Forum Categories

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diey
July 19th, 2010 9:51pm
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For the upcoming site update what forum categories would you like to see and which should be gone.



Looking to focus more on the specific equipment and diesel machines out on the market to encourage more responses and questions from technicians.



Currently thinking about breaking it down by



Heavy Equipment

- Engines

- Electrical

- Hydraulics

- Dozers

- Excavators

- Tractors/Backhoes

- Cranes/Demolition

- Skid Steers

- Jobs

- Tips/Upgrades



Diesel Trucks

- Engines

- Electrical

- Hydraulics

- Trucks/Trailers

- Jobs

- Tips/Upgrades



Hub Talk

- General Questions

- Buy/Sell Tools

- Website
kenneth
July 20th, 2010 9:43am
I personally don't think it's an issue and it has nothing to do with why activity dropped off. Diesel mechanics is a subject that if you try to break it down into all it's categories will drive you insane. For instance without even looking hard you've left off locomotives, stationary generators, and mining equipment. Several members listed themselves as working in the railroad industry. More than several seem to be in the mining industry. I'd personally look to keeping things simple.
jim-owen
July 21st, 2010 4:44am
The heavy duty trade is huge. There is a proposal in Canada to split the trade into more specialties. The Board has already created a Red Seal trade for Commercial Transport mechanics, and are suggesting Hydraulics and two other specialties become Red Seal trades.



While it is understood that one mechanic cannot do it all, the license and Red Seal says that they should.



With this in mind, perhaps you should consider re-focusing your site to reflect this proposed changes.
kenneth
July 21st, 2010 2:21pm
I don't know how many countries are represented in the current membership but focusing on the Red Seal is not going to accomplish the goal of "encouraging participation". Certainly it is worthy of discussion just not as a forum outline. The same exact Cummins engine that shows up in a Peterbilt can be had in a combine or a yacht. Do we need a separate tuck, agriculture and marine places on the forum? It seems to me togetherness will get more participation than will trying to split everything up. If there is a need to categorize or divide into groups there are the groups. I just don't see where the forum is broken so why fix it.
will-tilley
July 22nd, 2010 11:28pm
I agree with KN16 chopping the forum to pieces is not going to entice people to join in discussions.I see that membership is up but it seems that nobody want's to join into forum topics.To me it seems that people are reluctant to ask questions because of fear that they should already know the answer.No one knows it all(some think they do)but the only stupid question is the one you didn't ask!I have a certain knowledge base but it is completely different than a mining tech or a bus tech but everybody has there own knowledge base and they shouldn't be intimidated just put in your two cents worth.

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