DR650SE information index- what say ye?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Krusty ..., Feb 9, 2010.

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Do we need a DR650SE information index?

  1. In a word- yes. In two words- hell, yes! Do it.

  2. No. It ain't broke, don't fix it...

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  1. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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    UPDATE: Rather than try to dissect and mine the DR650 mega-thread, I've started a few threads, each devoted to a different category. Sort of a file cabinet. Everyone is encouraged to add useful content to these threads.

    DR650SE INFORMATION THREAD LIST
    Topic #1- CONTROLS/INSTRUMENTATION
    Topic #2- SEATS
    Topic #3- CRASH PROTECTION
    Topic #4- SUSPENSION/CHASSIS
    Topic #5- BRAKES
    Topic #6- TIRES, TUBES & WHEELS
    Topic #7- BODYWORK/WINDSCREENS
    Topic #8- FUEL
    Topic #9- ELECTRICAL/LIGHTING
    Topic #10-CARBURETOR/INTAKE
    Topic #11-EXHAUST
    Topic #12-ENGINE/CHAINS & SPROCKETS
    Topic #13-PROBLEMS/FAILURES
    Topic #14-LUGGAGE & RACKS/ACCESSORIES
    Topic #15-LINKS, WRITE-UPS, & PICTORIALS




    [Or, we could call it "'The DR650 Thread' Thread"...]

    At over 31,500+ replies, "The DR650 Thread" is a little daunting, particularly for new DR owners, or those thinking of getting one.

    On one hand, most of The DR650 Thread "regulars" are a helpful bunch, and nobody really seems to mind answering the same questions again and again.

    On the other hand, there's a lot of information in there- how to posts-complete with pics, upgrades, ideas, etc. Sometimes, easily finding what you need in there can be a little frustrating.

    I have some ideas for putting together an information index, primarily culled from posts in The DR650 Thread, but certainly not limited to that one source. I don't mind putting in some time to organize it [provided a few (dozen?) members will also step up and help mine the data], but before I even look down that road, I'd like to hear from the DR650 crowd...

    Do we even need this?
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  2. Wolfdog

    Wolfdog Not Scared

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    Yes we do, as it will be of benefit to all of the DR community.

    I would love to offer assistance if I knew what to do, but Im extremely basic when it comes to computers and would cause more grief than good.

    This task would be best handled by those that are confident and competent with a computer.

    I totaly support the idea and hope you can find someone to assist you with this task.
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  3. DRjoe

    DRjoe Long timer

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    great idea. good luck
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  4. zebra03

    zebra03 Banned

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    yes indeed
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  5. DirtyDR650

    DirtyDR650 Mud Lover

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    There is an alternative in my sig. Quite a lot of new folks signing up lately and activity is rising nicely. Of course it's no threat to ADVrider whether this actually happens or not. But a lot of folks (including me) see the potential in the new site and like the idea of a DR650-only forum.
    What's not to like? It's a free choice, and we're there for all DR650 riders who choose to be part of the new family. :thumb
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  6. grub

    grub Requires Supervision

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    I think if this is something we can do without involving the moderators it is a good idea, I have absolutley no reason to suck up to the mod's and anybody that knows me can attest to the fact that ass kissing is not one of my well developed skills, but I truly believe that they do a good job and in most cases go above and beyond the call of duty. They seem to put up with a lot of shit that they don't deserve. Why do we need picture threads for dr's, dr windshields, dr's off road, dr sumo's, etc. etc.. Lets try to get everything in one indexed thread where things can be found easier without burdening the site or it's administrators, were are all big boys.

    And by the way, I don't like thumper talk

    Pat
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  7. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    I enjoy the site the was it is and can't complain. Though the index might be a good idea. Mostly would depend on how it was done and the effort needed to do it. The mods here do a good job, are volunteers and quite likely don't need the extra work and headaches.
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  8. Ron Seida

    Ron Seida Adventman

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    Great idea, hope it works out for you. Maybe one of you guys who isnt busy riding his DR can start catagorizing the the gravy from the spam. :D
    Another forum is out of the question, and yes, Thumper Talk sucks! Baldy rules :bow. If i want to look at advertizing, ill watch tv.
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  9. craigman

    craigman Lost in the woods

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    That would be great .The other day was searching for the electronic fix that requires lock tite on a set of tiny bolts and still haven't found what I was looking for!

