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Old 03-20-2013, 07:39 AM
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Hi Guys,
I am new here and I am not used to this type of forum. I know that this is probably the most common forum format now and I should get on with the program.

First off let me say that I am not criticizing the forum or any of you for using this format. I just need to understand to to best use it.

One of the things I wanted to research was suspension lift kits. There is one thread on tires and lift kits that is 1028 pages long and probably growing daily. Somewhere in that thread probably every question possible has been asked and answered and every product reviewed. I do see the value in that. But, trying to read a thread over 1000 pages long is a mind numbing proposition. I wonder how much of the information is still relevant or how much of it is outdated. The same lift kit by the same name and manufacture produced now and 4 years ago may be different. I wonder if I ask a question of a poster in that thread if that poster even follows the forum anymore. And, it seems odd to ask a question of a post made several years ago.

How do you guys use the forum to get up to date, relevant information when you need to research something? This format would not be so popular if it wasn't good.

I appreciate any suggestions I may get.

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:07 AM
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The search box on top of the home page works pretty well.
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Yep, sure does.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by DavidEnoch View Post
Hi Guys,
I am new here and I am not used to this type of forum. I know that this is probably the most common forum format now and I should get on with the program.

First off let me say that I am not criticizing the forum or any of you for using this format. I just need to understand to to best use it.

One of the things I wanted to research was suspension lift kits. There is one thread on tires and lift kits that is 1028 pages long and probably growing daily. Somewhere in that thread probably every question possible has been asked and answered and every product reviewed. I do see the value in that. But, trying to read a thread over 1000 pages long is a mind numbing proposition. I wonder how much of the information is still relevant or how much of it is outdated. The same lift kit by the same name and manufacture produced now and 4 years ago may be different. I wonder if I ask a question of a poster in that thread if that poster even follows the forum anymore. And, it seems odd to ask a question of a post made several years ago.

How do you guys use the forum to get up to date, relevant information when you need to research something? This format would not be so popular if it wasn't good.

I appreciate any suggestions I may get.

David Enoch
The thread you're referring to is for asking questions. No one expects you to read through that entire thread.

As your question there and me or one of the other guys will be more than happy to take a stab at your question.

OR you can use google to supplement your forum search by searching "Site: www.Cherokeeforum.com ____________.

That method works 100% of the time for me.
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The thread you're referring to is for asking questions. No one expects you to read through that entire thread.

As your question there and me or one of the other guys will be more than happy to take a stab at your question.

OR you can use google to supplement your forum search by searching "Site: www.Cherokeeforum.com ____________.

That method works 100% of the time for me.

Thanks for all the replies. I had been trying the search but not using it well enough. I think that you may have given me the key piece of information when you said to ask my question in the thread. In the forums I follow, if I have a question I start a thread and all the replies are answers to my question. On this type of forum you just ask your question within a thread already started. Now I know what to do.
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Originally Posted by DavidEnoch View Post
Thanks for all the replies. I had been trying the search but not using it well enough. I think that you may have given me the key piece of information when you said to ask my question in the thread. In the forums I follow, if I have a question I start a thread and all the replies are answers to my question. On this type of forum you just ask your question within a thread already started. Now I know what to do.
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You're more than welcome to start a new thread and ask your question. Most folks just opt to ask in an existing thread if it's a simple question.

If you have a more in depth issue then start a thread of your own.
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