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post #1 of 37 Old 11-19-2010, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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How to Get Started / Guidelines

If you have a topic in mind, that's great. Get in touch with one of the Tech Exchange Moderators and let's talk about it. We'll want to know what the topic is, whether and how you'll get photos for it and how big you think the article will be. We'll also want to know when you plan on doing it, and some contact information. If it all sounds good, you're free to charge ahead.

With that, you'll become a TECH Exchange Writer and you'll find that there is a "Working" forum available here. You can use this as your working area, or just to post your finished work. Either way, you have to tell me when your article is ready for editing.

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.

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To get started, you need an approved topic and a plan. You donít have to be an accomplished writer, but we hope that you can follow a few simple ideas. The main one is called The Five Wís, and this will give you the content of your story. Each of the five Wís represents a question that someone reading your work is going to have. To write a great submission, just answer the questions.

Who - Who is doing this/who makes this?
What - What is it? What is the job / fix / modification?
When - How recent is this? When do I need it?
Where - Where can I get it? Where do I use it?
Why - Why do I care? What problem does this solve?

On top of this, there are just a couple of other important things to keep in mind. First, write everything yourself. Do not copy text from someone else's web site or posts. Before you are ready to send in your submission, please run it through a spell check tool. If you need a free access one, just go to Spellchecker.net

It is also a good idea to have someone else read through it before clicking the Send button. Another point of view may find something that you missed. Taking these steps will help to get your work through the approval process more quickly.

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Everything that you talk about will be a lot easier to understand if you have some photos with the written work. We need digital photos only and color ones are preferred. You donít need a fancy camera if you follow a few simple ideas.
Please ensure that your photos are in focus, well lit and show what you're talking about. Before sending your photos, resize them to 1024 pixels on the longest side.

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post #2 of 37 Old 11-19-2010, 06:02 PM
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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?

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Hey now.... let's be nice! I think this might be a great section if kept clean and organized. I would suggest sub-categories so that things can be placed in an easier to review selection.

I will be doing another full tractor rewire and automotive ignition conversion using one of Ed Stoller's modified SSI coil's. I will take plenty of photos and detailed instructions on how to re-wire the tractor with tips and tricks along the way. I still have to gather all my parts up, so it will be a month or so... but I will put together a good write up for the site.

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i realy dont understand, not being mean.

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I think it's just what firefyter-emt is talking about. If you do or are going to do a major project (or even a minor one), you take pictures along the way and make a write-up about the project and post it. Kind of like what some of the guys have done with their diesel conversions or maybe giving your machine a paint job, as shown by Mark777 in his articles. Just something that you would want to share with others.

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i realy dont understand, not being mean.

I think I get what you mean, SS12

At first glance we tend to over complicate something we might think that's been discussed, at length and be repetitive. I'm thinking a simple procedure with a device and it's application that is a time and labor saver is a direct candidate for a 'Tech Forum' article.

Something along the lines of this:

"Poor Man's Valve-spring Compressor"

After a dozen or so attempts to compress valve springs, and not wanting to go to an auto parts store for a (over the counter) valve spring compressor, I simply made one from an inexpensive (Harbor Freight) Vice grips. It works great, is adjustable and made from the simplest hardware you probably have laying around in you shop.


This is just a sample...and probably not a very good one, but you get the idea
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I'm not quite sure I understand the purpose of this either as most of us already post how-too's with our rebuild. Case in point, http://www.mytractorforum.com/44-small-engines-repair/152946-hulk-repower-18-hp-b-s-build-post1390044.html
I now have a second identical project going here, http://www.mytractorforum.com/44-small-engines-repair/160114-second-18hp-b-s-rebuild-org-hulk-eng-post1452860.html

The only thing missing is the answers to these questions.
Who - Who is doing this/who makes this?
I am doing this, and Briggs and Straton makes it.

What - What is it? What is the job / fix / modification?
B/S 18hp opposed Horozontal shaft engine/ restore back to factory spec / none.

When - How recent is this? When do I need it?
Less than 1 yr on first project, Second project in progress / before the grass starts growing again.

Where - Where can I get it? Where do I use it?
Many members already have these, and they can be found in many applications, most commonly Older Craftaman II mowers.

