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Misty Bell | April 01, 2010

Forum or Message Board: A moderated website where users can discuss topics.


Paul Stallibrass

What started as a hobby for Con-way driver Paul Stallibrass has turned into a multi-company trucking message board with more than 800 members.

Find it on the Web: Visit Paul Stallibrass’ Top Driver Boards forums at www.topdriverboards.com.

Stallibrass has been with Con-way for 15 years, but he’s best known in the online world by the handle Crocodile (he’s Australian), proprietor of Top Driver Boards. “Truck drivers used to use a CB radio, and that was the preferred method of communication,” Stallibrass says. “Today the radio has degraded into something I don’t like anymore … because of the bad language and the arguing that goes on. Today, truckers are connected. On a site like mine, drivers can learn about changes at the company level all the way to federal regulations, and they can discuss them.

“These are conversations that used to be heard on the radio, and now they’re on the Internet.”

Even though the site was strictly for Con-way drivers in the beginning, now it’s open to everyone, with forums dedicated to 14 trucking companies, as well as general trucking forums and off-topic forums where drivers can share funny stories, pictures of their grandkids or anything else they want to discuss.

“These are conversations that used to be heard on the radio, and now they’re on the Internet.”

Stallibrass says his involvement with the boards has been an “extremely valuable asset. Getting involved in that conversation, I think, has helped me grow. I don’t know everything, and I’m willing to learn. I’m an old dog, but I guess I can learn new tricks.”

Finding time to put together and maintain the site has been fairly simple for Stallibrass, who says he frequently uses part of his 10-hour break to participate in the online community, contributing to the lively discussions ongoing there. “This is what I like to do,” he says. “It challenges me, it gives me headaches and nosebleeds, and I love them all.”


Sandy Long

With more than three decades of over-the-road experience, Weston Transportation driver Sandy Long decided in 2005 it was time to pass on some of her expertise. She started a Yahoo! group called “TrailerTruckinTech.”

Find it on the Web: You can find Sandy Long’s groups on the Web by searching “TrailerTruckinTech” or “Truckers Are People 2,” both at www.groups.yahoo.com and on Facebook.

“It’s dedicated to the education of new and prospective truck drivers,” Long says. “We’re about 780 members, and it’s strictly moderated and pretty well focused on education. We help people make the decision to become a truck driver, and we help fill in the gaps in their education, so I’m pretty proud of that group.”

On its heels, Long started another Yahoo! group called “Truckers are People 2,” dedicated to discussing federal and state regulations affecting the industry. “The human factor has been taken out of regulations overwhelmingly against us drivers,” she says. “So I’m trying to encourage people to get a little organized and political.”

Both groups also have a presence on Facebook, with the TrailerTruckinTech Facebook group geared more toward women drivers. Long, a member of Women in Trucking’s Driver Advisory Committee and a life member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, wrote a column called A Woman’s Perspective for Layover.com for five years, and she has posted these articles with tips for how to succeed as a woman in business on the Facebook page.

“The human factor has been taken out of regulations overwhelmingly against us drivers. So I’m trying to encourage people to get a little organized and political.”

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