Welcome Your guide to getting around Motoring Alliance | links, advice and directions. Whether this is your first time to Motoring Alliance, or simply your first time reading this welcome message, allow us to take this opportunity to thank you for joining. Our goal here is to build an evolutionary community, one where everyone feels welcome, information is shared freely, and friendliness and respect are coveted and rewarded. To help guide you through this new environment, we've compiled the following list of tips and advice: 1. Complete Your Garage When we meet other MINI owners in person the first thing most of us normally do is introduce ourselves and our MINI. One of the best ways to offer a polite introduction on Motoring Alliance is by completing your Garage and posting a little about you in the Starting Line. While you certainly aren't expected to provide every detail, your fellow Motoring Alliance members would greatly appreciate knowing a bit about you and your MINI. 2.Search and Likes The Search tab at the top right of every page provides some additional features you might not be used to. Directly from within the box you can select to search for keywords in the titles of threads, posts contributed by a specified member, and posts that are newer than a specified date. Once you find a thread on a topic of interest, you will also want to pay attention to the posts that are "liked" in that thread. Likes will be your guide to the most valuable answers/contributions. 3. Like It When you read a post that contains good advice, is helpful, or just plain adds value to the community - 'Like it.' By liking posts and being generous with your likes, you will be doing other members a favor, both those members whose posts you liked and those who are seeking guidance to the best information. 4. Ask Questions Sometimes, no matter how hard you search, you just can't find what you are looking for. At Motoring Alliance you will find a community of members who welcome your questions (and the chance to earn your likes). If you have a question about any topic, no matter how basic, please don't hesitate to ask, we are here to help. 5. Be Descriptive With Your Thread Titles When you start a new topic, be as specific as possible in your topic title. Giving your thread topic a good title will encourage other members to read your thread and respond. 6. Patience and Gentle Encouragement Are Both Virtues It's very likely that, as Motoring Alliance grows, most of the questions you post will receive rapid replies. And, in those cases where the replies aren't coming as fast as you'd hoped, here's a tip that will get you better results than if you simply re-posted the question in a different forum: Add an additional post to your thread. Adding additional information helps others prepare specific answers and will bring your question to the top of the page for those that might have missed it before. 7. Be Open-Minded Asking for advice from people you don't know may seem intimidating at first, but feel free to post and talk about anything related to the topic of MINIs and you'll be sure to have instant conversations. Of course, because Motoring Alliance is made up of members from all over the world and with different perspectives, these conversations likely won't always trend the way you hoped. When this inevitably happens, try to keep in mind this mantra, "The more points of view, the better," and do your best to refrain from reacting and or escalating. As has been said many times in many online communities, if you don't feed the trolls you will have fewer trolls. And that brings us back to the central theme of Motoring Alliance - friendliness. Everyone who participates in this community should be here to learn, to share, to encourage, to support and to respect one another. That, and MINI, is what Motoring Alliance is all about. We welcome your participation and look forward to your joining us in the community. Whether you have questions, answers, or both, it is all valuable to the community as a whole. And with that, we say good posting, have fun and welcome to everyone.