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    Welcome to GMTNation.com! Here's the story...

    Obviously, things have become stagnant at TrailVoy, and the company that owns it will not allow us to do anything to improve, or even repair the community's features. Things have gone downhill rather quickly over there and our requests for support have gone unanswered for way too long. The site has great members and a large amount of helpful information, but navigating the site with the disgusting amount of advertisements is more of a challenge with each passing day, and the relevance of the advertisements proves that they don't care about the community. They just want to make their money from all of the page impressions and ad clicks... otherwise they could care less.

    The staff and some very familiar faces have teamed up to provide a community that is owned and run by enthusiasts, and the few minimal advertisements that you will see at the top and bottom of the site are only to help offset the expensive costs of running and maintaining a community and offering premium features. We are not trying to make a profit.

    One of the things we are most excited about are some of the policies that will set us apart from TrailVoy. Vendors will no longer be required to pay fees that allow them to conduct business with members of the community. We have some big plans that could greatly benefit both members and vendors/retailers. We are also expanding our platform coverage.

    We will not be blocking links to other sites, even if they block us, that is counter-productive in our opinion. The only exception would be for the security of our users. If we find links to illegal or malicious content, they will be removed and blocked. This policy will not affect the quality of content this site will offer the community.

    Also, when it comes to other sites like GMTruckClub or ChevroletForum, we shouldn't look at them as competitors or enemies. They are sites that were started by enthusiasts, in most cases, with a vision like the one we had when we supported TrailVoy or when we started this site. They undoubtedly offer resources and variety to the community. Without the community, these sites would be useless. I believe we will have more features and options to set us apart from some other sites.

    The one site we do want to be set apart from is TrailVoy. We are not looking for profit and will only display enough advertisements to help the site self-sustain, or at least offset as much of the cost as we can. We will not collect profits from vendors, we will not plaster ads in every possible crevice of the site, and we will not over-moderate due to outdated or counter-productive rules.

    Last, but not least... the staff. We've all worked very hard to get TrailVoy where it is... or was. I dropped off the radar when VS refused to let me continue to do what I did... maintenance and feature additions. The straw that broke the camel's back is when they turned that site into a billboard after explicitly promising us that no such thing would happen. Myself and all of the staff were forced to enforce rules that were petty and were only created to ensure the site generated revenue. It caused a lot of friction between the staff and the members, all the while we were privately against the rules that we had to enforce. It completely ruined our experience as enthusiasts and made us out to be the bad guys.

    While we will still have to enforce rules and policies here, they will be for the benefit of the community. There will always be someone that doesn't like to follow any rules, no matter what they are, but we have a goal... a reason for starting this site, and we would be negligent to just let our hard work and start-up cash go to waste.

    We need you, the community, to get this site going. All we ask is that you stay on-topic and keep it as clean as possible. A slipped up curse word here and there won't be a huge deal, but you have to keep in mind that we have a lot of search engines picking up our content, and excessive profanity will be placed in search results. At some point, it will start to hurt us more than it would to allow over-use of profanity. We've all heard it, we've all said it... we are not trying to hide if from anyone... but we would like to do our best to keep the site family friendly and professional.

    Thank you, and we look forward to building a community bigger and better than what we've grown used to.

    Happy Holidays!

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    Thanks to you and the staff for all your efforts. Hope this works as well or better than the old TV. It is great to know the leadership of the site truly cares and is active to make the site as good as possible.

    Happy Holidays!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HARDTRAILZ View Post
    Thanks to you and the staff for all your efforts. Hope this works as well or better than the old TV. It is great to know the leadership of the site truly cares and is active to make the site as good as possible.

