Edit Note: I've restored this thread to its original form. The Frequently Asked Questions may now be found Here
With new RVers coming onto the forum every day and while "getting their feet wet," some will ask innocently, a question that frequently comes up (Wal-Mart parking, holding tank dumping procedures, checklists, fridge on propane, backing up, etc.). Many times we'll answer their questions, but I've seen times where we see postings "Oh, Lord, here we go again!" which, to a newcomer, can be traumatic, especially if this is the first time they've posted.
Would it be reasonable or desired for a posting that provides the common questions and links to the threads in this forum which addresses them? If new information may be added, it can be added in any of the threads rather than starting a new one with the same information (conclusion?). The FAQ thread could be "refreshed" once a week or more frequently by posting a "refresh" reply.
It's not meant to stifle participation, but it could help reduce the non-helpful replies.
What does this esteemed group think about this idea?
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Between RVs at this point
but I continue to tent camp!
I think it's a great idea also. I myself am a newcomer and I see the same topics coming up again and again. It seems most people on the forum are very willing to help us newcomers but I understand how many times can you reply with the same respone. I haven't really found it necessary to ask to many questions (at least not yet),it seems that I have learned alot just reading through the forum.
Awaiting maiden voyage of the new TT this weekend......
2kids & Oreo the dog
95 26'Starcraft Slide
It's a good idea, I agree. As a part of the FAQ catagory, I'd like to see BB instructions such as: How to (1) run a search, (2)get the smiley faces to show up, (3) edit a message (4) not double post, etc. Nancy
Great idea. BUT! You really need someone to maintain the FAQ, not daily but once in a while. And some way to include various points of view on topics always in dispute like the great overloaded dispute.
On second thought, how would new members become full members become senior members if we couldn't start off with the easy questions?
Seriously, though, you learn by teaching. When you reply you have to think out what you're going to say (usually, sometimes...). You get replies to your reply and can compare yours with later replies. A FAQ would reduce the exchange of information.
*This Message was edited on 05-Jun-02 07:37 PM by cmoehle*
Excellent idea. Almost every forum has a FAQ not to stifle discussion, but to help out newbies hesitant to post, and to give thorough answers to common questions without having to wade through a lot of fragmented search results.
To build a FAQ, someone with editorial skills would start out by listing common topics, searching old threads, and sumarizing common info.
Walmart and other free camping
Black Streaks and how to clean them
Should I camp at Fort Willderness?
Weighing your RV
How to decide between a TT, Class A and Class C
Pre Tow/Travel Checklist
Valve Stem Extenders
Roadside Assistance Plans
Deep Cycle Batteries and Battery Life
The list goes on but those seem to come up over and over.
Nothing wrong with talking about them some MORE, but nice to have a head start for someone wanting to learn more easily.
The problem with FAQ's is people don't seem to look at them even if they're available. I've seen this on other forums. Some people search for thier topics, some are just lazy, some want to jump right in and start participating, some have no common sense or self-confidence, some love seeing their words in 'print', some don't have the patience to sit back, observe, and learn, there are myriad reasons why they post. But while I think an FAQ section is a good idea in theory, I doubt it would make much of an impact in the number of repetitious posts.
1983 Itasca Sunflyer moho (Arvie) (big toy)
2005 Chevy Astro
2005 Palomino Mustang (Sally) (slightly smaller toy)
Your points are true, but with the FAQ's section, when these people do post, they can be referred to the FAQ's section, with the suggestion they return if they have further questions or want to discuss further.
I'm perfectly willing to maintain the top of the FAQ message. I suspect (and hope) that as new information becomes available that others would include them in the replies and I'd merely cut and paste them into the top message.
Shall we give it a try? I'll start by modifying the topic and top message of this very thread to make it happen so folks will see the history behind it.