Thank you for your valued opinion. I am aware that the subject of this post does not affect both you and I but never the less your observations are important. I originally asked the question in case any member who could possibly be affected by the content of the post may wish to communicate external to our forum with this particular non member. I certainly would have. However, for me to simply paste the content of that persons emails on here could have been considered scaremongering.
Past experience would prevent me from agreeing to a ‘help me’ section for non members which would open up the forum to a barrage of advice from those I consider to be ‘armchair experts’ and ‘armchair barristers’ of which there are a noteable few out there. A particular peice of technical advice gleened from another forum I chose to swallow the very same evening that I had paid a large deposit on a new van had me convinced that the manufacturer had got it wrong. Only after a very sleepless night and many telephone calls to both the manufacturer and VOSA the following day was I able to rest assured that the advice I had foolishly chosen to swallow was in fact a load of tripe. As you quite rightly say ‘often wrong answers’
I agree with you that the best place for advice from an experienced member regarding a Hobby is here on our forum. We have many long serving members here who will have experienced all things Hobby, I only wish they were more active here on the forum. I am sure there will be at leaast half a dozen members here who could provide constructive advice for instance a ‘top ten’ of do’s and dont’s with regard to Fiat, Habitation, Water, Heating, Electrics etc.
With regard to a donation type system, it could be made to work but one issue to be aware of if opening up the forum to non members would be that we could exceed our expected monthly visitor numbers allowed by our hosting package. Agreed, it could also have the effect of slowing the site down but you should have noticed some improvement since yesterday. I for one could not agree to our club paying more for a hosting package which would allow these ‘armchair experts’ a platform to freely spout their tripe. Perhaps a topic for the AGM ?
P.S. I received an email recently from the non member with the water ingress problem to say that all was now sorted to his satisfaction and at no cost to him but his closing message was that anyone who may be affected should have it checked out. Even though we were unable to offer any help I thought that it was very kind of him to keep us informed.