I just wanted to briefly join the fray here, with a few thoughts.
First, know that while we don’t comment a lot (other than Carolyn, whose job it is to oversee the CTC), many of us at Car Talk Plaza do watch the community closely and follow the discussions. It’s a great asset to the web site, and very much in line with our hopes of being a reasonably useful/somewhat time-killing place on the internet, with a general focus on cars and being a useful resource. We appreciate all that you guys do-- many of whom have been here almost as long as some of us at Car Talk Plaza. (Read: two decades, since our UBB boards. Some of you remember that first forum, I think?)
We see the site, and the community by extension, very much in the same way we see the show. Sure, we’ve take calls about relationships, but when we have, it’s always automotive-related in some way. Barely so, sometimes. But, it is.
So, like the show, we ask that the discussions be at least broadly car related, in some way, shape or form. All of us-- including, yes, Tom and Ray-- have empowered Carolyn to keep an eye on the forums, and make sure they broadly represent the spirit of Car Talk. We hope you can respect that guidance from this end. Other than that, it’s all yours to be a community as you see fit, within our Terms of Service, of course.
We are still active on lots of fronts, including Tom and Ray, on such projects as the web site, newspaper column, and more. They may have stepped back from the taking new calls on the weekly NPR show, but we continue to meet regularly on a variety of projects. We hope the forums will continue to be a useful, vibrant part of the web site.