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Question: Would you like to see a separate discussion area which serves as a HOW-TO use the board,  and general usage?
Yes, separate that discussion from the bus discussions - 12 (85.7%)
No, Keep one big happy discussion! - 2 (14.3%)
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« on: April 02, 2006, 02:05:04 PM »

This is not a question of creating multiple discussion categories such as brakes, air, etc..  There is only one discussion area for bus topics.  But, there have been some who suggest separating the HOW-TO use the board from all the bus talk.  What do you think?  Regards, Phil
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2006, 02:18:34 PM »

Very good idea.
I haven't even begun to 'play' with all the features yet.
Thanks again for an awesome board.  Cool
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2006, 02:23:44 PM »

HOw about instead of a general discussion area for the "how-to", start a FAQ section and migrate all those questions that are bound to come up over and over again into a clear, easily read section. Then when someone has a question that isn't in the FAQ it can be asked on the main board. That way everyone can have a shot at answering questions, and save you time and trouble.
It seems to me that most of the people who know how to use the board will ignore the 'how-to' area. If the 'how-to's' are put in the general area, they will get more attention.
Just my thoughts.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2006, 03:50:05 PM »

I do not think it would be a bad idea to take some hints from the master (I@N) and look at his home page. He has several sections including Getting Started, Formatting and Troubleshooting to name a few. Etiquette and some other things come to mind and should be a part of the overall heading I think. There should be a place for FAQ's as Dallas suggests also.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2006, 04:49:49 PM »

PHIL,

A How To Use on the start screen would be helpful

Mabe under-----DUHHHHHH----- I see you allready put it under post reply!!

OK- Good Job FIL-

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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2006, 07:12:47 PM »

Hey Phil, as I remember hearing long ago at football try outs in high school when he held up a pig skin an said "this is a football" from the rear of the crowd came a "NOT SO FAST COACH, WE'RE JUST BEGIN'N HERE! COULD YA START OVER?" Seriously and no it wasn't me altough I did live next to, and grew up with the prankster! Yes I'd say if ya could make a slow and step by step learn'n feature it'd help us slow 1's coach! LOL But I'm try'n and think it's an ecellant start! Busted Knuckle
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2006, 07:12:26 AM »

Phil,
I have been coming to the MAK board since '98 as well as BNO.  One thing that is available on BNO that I really find useful is that Ian has a "subscription" feature that sends those who use it every posting.  It saves signing on and all the scrolling.  There are a lot of silly posts, but the ease of use certainly outweighs the nusiance, IMHO.  Once in a while there is a photo attached that doesn't come with the post, but there always is a link to the thread so I can go there and see what they are cussing or discussing.

Is this fearure available on this new board? 

Thanks,
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2006, 07:46:51 AM »

Phil,
I have been coming to the MAK board since '98 as well as BNO.  One thing that is available on BNO that I really find useful is that Ian has a "subscription" feature that sends those who use it every posting.  It saves signing on and all the scrolling.  There are a lot of silly posts, but the ease of use certainly outweighs the nusiance, IMHO.  Once in a while there is a photo attached that doesn't come with the post, but there always is a link to the thread so I can go there and see what they are cussing or discussing.

Is this fearure available on this new board? 

Thanks,

Hi Russ,

Check out the notify button at the bottom of this and actually, each thread.  Would that provide what you are looking for? 

Please let me know.  Best Regards, Phil

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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2006, 02:04:24 PM »

Phil,

By the way, so far everything looks great.  I go to many boards and I'm used to this type format so you're on the right track and I'm sure you have hundreds of hours into getting it this far - Super job!

Yes, clicking on "notify" would do that, but it requires signing on and reviewing each thread.  If the subscription process isn't easy or available, that will suffice.  I like the other way because sometimes in the middle of a thread about some model bus I wouldn't normally even open there is a pearl of wisdom that can be applied to my weird model or interests. 

Keep up the great work.  And if the lack of a spell checker is a problem, just cut and paste into word, which will correct spelling and then repost into here.
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2006, 03:43:31 PM »

A much easier spell check than cut and paste into word and cut and paste back into the topic is to just load the Google tool bar. One of its features is a spell check. With one click you can detect any misspelled words and then get a drop down menu of possible spellings for what you want.  As of this date it has also blocked 9,145 pop ups for me also.
Richard

P.S.I run the spell check on this posting and found two typo's I had made.

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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2006, 03:48:12 PM »

Thanks Richard,

I located the google bar, Now I don't sound like one of thoose fat albert kids-
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