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post #16 of 37 Old 11-24-2010, 11:46 AM
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i'm confused now....................... why not go through the threads, such as a million ways to load tires, and stick em here? this forum has covered copious (sp?) topics of repair and some in great depth. i guess i really dont understand whats supposed to happen here. i posted my gen. head mounting thread, which didnt seem too popular, lol. would you want that here? im a bit slow i guess. could you dumb it down about six leves for me?
Don't feel like you're alone SS/12.

I don't think I'm Einstein but I'm also not a complete moron and this one threw me.

The thing that got me was the Cloak and Dagger Administrator, out of the blue here is a person no one knows (Sonny said He's on the up and up so that gave me a little faith) asking to send content and if He thinks it's worthy then it will be added and you get an atta boy.

What/Who determines whether or not if it has value ?

Is the mysterious Don a repair tech who is trying to help or just get his site off the ground on the backs of people doing the work for him ?

[Quote] Once your work is reviewed and accepted, it will be moved to a topic forum and become visible for all to admire. If you enjoyed doing this, you can start on another one.

Ok if my grammar or sentence structure needs to be fixed thats Ok but who determines if the technical aspect is correct ? I wouldn't ask my butcher or the stock boy at the market to give me technical specs on an Omega SpeedMaster Calibre 1160 movement for timing or C.O.S.C (Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres) certification it's not their chosen line of work, so how do we know this Don knows anything about any mechanical repair ?

Like I said it's strange ? 389 veiws and only 16 posts, I cant believe I'm the only one thinking this.

Sorry if this has ruffled any feathers but if it leads to me being banned or labeled a trouble maker so be it, it wasn't my intention to do that just asking for some transparency.

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No problem at all for asking questions, guys. I understand your being wary about the program. Don hasn't been on here for too long and isn't well known yet, even by the moderators, tho we have been carrying on a dialog with him regarding this project for a few weeks now. He has explained it to us in the Moderators Forum and it does sound like it will be a good product once finished. He does seem like an upstanding fellow, as all the folks associated with VS have turned out to be. Like I said in my other post, the way I understand it, all the members here will have access to the published works. Not only from MTF, but from MyLawnMowerForum, Outdoor Power Equipment site, Car forums, Truck forums, Motorcycle Forums, etc.... What will be nice is that a lot of the projects just might interchange with our forum, such as painting, powdercoating, some steps taken in engine rebuilding, sand blasting, etc. Heck, I think they even have a site devoted to horses and dogs, if I am not mistaken. So, with all that information available under one umbrella, I think it will be a very handy tool. As Ranchkingron mentioned, tho, Don will have to be careful on using the submitted works. A hint or tip could be published that goes totally against correct procedures, and lead to possible damage to a readers project. I am sure there are safeguards in place to proof read the submitted works, but if not it would be a good idea.

To sum it up, basically as best I can, it is taking info that we all freely post here on MTF in the forums and occasionally get made into stickies, and sharing them with members who are as enthusiastic about other forums as we are with ours. Don't think that can be all bad, personally. Might even drag in some new membership here when they see how smart, intelligent, and friendly we are on MTF!

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I think it's a great idea!

That being said, a "quick tip" that takes 250 words and 2 photos as a minimum doesn't meet my expectations of "quick". If it said "up to 250 words and 2 photos", that I could buy.

The photo requirement is what will keep me from contributing. I have other priorities for my pension than purchasing a digital camera, and I don't really feel comfortable borrowing something like that when I'm in the middle of a project.

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post #19 of 37 Old 11-24-2010, 03:43 PM
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Ok if you folks have faith in it I'll give it a go, what do I have to lose I'm always opening my mouth and getting into trouble around here anyway lol.

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Well, well, I do seem to have kicked the coop a little here. Let me try and answer some questions. First, I'll say sorry for the delay, but I was out of circulation Monday and Tuesday with the flu.

Now, I don't want to make any assumptions about how things happen here on MTF, but I'll tell you what I often see in other forums. People do post lots of great threads with their experiences and a lot of people rad them and find what they need.

Sometimes, there is a lot of discussion after and other points emerge that are important to the topic, but are only found two, three or ten pages after.

Sometimes there are links to other information and they get broken after a year or two.

Sometimes the person writing the original post links to photos somewhere else and later that somewhere else disappears and there's just red X's left. Sometimes, there's just no photos to start with.

And sometimes the person posting doesn't really take the time to explain things so that a novice can understand what is being talked about.

We're not necessarily trying to turn people into mechanics, but to give them the information they need to make a decision whether some particular job is within their capability, or they should have a shop look after it for them.

So, the question has come up a number of times about posts that have already been made. First, those posts will remain right where they are. If you're interested in converting one or more of them to a Quick Tip, an article or a feature for the TECH Exchange, I'd love to talk to you about it.

