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Old 9th January 2010, 17:40   #1
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Thumbs up Take a moment, feel proud being a bhpian

Just another regular day in college. Busy completing assignments sitting in canteen. Just to ward off boredom, we chit chat as we write. When a bunch of 20 plus boys huddle up, invariably at some point, discussion of cars have to come up. It's unwritten law !! Guess men and car are intertwined since birth. And when you talk cars, the talk is not complete without mentioning tbhp. As we while away our time discussing about cars and teambhp, one of my friend says, registering at tbhp is a nightmare.

"I have tried doing it innumerable but to no avail. I have given up ever since. I am content just browsing through it".

Another friend proudly proclaims with his face beaming, "know what, my cousin is a member".

At this point I interrupt and say that I am a bhpian.

"What!!!", everyone shouts in unison. Disbelief and jealously clearly written on many faces. "No way bugga, you are lying."

"Prove it!!", demands another.

Its only after I log in and show my handle name and a few posts they accept it. But disbelief still evident in each one's face. Those expression and that moment,I tell you. PRICELESS!!!

Many would have had similar experiences, do post and share.

And lastly before signing off, as we approach our 6th anniversary next month-Feb 14th to be precise, I would like to trespass and take the liberty to represent everyone on this community in wishing all the very best for the future to our beloved community which has meant a lot to us, with whom we have grown, continue to grow, which has become an integral part of our life.

And at last, but definitely not the least, our Mod team for their unparalleled commitment to maintain the quality, which has set a benchmark. We love you guys.

Take a bow bhpians. Take a bow for teambhp, take a bow for yourself, for if not you people we would not have been what we are today.
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Old 9th January 2010, 18:19   #2
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... registering at tbhp is a nightmare.

"I have tried doing it innumerable but to no avail. I have given up ever since. I am content just browsing through it".
To moderators: I had registered more than two years ago so don't recall exactly what was the procedure barring my initial posts were reviewed by a moderator. If what is written in this post is true, aren't we discouraging people from becoming members? I have read the same in couple of other introduction posts.

I know there could be quite a few people who are not serious to be part of the community but still can't we do something about improving this perception for rest of the people?

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Old 9th January 2010, 18:36   #3
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Well.. Pride for being able to post on a community forum?? I will let it pass. Many here must be members of multiple such forums & communities..so their pride must be multiple times as well..

Id rather be proud of being a responsible, safe driver who knows his automobiles . loves them & also respects the rights of other road users.. irrespective of being a posting member of any forum.
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Dude... is membership that difficult these days..??

When I joined (not too long ago) it was a simple approval system from the mods.
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Well.. Pride for being able to post on a community forum?? I will let it pass. Many here must be members of multiple such forums & communities..so their pride must be multiple times as well.
1000s of colleges out there but why is that you try hard to get into the top rated one.

I think its generally accepted that tbhp is the best.
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There are many such occasions you encounter when you really feel proud to be a BHPian.

A couple of examples.

I had traveled to Netherlands and for 2 days in Amsterdam I had no idea what to see. A quick search on team-bhp revealed member leadf00t was in Amsterdam. Sent him one PM and he got back to me immediately. We met up and he gave me a complete guided tour of amsterdam and even offered to let me stay at his place. My folks were amazed when I got back and told them the story. leadf00t is now a good friend and we regularly keep in touch. Feels proud to tell someone the whole story.

I had driven down to chennai and got lost in town. Had no idea how to get to my hotel. A quick call to nitrous to ask him for directions and before you know it he has come down to where I was to escort me to my hotel. Again all praise from my folks for T-BHP. They are amazed at how helpful some of the members are and just a call away for any help in an unknown place.

I am a member of other forums as well but no where do you get the same feeling than T-BHP.
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True that Vid. It's like a big family, and there's NO doubt that this forum is special. There have been so many instances where I have gotten stuck and I have opened a thread, after which it would get resolved. And in the best possible way!
My girlfriend and parents used to get angry about my dependance on a 'stupid website' for everything, but now they themselves come and tell me, "please post this on team bhp."
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I think my post has been misinterpreted, let me clear the air before things go out of control.

Firstly becoming a member is an individual experience. It varies from one another. While my friend had a horrid time registering here, I got in on my 2nd attempt. Maybe his 'why teambhp' note was not deemed fit, hence his membership might not have been approved. Anyways, since I don't know what transpired behind the scenes, I am in no better position to comment than you are.

