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Old 09-17-2006, 06:48 AM   #29
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Well, I don't know about all this other stuff you guys and gals are talking about, but could someone please tell me if it's ok to run my propane fridge while I'm driving down the road.
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Old 09-17-2006, 06:51 AM   #30
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Geeze..... I just couldn't resist inserting my 2 cents worth... and why isn't there a cent symbol on the key board?
While I agree with both sides of this issue I also agree with Summerkid and some of his comments.
New and old members of this forum at times do not "read for content" and ask questions that are already posted in the thread they pose their questions to.
This is a human foible we just have to live with.
It is somewhat sad that we've grown to such a size that current day posts go by so fast that we miss them not being on the Portal.
I for one would suggest a longer Portal page to keep up with the times.... Just my humble opinion....(written out for those who don't get the short forms of the intenet)
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Old 09-17-2006, 07:22 AM   #31
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When I first went to buy a used F250 diesel in June, I joined and read a number of forums on these, so I could first learn what to buy and what to look out for, then some basic maintenance issues were sought out. I also used members here for that info.
Well, three months in ,and I am rarely visiting the POwerstroke Forum or the Dieselmann pages. Not to say that I won't go to them again, I do once in awhile, just the need is not as strong.
Once you get your Airstream, buy it with intelligence ( hopefully) , do some work if needed, and get it on the road, you are not as likely to visit here to get info as often, although you might enjoy the banter.
The floor repair, how do I do this and that, running with the fridge on, and such have been and will continue to be answered.
The "sticky" threads appear at the top of the Forum in the category, and hopefully have a title that will draw in those needing that basic answer.
You know as mods we get emails about the how to post a question and how to post a photo, and where is the button to do this and that, and so on all the time to.
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I for one would suggest a longer Portal page to keep up with the times....
In architecture, a "Portal" is "an entrance", it's intended to give you an idea of what's inside. I think the same is true here...
Use the "New Posts" button, every post since your last visit will pop up.

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Old 09-17-2006, 02:38 PM   #33
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I also like to check the subscribed threads in quick links, to see who has responded to a thread I posted in.
Its impossible to sit here and read everything posted..you would have no time to do any Airstreamin'
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Old 09-17-2006, 07:05 PM   #34
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Well, I don't know about all this other stuff you guys and gals are talking about, but could someone please tell me if it's ok to run my propane fridge while I'm driving down the road.
Pick, I say go for it! See what happens! Report back! Be sure to start a new thread!
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:15 PM   #35
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The flip side to this (and I didn't read through all of the postings in this long thread) is that maybe somebody doesn't want to spend three days reading every single posting related to the word "axle" or some other search. Rather, they ask their own specific question. I've no beef with that.

I myself spent weeks wading through the postings about "sag" and "separation" until it finally made sense. Truth is, two paragraphs would completely describe the phenomonen. However, I bet I read at least 200 posts talking about the subject(s) one way or another.

I always do a search on a topic before asking the question. But, it's often difficult and convoluted to get an answer to your specific question. So, I don't hammer the "newbies" too hard. I was one myself just a year ago
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:30 PM   #36
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Nope, let's not hammer the newbies. But let's continue to put our heads together on how to make the site as dynamic as possible, for the good of all.
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We were ALL newbies at one time or another. Why can't today's newbies have as much fun asking questions as we did? They are just as excited about thier discoveries as we all have been...

Sounds like the lifeboat phenomenon if you say newbies can't ask questions until they read everything already posted...just because it was posted "first" doesn't make it better ~

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Old 09-17-2006, 10:23 PM   #38
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I must have expressed myself poorly. If so, would Shari et al please inform me at which point I implied a desire to curtail participation in the forum---by ANYONE? Let the newbies post away!

My concern is FOR the newbies, not BECAUSE of them. ALL I SUGGESTED WAS A PROMINENT SEARCH BUTTON. I can't imagine that it's great fun to post questions while your excitement is at its greatest, only to have no one participate in your thread because they can't bring themselves to regurgitate the same basic issues.
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hey summer kid,

i don't have a dog in this fight...honest.

but who you are concerned for has changed from post #1 to #38, your words not mine...

the problem i see in this thread progressing is 2 or 3 or 5 fold...

1. we need a tutorial on using the search feature and a couple of simple examples for folks to review.
why not cook this up for us?
sure highlighting the search may make it more obvious, but those that don't know how are gonna go there get frustrated and leave...
also the highlighted features here change from time to time...air stickers, the forum map, air numbers, new members first posts and so on...

2. the search function is not google quality...whatever that is.
improving how search works seems like a big issue...as in software upgrade o my god we loss 90% of the posts i've fallen and can't get up!

3. starting a new thread now is pretty not obvious.
occasionally i get pms from folks asking
'how do i start a thread' or how do i put a picture up, or how do i change my user info,
so lots of smart people struggle with the basic issues...
memberhship IS climbing, but participation beyond just a few posts is still a very small percentage of members...
posting needs to be easier...

did you see this graph b'cup produced? posting REALLY drops off after the first few 100 members...

http://www.airforums.com/forum...6&d=1154132381


4. people do come and go....
once you have said your piece on some issue 2-5 times...
maybe it is best to let someone else take a shot, or find a new issue to post on...

5. blogs, edits and monitors...lots of folks start blogs and stop posting.
many are bothered when their posts get edited
or that witty story they posted 3 years ago vanishes, or threads get locked...and so on.

6. you need to go camping...
how about the northern illinois rally. i am gonna try and go to it!

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not surprising; my sex also changed between posts #1 & #30.
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not surprising; my sex also changed between posts #1 & #30.

ok the laughter has subsided,
i can breath again...

yea i noticed that too...at least you admit it now,
i've read that IS the first step to real change



so i see you ARE going camping now...lets pound some newbies!



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Old 09-17-2006, 11:55 PM   #42
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The newbie at this rally will be ME! All I know how to do is make the fridge get cold, and some of the lights work. Believe me, the stupid questions will be tumbling all over themselves trying to get out of my mouth.

And we will also take a photo of me in a short black skirt & tight tank top for my avatar so that forum members will no longer mistake me for a gay man (not that there's anything wrong with that) or some other kind of man (my instincts tell me there IS something wrong with that).
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