Our Message Boards here at HWC™ have received a much-needed facelift! We heard from you that there should be fewer Categories and Forums, so we’ve significantly reduced the number of each, and regrouped and reorganized all of the Forums into their respective Categories in a more logical fashion.
We know that adjusting to change always takes time, but we also know this change will result in a better experience for all. One of the things that should help all of us is if we are speaking the same language when referring to the Boards. There is a certain terminology for the parts of the Board. Here’s how it breaks down:
- The Message Board is divided up into a few Categories. A Category is a grouping of Forums by relative general subject matter.
- Within each Category are a few Forums. A Forum is a grouping of Topics by relative specific subject matter.
- Within each Forum are several Topics. A Topic is a specific discussion posted by a user on the Board.
- Within each Topic are several Posts. A post is a single message left by a user on the Board.
The first thing you should do when posting on the Message Boards is familiarize yourself with each of the Categories and the Forums within them. With each Category and Forum, there is a general description line explaining what sort of posts you can expect to find, and should make, in that location.
Occasionally, a user will place a post in the wrong Forum. When that happens, an Administrator or a Moderator will move it to the correct Forum. This results, of course, in a user asking us where their posts went. Aside from becoming familiar with what to post where, and getting it right to begin with, there are two ways you can find out where your post went:
- Search the Categories and Forums that might make sense based on what you posted.
- Using the tabs at the top of the Message Board, click on “Find > Advanced Search.” In the window that pops up, enter your user name in the “Author Name” field, then click the Search button. The only drawback with option 2 is that it takes a little time before every post shows up in the Search… so it may be a while before you can find it this way.
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Here are the current Categories and Forums, and what should be posted in each of them.
Category: Hot Wheels® Products
This Category features Forums designated for specific discussion of the features of Hot Wheels® products and series.
- Forum: Mainline Cars & More
This Forum is primarily for discussing our Hot Wheels® mainline (sometimes referred to as “basic”) vehicles. This includes the Treasure Hunt segment. You should also use this Forum to discuss premium cars, promotional cars, etc., as well as any general casting discussions (such as, “Let’s talk about the Fat Fendered ’40.”)
- Forum: Hot Wheels® 2010 Collectible Lines
This Forum is for discussing the Hot Wheels® collectible (sometimes referred to as “adult”) series vehicles which are new to the current year. This includes releases from retail lines such as Garage, Delivery and Dragstrip Demons™, as well as this year’s HWC™ online series cars (but any discussion of RLC™ Exclusive releases should be kept in the RLC™ Category).
- Forum: HWC™, RLC™, & Other Collectible Series Cars
This Forum is for discussing Hot Wheels® collectible series vehicles from previous years. This includes discontinued series such as 100%, Classics, Modern Classics, etc. It also includes older releases from continuing series, such as 2009 Garage and Delivery vehicles, as well as HWC™ online series cars from previous years.
- Forum: Redline™ Era Cars
This Forum is for discussing the initial Hot Wheels® brand releases of the first few years, from 1968 to 1976, aka “The Redline™ Era.”
- Forum: International Hot Wheels®
This Forum is for discussing the international Hot Wheels® releases, and all aspects thereof.
- Forum: Off the Scale
This Forum is for discussing non-1:64 scale Hot Wheels® vehicles, such as the 1:18, 1:43, 1:50 and 1:87 releases, as well as any discussion of 1:1 Hot Wheels® creations, such as the Twin Mill®.
- Forum: Other Hot Wheels® Products
This Forum is for discussion of any Hot Wheels® products not covered by any of the previous Forums. This includes track and play sets, Monster Jam® vehicles, branded Hot Wheels® items, and items which relate to Hot Wheels® collecting, such as Kar Keepers™, display and storage cases, etc.
- Forum: Variations and Errors
This Forum is for the specific discussion of variations and errors of any Hot Wheels® vehicles.
Category: HotWheelsCollectors.com Website
This Category features Forums designated for discussion of the features of the HotWheelsCollectors.com™ website.
- Forum: HWC™ News and Features Discussion
Whenever you read an article on HWC™, you’ll notice a little “Discuss” icon at the bottom. When you click that, it creates a Topic in this Forum. This Forum is for discussion of the article and the article subject. Other than those which come from an article on the site, you should not start any new Topics in this Forum.
- Forum: HWC™ Sneak Peeks Discussion
Whenever you view the Sneak Peeks on HWC™, you’ll notice a little “Discuss” icon at the bottom. When you click that, it creates a Topic in this Forum. This Forum is for discussion of the specific Sneak Peek. Other than those which come from a Sneak Peek on the site, you should not start any new Topics in this Forum.
- Forum: HWC™ Special Feature Areas
This Forum is for discussing any other areas of HWC™, such as the Casting Database, HWC™ Museum, etc.
- Forum: Website Suggestions/Requests/Questions
This Forum is for you to post things you’d like to see on the website, questions you may have a about the site or the Message Boards or Chat Rooms, what you like and don’t like about the site, etc.
- Forum: Technical Issues (Bugs)/Technical Questions
This Forum is for assistance if something on the site seems to be functioning improperly or not at all. Or if you just want to know if you can or can’t perform certain functions as a user of the site, and how to perform them if you can.
