The Legacy of e9coupe.com

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Most of you realize that sites like ours exist because of the collective contributions by the members. There are countless classic car websites all over the internet with an incredible amount of information, including e9coupe.com. The vast amount of knowledge and experience that's shared on this site every day is simply amazing, which brings me to the topic of our "legacy". We are all curators of our beautiful coupes, fortunate enough to enjoy them during our snapshot in time. This is also true for the knowledge and experiences that we gain while owning one or simple being an enthusiast. We started in 2003. Since that time, any and all information about coupes relevant in 2003 is still relevant today, and information gathered today will still be relevant for years to come, regardless of who the curators of the cars are. The responsibility of this site should be to preserve this information, organize it and make it available to everyone in the future. Knowledge Base, Photos, Registry and more. We're working very hard to make it as simple and easy as possible for each of the members here to contribute to the legacy.

Content and Images
When you post a new thread or reply to an existing thread you are creating content. That content is stored on a server. When you use an image to explain the content it's important to keep those two separate pieces of information together. When you attach a file to the post it gets stored on the same server as the content, connected together forever. If you link to an image on another host (photobucket, etc) the images are on their server not ours, which means we can't control it and it could be separated from the content in the future. This already happened when several image hosting companies decided to stop allowing third party links. There are several very comprehensive restoration threads on this site that were gutted and basically useless after the image links were killed. This is exactly what we're trying to avoid.

Bottom line: Always attach images to your posts!

Registry

Creating an entry on the CS Registry helps preserve each cars history and can benefit the next curator. https://bmwcsregistry.org/list/

Image Vault

A project is underway to organize all of the images that have been uploaded onto the e9coupe.com server since 2003 and separate them into categories. Each image can be "tagged" with specific keywords so users can easily find relevant photos with a search. Part of this process has to be done manually and may take up to a year to complete, all part of our legacy and worth the effort. The image vault will become active shortly and will continue to be added to on an ongoing basis.

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This is all @dang folks! His infinite wisdom and future-proofing will ensure that this is the go-to site for e9’s for decades to come. I look forward to the ride, and have already started to contribute to the FAQ (but we need your corrections and ideas).

I hope to see involvement with polls, FAQ contributions, and thread/image tagging. Also, go out to your garage, measure something on the car, jot down a part number, and report back. Content is data, and data is king!

In the few short years that I have been present here, I have witnessed multitudes of new technical discoveries, parts solutioning, motorsport history lessons, and restoration wizardry. I look forward the community continuing to take this site to the next level, while having fun in the process!!!
 

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Great work and vision here. Is there anyway to automatically grab the images (for lack of a better descriptor) that are currently hosted on other sites (mine are on Google Photos) and copy/convert them to their existing posts here so they won't ever go dark?
 

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Great work and vision here. Is there anyway to automatically grab the images (for lack of a better descriptor) that are currently hosted on other sites (mine are on Google Photos) and copy/convert them to their existing posts here so they won't ever go dark?
If they are active links and the images show in the posts then we've probably already grabbed them. We're running an add-on to this forum that's suppose to identify third party links and create attachments. I'll check into it...
 

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@dang if there is anything I can do as a user to help tag the images, then please let’s me know.

Whilst I’m here I need to say that this is by far the best “enthusiasts” site I’ve ever used.

Keep up the great work and thanks for your efforts.
 

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Kudos to dang for taking on this task. The automotive content on this site is outstanding, but without the technological expertise a select group of members donate to manage this place, we wouldn't be able to use it. I really appreciate what you folks do. Having this place to hang out in adds immensely to the coupe ownership experience.
 

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Once the images become available to everyone I'll write up a "How to" for anyone who wants to help. Thanks for volunteering Michael. Did I mention that there's over 70k images just to start with? :)
Gladly help. The more people involved the better and the quicker we can get them catalogued :)
 

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wow thsnk you so much
time to send more money to the cause
i seen a lot of auto sites
yet is by far the most easily used and presented
 

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Absolute BEST forum out there! And I'm a member of quite a few (several Chrysler ones, a Chevy one, a Mercedes Pagoda one - the most stodgy by far) but this forum has the best layout and folks out there to help!

Invaluable knowledge AND entertainment at times!
 

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Amazing work. it's starting to look like running a company. I whish I was this structured as well.
I got another 2500 images if you think it'll help...
Erik, the media section allows users to upload images into your own album and can be tagged like the rest. I'm sure your images would be very valuable...
 

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Erik, the media section allows users to upload images into your own album and can be tagged like the rest. I'm sure your images would be very valuable...
Thanks for pointing this out…I hadn't realised it was there. I'm going to upload pics of my car and tag them here (over time).
 

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Dan, thanks for the Herculean effort and commitment we all know it takes to create and manage something like this. This entire site is amazing and will stand as your personal legacy.

Thank you so much.
Dan
 

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Dan. Without your great work on this Forum, I'd have been at a loss for a lot of the 'work' I did on Lorelei over the past 4 years. I very much appreciate you and all the others who post with information or answers to questions.

WELL DONE.

Gary
 
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