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couple of suggestions

Postby coachgeo » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:57 pm

:idea: 1 (a). Suggestions and comments on the board forum- for things like this message :D

:idea: 1 (b). make a forum for BOARD HELP, Usage Questions etc.

:idea: 2. Seperate forum for off topic banter

:idea: 3. Label forums TECHNICAL discussion for xxxx . Forum for experienced users blah blah blah.

:idea: 4. Make a "BEGINNERS forum" For new to VO world users who ask the same ol guestions that get asked over and over again. Encourage them to go there first. Moderators move their threads to there out of the technical forums followed by a short PM.... "thanks for being part of the veg world.... moved your thread to BEGINNERS forum due to its nature... youll get alot of good begginers help there".

Most Newbies post there would be answered with "go to FAQ or forum xxx and search using the term blah blah.. then if you got more questions please do so here in the Begginers forum, we would be GLAD TO HELP you get started".

Later as they start sounding more edumacated then a moderator sorta invites them to the tehcnical side with something like "... hey you got good questions, comments, thanks for reading up on things in advance" ... "why dont you pop over to the technical forum xxxx and ask those questions" or add your comments there..... good show ol' chap" LOL
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Postby SunWizard » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:23 pm

Good ideas. I changed the name of the top section, and added an off topic banter section. I am trying not to make too many sections since it makes navigating harder.

Almost all the sections are technical so I don't want to add that to them all. If someone doesn't understand that, then saying technical won't be enough to stop them from posting in the wrong place anyhow.
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Postby Burbarian » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:37 am

Suggest a 'Hardware Resources' section for various off the shelf stuff.

Pumps (transfer,lift,circulation) (vo/water/motor/solenoid/manual)
Hose, fittings, clamps, barbs (vo/d2/coolant)
Valves (motor/solenoid/manual/check)
Filters (spin-on/bases/elements/strainers/socks/centrifuge)
Heaters, heat exchangers
Tanks
Tools (VOM/DVO, temp sensors, etc)
Misc

Basically standard bits that anybody can order from this or that online merchant. A complement to the classifieds, but for gear that isn't being sold by a member, rather gear that a member has found and/or purchased. Good for people who like to 'roll their own' instead of buying a premade kit. The forum members can then populate this section with deals and sources they've found and help everyone else. Sort of like stone soup for gearheads.
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Postby SunWizard » Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:32 am

Since much of the 2 tank section is talking about parts used, How about a thread for each of those, and we try to limit those threads to short posts with links to the parts so they are easy to scan through. For example, not debating the merits of different parts in that thread?

I could edit the first post in each thread periodically so it contains all the links as new ones are added? Kind of like I am doing with the post for links to kit vendors.
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Postby Burbarian » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:20 am

Outstanding! Though I fear it will add to your workload..
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Postby coachgeo » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:54 pm

SunWizard wrote:Since much of the 2 tank section is talking about parts used, How about a thread for each of those, and we try to limit those threads to short posts with links to the parts so they are easy to scan through. ....
Sun one other option to this is a FAQ thread with links to specific searches for specific things such as "WVO PUMPs"

now here is the kicker...... and I'll be happy to help with this since I've done this before.

Here is how it works.... if I and any other FAQ team members see a post with a particular brands link, info etc. we (with moderator edit powers) edit in a preselected nonsense word into the bottom of the post. These nonsense words are what the linked search in the FAQ search for.

For example. if the WVO fuel pump search link in the FAQ is set to search for FPUMPWVO then myself and any other FAQ team member would edit that funky looking word into the bottom of a post that has relevant info on a Fuel Pump manufacture and where to order them etc.

To get a better idea here are some funky word ideas to use for FAQ searches


SEARCH link .........................................................-.Nonsense Word

. How to make your own pump (fuel or collection)- MknPmp
. Where to buy Centrifuges- ByCFuge
. Used Renewed parts houses for electric motors- ByMtr
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Postby SunWizard » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:08 pm

I think for links to buy parts, a single post like I did here
http://www.burnveg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=110
is far easier to read and use. But thats a good idea for the type of questions that you need to read an entire post.

If you are volunteering to be a moderator, let me know and I will give you those powers, you have already been nominated and seconded.
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Great Tanks at an Unbelievable Price

Postby newtoveggie » Fri May 09, 2008 11:19 pm

http://www.rdsaluminum.com/

I acquired a 60 Gallon Tank #71786 (http://www.rdsaluminum.com/images/Drawings.pdf) from these guys for $200.00. Granted it was a minus the 6 1/4" tool box on top but it wouldn't fit under my tonneau anyway. This thing lists at $600.00 at Northern Tool. I was told it was a second but when it arrived I didn't see any imperfections. Before I agreed to buy it I asked the gentleman to snap a bunch of photos to see what I was getting.

No relation to the company just thankful they were there for me when I didn't feel like spending $800.00 dollars for a tank half its' size.
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