Tips & Tricks for Using and Searching This Forum

Tips & Tricks for Using and Searching This Forum

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Please "bump" this every once in a while if you find it useful, that will keep it on the first page.

Topics      (1st Comment | Make a Comment)

Searching This Forum
Include Model ≡ Symbol (even from your smartphone)
Linking to Specific Comment
Bookmarklets: Ignore User, Hiding Spam, Better Blockquotes
Useful Tips for This Forum
Including Pictures in This Forum
CSS: Including Better Styles in Your Posts
Flagging Inappropriate Posts
These Keywords Trigger "Spam" Filters
Captain's VIN Decoder Ring
High-mileage Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Searching This Forum
Roofless has created a comprehensive "Search Tesla Forums" post.

@NickJHowe created the site to make it easy to use Google's "site:" trick. When trying to find a topic or before you start a new one, please search first.

Include Model ≡ Symbol (even from your smartphone)
I use the HTML character code for "identical to":

≡ or ≡
≡ or ≡

You can wrap it with other tags too. Like so <h1>:
Model ≡

See original post w/ more details: How To Easily Include the Model 3 Symbol**

You can also copy it from here:
Thanks to @Red Sage for suggesting this with his in-depth explanation of how he was doing it in the Model III Post.

**UPDATE: Oh the irony. The HTML special character code does not work in a Post Title on the Post Topics Main Listing page nor in the Topic Sidebar. As you can see it works fine above (and the title of the topic page itself). I have a prediction — Tesla will fix this bug before the Model ≡ is released.

Linking to Specific Comment

Select username of the comment.
Use the "inspect" feature of browser to see source code
Look for something like this tag a little above there: <div class="comment clearfix" about="/comment/817552#comment-817552" typeof="sioc:Post sioct:Comment">

Notice the "about" attribute I highlighted above: /comment/817552#comment-817552
That is an absolute link w/ anchor that points to that specific comment

Create links w/ it like this <a href="/comment/817552#comment-817552">[your text]</a>

Here is an example pointing to @Red Sage's post about capacity


Ignore User, Hiding Spam, Better Blockquotes
I was so annoyed by a certain user that I created this Ignore Bookmarklet. They only work within Tesla Forum Threads right now (and I have only done cursory testing), but I like it and thought some of you would too.

NOTE: My bookmarklets have been incorporated into @bdrathburn's Personal user blocklist extension for Chrome.

I have only done cursory testing; YMMV
IE definitely does strange things, and pops "are you sure" weirdness; but it still works; you may be able to change your IE security settings (make sure to use "Trusted Sites" for Tesla Motors, and not for all sites)
It's temporary, you need to click the button every time the page loads

Install Instructions
Read the Mozilla Bookmarklet page
Go to my Marklets: Ignore User in Tesla Forums Bookmarklet, Marklets: Hide Spam in Tesla Forums Bookmarklet pages
Scroll down to the "Ignore User in Tesla Forums Bookmarklet" link (it's a big blue box), then drag-and-drop it into your Bookmark Toolbar
I recommend renaming to something shorter and sweeter; I used a more descriptive name on, but that seems nice and short for your bar

Remember how Bookmarklets work. You will need to do this for each listing page.

Ignore User in Post Usage
Load a Tesla Forum Post page (need to do this on each page).
Find some text that uniquely identifies the user.
Double-click the text to select it, then copy it to your buffer (aka Clipboard)
Click the "Ignore", item in your Bookmark Toolbar
Paste the offending text into the prompt, and click okay or hit enter

Filter User or Spam Usage
Load a Tesla Forum Topic page (need to do this on each page).
Find some text that uniquely identifies the spam rows. The Username is often the same for a big flood
Double-click the text to select it, then copy it to your buffer (aka Clipboard)
Click the "No Spam", item in your Bookmark Toolbar
Paste the offending text into the prompt, and click okay or hit enter

Useful Tips for This Forum

Read these TIPS and TRICKS first. What you think is interesting could be old news.
Lurk for a few days to get a feel for the dynamic.
Do not use hyperbole to get attention. You won't like the responses.
Be prepared for flames. Most of it is just good natured ribbing.
Search your comment on or before starting a new thread. Chances are we've already heard it a thousand times.
If posting about a problem please furnish: model, trim, mileage, VIN, date purchased, and options— for example, MS-60, 27K miles, xxx3424, August 2016, Tech Packge, AP Upgrade, 21-inch wheels w/ Air Suspension, and Pano Roof
Please note that members of this Forum are not privy to ANY time frames of ANY changes to ANY part of Tesla's production.

When returning to a thread, click on the "new" in the Replies column to skip to your unread posts.

If you can't access Private threads (you would see the Clubs at the bottom of the main forum page) call Ownership +1(877)798-3752. They'll hook you up.
EDITING and DELETING is only available to the original poster and the original post. To DELETE a whole thread:
Login ↷ Go to Post → Click "Edit" (upper-left of page near Tesla Logo) → Scroll to the bottom of the page, click "Delete" button ↷ Page prompts to confirm you want to delete the post; Click "Delete"
To change username:
My Tesla → My Profile → Username → Change Username then → Save
See a thorough demonstration of HTML tags
List of often used abbreviations and acronyms

Including Pictures in This Forum
To include pictures in a post follow these instructions:

Share the Image Online -- use a site like,, flickr, imageshack or dropbox. includes features to embed the image in a web page that work well here.
Get the Image URL -- Display the image in your browser, and right-click on it (or the upper-left logo in dropbox), select "Copy Image Location" (different browsers will have different menu options).
Test the Image URL -- Paste the Image URL into your browser. It should show the image w/o anything else around it. If you see links or ads, then the URL is to the web page, and it won't work.
Insert the URL in this HTML:
<img src="URL" width="100%" />

CSS: Including Better Styles in Your Posts
To include the fancy styles like bigger headings and better white-space you can view source of this post or...

