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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Shrimpfarmer, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. Shrimpfarmer

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    Its proving hard to keep up with the posts that really interest me these days. Every time I look they are lost in a sea of new posts most of which are about subjects that have been asked a thousand times already. I don't blame the posters they need help, but I do detect a rapid fall off in replies from the more energetic helpers.
     
  2. xgeek

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    I agree. I used to be active in posting help, but after posting the same thing every other day I can't be bothered anymore. It's like groundhog day over and over :D

    A few stickies from Adam and most of the everyday questions would be covered. If he can't be arsed to sticky posts that other members have written to help others then I can't be arsed to keep posting the same thing each day either.
     
  3. IrishSights

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    2 months ago I was new here and appreciated all the input, but I must admit couldn't be bothered to reply to the repeated questions about props for example. By ignoring them I hope it will either let the dippers dip out or try a search. I agree Adam should sticky some of these or start a FAQ sub forum. Also the built in forum search is not very good. However the link to the Google site search in Shrimpys footer is pretty good! Pity it could not be a dedicated link on the forum somewhere.

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  4. kydan

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    +2 for more stickys. I recommended this in another thread. For example, one sticky with all the FPV setups, another for all gimbals available and extras needed would eliminate several threads.

    Also, people aren't even posting in the right forum! I browse this forum the most because the description is for the original phantom. I see many PV2, P2, and PV2+ here but there are other sections for those!!
     
  5. ianwood

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    I agree. We need to some stickies. How many times a day does someone post a new thread titled "What FPV Should I Buy"?

    Each of the main model forums needs a FAQ sub-forum where topics can only be added by the admin or nominated people but everyone can reply to those topics. The thread owner maintains the first post with the latest, most comprehensive and correct information. Some suggested topics.

    1. FPV Buyer's Guide
    2. Long Distance Flying
    3. Aftermarket Radios
    4. Preventing Flyaways
    5. Common Mistakes

    I can do 3 and 4 for the P2. But that's just a start. In the main forum, there is one sticky titled: "Have a Question? Read This First" which has links to all the topics in the FAQ sub-forum.
     
  6. Shrimpfarmer

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    I sense the frustration folks.

    These things have been asked for many times but I no longer believe they will be delivered here. My particular interests are film tips and the Heli-X simulator. I am sorry to say I have jumped ship and posted my last comment on those threads.
     
  7. ianwood

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    I am not sure I follow.

    Adjunct, I just tried to message Adam and found that I couldn't. EDIT: Went through this time.
     
  8. Shrimpfarmer

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    I am looking for a lot more organisation than a few stickies and I believe thats going to be delivered at the other place. Its going to be a lot better for those who like to shepherd a subject and keep things organised which means it will be a lot easier for those looking for help as well.

    I have invested a lot of time and effort here and so I am just going through the transfer thats all. :(
     
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    Have to agree been following RANGE? Immersion 600mw tx, with Spironets It has some great stuff but at 64 pages?

    Just needs a trim and placed in FAQ's

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    YES.... I FEEL LOST AND LONELY !!!! :cool:
     
  11. ElGuano

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    I try to answer what I can (mainly setup/tech qs) because I think willingness to step in and take a hand is what separates a community from an internet search. But of course more resources is always better, and a well organized set of stickies goes a long way.
     
  12. Buk

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    This site is not bad, as I follow on some other sites where discussions are 600 - 1000 pages long.

    What I do find here is discussions in the wrong sections, such as videos in the "Help" section or help requests in the "Video" section.

    Yes, an FAQ would be helpful.

    As the hobby grows due to the ease of operation and relative low expense to start, I'm sure there has been phenomenal growth, noticed more after holidays and gift giving, of the participation in online discussion forums. Quite possibly this site was started with no expectation for the rapid growth and now it's a bit out of control. Time required for moderation, is probably double your or my time reading posts. I mark discussions read at the end of each day and click new or unread posts at the start. Always a boat load.

    I know I have been guilty of asking questions already stated.
    Failing to search for answers before asking.
    Providing marginal advice.

    New people hang out at new forums and long time "pilots" hang out on established forums. It's where you feel most comfortable. I do miss the biting sarcasm and innate control some of our past contributors provided weeding out certain posts. There is an ebb and flow to the posts. Fewer posts regarding fly-aways these days. Attributed to improvements by DJI programming or folks not entering the hobby for fear of losing Phantoms.

    I like it here.
     
  13. ianwood

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    I think some forum specific moderators can go a long way, moving threads, ending O/T or inappropriate messages, organizing stickies/FAQs. With a very light touch of course. But, yeah this place needs some work. The logo has said "phantoi", "dji phantom for" for quite some time now. Thread, forum and site search all need to be fixed.
     
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    What really gets my panties bunched up is the people who won't help themselves by reading a manual. How do you help someone who can't be bothered helping themselves. IOC for example. I personally think it's enough to tell them to go into the assistant software and select it. But some want a step by step hand hold with screen shots of where to find everything. :cry:
    Don't get me wrong I enjoy offering what assistance I can but man some people!
     
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    I am a new owner and I really don't want to post questions that I KNOW have an answer out there already, but the search on this site is difficult for me to use. It won't let me group terms with quotation marks around them in advanced search. If I want to look for grouped terms in exact order I would enter them like "aftermarket battery", but instead includes posts that might talk about "aftermarket" rotors AND also mention "battery".

    Anyone familiar with LexisNexis style search queries knows this can be a pain in the ***. I will give the site the benefit of the doubt and hopefully I'm just searching wrong, but if you can't then it makes the wealth of knowledge available on this forum almost useless.
     
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    BIG thumbs up to having more stickies. There is way to much disorganization here.
     
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    Maybe Adam should take some more experienced members underwing as moderators. More moderators would help heaps
     
  18. Shrimpfarmer

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    Well there are people who were prepared and offered to do all that but some of them have given up, myself included. The fact that the other forum is determined to organise is what attracted me to it. A good forum has a variety of key people who like to specialise in fairly narrow fields of interest. Together they make a powerful resource. You just can't keep those people though if what they try to do scrolls off and disappears into the ether under a sea of 'what props should I use'.

    I think its a good point about newcomers like new forums and experts like established forums. With the right team though it can be a really good environment for both.
     
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    That would be a good idea, I think this forum has some excellent contributors, pushing boundaries and experimentation, I have learnt so much in a short time and continue to do so having only started with RC and film in this year. Probably guilty myself of asking too many stupid questions, however I did read the Manuel and do try to research myself first on Google or you tube and other forums..
    I think there should be more stickies, a newbie section, a research and development for each category ie RX mods, UAV modes, etc a tips for editing video for the main ones used,
    I think with more experienced pilots /film makers like shrimpy, and many more , we all know who they are, being moderators,this would be the best multi rotor forum on the net.
     
  20. LuvMyTJ

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    I have experience moderating, I am currently a moderator on another site for electric vehicles, and I have owned and ran my own forums. I offered to help out and I didn't even get a response from the owner. As better forums pop up the huge following this one has will steadily decrease if nothing is done to improve it.