Introducing Ask Someone Who Owns One

Some of these posts we are getting from “Ask someone who owns one” seem to be replying to something we haven’t seen.

I looked at the carcomplaints site - it appears as if they do enter the model, year, and mileage on that site, but it does not transfer to the cartalk site resulting in annoyance for users/posters on both sites.

I did my own little unscientific research just now. I read 10 of the Ask Someone posts. Of the 10, only 3 were written in a way that someone could respond reasonably. That number confirms what I thought from my previous readings. Some were poorly written - run on sentences, no grammar, written like a text to a friend, not for a general audience. Some don’t have any info to help troubleshooting. Some simply don’t ask a question after a laundry list of complaints. In contrast, I would think that cartalk posts would meet the same standard 2/3 to 3/4 of the time.

This is just a lesson on merging different message boards with different expectations.

Perhaps in 3 months we’ll be happy with the connection and the additional new members it has brought, but right now it’s mostly a frustrating experience.


@cdaquila Hello Carolyn, dumb thought here. When moving the new posts from the ( ask someone ) place if the ask someone and reference number is left that might reduce people getting so annoyed because they might realize where the vague post came from.

Believe me, I’m not being glib…but @VOLVO_V70 a number of people seemed annoyed when they knew precisely what they were. Whatever works to help integrate this into the site, I’m open to. But we do have to make it work.

A post was split to a new topic: TPS on 2002 LeSabre

A post was split to a new topic: Oil pressure sending unit - 2002 Le Sabre

@cdaquila Has the ’ Ask Someone ’ category been sent into cyberspace ?

No. THanks for asking, though. I was going to post and let you know.

What we’ve done as we get the hang of this is make the posts tagged “Ask Someone…” visible only to moderators. We take a look at them and classify them appropriately in one of the other topic groups. Those that are completely impossible to understand (like the post referencing someone named Ted that we didn’t know about), we’re deleting them. I will say that sometimes posts that are moved into Repair/Maintenance or another category may not be presented in the way that you’d like (when there’s a problem statement but not necessarily a specific question, there’s minimal info beyond a vague problem and a make/model, etc) we ask that if you choose to respond (and if you think there’s insufficient info, you can certainly not respond) please do so in a respectful and welcoming manner. Just like with posts that don’t come from Car Complaints, we wouldn’t want someone not to reply simply because they thought the respondents responded in a harsh manner.

Has stopped providing a link to Car Talk? I looked around and couldn’t find something called Ask Someone Who Owns One, or anything resembling a link to this site. There is a resources page that would be an ideal place to link to partners, but we don’t show up.


Hello. Thank you for the tip. We have since identified a small problem when we attempted to make the posts only visible to the moderators. We thus had to make them visible to all — so when you look at the pull down where you can view different sections, today and in the future those posts will now be visible again.

@Senior_Web_Lackey Why are so many of the posts from carcomplaints web site poorly written and vague ?
Seriously , if Car Talk forum needs support money I would rather put up with ads from real merchants that sell Automotive parts and equipment.

I can scarcely speak for Doug. But I surmise that ads only go so far when a lot of the benefit of ads comes from an increased number of eyeballs seeing them. So by creating the partner relationship (and to steer more traffic here), the rising tide should raise all boats, as it were.

The questions aren’t perfect, especially since people don’t necessarily see where the question will land from the originating site. I do notice more of them appear to be from other countries, and people’s handle on English isn’t great. Over the first couple of months we’re looking at how they come in, and how much people come back.

Please, be civil to the posters, and if the question is so spare that you can’t make heads or tails of it (and you judge it’s not worth asking the person for any other information), you’re also quite entitled not to say anything at all to them.

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I notice the posts site do not match up to posts on the new tab

Hi. Do you mean that the Ask Someone posts don’t show up on the main page?

Just saying they are like 2 different places, and yes the ask someone posts do not show up, but the top post in the car talk site does not show up in the new posts.

I see the 1979 MB post, but it’s not the first thread on the discussion list.

A couple of other problems with the “ask someone”
Seems OP can make their thread “private”, when we ask for more information the thread disappears.
“Ask someone” replies often do not appear except in “latest”, should also appear under “top”.

Hi Purebred. Are you referring to discussions where you might go into the thread while it’s still filed under Ask Someone, that don’t make it over into the Latest discussions?

The “ask someone” will appear under “New” in Car Talk community, then disappear. All other threads, ie General Discussion, Maintenance/repairs, will show up under “Top” ( I usually will look at “Today” or “Week”) the “Ask Someone” just disappears.
I went over to to see if I could access “ask someone” no luck. I thought that was the originating site for “ ask someone”.
If we get a response to a question, then the thread will appear. Or if another responder “likes” my comment then I can access the thread. Otherwise disappears.

I may be doing something wrong or misunderstanding something, but?