I would just like
to add my support to Wayne Graham's comments in Response (14 Jan 07) regarding
repeat articles. It is now Wednesday 17th, and apart from Driving Emotion and
Response (weekly columns) the last new article was 9 Jan - more than 8 days ago!
Perhaps I am one of the few with a memory who
has also read all the back issues, but how about some NEW ONES! (I don't mind a
smattering of repeat articles). We have already had 15 days without articles
over the Christmas break - fair enough for you guys to have a break - but surely
THAT is a great time to automatically schedule repeat articles? By my count,
from 18 Dec to 17 Jan there have been a total of 5 'new' articles in a month -
Spring Swap, Gear Knob, Direct Petrol Injection and Negative Boost
Revisited Parts 1 & 2 (I'd argue that revisiting is not always new
material) - and in the past there would have been up to 25!
That's quite a drop in material.
Oh and I am sure I am like many readers who open
one of the repeat articles, (adding falsely to the ‘popularity’ count on the
article) and then realise it is a repeat. So perhaps the popularity of the older
articles is not as high as the numbers suggest. Can we see some more new
articles please, and less of the repeats!
We always have a break in editorial content
The reader ratings that we referred to
previously, where we pointed out that repeat articles are scoring very well, are
based on reader votes, not pages viewed. As examples -
Holden Commodore VL SS Group A "Walkinshaw" – Rating 3.77;
– Rating 4.4;
Performance Testing – Rating 3.76. That
How Heavy's Your Knob (which we
actually thought was a very good article, since we’ve never seen that
modification described anywhere else!) at Rating 3.69. (All ratings correct at the time
In terms of pages viewed, we statistically differentiate
those readers coming to AutoSpeed from external sources to those coming from
within the AutoSpeed site. These stats show that the repeat articles are very
popular with external readers – they help bring new readers to AutoSpeed. Recent
articles that have rated very well for external page views include
Escorting Power ,
NSX In Excess , and
Grading the GT-R – all repeats.
As noted previously, existing subs were
extended to take into account the changed provision of new content. Since the
stats on the number of page views, number of unique viewers and reader ratings
are all positive, we’re unlikely to change the new format.
I am the happy (almost) owner of a 1985 928
Porsche. It runs the Mercedes Benz four-speed auto trans of that era which (as
standard) annoyingly takes off from rest in second gear. The only way to make it
take off in 1st is to mash your right foot to the firewall to close the
kick-down switch. I have a manual push button switch fitted but this has become
tedious. What I need is some electronic device/kit that would close the
kick-down switch when the car comes to a rest and then re-opens the switch just
after the car has moved off. I guess the close and open speeds would have to be
adjustable as well as the hysteresis.
Given your magazine’s bent for
electronic modification – any suggestions? There are a lot of 928 owners out
that would love a simple or cheap mod.
If triggered from the speedo input, the
Frequency Switch kit (starts at Frequency Switch, Part 1) could be
l/100km's??! Ppphhfff - that's nothing! - my Postie Bike averages 2.7
l00/km with motorway AND city riding. (Just don't tell anyone about
the hassle of putting on and removing all the safety gear, the lack of passive
safety, the cold winters, the hot summers.....)
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