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Old 01-03-2013, 10:31 AM   #21
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Skater, sounds great, do you want to put something together, and I can do the same on the pex topic. Then maybe we can take a look at each of them, feedback for one another, then post. I'm sure we'll get some feedback from users and then we can update and maybe then, repost a more final, edited version that we could get stickied?? Would that make sense or small I talking nonsense? :-) :-)

Interesting to see how some of this might be received. Or not ;-)

Thx man, Mark
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:15 PM   #22
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That works. I'll PM something to you in a couple days.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:30 PM   #23
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THere are a few challenges in what you seek... but I agree it would be nice. A lot of the vintage repair stuff is different from person to person... to try write a '1974 Argosy' wiki would be hard, as almost all of them have been updated or otherwise mangled from the factory... and a lot of Airstreams don't leave the factory the same (even new ones).

A lot of the other stuff is generic RV repair. Coming to the Airstream-specific forum is a good place to start, but you'll likely find info on plumbing, electrical, propane... one hundreds of RV sites.

The other issue is trying to put some type of weight to the responses... some are of value, some are completely wrong. There should be a way for the community to rank a response in terms of its relevance to the question at hand, and its accuracy. This would help people narrow down to that one thread, or one post, that actually contains the answer.

In the meantime, take a quick lesson on Google and learn some more of the advanced search features. You can limit the search to a specific site for example. Take a look at the 'advanced' search tab and you can use date parameters and such. Crafting good search queries is an art, and getting to be the only way to find the 'rightest' answer on the net...
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One thing we could do is to set up a thread on each topic that is "stuck" at the top of a forum. We could set the first post to be editable indefinitely so that you could build an info base.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:47 AM   #25
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One thing we could do is to set up a thread on each topic that is "stuck" at the top of a forum. We could set the first post to be editable indefinitely so that you could build an info base.
That's what I was hoping to hear! Thanks!
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Janet - I second Skater's "awesome!" I guess we'll see how things go and if it's an idea that could gain some traction. Not too hard to unsticky them eventually and let em die if need be. Thanks for your willingness to help.

Skater - Thanks for giving it a shot

Friday- Again, I agree with what you're saying, but a couple thoughts/ observations/ pushback . One thing i love about this site is how comprehensive it is and what a large and diverse and high quality user base there is. There is a TON of great information in this forum database, BUT [and i happen to believe it's a big BUTT, pardon my pun] this wealth of information is largely difficult to access. I've repeatedly been told to learn to "learn to do more advanced google searching" or look elsewhere. For me I just think, "really this is the best we can do?" Go to another site to search for information buried in this site then go back and forth and back and forth and back and forth till you hit the right thread....

I guess I just want to find a better way that can streamline the info finding process.

Again, I don't think on many of these topics there will ever be consensus reached (ie hitches) But what I do think we could do would be to conglomerate information which covers the main ideas, the main approaches, the main options along with links to pertinent threads so that people can have a centralized spot to start from. Then they can go around and look through many of the threads that we can reference in our "articles" we can also draw from external articles which may have overlapping content. Then people can draw their own conclusions which is what will happen anyways.

I'm eager to see what we might be able to come up with on a handful of topics and see if there's any use for them. Let's give it a shot...

That's my vote,
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... I've repeatedly been told to learn to "learn to do more advanced google searching" or look elsewhere. For me I just think, "really this is the best we can do?" Go to another site to search for information buried in this site then go back and forth and back and forth and back and forth till you hit the right thread....

We have tried to help with this over the years and you can find a google search built in now. If you click on the search drop down, there is an option to use google or the standard native keyword seach.

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Ha! well thanks Janet, isn't that a bit helpful! shows how tunnel-visioned i guess i can be.

appreciate it!!
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