Secondly, about feeling proud, am I proud as I can post while others can't? Hell, no. I am not. I am proud because I am a part of teambhp. Let me tell you, among my friends circle and amongst many people whom I have across, teambhp is revered and looked upon. There are lots of other car websites, but still a 'car reviews' search in google shows teambhp as it's first link. There is a reason for that. As Mpower rightly said, teambhp is the best. There are so many engineering colleges in our country, but why do people aspire only for IITs/RECs? Simply because it's best than the rest.
I hope I have cleared all the confusion here. I rest my case.
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Dude... is membership that difficult these days..??

When I joined (not too long ago) it was a simple approval system from the mods.
getting a membership is not a problem but maintaining the forum decorum is big task. you cannot spam the forum, no oneliners and post should have a message
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Absolutely agree with Sachin! This forum is indeed special. Not only this has given me great knowledge about cars but a support system. I have contacted tbhp friends to get advice on many thing other than car and every single time got the response! Thanks T-BHP, thanks to support team and thanks to each one of you!
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As shishir_bn pointed out, it is the way this forum is maintained by the moderators that makes it the favourite & one of the most respected forums. I especially like the strict guidelines preventing usage of sms slang in the forum. Also, any questions on practically any topic (even non - automobile topics) elicits a response that is so complete that you don't have to go searching for further info. No wonder we are all addicted to it!
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@Sachin, One thing is for sure - that was a lovely intro. Was simple, yet honest. You expressed your thoughts very well, and while doing that you gave a nice picture of yourself - a college going petrol head, who wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his love.

Your friend, like many many others, may not have responded correctly to the registration process. Correctly as in - understanding what is being asked, & responding accordingly. The registration page does list what we are looking for, and may be he missed something.

Anyway, Welcome to TBHP.
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Guys, please keep in mind that the member registration process is not open of public discussion. Whatever process we have in place has been designed after lots of trial and error. It may not be perfect, but we are constantly working towards it.
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@ Condor, glad that you liked the post. That really is an inspiration.

@ Rest of he folks, rather than discussing membership issues, let us concentrate on the other aspect. The various instances and experiences that make us proud as a bhpian.
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There are many such occasions you encounter when you really feel proud to be a BHPian.

A couple of examples.

I had traveled to Netherlands and for 2 days in Amsterdam I had no idea what to see. A quick search on team-bhp revealed member leadf00t was in Amsterdam. Sent him one PM and he got back to me immediately. We met up and he gave me a complete guided tour of amsterdam and even offered to let me stay at his place. My folks were amazed when I got back and told them the story. leadf00t is now a good friend and we regularly keep in touch. Feels proud to tell someone the whole story.

I had driven down to chennai and got lost in town. Had no idea how to get to my hotel. A quick call to nitrous to ask him for directions and before you know it he has come down to where I was to escort me to my hotel. Again all praise from my folks for T-BHP. They are amazed at how helpful some of the members are and just a call away for any help in an unknown place.

I am a member of other forums as well but no where do you get the same feeling than T-BHP.

Ah.. Viddy you brought back good memories. The feeling is mutual. so many cars around and not one petrol head to talk with. That time in amsterdam was fun.

+1 to nitrous for his hospitality in chennai.
I was in Chennai for 2 days on a business trip to client's office.
I stayed in a company guest house but ididnt meet any collegues. I didnt know anyone else who would show me around in Chennai.
Pmed a few BHPians. nitrous and n_aditya responded. N_aditya was caught in work and cudn't meet but nitrous promised to meet me.

It was the fuel crisis going on. no diesel no petrol available anywhere but still nitrous did stick to his promise and brought his track day car to pick me up from office 40km frmo his home and took me around to KFC for a quick snack. and over the zinger also arranged a JBL GTO 75.4 for me.
The amp was delivered to me even before nitrous dropped me back at my guest house. I found the elusive amp and a great friend.

Same situation as vidyut. Was in cochin. had to kill 6 7 hours before my flight back home. a couple of call to vidyut and nitrous and i received business cards of people who will guide me through cochin.
JKDas and vishnuvijay gave me some super directions to spend time in cochin.

Met another BHPian , arunkumar at a crossroad in cochin and he gave me directions to a lovely restaurant.

Dont know of any other place where you can find such warm people.
be it friends to party of be it friends to help u in times of need.

never met before yet always ready to help you.

Proud to be part of Team BHP.
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