If there aren't any photos in the original post, well we're going to have to find some. If the thread rambles on for 300 posts, we're going to have to cut some stuff out and make sure its not the important content. If there's broken links we'll have to fix them.

Since old posts can't be edited, there's a Working Area forum for TECH Exchange writers to create and update new articles.

Anybody that still wants to post a DIY and have it stickied in the normal way is free to do so, just as before. Nothing has changed in that way at all.

Hope this helps... Don
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Well, well, I do seem to have kicked the coop a little here. Let me try and answer some questions. First, I'll say sorry for the delay, but I was out of circulation Monday and Tuesday with the flu.

Now, I don't want to make any assumptions about how things happen here on MTF, but I'll tell you what I often see in other forums. People do post lots of great threads with their experiences and a lot of people rad them and find what they need.

Sometimes, there is a lot of discussion after and other points emerge that are important to the topic, but are only found two, three or ten pages after.

Sometimes there are links to other information and they get broken after a year or two.

Sometimes the person writing the original post links to photos somewhere else and later that somewhere else disappears and there's just red X's left. Sometimes, there's just no photos to start with.

And sometimes the person posting doesn't really take the time to explain things so that a novice can understand what is being talked about.

We're not necessarily trying to turn people into mechanics, but to give them the information they need to make a decision whether some particular job is within their capability, or they should have a shop look after it for them.

So, the question has come up a number of times about posts that have already been made. First, those posts will remain right where they are. If you're interested in converting one or more of them to a Quick Tip, an article or a feature for the TECH Exchange, I'd love to talk to you about it.

If there aren't any photos in the original post, well we're going to have to find some. If the thread rambles on for 300 posts, we're going to have to cut some stuff out and make sure its not the important content. If there's broken links we'll have to fix them.

Since old posts can't be edited, there's a Working Area forum for TECH Exchange writers to create and update new articles.

Anybody that still wants to post a DIY and have it stickied in the normal way is free to do so, just as before. Nothing has changed in that way at all.

Hope this helps... Don
Actually it did help answer some questions thank you, but none that I raised so I guess we shall see what happens.

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Re: How to Get Started / Guidelines

I was just about to start a post on the Simplicity page about rebuilding my 60"MMM before next season. I am taking lots of photos, and I am going to be making some repairs and mods.

I dont want to have to sort through a bunch of posts and tech articles about green and red, when I know I can go to the "orange" forum, and usualy find what I need. No offence to the green and red guys out there.

I am going to conitnue my work, and begin to post my info on the Simplicity forum, no offence Don. The point of posting your work throughout the stages of the project is so that people can comment on your work and possibly offer you suggestions as to ways you could improve your repair/design/rebuild. Also sometimes its just nice to see an "Ada Boy" or "great work" from your peers. I haven't been on this forum for long, but there are a lot of talented people on here, and I like to her what they have to say.

Leaving the work to an "editor" takes out the friendly feeling, and makes this more like reading a tech manual, that's not what forums are about. That's what a subscription based website is about. "want to find out how to complete this rebuild, please enter your credit card number now".

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Hey there Owen2008XL - no offense taken. As I said before, anybody that still wants to post a DIY and have it stickied in the normal way is free to do so, just as before. Nothing has changed in that way at all.
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"Powerstroke.org"?



Someone forgot to change the web address on that one...
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"Powerstroke.org"?



Someone forgot to change the web address on that one...
Yeah I saw that me too yesterday.





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Wow, this AF Don / VF Don / The Don guy is all over multiple forums with the exact same "Tech Exchange". No wonder there was some confusion with the emblems. The text in the messages he has posted is all exactly the same, too, other than that describing the particular forum or it's focus. He or his staff (whomever that may be) is sure going to be busy reviewing, approving, and editing all of the articles that these multiple forums are going to produce.

I'd like to hear what the back story to this "Tech Exchange" business is. Something seems not quite right.

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Hmmm... I see now, these are all forums owned by Verticalscope.

Apparently Don was tech editor at a Mustang magazine for a while.

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Hmmm... I see now, these are all forums owned by Verticalscope.
Yes, and I am an employee of Verticalscope. I used to look after 65+ forums for them over the past 18 months and have been put on this project. If any of you would like to verify this, please call me at (416) 341-8950 x270 or email me directly at droy@verticalscope.com

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Hi Don, you will fix my badge please.





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I suggest that we continue to post our "tech" rebuild documentaries and the like in the tractor brand forum where folks normally would. What I would change is to label or index the photo tech "how to" posts into a global "TECH" forum. This way you would use minimal storage space by simply pointing to the "how to" thread in the brand forum. The new "Tech" forum would just point to the threads where the poster has identified it as a "techie how to" post. Sort of like a search function already done for you.
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