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Old 04-28-2009   #1
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FAQs & How To's

What if on the main page or other location there was a section for often asked/discussed questions and how to's?

These could be basic frame building ideas taken from various threads (1 2 3 4 5). I'm thinking something like; here are some choices for the frame base (pipe); fittings; decking; oar towers; shade (Bimini Top/Umbrella); seats; etc. (I would love to help create this one)

Others could be: favorite river beverages (white wine, red wine, beer), camp games, packing checklist, rigging ideas, favorite trips organized by length, coolers; etc.

These could be wikis where any user could create a new one and others could build on it. These would be like threads but a brief overview and give users ideas where to start. I don't ever want to remove the discussions but have a base point for ideas.

I first found this site looking for frame building ideas and was able to formulate ideas after searching and reading through threads. I wish there was a place where one could look at to get a quick "lesson" as to what can be found in these threads without having to read all 10 pages of "More Games With Frames". (One of my favorite threads by the way)

I am not a web designer or engineer so I don't know how hard/costly this would be but I think it would be valuable. I just did a search looking for "how to add a wiki to site" and TWiki - the Open Source Enterprise Wiki and Web 2.0 Application Platform came up. They state these (amongst other) uses:
  • To replace a static intranet. Content is maintained by the employees, thus eliminating the "one webmaster syndrome" of outdated and insufficient intranet content.
  • As a knowledge base and FAQ system.

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Old 04-28-2009   #2
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The search function pretty well covers this need, doesn't it?

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Old 04-28-2009   #3
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It does but there are somethings where someone might not know what to search for. They might not know the terminology, such as the new Wishy Washy thread. I would never know to search for "Wishy Washy" to build a camp wash station until the thread came up. Being a new user myself I am trying to look back in the "archives" for something I may have missed.

Also, it would allow someone to avoid the "Nicely thought out, nicely executed!" and other comments that are nice but can be annoying if you are just looking for information.

I got this idea from the forums on They have this sticky. While that just links people to the appropriate thread, my idea expands on that, a user could summarize different threads into one. We can also link to the "source thread" ala the "References" section on

This can also be profitable as it could to bring the site more hits. Someone can search google for "how to make..." and MountainBuzz is there. More hits equals more ad revenue.
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Old 04-28-2009   #4
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If you search for a keyword, it doesn't matter what the title of the thread is. I have found more information by looking through old threads on this site than by spending hours "googling". You just have to spend a few minutes learning how to operate the MountainBuzz search engine. There isn't any need to make it more complicated
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Old 04-28-2009   #5
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Originally Posted by Perdido View Post
If admin wants me to stop reposting this thread then add my feature. It's really that simple.
Okay I may have paraphrased and manipulated Perdido's quote a little.

In all seriousness, thanks for listening. I may just create a "How to build a frame" topic and could become a sticky (or not) for the gear talk area.
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