Would be possible to create a board (or something else) where tips such as parts subsitution (pistons, brake pads, electrical components, etc) could be listed so as to save us all the trouble of searching all the boards for the tips someone gave a year ago? I think the Australia club has something like this but they do not include some of the latest information posted on this site recently. Just a thought. Bill
Great idea Bill.. If you read that subsitution type of info here on the board...Feel free to gather what you think is worthy info and combine it into a long post...One of the Administrators can sticky it, or maybe create a catagory in one of the already existing boards. Perhaps if there were a few members willing to help out with this, the idea could grow.
Yamaha XS650, the past is a just a blur in the mirrors.
I've been giving some thought as to how and go about this and after looking at a number of forum sites for ideas, I have not come up with anything particularly elegant. Sooo...... I suggest, for want of a better idea, to simply start a separate post for each major category i.e.. engine mod tips, electrical mod tips, suspension mod tips, etc. Within each post (which can be added to using the "modify post" tool) we can either copy and paste existing information from existing posts OR rather than try and rewrite what others have already posted simply provide a link to the particular post. An example of this would be a category on cylinder head porting which would point via link to an existing post like Jacks on porting. Where information from other web sites is used a link would also direct the reader to the site in question. My preference is to use "links" rather than rewrite the information both because of the amount of work involved and possible plagiarism. The upside of this would be that the reader can "draw his or her own conclusion" as to the relevance of the information. The downside is that linking to another site can tend to get dated if the other site is not maintained or discontinued. Still my preference would be to go with links. Anyone have some other thoughts or suggestions. I have no problem starting this off and suggest that anyone be free to contribute their own mod or tip within the appropriate post. Oh yes, should each post be placed in the appropriate existing categories or under the links area??
Post by orforester on Jan 28, 2007 12:28:35 GMT -5
I like the idea of "links" to previous posts. I know I print out the posts I need to have handy in the garage when I am trying to fix something. But what I usually do is spend alot of time looking at posts that I have already seen to get to any new ones.
Good examples are all the recent posts on carb jetting. I printed off a set early last year and now there is a whole new set of posts on the same subject, coming to the same conclusion. Would be nice to have a place to go for the new guys and us who forget alot!
But this sounds like a logical idea, but I am no computer guy, but it sounds like a whole bunch of work, good on you if you get it done.
79 XS650 streettracker, 1982 Heritage, Electra Glide, Grandpa's 1918 J model, and now a parts bike!