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[POLL CLOSED] re-structuring the How To forum

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Remove and assimilate the How-To forum?

Poll ended at Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:05 pm

YES!
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68%
NO!
9
19%
don't care, I know everything already anyway.
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13%
 
Total votes : 47

[POLL CLOSED] re-structuring the How To forum

Postby downest » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:05 pm

We've been doing some administrative stuff with the new mods and such, and as I've been placed in charge of the technical forums, I would like to clean up a bit to make the site more smooth for members looking for technical information. I would like to propose removing the "How To" forum section completely, moving all topics to their appropriate technical forums and linking them in the FAQ. I personally find that forum to be outdated and a bad fit with the rest of the site, it was made long before the FAQs for each section were implemented. I feel that this structure would not only streamline the forum, but also encourage new members and even older members to use the FAQs, as well as keep all related material (modification, stock, electronics etc) in the same forum, rather than having good articles in a place that some people may not look. Of course, I don't want to make a major change and piss off the majority of the community, so we are going to vote!
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby Krix » Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:38 pm

I agree :-)b
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby Baker » Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:12 am

This is long over due and makes sense.
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby tonyguns » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:18 am

I have always loved the section, because when I need anything, i simply go straight to the how-to section. I can see maybe where you are going with this though...
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby inthewoods » Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:53 pm

Yeah it's cool to move the "how-to's" to the FAQ! DO IT NOW!! :lol: :-)b
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby xNRxJose » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:16 pm

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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby spastik » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:53 pm

Restructure and host image files on the server. :-)b
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby JDMCrx91 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:29 pm

I like the How To where it is now.One click and theres all the How To's without clicking on stock,mod,or other faq's.
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby nihkon » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:37 pm

I voted Yes for the re-structuring.

There's no reason to have "How To's" in their own section when they clearly belong in whatever section they relate to.
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby red89si » Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:57 pm

I voted yes as well, Ive referenced the faqs much more than the how to section.
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby Legit Motorsports » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:54 pm

So would each section i.e. stock garage have it's own thread of how to's with links? so stock garage-how to's- change oil. Is that what you're thinking or would each how to be it's own thread you'd have to seach for individually?
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby NozHayr » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:02 pm

I voted No because the individual FAQ does not obviously imply the location of any given How-To. FAQ sections often contain forum rules and trivial info, and may be passed up by the visitor or newb looking for specific info.

A dedicated How-To forum is a no-brainer for someone looking for specific solutions to problems.

Spreading the information base across numerous forums and placing them among the "stickys" may prove tedious for impatient searchers.

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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby downest » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:10 pm

Legit Motorsports wrote:So would each section i.e. stock garage have it's own thread of how to's with links? so stock garage-how to's- change oil. Is that what you're thinking or would each how to be it's own thread you'd have to seach for individually?


Yes that's how it would work, they have already been there for years.
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby nylumiro24 » Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:56 pm

I voted yes. Everytime I see someone asking something that was already answered/covered before I always post the link, and its always from the FAQ.

Good call, and yes the FAQ have always been there.

I also agree with spastik, to save all pictures in the server somehow. There are a few good how to's that teh pics are not available anymore. :-)b
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby downest » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:55 am

As far as the pics go, if someone wants to find the pics or send a pm to me with links, I can edit the post and either put the pics on WI.net or have one of the admins upload them to the server.
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby Baker » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:11 am

JDMCrx91 wrote:I like the How To where it is now.One click and theres all the How To's without clicking on stock,mod,or other faq's.


That makes no sense, it's disorganized and misplaced.
By breaking down and putting a particular "How To" in it's appropriate section makes more sense as well as cleans and organizes the forum a little bit better.
Ppl need to look more at the FAQ sections in each sub forum anyway.
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby 1cr_xxx » Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:30 pm

Yes these howe to's need to be more organized into their proper sections it would make it so more easier to find what you are looking for. and delete sum of these F/S threads that hae the item sold or no activity instead of locking them and letting them fall off. Just a suggestion.
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby ollie » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:05 pm

spastik wrote:Restructure and host image files on the server. :-)b

:-)b ..Agreed...I hate,hate,HATE looking up an older tech thread only to see that the included pics are no longer available.
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby daveb91 » Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:29 pm

If the thread has dead links/pics kill it!!!
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Re: re-structuring the How To forum

Postby downest » Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:49 am

Just a reminder, this thread/poll will close tonight around 8PM eastern!
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