Side X Side Forums, A Treasure Trove of Information!

Side X Side Forums, A Treasure Trove of Information!

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Side X Side Forums, a Treasure Trove of Information!

Have you ever had an issue with your Side X Side, and decided to place a post on Facebook looking for advice? Let me guess, you had several people posting several guesses on what was wrong, a few guys telling you how to fix it (different fixes), and of course, three other guys telling you that you should have bought another brand. A popular Facebook Group moves along at a rapid pace, which means finding someone with similar issues is almost impossible, and of course there is nowhere to gather and store that information.

That is one of many areas where a forum shines. If you’re looking for information on your machine for mods or repairs, need information on a place to ride, or are just looking for like-minded people to hang with, a forum provides that and more. It doesn’t matter if it’s a newer multi-brand Side X Side Forum like Side X Side Nation (www.sxsnation.com), one of the well-established forums like RZR Forums (www.rzrforums.net), or Maverick Forums (www.maverickforums.net), you will find a thriving community that is ready, willing and able to help, or at the very least provide you with a place within the forum to find what you are looking for. There will be sections dedicated to information on parts, How-to-videos teaching you how to fix your side x side, and lots of photos of machines and rides. Some of them even do weekly raffles giving away merchandise to members.  I believe its these same things that make forums a stronger base for a club. There is generally a core group, made up of members and staff, that is focused on making the site a better place.  They tend to spend more time on the site, building information, organizing rides, and creating an atmosphere that all the members enjoy. Another great result of that is you have an opportunity to get to know the members, hang out, make friends, and become a part of that core group.

Don’t get me wrong, Facebook has its place. It’s a great place to pop in, show off pictures of your ride or your adventures, and organize rides. It’s well suited for people that don’t have time to invest in a forum. In a perfect world I think a person should take the time to enjoy both.

Curt Wood

11 COMMENTS

  1. I like that Curt. The facebook deal just wasn’t my style. Forums you can always come back to and find information, sometimes even information you posted up years ago, the same members are there, and the resources do nothing but grow. Facebook moves so quickly that things can be missed, forgotten, and forget about finding something in archives…

  2. I’m avid on facebook but would never consider looking for advice on my ranger there, it’s more for the social side. Normally I’ll do a search for the problem be it either Google or Yahoo, once there I usually look to see how active they are on a daily basis and number of members, after that it’s how quick I get a response.

  3. I’m avid on facebook but would never consider looking for advice on my ranger there, it’s more for the social side. Normally I’ll do a search for the problem be it either Google or Yahoo, once there I usually look to see how active they are on a daily basis and number of members, after that it’s how quick I get a response.

    Yeah that seems to be the thought process at least in my mind. The toughest part of joining a new forum is due to the lack of active members and discussion. That is the most challenging part when it comes to developing and starting up a forum. I think another perk is to have a solid group of guys to help jump start and maintain the quality of the forum, AKA “Mods”

    These so called “Moderators” are honestly the reason a lot of people stick around in most communities and content / users are built around the idea that a forum is of best quality.

  4. Wwe started a discussion on this topic a couple of weeks back, I even said I would be willing to work with others to get it rolling. What can I do now to get this idea off the ground?

    Get with Diesel Fume and WagZ, both are working on compiling info. They may be able to help you set it up. Its a matter of compiling information in an organized way. Once thats done we can sticky it.

  5. No doubt about it…forums are the best way to gather and RETAIN good information for later use. Facebook groups are ok for chatting or short duration information storing. This forum has all of the ingredients for success and now we have to put in the hard work and have the patience to allow it to grow. The bigger we get, the more information we will have at our fingertips. It is very important to keep the activity going during the early formation period.

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