Category: Housekeeping

By on June 12, 2017

Mark Stevenson in 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S, Image: © Kayla Ross

Let’s keep this short, shall we?

This Friday will be my last day as The Truth About Cars’ managing editor. On Monday, I begin a new career elsewhere, outside of journalism but still in the automotive industry.

But this isn’t really a goodbye. I’ll be vacating the seat to sit in another as an editor-at-large here at TTAC, and will stay for as long as my replacement will have me.

Speaking of my replacement …

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By on March 29, 2017

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UPDATE

Everything is good now. Comment away on your phones, dear friends.


We’re having an issue with the site today where a bug is redirecting logged-in mobile users from TTAC’s main page to the forum. Currently, we don’t know when the issue will be fixed.

In the meantime, we have a workaround: log out of your commenter account on mobile. I know — it sucks. But for now, that’s the only solution we have.

Sorry, folks :(

By on March 10, 2017

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Your moderation team here at TTAC thought it might be time for a reminder on our commenting policy. The rules apply to everyone — commenters and writers alike. Recently, we’ve been a bit lax on enforcing the rules, but that time has now come to an end. Included below is the TTAC commenting policy by which we all must abide. Posting comments on TTAC constitutes an acceptance of these comment guidelines.

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By on January 24, 2017

In November of last year, I asked you, our loyal readership, for your input on how to guide this website into the future. You spoke to the tune of 300 comments, and I replied with the following:

When it comes to politics, we must walk a fine line, and we must define the meaning of political discussion. There’s no doubt that politics, government, regulation, and the automotive industry are intertwined like a well-stirred spaghetti. If we’re to ignore those aspects of the automotive environment in America and globally, we aren’t doing our jobs. However, there’s a vast difference between politics and partisan rhetoric. It’s the latter that’s become an issue.

So, we’ll eschew partisan rhetoric unless it’s germane to the story at hand. Otherwise, TTAC will not take part in the dissemination of rhetoric itself. Still, we’re about to enter a new era in American politics, where rhetoric plays an even more active role than it has in years and decades past. Keep this in mind when reading our reports. We cannot and should not ignore the words escaping the mouths of politicians, elected officials, regulators, and bureaucrats. To do so would be a disservice to you.

Well, dear readers, I’ve done you a disservice.

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By on December 22, 2016

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As we roll into the holidays, TTAC is signing off for a four-day weekend and its writers are enjoying some much needed rest with family and friends. As much as we love to pour our hearts into this little corner of the web, we also need to share those hearts with other loves in our lives. So, because of that, TTAC can wait for a few days.

But before we go, I’d like to thank you — the writers, the readers, and everyone else that makes this possible — for an excellent year. Enjoy your holidays safely. We’d really like to see you come back here in 2017 in one piece.

In the meantime, and in the spirit of the season, let’s try something.

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By on November 20, 2016

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Last week, on TTAC’s 15th birthday, I asked you — all of you — for your input on what TTAC should be going forward. I wanted to know what we were missing. Thankfully, TTAC’s leaders have a history of holding open conversations with its readership.

It’s this open communication that’s such a blessing during an age of websites shutting down their comment areas by throwing the uncivil baby out with the bathwater in the name of civility. If anything, empty commentary is civil. It also isn’t commentary.

But we are not empty. You filled the space with a chorus of over 300 comments. We’ve listened and have already begun making changes behind the scenes to put your suggestions in motion.

However, I also need to address the elephant in the room. Actually, there are a few.

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By on October 4, 2016

Update: It looks like we’re in the clear. If you notice anything broken with the site, email me at mstevenson@ttac.com.

We’re currently working on a site issue that’s restricting the ability of many of you to scroll pages. When it’s cleared up, we’ll update this post.

Thanks for hanging in there.

By on September 1, 2016

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We’re growing again and you might be just the guy (or gal) to join our little automotive internet enclave.

Interested? Hit the jump.

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By on August 31, 2016

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The annoying Facebook overlay is dead. Hurrah!

By on July 17, 2016

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Colin Chapman is given credit to an infamous line overused by today’s automotive cognoscenti: Simplify, then add lightness.

We’ve applied Mr. Chapman’s philosophy to our commenting policy, which will now be rigorously enforced.

These are TTAC’s Six Rules of Civility.

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By on July 1, 2016

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Since a significant part of our staff lives north of the Freedom Border, we’re keeping it light today.

As Steph does each Canada Day, he’ll be crossing the Upper/Lower Canada border to extol the benefits of federalism to separatists. I’ll be reciting “O, Canada” with the gender pronouns intact while eating Canadian bacon and pledging allegiance to the ghost of John Candy. Tim will be counting up U.S. sales numbers. Sad!

You still have a couple of news items coming your way today, so stay tuned. Also, make sure to come back on July 4th as we will have a special piece from Jack (not Mark) Baruth.

By on June 27, 2016

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Attention keyboard warriors: your moderators have been selected.

Hit the jump to find out who they are and what they’ll be doing. Go on now.

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By on June 27, 2016

As a follow-up to the VerticalScope security breach, I want to take a moment to remind you to change your passwords if you haven’t done so already. That includes passwords for non-VerticalScope accounts that use the same email address or password.

Here’s the official notice from VerticalScope on the breach.

By on June 24, 2016

Keyboard Warriors

The Truth About Cars has always valued its knowledgeable, insightful, and outspoken commenters. It’s because of this that I’ve let you, the Best & Brightest, police yourselves.

With this approach to our community that exists below the articles, it was my hope that you’d become a chaff-shedding strain of wheat, dispensing with those who offer little in favor of focusing on those who offer much.

However, as is the case, sometimes the only person heard on a street is the one shouting through a megaphone.

I’m here to take that megaphone away — then give it back.

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By on May 23, 2016

RCMP Ford Crown Victoria at Parliament in Ottawa, Image: Bobby Hidy/Flickr

Since Steph and I are citizens of a country that didn’t institute a constitution until its 115th birthday, we get to celebrate holidays that even the British ignore.

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