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Old 06-22-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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The linking from owner boards to other boards is increasing expotentually. The stated reason is for "better exposure".
I guess this question is directed to rebelsbeach and warpath; are owner forums worthwhile since so many posts there are re-directed to different boards?
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The linking from owner boards to other boards is increasing expotentually. The stated reason is for "better exposure".
I guess this question is directed to rebelsbeach and warpath; are owner forums worthwhile since so many posts there are re-directed to different boards?
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gauging by the number of people who post in the owner-boards, there must be a lure to asking questions to other people who have the same brand of rig,
i'm guessin a good percentage of the threads in those owner forums are indeed brand specific (?)

similar to the 'powerstroke' and 'singles' forum here ... what kind of cologne those swooning RV singles wear might be germane for all of us, but i still like them having their own little stomping grounds

sorry for answering, i'm bored and its 109 degrees here today
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Old 06-23-2008, 05:56 PM   #4
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If there is a discussion, let's say, in an owner forum that is generic to any RV or type of RV we will link it to a forum in the generic area where there will be more people viewing it than the number of readers in a given owner forum. It is not to create redundnacy but to get your issue or question more exposure and make it more likely to get a response. If you notice, any response appears in both forums. Likewise, a post in the generic forum that is really unique to a brand will be linked to that owner forum.

We used to move the posts but started linking a while ago so those that are interested can continue to keep track of the thread.

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Couldn't have said it better myself..... thanks John, well done!
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I find this practice to be very helpful....Thanks!
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The owners/manufacturers forums were envisioned as a place where manufacturer specific issues would be discussed.

They quickly became a "clubhouse" type forum where each group of owners would socialize in addition to seeking help, which is fine as that's what the members prefer.

Some members are only interested in their particular brand's forum, and rarely visit other forums.

The problem is in seeking help with an issue that is not brand specific. Satellite and/or TV reception is probably the best example. There are many of these type questions in the manufacturers forums, but they are not limited to one brand of the RV.

Members that post these type of questions in the manufacturers forums are severely limiting the help they can receive, and many other members would miss the discussion.

The shortcuts are to get the post in the correct forum so the original poster and any other interested member can get the most from a discussion.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:04 AM   #8
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Understood John; I'll just have to watch and read the path closely from now on. I was chastized once for posting to an inquiry directed to a specific owners forum, although it was linked to 5th wheel board.
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All of the iRV2 forums are open to all of our members, including the Owners' Forums. You don't have to own that particular brand and/or chassis to make a post or add a comment there. Members who frequent the Owners' Forums would be considered out of line if the chastise others for posting in one.

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G'morning iRV2'rs: Just had to jump in on this discussion. Having "rig specific" forums is an exceptional PLUS for this site, and, in my opinion, one of the MAJOR attractors to this great iRV2 site. When seeking input for a problem with your specific rig, it's nice that folks with other kinds of rigs try to help out with suggestions, however, it's exceedingly more helpful when someone helping is familiar with and describing solutions specifically for the rig you're having problems with, particularly when photos are used. When the issue is a "generic" problem (ie., TV issue), our moderators and administrators do a bang up job of linking so everyone might benefit. Boy, I, for one, would sure hate to see the "rig specific" forums curtailed...they, and the folks to contribute, are WONDERFUL...especially for us mechanically inept RV'rs. Steve & Lynette
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We have no intentions of curtailing any of the "rig specific" forums and we encourage all members to use them as they're intended, that being for brand specific posts. Our administrators, moderators, and forum leaders are delighted that the Owners Forums are so popular and will continue our support of their use.

It'd be more beneficial to all, including our moderators who spend their valuable time moving and linking, if brand generic posts were posted in a more appropriate forum for all to read. Many members won't read threads that are located in a brand specific forum if they don't have that brand.

Having said that, we have no intentions of taking any actions to thwart such posting. We'll continue doing what needs to be done to efficiently support the thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experiences among our RV enthusiasts and members irregardless of where they may post their comments.

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Well, I was roundabout told here that I should not be posting on the Excel forum board. Chief John closed the thread right after that. Come to think of it, the other rebuffs were from Excel owners, do I see a pattern?
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I don't visit or look at owners forums or many of the others either, such as motorhome, slidein camper, big truck, etc. I would like to be able to close, shrink or whatever you call it with the - sign, and them and keep them closed so they don't open back up after I have read a post.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Well, I was roundabout told here that I should not be posting on the Excel forum board. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

As Richard noted in his previous posts, all forums are open to all members.

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