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Suggestion for perpetual thread(11 posts)

Suggestion for perpetual threadMikeC
Sep 17, 2001 5:14 AM
I think a lot of us regulars frequently get a little impatient with the same newbie questions coming up over and over again.
How about if we build a thread that contains a bunch of newbie advice, then ask Gregg to list it under "Hot Topics" on the Discussions home page. That way, many newbies will be able to read the thread before posting a question, and when it's obvious that someone's asking a question without having read the thread, we'll just be able to refer them to it.
I'd suggest we tackle the basics on:
Help me find the right bike; clipless pedals; what are tubulars?; why do you shave your legs?; what is the difference between steel/aluminum/ti/carbon?; basic rules of the road (riding on the right, etc.); finding and joining a club; basic training info; basic nutrition info, etc.
I'm not advocating that we stop discussing these matters on the board, just that we include the basics in an easy-to-find location. Of course, whenever we would like to add something, all we'd have to do is go to the "Hot Topics" list and click the thread link.
If anyone thinks this is a good idea and would like to start it, I'd suggest using the topic title "Advice for new riders." Don't add your newbie advice to this thread, because the topic title is inappropriate.
What do you think?
Sep 17, 2001 5:16 AM
I'd suggest titling the new thread "Advice for new Road Riders."
re: doubt that it would work... and...Akirasho
Sep 17, 2001 5:23 AM
it takes a bit away from the social aspects of this forum.

Fundamentally, there will always be someone new to cycling and this forum... and rather than sift through info on a site like your suggestion, they're more apt to simply ask the question... While it does seem like the same ole same ole to frequent visitors... imagine your first time here.

And, things change... experiences change... how would you, and who would, keep the site updated with the latest???

I understand your idea... perhaps a newbie page is an answer without ostracizing said newbie.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
How about: Frequently asked questions?nee Spoke Wrench
Sep 17, 2001 5:23 AM
Will Segregated Questions Get Answered?jtolleson
Sep 17, 2001 5:48 AM
Put 'em on a different board where "regs" won't be "bothered?" Well, then... ummm.... how do said "newbie questions" get answered? Can't support the idea.

I think there are folks who are willing to be helpful again and again, and those who aren't. It seems to be working just fine in my book. I do wish people would search threads for answers to common questions, and perhaps an FAQ link to old threads (or at least a reminder to search) would be worthwhile. But I don't think that the posts should be separated.
Perhaps I didn't explain clearlyMikeC
Sep 17, 2001 6:02 AM
I'm not suggesting a separate "board." I'm suggesting a single thread on this board where we could append newbie advice.
The problem is that threads disappear into history after a day or so, and many non-regulars don't seem to use the "search" function. Even if they do, they'd end up with dozens of repetitive posts on the same topic. But if this thread were listed under "Hot Topics," it would easily be accessible with a single mouse click both for posters and readers.
Honest, I'm not trying to dilute the "community," -just trying to envision a structure that would be more user-friendly to all concerned.
Thanks for the Clarificationjtolleson
Sep 17, 2001 10:26 AM
I did misread (you were perfectly clear) "thread" as "board." And it would be nice to organize some commonly asked questions in a way to be accessed.

But the bottom line is that those questions will still keep coming, and I rarely get tired of answering "what is the best bike for under $700" or "how do I know if my bike fits?" I frankly get far more bored by discussions esoterica like lugged v. butted or whatever. But that's okay, we all pick our own discussions.

So, I'm still not in favor of any real changes to what is posted here, other than making the wisdom of previous threads more readily accessible as to FAQs.
How about putting this stuff in the Learn section?TrekMan
Sep 17, 2001 5:53 AM
How about putting this stuff in the Learn section? I'm a newbie and when I came to this site first I looked for a place where all this info. It would be handy to have it all together in one place, that way newbies can get the basics straight away without having to wait for responses. And once we know the basics we can lots more questions to keep you occupied! :)
Mike, this is a good suggestion...gregg
Sep 17, 2001 7:32 AM
...and something that I was working on before all the change over. If you guys can come up with a F.A.Q. for newbies, I think that will help.

Overall, I think it would only help to improve the community here, because daily (hourly??) users shouldn't have to try to answer "which is better, Shimano or Campy" over and over again.

I think it would be worthy of a "hot topic" and in the learn section as well.

Now, who wants to be the collector of the data?

re: Suggestion for perpetual threadDINOSAUR
Sep 17, 2001 7:56 AM
Great idea, saddle selection might be another topic to include. The problem is a lot of basic questions often go unanswered, or with limited responses as they are asked so frequently...
Sep 17, 2001 4:22 PM
I've even had the same idea, but I thought people might think I was being 'crabby' seems that the same questions are repeated almost every 2-3 weeks, so it makes sense to go ahead and create a FAQ section...leave it 'editable' so that the subjects can be updated....
We can even include "What's the most comfortable saddle?" and "WHAT SIZE BIKE SHOULD I BUY?"