Here are the CSS Classes I am using usually inside a <em> or <strong> tag:

h2, h3, h4, h5 (avoid h1, it's huge) — bigger headings w/ better white-space
fa-ul — fixes white-space for ordered/numbered lists <ol><li>
no-bullets — better than the paragraph tag (disallowed) for unordered lists w/o bullets <ul><li>

Drupal Icons

These images are included in the software that these forums use. They are 24x24, but I usually down-size them in my HTML (these are 18x18)


For example,

Fancy bulleted list using the Message icon from above
And the no-bullets class in the list <ul>
You can also use the the no-bullets class in a list item <li>

Horizontal Rule <hr> replacement — <img src="/sites/all/themes/custom/tesla_theme/assets/img/forums/hr_dottedline.gif" class="hr-dotted-8 table">
&nbsp; for white-space     like this (or vertical space after my sections)


like this...


Flagging Inappropriate Posts
This topic has its own post, "Spambot Banning and/or Moderating" started by @Detroit Supercharger.

If you see a post like "Fast Love Astrology in India" please do the following:

Open the Post -- I know, I know, but you need to...
Scroll to the Bottom of the Original Post -- just above first comment section
Hover over Lower-left Area -- A "flag as inappropriate" link will appear (on my iPad I tap the post to get it to show up)
Click It -- You'll notice it changes to "undo flag" so if you accidentally do it you can undo it

These Keywords Trigger "Spam" Filters
These keywords or phrases have triggered Mollom spam blocker software to call my posts spam.

"p_ss-thru back seats"
"'oh-sh_t' handles"
'"ran_h"' (that's a missing 'c' w/ quotes around the word—weird!)
"maximum pLaid"

Captain's VIN Decoder Ring
@Captain_Zap's answer on another thread seemed like such a good start that I have added it here. Also, Nick Howe's Wiki has a VIN decoder section.

Captain_Zap | MAY 22, 2015 NEW
1st, 2nd and 3rd digits are the Manufacturer
4th digit is the Make/Body Line
5th digit is the Body Type
6th digit is the Restraint System
7th digit is the Battery Type and Dual Charger designation
8th digit is the Motor/drive unit
9th digit is the Check Digit
10th digit is the Production Year
11th digit is the Manufacturing Plant
12th digit is the Build Phase Code

Other references:
Wikipedia for Check Digit

High-mileage Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Great thread on TCO in the Model S section as well as comprehensive TCO calculation by Harvard MBA. You can download his worksheet and modify it to fit your own assumptions and data.

Please thank @J.T. for inspiring this post.

Brian H | 23 oktober 2014

Copy the main post. Delete it. Recreate it.

Red Sage ca us | 24 oktober 2014

Wait... What? Hunh?!?

Brian H | 24 oktober 2014

Gets rid of the 000s of "bump" replies that slow loading.

JeffreyR | 24 oktober 2014

@Brian H
I think you missed this on the previous page...

You (@BH) probably noticed my recent "tests". I tried to post my Tips & Tricks into a test post, but was hit w/ the same "spam filter not installed" error message. I then removed all fully qualified links I could (just made them into absolute links like /forum). Once I did that I received a "this is spam message". I guess that is progress. Oh well!

I have not had chance to revisit trying to repost this content. But, for not it looks like whatever magic I needed to post it in the first place is no longer working. Maybe I just need to gradually add it in...

All I know for sure is that if I delete it, I cannot get it back like it is now.

Brian H | 25 oktober 2014

Talk to Tesla about the filter. Demand non-spammer status.

JeffreyR | 26 oktober 2014


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JeffreyR | 29 oktober 2014

@red Sage just posted a useful how-to on changing your username. Yet another thing to add here that I cannot.

Brian H | 30 oktober 2014

Why can't you alter the Original Post? You should have access through the Edit near the T logo.

ZaphodBeeb.CA.ON.TO | 30 oktober 2014

Why is there no Search built into these forums? I am a regular user of many, many web forums and I don't think that I have ever seen a forum where you had to leave the site to do a search.

Brian H | 30 oktober 2014

That's right. What's worse is that the alternatives generally rely on Google, etc., and those can run a day or two behind as the index bots catch up to changes.

JeffreyR | 30 oktober 2014

@Brian H
When I try to edit the OP it returns a message that the post is spam, and the edit fails. Even a minor edit like a single word is blocked. I think we need to start a "letter" campaign to get real forum software. What do you think?

Brian H | 31 oktober 2014

Obviously a Tesla site error. Phone, complain.

JeffreyR | 2 november 2014

I do have a very slow email thread going. I'll try the phone idea.

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JeffreyR | 13 november 2014


— Written on Galveston Island, TX (while California dreaming) on an iPad.


Brian H | 14 november 2014

JeffreyR | 15 november 2014

Pinch to zoom on your tablet or smartphone. It helps for posting and hitting buttons.

Brian H | 15 november 2014

Timo | 17 november 2014


Brian H | 17 november 2014

JeffreyR | 18 november 2014

I have several edits queued up in my HTML temp file. Have not had a chance to try it yet.

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1st blryu

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Red Sage ca us | 13 december 2014

JIGAWHA...? JIGAWHO...? JIGAWHERE...? Nah. I prefer the 'GIG' instead, no matter what Doc Brown says...

JeffreyR | 14 december 2014

Though I know you'd love a Mr. Fusion!

Brian H | 15 december 2014

Especially fed by kitchen scraps.

JeffreyR | 16 december 2014


dlinkeg | 16 december 2014

1st page bump

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