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Unread 06-29-2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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The So How do You . . . Thread

Hey all,

Relatively new to the forum, REALLY NEW TO THE JEEP WORLD,

One thing I noticed is a lot of the same questions are asked over and over. (I should know, I ask a lot of them) Because of the caliber of members they are typically answered completely and quickly.

Has anyone ever considered putting together a section-Most Commonly Asked ? or a So How do You for CJ's.

The stickies are great, but sometimes they can get a little long folks can get off on side bar topics

Has someone already done something like this? Step by step on some of the basics (better descriptions than some of the manuals) that someone can print and take into the garage when they are stumped.

If not, what are some of the questions you guys respond to quite a bit?

Just trying to figure out a way to help? (I'm not adept enough to answer too many questions).

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Unread 06-29-2009, 10:51 PM   #2
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For what it's worth, I second the motion. If more of the "basic" stuff was in a FAQ section boiled down to its essential posts, more of the resident knowledge base could be tapped by new users (like me) for odd questions that aren't covered in the FAQ section.

A thread for suggestions on FAQ topics could provide a beginning (i.e. Nutter bypass, Team Rush upgrade, wiring basics, 360 V8 swap, 350 V8 swap, AMC 20 one-piece install, etc.)

I would think the guys that have been around a while would have pretty good idea about what gets asked the most. (Maybe this FAQ idea is one of those things?)
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Unread 06-29-2009, 10:58 PM   #3
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I'm not real good under the hood? But pretty good with summarizing and putting ideas together some instructions from multiple sources.

Do you think some of the more seasoned folks would be willing to help put some of this together?

If we could start with a list of common asked questions and possible "best posts", I could put the thread together and hopefully help everyone out?
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Unread 06-30-2009, 09:03 AM   #4
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Okay I was going to say why don't ya'll search the forum. Then I tried.
Jeep Forum non member search BITES!

Now I understand why all of the newbies ask the same questions.

Of course there are 15 stickied topics in the FAQ section.
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Unread 06-30-2009, 09:54 AM   #5
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For a 'Proper' FAQ, someone would have to write, illustrate, and post up the dissertation,
Then the moderators would have to LOCK THE THREAD to keep it from being diluted by everyone with a question or 'Idea' or argument... or just wanting to pad their post count!

I'm all for it, and I'll contribute if asked, but I don't think I would like doing an 'FAQ' dissertation and then having every guy that can type post 'Corrections' or 'Comments' about the project.

Lots of time, effort & resources go into doing a full length dissertation on any subject, and it's kind of counter productive to have just 'Anyone' jump in with any half baked idea...
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Unread 06-30-2009, 10:10 AM   #6
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Couldn't one of the "how to" threads be edited with all the stray comments removed and reposted, then locked? Is there a way to "unlock" a thread if there happens to be an error?
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Unread 06-30-2009, 12:46 PM   #7
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Moderates can lock and unlock at will,
(I'm a moderator on forums with the same software)
And the moderators "CAN" delete and edit posts from 'The Peanut Gallery', but don't do that here very often.

They OFTEN let people go off on right angle or unrelated tangents, make personal attacks, ect. without 'Moderation'...
And getting good, clean FAQ answers are the same way.
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I'm thinking that a person can take one of those threads and clean it up, then send it (probably via e-mail) to the original poster(s) to verify correctness. Once correct, submit to moderator for posting as a locked thread. What do you think?
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Unread 06-30-2009, 04:10 PM   #9
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It's their forum, they can do what they want to with it.

Personally, if it were well done and in a reasonable format,
I would post it on my web site, then you could just link to FAQ answer from there.

That's what I started CivilainJeep.Info for anyway, to be a giant 'How To' and FAQ.
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Unread 06-30-2009, 08:40 PM   #10
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I have some how to stuff, also the top ten, or 25 questions, and some hints, I am still working on a lot of it, but mostly I don't get a lot of time for Internet stuff when I am wrenching on the Jeep(s)

http://www.certifiablejeep.com/topten/index.php
http://www.certifiablejeep.com/buildup.php
http://www.certifiablejeep.com/hints.php

As for threads, I agree, there would be a lot of chime in. I offer this stuff up... if it helps, great, if not, then so be it. I am not an expert and how I do things might not be everyones way of doing it, but it does get done and so far, no major catastrophes...

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