So, back when I still had my 5-series (Beowulf... I hope he went to a loving family), I dropped in on one of the BMW forums for technical advice and ideas from time to time. One of the threads focused on rims and accessories, and a perfectly polite, enthusiastic young man posted some pics of his customized, stripped down 528i. It was clear that owning the car was a stretch for him, and the modifications were a bit... much (21" 5 spoke spinner wheels, purple tint), but he was earnest and doing his best to contribute. One of the lovely forum members, apparently offended that a working-class guy could afford the same family of car as him made the comment in the subject line above. I thought that poster was going to get flamed, but to my dismay, several others piled on including one suggestion that he probably sold drugs to afford the car. The kid took it well, but it was a sad scene. I left a few lame encouraging words and never went back to the forum.
I bring this up to highlight the differences I see between the Bimmer forums and the Tesla community we have here. Of course we have our share of excessively "lively" discussions, over-the-line moments, and over-zealous troll-hunts, but all in all I think this is something pretty special here. The vast majority of contributors are helpful, supportive and contagious (spreading the T-virus). What other forum could start a petition garnering 100,000 signatures in a ridiculously short amount of time? What other forum has a NickJHowe relentlessly perfecting the ubiquitous delivery checklist, or a Mr. Science (Lolachampcar) who basically gives free mechanical engineering lessons and collects/collates advanced metrics on 21" wheel tire wear? Have you ever gone all teary-eyed after reading an internet forum post prior to Rch's "The Tesla Psychosis"?
In short, thanks for not being a bunch of condescending, entitled d*****bags. Thanks for creating a place where our shared insanity can grow and be fed. Thanks for providing sometimes unintentional entertainment, and thanks for infecting me with this marvelous affliction. Carry on.
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