I have been thinking about a few ideas for SaabWorld and beyond. Think of a site for any kind of automobile, any type of motor vehicle or any kind of vehicle with or without motor/engine.
A few things why this is good:
- Non-profit enthusiast site, an alternative to the many commercial forums owned by VerticalScope and other large companies that are controlling this market
- Many of us own vehicles or have interests in other brands, motorcycles and so on.
- When we sell our Saab and buy a different brand car, it would be nice to stay in the same community
The challenge is to convert SaabWorld to a new, more generic location and domain name. Will it have the same community spirit, for example saab.automobileworld.org? SaabWorld is pretty small when it comes to automotive or other forums. However, we made it to almost 2 years now so that's a good sign.
Would this even have any chance of growing beyond our Saab content? Would it erode the Saab community spirit here or will it benefit being part of a larger site?
Let's face it. They are not making any new Saabs anymore and it will be difficult to grow the community. There are not going to be any new Saab owners in the future. And any of us will probably buy a different car sooner or later.
This will apply to the forums, articles, marketplace, garage, downloads, gallery and so on.
Another idea is leave SaabWorld as is and start something completely new. But as we know, starting a forum / enthusiast site from scratch is nearly impossible.
Automobile site: Any car, truck, crossover and so on. http://automobileworld.org
Motor vehicle site: any automobile, motorcycle, boat. Pretty much anything with an engine or motor http://motorvehicleworld.org
Vehicle site: any motor vehicle, bicycle, train, aircraft, any watercraft http://vehicleworld.org
These are just some thoughts, nothing will change overnight and without giving it some serious consideration and feedback from all members here. So.... discus!