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Let's make a FAQ(10 posts)

Let's make a FAQmk_42
Sep 5, 2003 9:17 AM
After a year and a half, I'm back. Don't worry, I won't be upset if you don't remember me. I was always a somewhat infrequent poster. While I'm no Doug I do feel a little old guardish. I remember when JSHaikuShop started writing haikus on the board. I remember Kristin getting her first bike (and the harrowing ordeal it was). Hell I don't even know RonPruitt. Enough of memory lane, back to the point. I stopped reading the board for whatever reason and a few weeks ago I came back. The one thing that surprised me more than anything else is how many of the frequently asked questions were still being frequently asked. This board really needs a good FAQ. Well I'm going to make one (hopefully with all of your help).

So let's start right now. What are the most frequently asked questions? I want to make this mostly geared towards beginers so let's also add questions/info that beginners will not think to ask because they're beginners (e.g. underwear).

So I'll start this off with a handfull of the most obvious ones. Feel free to provide questions as well as answers (if it's a commonly debated issue be sure to include both sides).

The start of the FAQ:

I'm new and want to get into cycling, what should I do?
What size bike do I need?
How much should I plan to spend?
What's the difference between Shimano and Campagnolo?

Take it away.
_42
Steel, Aluminum, Titanium, Carbon, whats the difference?Mr Nick
Sep 5, 2003 9:46 AM
also:
-should I get road shoes and road pedals?
-difference between standard and integrated headsets?
-new or used bikes?
-8, 9, 10 speed and upgrading
-seat hieght, fore and aft, and stem length info
-water bottles verse camelbacks
-pump verse CO2
-hand pain or knee pain common fixes
-group ride etiquette
-does weight matter that much?
Good idea, butJL
Sep 5, 2003 10:01 AM
I doubt you'll get a consensus or close. Everytime someone tries to do this, and this goes way back, everyone shoots each other down with their thoughts on whatever topic is being discussed.

The General Board is where you're supposed to come with these questions. Most of the time, RadRon, et. al. excluded, you get some decent feedback or at least people sending the person in the correct direction without a "war".

So if people keep asking the same questions, just don't open the link or try and send them in the right direction. If you had a FAQ it may help, but then you'll end up with 20 responses of "Read the FAQ (nm)." Maybe even scaring off a new rider.

Happy riding.

John
And where would all the board traffic go?MisJG
Sep 5, 2003 11:43 AM
We would have nothing to do if you took away all the repeat questions. We feel smart and helpful when we know the answers too! Besides, as JL said above, this is a board of opinions. Ask the same question more than once and you are bound to get a different answer each time. Things change. A static FAQ section would have old information at best or need to be updated frequently to stay current.
Yup. The list of questions is easy to create...OffTheBack
Sep 5, 2003 11:49 AM
Clinchers or tubulars?
170 or 172.5 or 175 cranks?
Wet or dry chain lube?
Bibs or shorts?
etc.

But the answers are endlessly controversial. Ah, well, life would be dull if everyone were the same, right?
I disagree. FAQ depersonalizes the experience here.MKD
Sep 5, 2003 1:51 PM
I enjoy the present feedback, whether positive or not. This is somewhat of a social experience also. Yeah, some questions seem redundant but anyway to motivate people ie. to buy their first road bike is worth it.
Collecting is the questions the easy partScot_Gore
Sep 5, 2003 2:22 PM
Knowing what the frequently asked questions are is easy, it only takes 6 months of visiting the board once a week or so and you've seen them. The hard part (as other have said above) is getting a clear, concise, informed, and balanced Frequently Given Answers (FGAs).

Here's my suggestion. Start a post with something like FAQ #1, and ask one of the FAQ's. Then request people to post clear, concise, informed, and balanced answers. Folks can chime in with affirmations of what they think are the good answers. When Gregg gets time, energy, enthusiam for the task he can go in and cherry pick the questions and the best 1,2, or 3 answers and assemble them in a FAQ section. He'll be able to clearly search and find the FAQ posts if you always start them with the same format like "FAQ#" or something like that.

And I nominate you 42 as the offcial poster of FAQ questions. (I would demand to be paid at the same rate as Doug for this job BTW) The rest of us out here will compete for providing the most clear, concise, informed, and balanced FGA.

Good Luck
Scot
That should be "Collecting the Questions is the easy part" (nm)Scot_Gore
Sep 5, 2003 2:24 PM
What does "nm" mean? (nm)mickey-mac
Sep 5, 2003 2:28 PM
nm
rec.bicycles.* FAQtorquecal
Sep 5, 2003 6:01 PM
Why not just point people towards the nntp newsgroup FAQ? I'm pretty sure it addresses every question mentioned in this thread (except the "nm" one).