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Old 19th March 2012, 07:21 PM   #21
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I have to agree to no newbie forum. Newbies should ask their questions in the the appropriate forum.

OTOH, a big "Yes" a room acoustics forum.
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Old 19th March 2012, 07:31 PM   #22
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Let me put my considerable influence and expertise <cough> behind both proposals.

110% for an acoustics (room & related issues, such as transmission of sound through surfaces to equipment, etc...)

100% for a newbie area. I am sure that a fair number of experienced participants would come over look and try to help. I do that now when I see a post like that.

One possible solution to help the newbies discriminate the "wheat from the chaff" might be to add a tag to the left hand box that now contains the avatar and other information. Something to indicate that that person was experienced and recognized as being helpful. Yeah, it could add to some person's egos, but who cares? In effect a "mentor" standing. It could be an icon or a word or phrase like "mentor". Perhaps participants could be required to apply for status, or the status could be (and also as well) given by moderators when merited.

I think both ideas are worth adopting presently.

Hope my great influence and status will carry the day.

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Old 19th March 2012, 08:00 PM   #23
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Actually the bear idea about using tags is very good. Similar idea was already implemented on one of the Polish DIY sites.
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Old 19th March 2012, 08:28 PM   #24
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Old 19th March 2012, 09:11 PM   #25
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Bear, great idea, but we don't get paid enough to cope with all the grief that would ensue.
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Old 19th March 2012, 09:17 PM   #26
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not sure I see where the grief would be.

the acoustics area is straightforward and a good idea.

the newbie thing can be a "beta" and let's see if it significantly adds to the load or not?
After all part of the idea of this site is to bring people to the hobby?

Adding a tag to the avatar area can't be very difficult - so that readers can ID posts that they perhaps should put more credence in. Mine, excepted, of course.

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Old 19th March 2012, 09:27 PM   #27
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Default Portable audio?

That could include DIY ghetto blasters which are currently found in various forums. Battery-operated headphone amps. Modifications to iPods, portable CDs, whatever.

Or maybe just we should just use the Wiki more actively to point to useful discussions and posts.
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Old 19th March 2012, 10:32 PM   #28
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Even with the comment someone made about the forum now being so big that search doesn't work very well, which I would agree with,...
Rather than a newbie section, how about a sticky thread with suggestions on how to use the site most effectively.

#1: Use google search:
Here's one question that comes up several times per week, it seems
port tune site:diyaudio.com - Google Search
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Old 20th March 2012, 02:25 AM   #29
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dangus,
I do not know how old you are, but realize that generation of DIYers is changing. The new generation is coming and does not know what discrete element is. My generation listened to record players, tape decks, and CD players. Our question was always what to do to improve the sound of those devices. New generation listens to computers and MP3 players included phones. And, it may sound familiar...., they will ask question how to improve sound of their devices. I guess..... you have to live with it instead of complaining.

Now newbie reference...... very often search does not bring what you are looking for because that information is not here. Like I said before I look for schematics or information about suitable part replacements. From the asked question is very easy to figure out what the post is about. It would be very easy to cut the thread short by direct answering the question. Like my example above about Apex amp. People here used that chip before with great results. but, answer to my question is I do not know how to implement the chip. So, what do you think...would I ask the question if I knew how to implement the chip? Common guys, if you want to help answer in more logical way. I do not expect to elaborate virtues of that chip ( and I do not really care ). I just need schematic and my post would be very short. And others could use it too. Many newbies questions are like that: simple question with very complex answer which realy does not answer asked question. The other much more friendly forum was HeadWize. It is sad it does not exist anymore.
Ohhh well...it looks like the "newbie issue" will still exist. No one has good idea how to solve it
And remember one thing: There is no stupid questions Only stupid answers.

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Old 20th March 2012, 03:03 AM   #30
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And in return to given answer I would be glad to share my sonic impression and information about used parts, enclosure details, and answer any question even the stupid one
Just learn how to deal with newbies. The best way would be to go back in time...... when you were a NEWBIE.
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