    I vote PLEASE!
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  10. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    Pick 20 pages at random and you'll get answers to 95+% of the questions most people ever have. :dunno
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  11. grub

    grub Requires Supervision

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    +1
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  12. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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    i'd likely get 20 oil posts... :bluduh
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  13. Tramontana

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    Getting to "the point"...
    An indexed, and categorized DR650 specific thread would be AWESOME, however it would take a LOT of work to keep the needed material up at the top. Without MOD powers, wouldn't all of the editing need to be the OP's responsibility?

    I do like that we have such a long-lived, and prolific thread, dedicated to DR chatter, parts, mods and all, and wouldn't want to detract from the ongoing weblog.

    My $0.02 in a down economy...


    Cheers! :freaky
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  14. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile

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    This topic has been discussed many times and GB lays it out pretty clear here, Any thoughts on making a DR650 forum?.

    A thread like this has been started at least once, DR650 Accessories. But as soon as the OP looses interest the thread dies. It's quite a commitment.

    Good luck.
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  15. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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    I'm a member of that forum. I'm in no way proposing this idea as a threat to your site. I'm happy to hear your site is gaining in popularity. Someday, your bike-specific forum might be where folks go to find DR650 info. I think that would be OK.

    BUT... right now, there's a heap of answers already there. It could be easier for people to access. If this index idea takes off, I'll put links to it on your site myself :deal. And the wiki, too.

    This idea isn't meant to diminish the DR650 Thread, either. I check that thread at least once a day. The DR subforum at TT, I might check once a week. There's kind of of a compelling fascination seeing our thread grow... and grow...

    The only thing I'd ask of the mods is to put the proposed DR650 index in this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=366046 with the other bike specific index threads.

    The index would be in the Bike Specific Index thread that's stickied at the top of the Thumper page.

    Once the existing posts have been indexed, keeping up with the subsequent posts and links would be a piece of cake, relatively speaking...
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  16. DirtyDR650

    DirtyDR650 Mud Lover

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    I think we're on the same page, Krusty. :thumb I, too, check in The DR650 Thread at least once a day. I've asked a lot of questions there, and gotten a lot of answers from some very helpful and knowledgable folks whose mechanical and fabrications skills, speaking as a wrencher and fabber myself, I have much respect for. :bow

    I have no desire to diminish that thread in any way, and I'll continue to visit and hopefully contribute there. It's networking amongst fellow DR650 lovers and I'm all for it. Which is also why I'm enthusiastic about The DR650 Forum in my sig... the more networking the better. One doesn't take away from the other or vice-versa, they are two completely different contextual forms that share much of the same information.

    Though I honestly don't understand some of the comments that indexing that information could somehow put our network at risk, or the one comment there that it would threaten friendships... Huh? :huh Someone else said that another forum is "out of the question". Really? Why? :dunno

    So yeah by all means, I'm for anything that would make all the invaluable DR650 info more easily accessible, and that includes doing what you are asking here, and/or contributing to the forum linked below. Or both. I'm just glad that we have multiple choices. (edit: it's not really my forum, I'm just a mod there)

    Btw, thanks for your contributions over there, and that goes for the rest of ya'll too. :beer
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  17. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    I appreciate the effort Krusty!

    I've followed the DR thread for a couple years, read quite a bit but not even close to 100% People come and go, new guys arrive everyday, so the Index makes perfect sense as a quick reference for Noobs and old hands alike.

    Hey, our very own Wiki !
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  18. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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    Bump...
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  19. foxfire

    foxfire YRUYUR?

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    I like...cut out allot of clutter from the main thread.
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  20. ScottDill

    ScottDill TANSTAAFL

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    An index would be nice, but I'm not offering to do it and I guarantee that none of the site managemnt is going to do it....It would have to be a community effort...as it SHOULD be.

    Since I'm not volnteering, I'm satisfied to live with it as it is.

    I have a diverse stable of bikes and ADV is the only forum I can stand to spend time at. When I was in the market for a Harley to meet my specific needs, the information here was better than any received elsewhere.

    Back to DR's, I almost never go to TT, this site has a better perspective and better cast of characters................just sayin'
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