyers, we put the Aussies back online at, under American administration. Part of the motivation for forming the Crankshaft Coalition was to ensure that something like that doesn't happen again, either in America or elsewhere.

The Crankshaft Coalition is intended to be a "professional" forum, as I'm sure you can tell by the cheesy white background and lame colors.

If you're the leader of an online automotive community (moderator, administrator, etc.), or if you want to help us develop free software to give away to automotive sites, or if you're just really interested in what's going on over there, I invite you to join up.

If you have comments, questions, feedback, or criticism -- please let me know in this thread.

grouch 06-06-2005 08:15 PM

It's not cheesy. Good work!

I didn't know about the Oz troubles. I also didn't know you were a free software advocate.

Interesting legal shenanigans related to automobiles:

Edited to add:

Suggestion: PLEASE stop making every link open another window!

Jon 06-07-2005 01:51 PM

Thanks -- much appreciated.

Yes, the Australian situation was a huge mess, but it came out alright. My hope in starting the coalition is that such things will happen less often.

Most of the technologies that we use to serve this site are based on free software. I think that people will be interested in developing free software for automotive sites.

I'll check out those links, might be useful for us.

38 special 06-09-2005 05:04 PM

"professional," as in what? No fooling around? Serious? I'm a professional motorhome builder at work. At home I'm a learn as you go low budget backyard streetrod :confused: builder.

Malibucdl 06-10-2005 03:52 PM

I am a Mod over on so I registered in hopes that the coalition will help me become a better mod. I also passed the word of the CC to the mods and admin over there. The more info you have the better. Awesome site and great info. Thanks JON


Jon 06-12-2005 10:48 AM

38 special -- professional as in "no jokin' around" :). It will probably be a more serious group of people; forum mods, programmers, etc.

Malibucdl -- thanks, it's just getting off the ground. But the more cool sites that are involved, the better.

Silentlion_69 06-15-2005 07:26 AM

I just registered on there.

I'm a moderator over at so I figured it couldn't hurt anything to sign up :)

Silentlion_69 06-15-2005 07:31 AM

how long will it be before I can post over there? ( before you activate my account? ) the username I signed up under is New_At_This

V8 S-10 08-14-2005 05:56 PM

One of a the tech editors on posted a link to a post on Crank coalition so i signed up. I'm a admin on both s-series and so i'll try to get some other mods and admins to join. Looks like there's some good info there.

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