Hello Sweptline.org forum members,
i just wanted to take a few minutes to touch base on a two things - Spammers and political threads.
the site has slowly been bombarded with spammers over the years. this is why many of the new members have to wait for someone to manually approve their request to be a forum member. most of the time it is very obvious that the user name and email is a spammer but sometimes it is not. when it is obvious they are a spammer i ban the IP address, email and user name to avoid any issues with these jack-wagons. when it is not obvious i give them the benefit of the doubt and approve them. when they get through please email me directly as well as report it using the forum reporting tools. my email is simonsben at gmail dot com or simply reply to this post.
i will attempt to be diplomatic about this: please refrain from posting political threads on this forum. this site is a truck forum and while we do encourage our users to post a wide variety of topics political threads eventually degrade to vitriol. as this country is evenly divided between liberal and conservative so is this site. i generally encourage political discussions if it can be kept civil but that is rarely the case so we generally avoid the topics and keep everything truck related. i realize this is a free country with free speech and all that democratic stuff but this forum is not - the final word is the moderators and we take a dim view on vitriol. we are all friends here and politics on a forum does not always end well.
with the above topics in mind please realize 2012 was a very bad year for several people in charge with the care of this forum (me included). i am looking forward to being more involved with the forum in 2013 but until things level out for me the best way to alert me of any forum issues is to email me directly - simonsben at gmail dot com.
i see lots of new names becoming very active on this forum and that is exciting. this is a great community with tons of experience with these trucks. let's keep them on the road and support each other with knowledge and experience - new and old.