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Old 02-13-2010, 04:47 PM
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More DIY's needed, from begiinning to end

Brian Carlton chastised me, more than once, about multiple posts about the same issue.

I maintained, and still do, that you almost have to have multiple posts. There are times that I post how to do something, and it gets responses. Invariably, I use the advice to do the job, then run into some new problem. If I post the new question further down the thread, I often still get answers to the original question I posted, because people rarely want to read previous replies by others, including my new question; that is, often times the new question is never seen.

I've now resorted to either changing the original question, and/or editing the question, in which case then the original replies I got, don't match the revised question.

Perfect example, I posted recently how to change my struts. The answers came, I proceeded, ran into new problems, got some answers, then when my old struts were off, I had to figure out how to get the new ones ON!! I continued the thread, but nobody ever answered. Why? By that time, the original post was a old, and nobody read my new question about re-installing, now maybe 10 replies down the original question about how to get the old ones off.

I had figured since web space is now basically free, it wouldn't make much difference if new questions were posted, rather than being added into what becomes a dead thread. The only real way of battling the problem, is to have more DIY posts. Those are very helpful, and often spell out the whole repair, from start to finish.
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:19 AM
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Politely, I suggest you amend the first post of the thread to get the attention focused on your new question. Threads need to retain all the related information or they are useless as archives.

There are times when you need to start a new thread, but only when the question is unrelated to the thread's flow / focus.

One way around starting new threads to attract attention, and inadvertently cause forum clutter, is to post a reply to an older, popular thread where seasoned 'vets' have posted responses. Often, you will find that they reply to those threads posthumously.


its not about web space.... its about organization. (I think???)
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Old 02-14-2010, 09:09 AM
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Politely, I suggest you amend the first post of the thread to get the attention focused on your new question. Threads need to retain all the related information or they are useless as archives.

There are times when you need to start a new thread, but only when the question is unrelated to the thread's flow / focus.

One way around starting new threads to attract attention, and inadvertently cause forum clutter, is to post a reply to an older, popular thread where seasoned 'vets' have posted responses. Often, you will find that they reply to those threads posthumously.


its not about web space.... its about organization. (I think???)
I don't know how to amend a thread, and I don't see any reason why you can't have two DIYs for anything: one for removal, one for replacement. Even a third for inspection.

For example: yesterday, the valves in the 240D got their annual check/adjustment. In the course of doing that, a number of minor things were inspected and repaired, and none of them had anything to do with valves: Peening linkage rods,replacing/repairing clips, tightening connections, checking hoses and belts, etc.

As a former training guy, I would have divided that entire activity into at least three DIYs:

- adjusting valves (with notes on what to buy in advance, which is typically not contained in many DIYs, maybe split into two parts;

- under hood inspection of OM 616;

- semi-annual rear/axle area inspection.

It seems to me the important thing is to provide tech info and tips people need. How we do it is mostly up to us, with certain suggestions added for consistency or clarity (like pics of a certain size, etc).

Just my story, but I'm stickin' to it....
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:33 AM
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I agree about DIY s being very specific and concise.


But a thread about an ongoing problem is much different.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:29 PM
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Need more info

I agree we need more diy threads especially with pictures!
For us noobs it will answer the many questions we have, searching most of the time will answer some, but not all questions..u know the old saying .. a pictures is worth a 1000 words...good pictures
Love all the DIY'S so far! They have helped me a great bit. I had no clue even where the oil filter was when I got my car!! Not to mention what the heck is an ip or a banjo bolt?? Pleanty of reading and pictures fixed that...maybe someone can do an under the hood totorial.
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:59 PM
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Brian Carlton chastised me, more than once, about multiple posts about the same issue.
Post all you want.

However, you won't be allowed multiple threads on the same issue.
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:34 PM
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It seems to me that all MB's have common problems related to that model as well as the same maintenance requirements. What would be nice is if through the help of forum members we were to compile a FAQ database similar to this:www.swedishbricks.net/700900FAQ/FAQSummary1.html

I propose dividing the parts up among forum volunteers and breaking the FAQs into specific bodies - ie w126, w123 etc.

I think this would help alleviate many of the recurring posts as well as provide a quick way to reference procedures and troubleshooting.
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Old 08-08-2010, 03:51 AM
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I think running a wiki is actually difficult thing - it involves a lot of organisation - and that costs time and money. May be we could learn from the Wikipedia organisation structure?
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