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    Lightbulb Guide to asking forum ????'s: How to get your car care question answered effectively.

    Since this forum is all about helping and encouraging other members within it; I just wanted to give a quick insight that might be helpful so anyone (even a first time forum poster) can ask a car care question that can be accurately and quickly answered by either a detailer or enthusiast. There are a lot of insightful and informative posts here, all one has to do is sort through them effectively to get paid off....


    1] Search a site for the topic and READ the posts regarding it before asking.
    Many common, and not so common, questions have been asked on this forum so; there is quite a LARGE detailing information resource here. By first searching for your topic you might find the answer or get a partial answer, that could lead to you focusing the scope of your particular question even further. IF you don't find the topic you are looking or are not satisfied with an answer go to #2.


    2] Be SPECIFIC in the title. E.G. - How do i remove swirl marks from the door handle area?
    This is how you gain interest in the subject matter. IF it sounds boring, chances are the title heading lacks appeal for anyone to respond. It makes the forum easier to read and search results are straight forward for anyone who has your same question in the future.


    3] Include as much relevant info in the body of the question as possible.
    I cant give all of the examples but since people are not there looking at the problem over your shoulder, try to list all variables that you might ask if someone came to you with a problem. The more you explain about the factors that are directly related to your problem; the better the quality and, most possibly, the amount of feedback you may receive. Also, the more information you provide the more you help others process the information and learn from your question.


    4] Post pics if you can - pictures tell a lot more info than you think and also some other relevant factors you may not realize were important to the situation.


    5] Be patient - not everyone signs onto forums at the same time. Some are addicts [raises hand], some are casual and MANY are weekend warriors.... The community is made up of a diverse spectrum of people with greatly varying schedules, so people need time to come across your questions.


    6] Be courteous and thank responders - This goes a long ways and people feel you are accepting of everyone within the community. YOU are also more likely to be answered or responded to in the future if you are courteous and generally nice to those who take time out of their lives to help you.


    7] Disregard the trolls - People are people, offline and online.. if people act in a manner that is rude, attention needy, or just dumb --- ignore it. In the end they will show their colors to everyone. But, by engaging in it you get pulled onto their ground and possibly labeled by engaging in "forum wars." This just muddles up the forums and wastes everyone's time who reads it.


    There is a lot more that could be said, but i think this can cover the majority of things. Remember this is a place for those who love the hobby. Keep it that way and you never know what fun surprises may result.


    Happy posting all
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    Re: Guide to asking forum ????'s: How to get your car care question answered effectiv

    Nice write up, Christopher! We especially like #6 and #7
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    NXT training

    Hi does anyone know when or have the west coast NXT class sign ups started?

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    Re: Guide to asking forum ????'s: How to get your car care question answered effectiv

    Christopher. Those are really good pieces of advice.
    Seeing "garrett6" subsequent post I thought I would add a couple of other pieces.
    For new members to this and other forums, it can be difficult to know how and where to open that new thread.
    The Meguiars Car Care Forum is divided into individual forums (like chapters of a book) and sub forums (like new paragraphs) and then threads are in the sub forums.

    For the question on NXT, Christopher's first point is:

    1] Search a site for the topic and READ the posts regarding it before asking.
    Read more at http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums...fERIdZeEd83.99

    That is great advice. The Search capability empowers the visitor/member because they will likely find replies, ideas and examples that already exist.As I tried to put together a sample for garret6, I found that the Search/Advanced Search feature on this website is not returning rows of data, even when the criteria is met. Example: Enter NXT for the keyword and nothing was returned. This occurred using 3 different browsers and on 2 separate machines.

    Let's use this in our example of opening a new thread.
    So first we need to find the correct FORUM (chapter) and SUB FORUM paragraph).
    Near the top of the page, under the logos and titles, there is a gold main menu bar.
    Click on "FORUMS".

    That brings up the list of FORUMS and SUB FORUMS.
    In our example we look for a FORUM and SUB FORUM that makes sense for our question/update on search not working.
    We find a FORUM named MEGUIAR'S FEEDBACK FORUM.

    Under that we find a SUB FORUM PROBLEMS WITH THE FORUMS which is a good place for questions and answers about Missing pictures, Broken Links, Log-in/Password issues.
    Click on the link
    PROBLEMS WITH THE FORUMS.
    That brings up the posts in the SUB FORUM.

    Since this is where we want to start our new thread, we first have a chance to see if a related thread previously has been started.
    A cursory view down about 20 threads, shows that it has not been reported recently.
    Under the top gold menu bar, click the gold button "POST NEW THREAD".
    This will allow me to open a new thread that the Tech Team can look at for review.

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    Re: Guide to asking forum ????'s: How to get your car care question answered effectiv

    Christopher. Those are really good pieces of advice.
    Seeing "garrett6" subsequent post I thought I would add a couple of other pieces.
    For new members to this and other forums, it can be difficult to know how and where to open that new thread.
    The Meguiars Car Care Forum is divided into individual forums (like chapters of a book) and sub forums (like new paragraphs) and then threads are in the sub forums.

    For the question on NXT, Christopher's first point is:

    1] Search a site for the topic and READ the posts regarding it before asking.

    That is great advice. The Search capability empowers the visitor/member because they will likely find replies, ideas and examples that already exist.As I tried to put together a sample for garret6, I found that the Search/Advanced Search feature on this website is not returning rows of data, even when the criteria is met. Example: Enter NXT for the keyword and nothing was returned. This occurred using 3 different browsers and on 2 separate machines.

    Let's use this in our example of opening a new thread.
    So first we need to find the correct FORUM (chapter) and SUB FORUM paragraph).
    Near the top of the page, under the logos and titles, there is a gold main menu bar.
    Click on "FORUMS".

    That brings up the list of FORUMS and SUB FORUMS.
    In our example we look for a FORUM and SUB FORUM that makes sense for our question/update on search not working.
    We find a FORUM named MEGUIAR'S FEEDBACK FORUM.

    Under that we find a SUB FORUM PROBLEMS WITH THE FORUMS which is a good place for questions and answers about Missing pictures, Broken Links, Log-in/Password issues.
    Click on the link
    PROBLEMS WITH THE FORUMS.
    That brings up the posts in the SUB FORUM.

    Since this is where we want to start our new thread, we first have a chance to see if a related thread previously has been started.
    A cursory view down about 20 threads, shows that it has not been reported recently.
    Under the top gold menu bar, click the gold button "POST NEW THREAD".
    This will allow me to open a new thread that the Tech Team can look at for review.

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    Re: Guide to asking forum ????'s: How to get your car care question answered effectiv

    Moderators. Additional problem resulted in double post,. Feel encouraged to delete (or move anything).

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