Category: Mattel Pipeline
This Category is your most direct line to speak with the team behind the Hot Wheels® brand. We’ll be doing our best to try to respond to your questions and feedback.
- Forum: Ask Hot Wheels®
This is the Forum to ask questions about Hot Wheels® things you’ve been wondering about or dying to know.
- Forum: Customer Service
This is the Forum to express yourself to us -- compliments, complaints, requests... Anything that you want to bring to our attention about Hot Wheels® products and/or services.
Category: Red Line Club™ Only Forums
This Category is for RLC™ Members only. Anything which is designated as RLC™ exclusive should be restricted to discussion in this Category. Any Topic posted in these Forums cannot be read by anyone who is not an RLC™ member -- even if the Topic is featured across all the Forums!
- Forum: Red Line Club™ Exclusive Discussion
This is the Forum for RLC™ members to discuss products and services of the RLC™, its membership benefits, etc.
- Forum: RLC™ News & Features Discussion
Whenever you read an article that is “RLC™ Only” on HWC™, you’ll notice a little “Discuss” icon at the bottom. When you click that, it creates a Topic in this Forum. This Forum is for discussion of the article and the article subject. Other than those which come from an RLC™ Only article on the site, you should not start any new Topics in this Forum.
- Forum: RLC™ Sneak Peeks Discussion
Whenever you view the RLC™ Sneak Peeks on HWC™, you’ll notice a little “Discuss” icon at the bottom. When you click that, it creates a Topic in this Forum. This Forum is for discussion of the specific RLC™ Sneak Peek. Other than those which come from an RLC™ Sneak Peek on the site, you should not start any new Topics in this Forum.
- Forum: RLC™ Polling Forum
This is the Forum where polls for the RLC™ sELECTIONs™ series will be located.
Category: Finds: Retail & Elsewhere
This Category is for reporting what products you’ve found, and where you’ve found them. If your post begins with anything like “I found this today,” then this is the Category you should be posting it in.
- Forums: Kmart, Kroger, Target, Toys ‘R Us, Wal-Mart, Walgreens
Each of these Forums is for pointing out whatever Hot Wheels® product you found at the specific retailer for whom the Forum is named.
- Forum: Other Finds
This Forum is for pointing out where you found any Hot Wheels® product from any other source which doesn’t have a dedicated Forum. This would include any supermarkets, hobby shops, eBay, yard sales, etc.
Category: Beyond the Toys
This Category is for all the real world activities and social functions associated with the hobby of collecting Hot Wheels® products.
- Forum: Events
This Forum is for sharing, discussing, or posting questions about any upcoming shows, conventions, Collector Day events, etc.
- Forum: Regional Clubs and Meetings
This Forum is for posting reminders about local club meetings, asking about local clubs, or discussion of local clubs and what they do.
- Forum: Hot Wheels® Customs
This Forum is for discussing and sharing customized Hot Wheels® vehicles, sharing tips and pointers, etc.
- Forum: Hot Wheels® Photos
This Forum is for displaying photos and photo collections of Hot Wheels® products.
- Forum: Random Acts of Kindness (RAOKs)
Being the generous lot that they are, Hot Wheels® collectors like to pass along product to other unsuspecting enthusiasts. This is the Forum for posting who sent you what, and expressing gratitude.
- Forum: Real-Life Racing
A big part of the Hot Wheels® brand -- including a lot of inspiration -- comes from the real-life racing circuits. This is the Forum for discussing races, results, your favorite racers and more from NASCAR® to Drag Racing.
- Forum: Off Topic
No one’s really sure what this Forum is. It appears to be discussion of just about any kind by collectors who are just enjoying the social activity of the HWC™ Message Boards. We leave this Forum there just in case it’s preventing the universe from collapsing.
This Category provides Forums for collectors to arrange to trade products. There are some very specific rules in each of these Forums, so please read carefully, participate fairly and honorably, and understand that Mattel simply can not police or be responsible for the actions of traders.
- Forum: Hot Wheels® Trades
This Forum is for arranging trades of Hot Wheels® product for Hot Wheels® product. If you are outside the U.S. and wish only to trade within your own area, try posting your country in the subject line of the Topic.
- Forum: Hot Wheels® PLUS Trades
We allow a little bit of non-Hot Wheels® trading -- as long as one side of the trade is Hot Wheels® product. In this Forum, you can either trade Hot Wheels® product for something else, or trade something else for Hot Wheels® product.
- Forum: Trading Feedback
This is the Forum to let others know whom you’ve traded with and how it turned out. Each user who wishes to conduct trades on our Boards should put up their own personal Trade Feedback Topic in here, provide the link to it to their potential trading partners, and post feedback in the Trade Feedback Topic of those they trade with.
- Forum: Hot Wheels® Auctions
This Forum is for notifying others of online auctions you are conducting, or of those you have seen which other may find be interested in. Auctions MUST BE for Hot Wheels® product, and you MAY NOT mention prices in here, or anywhere else on the Boards.
Category: Forum Archive
This Category is where older Forums and postings wind up when their time has passed.