Moderators: can we just remove this poster from the forum?
"Lisamarie" has no introduction, four sale offers that conflict with each other, all posted around the same time, and Google shows no activity for that email address except on this forum.
"Stock rims center lug nut covers": Lisamarie has 4 rims in the box, no price.
"SS Wheels Wanted": 4 chrome ones with tires for $500.
"OEM Impala Wheels (94,95,96 years) thread (started by Lisamarie): 4 wheels in unopened boxes, with caps, no pictures, no price as required.
"Impala SS wheels WTB": four chromed in VGC. No pics, no price, and Lisamarie conveniently says she's near the person who is seeking rims.
Whatever. No credibility.
This makes me think of some recent new members who skip the intro, then make super-enthusiastic posts repeating basic questions, apparently trying to waste people's time. Newbies are wonderful. Newbies who don't read, pay attention, or answer our questions are suspicious. Hard to sort out inexperienced from trolling.
I took a look at some relevant FB car groups. Some intelligent stuff there, and a lot of incoherent brain damage, some of which I think is on purpose.
Makes me wonder if this nice forum is now one small victim of a large well-organized effort to make a mess of the internet. Not just bored random trolls in their basements, but something bigger with a large-scale disruptive intent to destroy social bonds and trust.
I'd hate to see this wonderful forum of enthusiastic people, old and new, skilled and novice, damaged by malicious actors, but I think it's already happening.
Am I paranoid? Ha. A friend who works on high-level global internet crime asked if I was paranoid about this. I said yes. She told me I should be, and she wasn't smiling.
So, how do we keep things like this forum positive and fun? How do we build and retain trust in both directions? How do we help and encourage new members who want to learn, especially if it's all brand new to them and who maybe don't always communicate or grasp things the way we'd hope? How do we do all this wonderful stuff and watch out for wolves in sheep's clothing, whether they're crooks, time-wasters, or people who have a plan to weaken societies by screwing with the internet?
I dunno. Maybe I'm just a rambling paranoiac