The wide world of motorsports is a large, international phenomenon, with a varied yet dedicated set of fans that comes from all over the globe. And major racing events aren't too hard to come across from one country to the next, as countries everywhere, from the United States to the United Kingdom, from Spain to Japan, all have something to offer the motorsports fan. But with such a broad spectrum available, how can fans of international racing keep track of their favorite teams or events? Luckily, social networking attempts to solve the problem of distance, and 10 Tenths is a popular choice.
10 Tenths is a Web site that caters specifically to fans of motorsports, which includes a broad range of racing types like Formula One, the IndyCar Series, NASCAR and stock car racing, and bike racing. The major appeal for users of the site is like that of many other social networking Web sites and online communities -- 10 Tenths is a place for people with similar interests to come together and discuss their favorite hobbies, pastimes and interests.
The focal point of 10 Tenths is a bulletin board, which acts as an online discussion area for people to talk. Many social networks employ bulletin boards, and people often refer to them commonly as "boards" or "forums." Main boards usually contain several categories, which of themselves consist of more specific, topical forums or threads that include everyone's posts.
10 Tenths runs several threads related to motorsports topics, which fans can peruse and comment on if they're interested. To read any thread on the Web, whether it's a forum dedicated to F1 racing or cats, users simply click on the thread's title, and this displays a list of comments made from a group of posters; adding your own post contributes to the discussion. This creates several useful ways of sending and receiving important, relevant information related to a wide range of topics for fans anywhere on the Internet.
Keep reading to learn more about using 10 Tenths.
Using 10 Tenths
To start posting on forums and creating a social network with motorsports fans on 10 Tenths, the first step users have to take is registration. Like many specified forums on the Web, you can't post comments or introduce new threads without doing so; however, this is a good thing. According to the administrators at 10 Tenths, the best way to combat the persistent problem of instigators who flood forums with deliberately inflammatory comments meant to incite anger or cause difficulty within the site -- better known as "trolls" -- is to allow only those people who are serious about racing to post at the site. It's also worth noting that, as is the case with most social networking sites, there are rules users must follow, and the site administrators can delete offending posts or ban people from the site if they're violating those rules.
Registration is free; there's no need to enter personal information; and the only thing required is an e-mail address, which the user can hide if he or she wishes. This allows motorsports fans to not only post comments and start new threads, but also edit posts, set up e-mail notifications for replies to posts and threads they'd like to follow. It also allow them to send private messages to other 10 Tenths users, set up events and create lists of friends to keep track of who's online.
On the 10 Tenths home page, the general forums are located on the bottom left side of the page, where users can find threads on everything from single-seater racing to motorsports history and motorsports photography. If fans want to find specific topics on the site, they can use a search link to bring up a particular thread -- if it exists.
Each of the forums on 10 Tenths is administered by a team of moderators, or mods. These people oversee threads and individual posts and they have the ability to edit, delete or move any posts as they see fit. This is meant to encourage discussions, and even debates, that are on-topic and inoffensive. There are actually three different levels of moderators: forum moderators, super moderators and administrators. Forum moderators keep their eyes on individual forums. Super moderators act as a cross between forum moderators and administrators -- they have the ability and experience to moderate any forum on 10 Tenths, not just one. Administrators officially run the threads, and when forum moderators find objectionable material, they notify administrators, who edit or remove text from the site.
Benefits of 10 Tenths
The first and most obvious benefit for a motorsports fan using 10 Tenths is that the site creates not just one, but several different forums for people to come together and discuss something they're passionate about. So long as people stay on-topic and respect each others' opinions, fans can engage in interesting discussions about the sport they love.
The site is also organized efficiently, so fans can come to the site and find almost anything that suits their interests. The forum list has eight big, general forums, inside of which are more subtopics. Within those subtopics are the actual threads, where things get as specific as possible. For example, one of the main forums is Single Seater Racing. This big forum has five major subtopics: Formula One, IndyCar Series, A1GP, National and International Single Seaters and Club Level Single Seaters. If you click on any of those five subtopics, you can find a wide range of threads, which might include information on upcoming races, lists or memories of favorite racers and teams and various other kinds of opinions and announcements.
A forum like 10 Tenths can also go beyond what most social networking websites and online communities are meant to do on your computer screen. It offers ways to broadcast reminders of racing events and scheduling changes, and people can even meet up with friends both old and new at events. For example, if a group of people are heading to this year's 24 hours of Le Mans race in France, someone could start a thread detailing locations, times and hotel information to keep fellow fans in touch, making it easier to plan.
Most of all, however, what might be the most important benefit for users of 10 Tenths is that it's fun. Like any online forum, the site is a good place for like-minded individuals to get together and share information that's important and exciting to them.
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- 10 Tenths Motorsport Forum. "Advice for new users." (May 26, 2009) http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/faq.php?faq=new_user_faq
- 10 Tenths Motorsport Forum. "Forum rules." (May 26, 2009) http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/faq.php?faq=faq_rules
- 10 Tenths Motorsport Forum. "General forum usage." (May 26, 2009) http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/faq.php?faq=vb_board_usage
- 10 Tenths Motorsport Forum. "Posting guidelines." (May 26, 2009) http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/faq.php?faq=posting_faq
- 10 Tenths Motorsport Forum. "User maintenance." (May 26, 2009) http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/faq.php?faq=vb_user_maintain