DeLurking Cadillac Fans

I popped over to the post office to mail off a free Hat and a few site postcards & magnet to one of our new CaddyInfo Forum Community Members, CarlaValentine.


Carla was the first recipient of our new CaddyInfo New Member Who’s Doing it Right Award.

On Forums the majority of our audience — Cadillac fans who came to the site to read about Cadillac Automobiles — never register or log in to the site.  They ‘Lurk’ as Guests, read the site, but don’t comment or post.  This is not unique at the CaddyInfo Community.  At most forums in the membership listing you can observe 70-80% guests and 20% registered users online.

Guests are always welcome at CaddyInfo of course, but the strength of our Cadillac Community is the shared knowledge and experience of all of our participants.  So the more people who come into the light of Registered Member and out of the darkness of Lurking, the better our conversation is.

One of the points to having the “New Member Who’s Doing it Right” Award is to recognize Carla’s participation. New Member Who’s Doing It Right is a new concept intended to recognize relatively new arrivals to our CaddyInfo Cadillac Community who are fitting right in, participating, posting new threads or ongoing posts to topics. Carla also filled in her profile correctly, with Avatar image, car details, personal photo, and personal info that help members understand her questions or comments in context.

The award also helps to communicate to new Readers (or experienced Lurkers) that Caddyinfo is a new-participant friendly environment.    Pretty much the only things to avoid are open, hostile attitude toward Cadillac Automobiles (them’s fightin’ words), and advertising without a relationship with the Caddyinfo Forum (PM me on the Forum about advertising).  Otherwise I find that our Membership is very tolerant of almost any style of discussion about Cadillac automobiles.

My Lovely Wife suggested that we have a De-Lurker Award — as a way to recognize people who have Registered and begun to participate.  That might be slightly different from our Doing it Right award.   Do you have any other suggestions on how to encourage Cadillac owners to participate at CaddyInfo?

New hats / / Models needed does a great job with custom embroidered hats. I ordered another lot of hats, updated to the new embroidery lettering. The change to the lettering cost me $9.99, which I felt was quite reasonable since it took the technician time to reset. [FTC disclosure: I paid for the hats and changes and shipping to me. Queensboro only provided great service and customer satisfaction.]

Great model, poor camera work (flash washout). Hats are darker than shown.

We had a few of the hats spoken for as pre-orders, so I sent those out for free, with free shipping.  Good to get your name in early on pre-orders, because they do ship for free some times.  Also tucked some website cards and post cards in the mailed boxes.

Hopefully some of the recipients will send back images of them wearing the hat (with better photographic work).

The hats are actually a dark navy blue, with Red thread for “” and Yellow thread for “Information & Discussion”.  They are quite striking in person.

This image is more illustrative of the hat color: Hats

Old design (left) and New design (right) hats

You can order a “new” design hat here:

The Hats are US$11 each plus $5 Shipping in the US, for a total of US$16.
The hats ship USPS Priority Mail (2nd day delivery).  Contact me here or on Facebook or Twitter if you need international shipping and we can figure something out.

Still want to re-issue my call for Hat Models.