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How did SLKWorld begin?

I was just "visiting" with Jeff via p.m. about a list of "The Most Repetitious Topics Asked Over The Years" when it led to another conversation of "How This Forum Began".

Jeff respectfully said that I should ask Woolly as "He was the founder of this forum" and Jeff was a founding "member" from day #1 .

Jeff edit: Woolly has passed...

https://www.slkworld.com/off-topic/47...y-no-more.html

Wow, how do you happen to stumble upon a forum on its first day of inception? As well, how the heck do you even begin a forum that has evolved into what is the "Best" automobile forum in the Universe!

I, for one, want to hear (or read ) the story!

ENLIGHTEN US......PLEASE!!!
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Like minded people will always find a way of getting together, where ever they are ...

We're magnetic ...!

And I for one am glad to have found 'us' and joined up .....

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We're magnetic ...!

And I for one am glad to have found 'us' and joined up .....

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I'm glad you are here as well. Can you give me your celly phone number so I can call you today if I get stuck on the HU?
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SLKWorld started in June 2006 as a "migration" when ads and pop-ups were added to another forum. One of the members from that forum stated he owns a web hosting facility, so he started SLKWorld (mainly for the SLK) when most stated they would change or "migrate". The first few years were difficult because of cost needed to maintain the site and members voluntarily sent funds to help keep the site alive. It was then later sold to Ken and from there sold to its current owners.
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Most of the early members here were on Benzworld back in the early 2000's (??? ). We found it a bit too generic, so most of the SLK owners migrated to a new forum called 'Pointed3'. That too was starting to become a 'bit fractious', so it was decided to set up an SLK only forum,

At first we didn't think it would work, being a very niche market, but we were proved wrong. One of the early members was hosting the site for us, but ran into strange & serious trouble with MB. He had put NOx on his car, but then suffered a serious non-related problem with it. MB tried to blame his Nox setup, and wouldn't sort his car for him. There was a long process of litigation, which ended with MB buying the car back, on condition that he wouldn't own a 'Benz for the next 10 years - scary????

Obviously, that member lost interest, and as Eddy said, the hosting was taken over by Ken, who also set up SLKStore - 'our' on-site shop.

Both the forum, and the store started going ballistic, but then Ken bought a Volvo????? He lost interest in SLK's, the forum hosting moved to VerticalScope - a Canadian company who host a plethora of automotive (amongst others ) forums, and SLKStore was sold to Roderick. (SLKStore now closed).

Due mostly in part to the calibre of the early members, SLKWorld has been the antithesis to most motoring forums. We try to be polite & friendly to anyone who visits us. Working on the principal that anyone who likes the same car as you do, they can't be all bad (!! ) and there is no room for the histrionics found on a lot of forums.

We tried to make this place somewhere that anyone is happy to join, regardless of age, gender or persuasion. I think, judging by a lot of comments from both new & old members we have succeeded.

We were very lucky that Mr. J Banks decided to join us - he had always been a great contributor to Benzworld, and we were delighted when he signed up to be a member here. With his military background, he soon 'whipped' new members into shape. We decided to set up a 'Ride of the Month' comp, and asked Jeff if he could organise this, and also keep the new members 'on their toes'. We were pleased that JB accepted our offer to be a moderator here, and I think we'd all agree what a sterling job he does.

Shortly afterwards, we decided we need a female 'presence' helping to look after the place. Again we were so lucky finding MK (MaryKay (SimplySLK )) - she stepped seamlessly into the role - always giving her own special viewpoint on any tricky moderation decisions, but also regaling us with the delights of her 'Pic of the Day' thread - always guaranteed to raise a smile.

So, that's a rough picture of who and what SLKWorld is - apart from THE MAJOR factor that makes the forum as good as it is. The members here. In 8 years, (not counting the ubiquitous spammers that we are bound to get, unfortunately ), we have only had to ban 4 members, and moderate less than a handful of posts.

This is a truly great community, and I'd like to personally thank all the members here. (can I go for a pint now? ).






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^^^ ditto all of the above!

I've said before that I have been a member of a few forums. One of which (that had better remain nameless) I had raised a concern to the moderators about a comment I found to be bordering 'homophobic' and I was told in no uncertain terms it was 'just a bit of banter'. I don't appreciate any kind of discriminatory comments or actions. I pretty soon left the forum and sold the motor.

This sort of comment is never to be found on this forum, thankfully. This is a forum for true SLK car enthusiasts. Decent people only need apply.

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Interesting story, glad Stinger asked!

Thank you Woolly for the kind words...I love my job here!
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Nice story, does it have a happy ending?
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Thanks to all the founders and moderators for giving us/me a very pleasant refuge to come to , to help , be helped , learn something new , have a laugh ( and a tear ) and basically feel a part of something worthwhile and special , making owning an SLK , even better still !
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To be determined I guess if you win the Ride of the Month!
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Nice story, does it have a happy ending?
Ending???? It's only just started!! - remember when you were 8? - a whole lifetime still to go. . . . . I wonder what the R179 will look like?






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As everyone here already knows....of course it has a "happy ending". It also has a very cheerful front end, with a great 3 pronged badge on it plus it's a hoot to drive!!
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As a fairly new member of this forum and a dedicated due-it-yourself person, I find the willingness to help and the amount of info on this forum invaluable. It renews my faith in people to find so many that are willing to share and help. Thanks to all of you that make this possible.
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I belong to the Mazda forum and C Class forum "over there"... at best ineffective, sorry to say.
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