    Happy Holidays!
    Its time to invite all your friends!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghoster View Post
    Its time to invite all your friends!
    Good stuff!!
    Is there a preference in regards to how we invite future members?
    I'm pretty sure that poaching people from the OS would be frowned upon... right?
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    Thanks for all that you did to get this site off the ground. Its going to be nice to be part of a community that feels more like a family then a prison.


    is it possible to have the html code for the banner, so we can all change our signatures to drive more traffic over here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Me007gold View Post
    Thanks for all that you did to get this site off the ground. Its going to be nice to be part of a community that feels more like a family then a prison.
    Time to invite people over here
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    Quote Originally Posted by jham View Post
    jham if you would please
    I sent a PM to almost all the members for MI lol
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    So whats the over/under on how long it takes us all to get banned over there?
    Are you wondering what that mystery red wire by the battery, in your Trailblazer/Envoy/Rainier/Ascender or 97x is? if so click http://gmtnation.com/f23/what-%5Bred-wire%5D-2173/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Me007gold View Post
    So whats the over/under on how long it takes us all to get banned over there?
    I doubt they would ban members, they may ban the moderators though!

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    They need inflated member counts to sell ads. They MUST be concealing the number of members who have abandoned their unwanted accounts. So I bet no regular members get banned.

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    Hey! I made the trip across cyber space

    Thanks for going through the work of creating this site!


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    Let the revolution begin! :-0

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    That's a really good question. There are quite a few hours left in the weekend, and I'm pretty sure those guys don't work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blckshdw View Post
    How long until we go Kevorkian on the OS and pull our respective plugs?


    We are waiting to see if anything happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 07 TB RIDER View Post
    So who's going to have to clean up my mess on TV?
    I am trying to keep up
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    Good lord I think you guys have tagged every sticky on the OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 07 TB RIDER View Post
    Let's be spammers
    As someone who has been actively fighting spammers for 16 years now, that's on the low end of the funny scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghoster View Post
    Good lord I think you guys have tagged every sticky on the OS.
    Thats the plan. the roadie would be pissed of he had to clean all that up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghoster View Post
    Good lord I think you guys have tagged every sticky on the OS.
    Cannot say they did not know about this site lol
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    gotspeed1 is on GMT nation. Thanks to the folks who recognized the BS on the OS, and for going rogue to get this going. If it weren't for the people who have went out on a limb i the last few years, the enthusiasm for the platform may not be what it is today. Thanks again!

    Happy and safe holidays to you and yours!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the roadie View Post
    As someone who has been actively fighting spammers for 16 years now, that's on the low end of the funny scale.
    Sorry Bill. I'll rephrase, I was simply marketing the new site. Plus I'm kind of tired, I think I've marketed enough.

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    So I assume I wont be able to log on Monday morning onto the OS

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    And I'm sure this ruins my chances of being a mod over there?
    The spirit of a hustler and the swagger of a college kid.
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    Awesome work everybody!!












    Note to self: do not piss off GMT360 owners because they can destroy a site in minutes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 07 TB RIDER View Post
    Sorry Bill. I'll rephrase, I was simply marketing the new site. Plus I'm kind of tired, I think I've marketed enough.

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    So I assume I wont be able to log on Monday morning onto the OS

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    And I'm sure this ruins my chances of being a mod over there?
    Yeah im sure I wont be able to also lol if you go down, I think Ill be down also!

    Good job Mike!! I stopped keeping up because I got annoyed
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    Nice. Just signed up today. Used to go by Ralph_T handle on TV. Hows my new name? I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainXL View Post
    Nice. Just signed up today. Used to go by Ralph_T handle on TV. Hows my new name? I like it.
    Well howdy Ralph!! You will find a lot of familiar faces here. Still in the building phase, but its coming along.

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    Well, I guess I should scrape off the ol Trailvoy decals now

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    Wasn't really that active on TV for the most part recently. But yeah I did notice the ads were getting annoying, but I didn't realize things had gotten as bad as they did. Maybe I'll get some of my issues answered here now!

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    Well I'm here. I think a fresh start is a good thing. Sucks the character limit on the usernames is shorter than trailvoy, but I think I can get over that

    if someone wants to update my sig over there my username is/was trailblazerdude

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghoster View Post
    Crap. Forgot about that. We will get there eventually. Are you using tap a talk to view the site?
    No, iPhone Safari. Just tried tapatalk and it appears to be working fine with the site, even the search functionality. Tapatalk was sorely lacking at TV. Glad you installed it here.

 

 
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