The DT Manifesto

This week’s Coffee Brake is not just the typical musings and drivel that oozes from my fingertips onto the keyboard…no…today is very different. Today, it is time to lay out the DT Manifesto. Merriam-Webster defines man·i·fes·to  (noun ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō) as

: a written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group.

On character:

First and foremost, this is an entertainment website. This means we are
here to provide entertainment. Occasionally it might lead to someone
buying a car. We are not here to sell you cars. But — and most
importantly — if we do, it won’t be any kind of money-making ploy. One
of the DT team might sell a personal car here as an exclusive, but it
will be at a ridiculous discount as a perk to the
readership/commentariat, never an attempt to inflate our own wallets.
Outside of trying to make you laugh, our serious goal is to add value to
the gearhead hobby while facilitating transactions that are
win-win-win-win for buyer, seller, blogger, and reader alike.

On content:

Let’s face it; content is king. This site could be called the Daily Salmon Cannon and
as long as we posted good salmon cannon related stuff each day,
salmonheads would keep coming back… amiright? We pledge to earn your
loyalty every single day by providing regular, relevant, timely, and
awesome content. When we slip up, tell us as nicely as you can. When we
get it right, you already tell us, and it is incredibly gratifying.

On tips:

Tips are the lifeblood of this website.  We get inundated with El
Caminos, Rancheros, & Durangos on a hourly basis, and would love to
publish every single one of them. However, when we post based on a tip,
we promise to always give a shout-out to the tipper and never use the
power of the tips for personal gain. We will never use them as a giant
sifter to discover well-priced cars for ourselves then flip them to our
dedicated readers, or anyone else, for profit.  Not gonna happen. 

On fun:

We are going to make fun of things from time to time and these might
include one or more of the following: French cars, cars made by
Frenchmen, cars designed in France but assembled in Wisconsin, Porsche
914s, hipsters, hats, the San Diego Padres, you, your favorite car, cats
(who likes cats anyway, dogs rule!) [Back off, mudflap, I love my cat. -KBZ], incurable diseases (Lyme disease is a giggle, but terminal abdominal cancer, that is a gut buster),
Italy, soccer fans, front wheel drive, slushboxes, and skinny jeans. 
Deal with it.  This is a humor site; if you don’t have a sense of humor,
please buy one in our online store here.

On community:

Nobody knows everything, and the writers and editors here at DT are only
knowledgeable on the cars they have personally
owned/driven/repaired/sold/maintained/destroyed. Therefore, when we
post something that is outside the DT wheelhouse, the community steps
up to the plate and helps out. We get something wrong, you let us know, it
makes the site better. The comments on the postings are very often more
interesting than the actual writing and that is great.  We promise to
remember that and reward our readers/commenters appropriately with
content, deals, and laughs.  You will see some regular commenters cross
the line between contributor and staff — and this is a good thing.

On moderating:

I’m not a big fan of moderation…wait…that isn’t right…moderating… I’m not a big fan of moderating the comments.  It isn’t just the freedom of speech, yaddy yah we are all big boys approach
that I prefer, it is also that I don’t want to spend my time approving,
editing, or removing comments…I’ve got diesel powered DeLoreans to
find. The only time a comment might get sucked into the black hole is if
it falls into the DT’s simple ORBS rules.  Comments that contain the
following: Obscenity (okay, a few s-bombs won’t get you banned, but just keep it PG-13..more specifically 1980s PG-13), Racism (keep that for the basketball court Mr. Sterling), Blasphemy (whoa,
what is this some kind of Christian rock station –no, but just keep
any religious diatribes to yourselves and don’t insult God, god, Yahweh,
Buddha, Allah, Wicca, Voodoo, Mother Earth or Ayrton Senna
— simple enough?) Spam (I know spam when I see it).

On transparency:

Like all web ventures, this particular site makes some money from
various internet money sources. We promise to always disclose those
items from which we make money, such as eBay affiliate listings. If you see an eBay
link that starts with this
means that somebody is going to get money if you click on that link and
then buy something.  If you see an eBay link or an Amazon link there is a
high likelihood that we will make a few bones if you buy something (not
just the linked item, but anything) during that web session. Please buy our t-shirts and stickers (we make, like, a nickle), and tell your friends
about us. 

On helping:

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had offers from total strangers on the web to help out with this site. How can you help? Spread the word. Tell your friends. Post on forums. Tell your mom. And comment. The more comments each post gets the more lurkers will come out of the woodwork and share their rich experiences with all of us.

On passion:

This site is a labor of love, a hobby, a
passion, an odd way for human beings connected through electric wires
spanning thousands to miles to enjoy camaraderie through cars. We hope you
enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it.

DT Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder Vince Barbarie

Technical Editor & Co-Founder Chris Floren (CFlo)

Contributing Writer Hunsbloger

Logo Guru & Graphics Kaibeezy

Contributing Writer PhiLOL

Contributing Writer Gianni Burrows

Contributing Writer Andy Liss