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    Maximum Bitrate deadweasel's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
    It doesn't do a n00b much good to search now-a-days, because when they search, 90% of the results are people asking the same question and being told to search. So searching is getting more and more pointless.
    Too bad there isn't a way to isolate some of those posts that are nothing more than requests with SEARCH answers and eliminate them. What if we were to all get together and develop a master FAQ, complete with links for the n00b section? Seems to me the whole community could benefit by consolidating everything we've learned in one central spot. It would be a biggie document to be sure, but think about it: how many people have had questions about the Lilliput screens that were completely unique and have been resolved? What if all of that knowledge were put into a central place when the problem or question was solved? That way, n00bs and seasoned veterans alike would have a place to go to refresh the memory. Or better yet, how about a master FAQ for each forum? "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About <insert topic> But Were Afraid To Search For".

    The thing is, it would need to be a central document, not just another thread with a million posts in it. That's part of the daunting task that faces anyone who searches. If I want info on a Lilliput screen, there are going to be like thousands of matches, and 90% of them are questions or comments that are unrelated to what I'm looking for, but have the word "Lilliput" in them. ACK!

    I suggest a database or maybe a sub-page of this site with an assload of links that can be maintained by some of the more experienced people here to act as a central knowledge base.

    EDIT: By the way, I would volunteer to be in on that project. I'm not one to shy away from backing up a work-intensive suggestion.
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    Thread Ratings?

    Maybe some sort of rating system is the answer. Unless I'm mistaken, Slashdot does something like this, but on an individual post level. Maybe when you read a thread you could rate it on some sort of scale (1-5 for example) according to how helpful it is. The scores of all the people reading the thread could be averaged, giving each thread an overall score. Then if everyone participated in rating the threads the useful threads would have a higher score and the less useful threads ("how do I hook this up to my car" for example) would have a lower score. The oldsters who have been around forever and know what's been covered in the past a little better could even have their ratings weighted a little higher.

    Ideally, this could keep the informative threads accessible by filtering out the junk. When we search on a topic we could decide how deeply we'd like to search. Of course you could still choose to search all threads, but you'd also have the option to search for "3 and above", "4 and above", etc.

    That's my 1-3/4 cents. I have no idea how it would be implemented or whether people would participate, but it's a thought.

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    While I think that's a good idea, it would still blow when it came to simplistic stuff. Let's say a particular question is asked three different times in as many weeks. Three different people answer it, and that's that. UNTIL, that is, others check out the thread, rate it highly, and now they show up on high "helpfulness" searches. (Is that even a word?) The problem would start showing up when you start seeing all the threads with subject "What do you guys think of this?" about how to hook up a Xenarc screen. All answering the same thing in different ways, all offering different approaches, all taking that much more time to answer the original question.

    What I'm proposing is a finalized database of knowledge. Wanna pull the bezel off your Lilliput? It can be done, and here's the link to show you how/why. Want to know what an Opus power supply is? Here's who uses it <user site links> and here's the product specs <product site link>.

    See what I mean? Abstract stuff, like "what's the best way to build a carPC" are too abstract to define one solid answer, and should warrant a broad search. Other things, like "where can I get an Epia 1000 board?" (don't quote me on models, I don't know about those things!) would be able to be answered with a few short links, including links to users who have one. It would take an effort by everyone here to maintain the information, but there are enough of us that I think with the right structure, it could really be a valuable resource to n00bs and veterans alike. Back before this site became a forum site only, I used to search through the example cars by certain criteria that I was interested in, such as "all systems using Windows, with IR remote controls and LCD displays". This would result in showing me only those systems that I wanted to know something about, and got me to the answer a little quicker. We need something like that here again. Imagine if this messageboard still existed, alonside the original mp3car.com site. Questions like "how do I use Linux in my car" could be answered by checking the database, that would include links to sites of members that are using Linux.

    Less time wasted confusing n00bs, less frustration for veterans, and more enjoyment to be had by all who visit this site!
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    well isnt that some ****...
    you can have your search results come back starting with the oldest date forward...

    That should take care of that little problem holmes...

    Happy Searching!
    Quote Originally Posted by menudude View Post
    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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