Why - Why do I care? What problem does this solve?
Many members have helped me with some technical issues, which have been documentated in the above threads, so other members that have these may not feel as intimidated as I did working on the first one. So that they may be able to extend the usefulness of their equipment.
But most importantly, getting the satification of "Doing It".

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Many members have helped me with some technical issues, which have been documentated in the above threads, so other members that have these may not feel as intimidated as I did working on the first one. So that they may be able to extend the usefulness of their equipment.
But most importantly, getting the satification of "Doing It".

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I agree, and that's about the most accurate description of what's going on with technical contributions that matters to me! Trading information and helping each other is what matters most - just because we all learned something from somebody and passed it along. The money?? Doesn't really entice most of us to go for the bucks, but it could happen to some deserving person who writes that one, special article...and hey, that's cool too.
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Re: How to Get Started / Guidelines

I have an article, maybe a feature if it's long enough already written with pictures, but I'm not sure about submitting it.

Is the AF Don Tech Exchange guy an alias for an established member here, or a new corporate person with only 10 posts? Honest question...

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Well put.

I have an article, maybe a feature if it's long enough already written with pictures, but I'm not sure about submitting it.

Is the AF Don Tech Exchange guy an alias for an established member here, or a new corporate person with only 10 posts? Honest question...
Not a alias, real Admin Person. Submit your article and see what Don says.






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Well, in my opinion, if it was an attempt to "get something for nothing", there is plenty of opportunity to skim the currently posted articles to get subject matter for the database. They could easily be re-written so as to bear no resemblance to their original form.

Why do we post here on MTF anyway? We do it to help others with projects similar to those we have encountered and completed. We give hints and tips so others can follow our lead and not have to trudge through by trial and error. In my opinion, this Tech Exchange is nothing more than a database of topics and instructions for performing those tasks that we decide to tackle. That's what most of us use the Web for. Finding info on any topic we care to imagine, and usually at no cost to us.

And, as long as we are on the topic, is this part of a corporate endeavor to bring in financial gain from the info posted in the Tech Exchange? I can truly say that I don't know, but my guess is that it probably is. Do I care? Not in the least. I hope it is a very profitable venture. I want Mytractorforum.com to make a very nice return on the investment. That way, you and I can continue to visit this site and reap as much information as we like, with membership fees being totally optional. If someone wasn't making a financial gain/covering expenses on about 75% of the forums that are in out there today, they would probably cease to exist. I feel that would be a great loss. So, to sum up my thoughts on this matter, if the Tech Exchange editor happens to feel that some of the articles that I have posted and offered up as topics to be used in their database, I will be glad to have them included. I have gained a lot from my visits here at MTF, and would be glad to assist in this new endeavor in any way I could.

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if the Tech Exchange editor happens to feel that some of the articles that I have posted and offered up as topics to be used in their database, I will be glad to have them included.
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If you go by the Content Guidelines you would have to submit, your post. They would have to be the right amount of words and pictures.
I guess we would have to redo our post to meet this ?


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Quick Tip = 250 words minimum + 2 photos minimum
Article = 500 words minimum + 5 photos minimum
Feature = 1000 words minimum + 10 photos minimum

Once your submission is received, it will be reviewed for suitability. Please see the Writing and Photo Guidelines later in this FAQ. Once your submission is approved, you will be awarded points for your contribution. A Quick Tip is worth one point, an Article is worth three points and a Feature is worth five points.
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Small Fry--You are correct on what you said. I left out that I had submitted them to the Tech Editor for consideration. Have not heard anything back just yet, but they went in on Friday, late afternoon.

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I don't have any current visions of being a contributor here, but I do follow the John Deere Lawn Tractor forum. So, here is an honest question because I am another who doesn't yet understand:
Will I still find Tech discussion in the JD Lawn Tractor Forum, or will I now need to track two different forums to keep up with the great contributions of the membership?

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No worry about having to follow 2 sections. It's my understanding that this will be a section for "Best Practices" so to speak. This area will get a report on doing a project, with the instructions, photos, etc. The different projects will be cataloged by topic. Then if you need to know how to do something, you will check all the topics related to your project. I think there will also be topics from other forums, such as motorcycles, autos, outdoor power equipment, etc. So you will have many areas of expertise to choose from. You daily John Deere discussions and troubleshooting will be in the regular forum.

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