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Old 11-18-2017, 12:29 PM   #1
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May I make a suggestion to make this site a bit more efficient?

I moderate an auto brand forum and we discovered that members were constantly asking for clarification of the poster's location and model of vehicle they owned. Often, the answer you give someone is based from those frames of reference. For example, I see comments on this forum like:
  • If you have severe winters where you live...
  • What model of Flagstaff do you have?
  • Not sure what floorplan you have, but...
  • Don't know how old your rig is, but on the newer models...
  • Should I winterize my RV?
  • Are there any recommended RV washes around?
Our solution was to require location, year and model of vehicle. They can specify something like "The Southwest" or "Always on the move" if they didn't want to identify where they live, but most comply and it makes for better, more succinct answers and avoids unnecessary posts to ask for the information.

Just a thought....
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Old 11-18-2017, 12:38 PM   #2
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I've never been east of Texas. I'd have no idea what the weather is like on the east coast, even if I saw in the signature that someone lived there. I live in Ca and people often think it's always sunny and 75, when it's actually 27.

Year/make/model of rig and TV are always a good idea.
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Old 11-18-2017, 12:40 PM   #3
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I've never been east of Texas. I'd have no idea what the weather is like on the east coast, even if I saw in the signature that someone lived there. I live in Ca and people often think it's always sunny and 75, when it's actually 27.

Year/make/model of rig and TV are always a good idea.
But it is sunny California... How could it be cold?
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Old 11-18-2017, 12:44 PM   #4
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But it is sunny California... How could it be cold?
It's cold in many ways....
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Old 11-18-2017, 01:08 PM   #5
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My biggest single problem is so many members say something like "my sv1769" has this problem. They need to say "my 28' 2007 Wildwood TT" has this problem....I can't remember the numerical designation of my own RV, much less the hundreds of others there.
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I live in southern California. We just had a cold spell move thru, it was 78 yesterday. Brrrrr, supposed to be 90 on Thanksgiving..
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Old 11-18-2017, 01:21 PM   #7
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My biggest single problem is so many members say something like "my sv1769" has this problem. They need to say "my 28' 2007 Wildwood TT" has this problem....I can't remember the numerical designation of my own RV, much less the hundreds of others there.
... but apparently I don't see as much significance in the length of a unit as others do. Some folks post "The stove in my 24' 2006 Malefactor can't keep its oven burner lit. What could be wrong?" I'm not sure the length helps us there. Who made the stove? We've had people give us only the VIN of their TT when asking for help. The first time I got "moderated" was for asking such a person to give us his unit's model number instead of his VIN!
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Old 11-18-2017, 01:48 PM   #8
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Old 11-18-2017, 01:48 PM   #9
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I live in southern California. We just had a cold spell move thru, it was 78 yesterday. Brrrrr, supposed to be 90 on Thanksgiving..
Yes but its a DRY HEAT! Yes it is hard to locate Info on RVs even when you have the Model#s! Youroo!!
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My biggest single problem is so many members say something like "my sv1769" has this problem. They need to say "my 28' 2007 Wildwood TT" has this problem....I can't remember the numerical designation of my own RV, much less the hundreds of others there.
I've mentioned this in the past and it doesn't seem to do much good.
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Old 11-18-2017, 01:57 PM   #11
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Good suggestion for new comers. Those all ready here can modify their profile to follow your example.
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There are no stupid questions, only stupid or snarky answers. Be as specific as possible with your question and polite and authoritative in answering


^^^^*what they said...
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Old 11-18-2017, 02:41 PM   #13
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So there are two ways to present that information for the membership; the User Profile which you can update in the User control panel, and the "signature line(s)" which is also updated in the User Control panel.

Unfortunately, I am told the signature line in not visible on the phone application.

I have attached my user profile dump and signature lines (including signature line photo) to illustrate what information is readily available (provided the member has completely filled it out and created a signature line).

The Profile can be created and seen on a PC browser and phone app.

The signature line can only be created and seen on a computer browser (not the phone app).


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It would help a lot if everyone would update their "Signature" to include these important facts..IMO
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May I make a suggestion to make this site a bit more efficient?

I moderate an auto brand forum and we discovered that members were constantly asking for clarification of the poster's location and model of vehicle they owned. Often, the answer you give someone is based from those frames of reference. For example, I see comments on this forum like:
  • If you have severe winters where you live...
  • What model of Flagstaff do you have?
  • Not sure what floorplan you have, but...
  • Don't know how old your rig is, but on the newer models...
  • Should I winterize my RV?
  • Are there any recommended RV washes around?
Our solution was to require location, year and model of vehicle. They can specify something like "The Southwest" or "Always on the move" if they didn't want to identify where they live, but most comply and it makes for better, more succinct answers and avoids unnecessary posts to ask for the information.

Just a thought....


Just did, thanks.
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Old 11-18-2017, 04:57 PM   #16
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The problem here (and many other forums) is that people will just post in one single forum, without exploring the whole forum and posting in a forum specific to their question/statement.
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Old 11-18-2017, 06:01 PM   #17
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The problem here (and many other forums) is that people will just post in one single forum, without exploring the whole forum and posting in a forum specific to their question/statement.
I agree. There may be "too many choices" here. It's the moderator's responsibility to monitor postings and move to the proper area if necessary.
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I'm kind of with Happydaze. Live in So. Cal. and I wouldn't know how to winterize anyway. To me winterizing is camping in December and taking a pair of long pants and a long sleeve shirt. And maybe a hat. Only ever used the heater once, just to make sure it works. I realize that many of you live where it is cold, and I thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experience. I could not imagine not being able to use an RV year round. I guess I use mine more often, but do not go far or for long periods. Some day.
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But it is sunny California... How could it be cold?
Only if it reads Sunny Southern California. I'm heading for Northern CA and it got down to 22* recently.
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