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'On Topic' in the tech boards
« on: 15.06. 2011 15:02 »
Just a humble reminder to keep things on subject (and use good topic titles) now that the board categories are sorted out. New question = new topic. And if any discussion for some reason drifts away from the original content (forum jargon: thread hijacking), please take the discussion to a new topic, and in the correct board.

Reason for all this? We've got 1000's of visitors\readers here, much easier for them to find help and info by trusting and following topic titles, good info may end up buried beneath a totally different title and in the wrong board category.

Basically, it's all about the topic title accurately reflecting the actual content of the topic.

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Re: Staying on topic ?
« Reply #1 on: 20.07. 2011 21:46 »
Reminder. It was a job creating the new categories, then came the big job of cleaning up\moving\splitting many 1000's of posts\topics to get them in the right board, with a relevant topic title (as best I could).

Any tendency to be straying away from a topic title and it's original content, please start a new topic, in the correct board.

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'On Topic' in the tech boards
« Reply #2 on: 21.03. 2013 20:19 »
Please use the tech boards for tech content only, and (try a little harder to...) stay on topic (ref. the topic title).

Apart from an OP's request for advice and help, also take into consideration many topics has 1000's of visitors reading it and looking for relevant help & info, have a look at the stats > Top 10 Topics (by Views), + everything ends up on Google etc. Please present them with good and informative content when they find a tech topic they want (and need) to read.

In the tech boards, I'd gladly trade less posting for highest quality and relevance. For the more relaxed stuff we've got the boards in 'Bikes, Pictures, Stories & more'.

So, if needed (hope not), I'll use this funny smiley now and then (got it from another forum i frequent a lot, they are ruthless in the 'on topic' dept., much more than what's expected here). & any post or content which is drifting out at sea may be edited, moved or deleted.



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Re: 'On Topic' in the tech boards
« Reply #3 on: 22.03. 2013 09:08 »
Point taken, E.

I guess it's our old sods tendency to drift away from a subject, whilst trying to remember what we were talking about in the first place...... *smile*
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Re: 'On Topic' in the tech boards
« Reply #4 on: 22.03. 2013 11:06 »
Sorry E ,my memory wanders all over the place , infact my son say's I've got the attention span of a goldfish ! cheecky sod regards BobH
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Re: 'On Topic' in the tech boards
« Reply #5 on: 22.03. 2013 11:27 »
Oh dear reckon I'm guilty at times , will try harder, trouble is like Morris by the time I navigate to the proper board I'll have forgotten what is was I was going to say, I'm also lax about looking to see what board I'm on, do you have another little flashing "Pay Attention"
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Re: 'On Topic' in the tech boards
« Reply #6 on: 22.03. 2013 14:00 »
Examples:

- Some members are starting having some kind of private chat (with very limited general interest) inside another member's topic. So, in "Clutch, Primary & Gearbox", we end up reading about who makes the best pizza sauce in South Italy. Then it's comments about the charging system on a 70's Ford in a topic titled "A7 primary chain adjustment". You get the point.
> Use PM, email or post in 'chat & offtopic'.

- Original Poster (or other member) posts a new question within an existing topic, now we read about "Magneto bearings" in the Frame board, in a topic named "Tank chroming".
> Simply start a new topic, in the correct board.

- Then make some interesting combinations of the 2 occurrences above, and welcome to the offtopic nightmare.
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Re: 'On Topic' in the tech boards
« Reply #7 on: 22.03. 2013 15:15 »
Hey guys, what tire treads do you recommend?   *smile* Just kidding. I will also try to stay on topic.

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Re: 'On Topic' in the tech boards
« Reply #8 on: 22.03. 2013 15:38 »
Just to see how easy it is to use the tech boards, I took a look at "Luces, Electrical, Ignition".  The topic list is 22 pages long. This doesn't count the actual posts, of course. In trying to get a grip on how to do research on a particular topic, I clicked the word "Subject" on the column heading. This clarified the matter a lot by putting all topics beginning, for example, with the word "magneto" together in the same place. If you do this before starting a new "magneto" topic, maybe you post on an existing thread and the technical info gets more refined. What would help this approach would be the use of the subject word first, so, instead of "Points disaster in my magneto," "Magneto, my points disaster."

OK, I know this is expecting too much from too many (maybe, including myself), but it seems like it could be part of the way forward.

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Re: 'On Topic' in the tech boards
« Reply #9 on: 22.03. 2013 16:12 »
^^^ Very good report from the CEO of the Research Dept.  *smile*
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Re: 'On Topic' in the tech boards
« Reply #10 on: 26.04. 2014 10:04 »

 I remember reading this, but didn't have anything worthwhile to say at the time, but figured it was worth digging up- (typed 'topic' in 'search'..)

 Thinking it needs to be worked on a bit more, kind've common logic really- but without the need to revamp the program..?

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Re: 'On Topic' in the tech boards
« Reply #11 on: 26.04. 2014 14:52 »
Hello, thanks for your concern. After the members & chat etc board went active, non'tech, stories and friendly conversations goes there (very important part of the forum) and the tech topics are (mostly) staying on subject\title.

And I hope everyone agrees to this, the philosophy of on-topic in the tech dept. is not to hamper member's posting, but to ensure topics provide the best possible and most accurate information & help on any given subject.
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