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Why Exactly Do We Have Different Topic Categories???

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Why Exactly Do We Have Different Topic Categories???
Posted by toystory_4wd on Thursday, May 7, 2009 6:11 PM

Maybe it's just me, maybe I'm out to lunch, or maybe I have a legitimate complaint- you decide. It seems to me that lately I'm finding an annoying number of posts in the wrong categories. If I see a header in "Trucks And Commercial Vehicles", that reads "1939 Chevrolet Pickup" (just a random example), I  DO NOT want to click on that thread, only to find "Does anybody know where to get one?"! We have a proper section for that question under "Ask Scale Auto"! If I'm cruising through "Racecars And Sportscars" and see "1985 Toyota Supra Turbo", I DO NOT want to hit it and find "How can I scratchbuild a turbocharger?" We have an appropriate section for this under "Tips And Techniques", do we not? Honestly. If I want to swap engine goodie scratchbuilding tips, it's right there under "Engine, Drivetrain And Chassis". Meantime, I was really hoping to see that '39 Chev of that '85 Toy!

I've been around here for nearly five years, and anybody knows I'm dead easy to get along with, but things like this seem to have worsened of late. Now, I'm not pointing any fingers, but I'd like to take this moment to remind our good members new and old alike, to look through the categories and decide which is most appropriate for the posting we're about to make! (I think I'm finished ranting now...) SoapBox

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 7, 2009 7:56 PM

Many times, the posting is made by a relatively new member who is not aware of the proper place to post such a thread and sometimes, it is someone who just doesn't care.  Some people will use a certain title just to draw attention to their thread and the result is usually someone who gets angry.  These are the posts that I usually ignore and many other members seem to do the same.  Sometimes, I will kindly and respectfully ask the poster to correct his/her posting or post it in the appropriate location on the forum.   

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Posted by plasticracer on Thursday, May 7, 2009 11:39 PM

Toystory, you are correct. The categories are very clear and if you are new to the site please read the different categories first and there should be no problem.We are here to help.

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Posted by BigTallDad on Friday, May 8, 2009 7:20 AM

I agree. Additionally, a bit more care should be exercised when creating the title of the topic. Using the title "Where can I get" in the "Where Can I Get...?" area makes little sense; tell me what you seek!

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Posted by weasel on Friday, May 8, 2009 9:42 AM

because Jim said so!!!


no, really, it can be confusing where to post something, is it a racecar? is it a commercial vehicle?

just pick one that's close!


but, yeah... the 'where can i' posts need some help sometimes!!
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Posted by Nathan on Friday, May 8, 2009 10:24 AM

I know 6 years ago when I first started coming here I posted some things in the wrong area of this great forum. I think that all the great builds and all the great advice this forum has can be overwhelming for a new member.

Asking questions is the way to learn, its just, like you said, some people just don't post them in the right area. The problem is the moderators can't really control whats being posted until after it is actually posted.

Another good point is my '41 Chev I'm working on, and at least three other '41s that have been posted lately, are trucks, but they are also older than '48 and modified so this makes them a street rod also, so were do you post it? I posted mine in the street rod section where at least three others have been.


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Posted by toystory_4wd on Friday, May 8, 2009 5:28 PM

Nathan, I do see your point, I've come across stuff like that many times, and I have no problem with it. Because ultimately, I'm gonna click on your " '41 Chevy Pickup", and I'll see a '41 Chevy pickup, right? Right. Not- "How can I make a carb for one'a these?".

And no, I don't expect the mods to be all over this stuff- reading a million posts takes time, and if nobody complains or draws attention to a post, it can go unnoticed for a while. It just burns my biscuits that alot of this stuff is blatantly obvious, or so I think. Face it- As you cruise the main forum page, you see all the categories, with explanations too!

And one further point- before I joined, I haunted the site for awhile to get a feel for it,and see if it was something I'd really get into. I don't think it took very long before I had an idea of what the format was all about, and I would've thought this would be pretty commonplace. Maybe I'm wrong, but I do know this-

I have GOT to go find some wheelbacks to use on my '55 El Camino! Which I'm NOT doing by sitting here, so off I go!



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