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Is it me, or....
#1
Does it seem like there's been an influx of new users who just get on the site, sign up, and just create new posts asking the same questions (almost exactly) as previous people did months ago?

There's a search option for the forum. It's easy to put in the search box "fuse amp wire size"  or  "storage voltage"  or  "discharge cell amp"  or some other search criteria.

I'm all for asking questions. BUT, the question has mostly likely been answered or a variation of it already. Read, Research, Dig deep into the wealth of knowledge that's already been posted.

If you aren't willing to spend time reading and searching for your answers, then you don't have the patience to be working on something like a powerwall. It takes time, it takes patience, it takes doing things right the first time or at least learning from others have done.

I think most of the first 100 or so users on here spent days (almost literally hour for hour) watching youtube videos, reading online documentation and analyzing every little thing we could first. THEN we started asking the questions that we couldn't find anywhere else. Or started saying "What if we did...." and testing it out.

Knowledge is power, and Wisdom through knowledge. Gain knowledge through research, not through begging and being lazy. It could get someone killed in the end for being lazy.


That's my rant. I think we're all entitled to one good rant from time to time.
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#2
6 months - 1 year of research....
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#3
I hope you're not talking about me.

I try to research but conflicting information is all over the place and things change rapidly so some times a fresh opinion on an old topic is appreciated.
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(07-22-2017, 07:37 PM)Sun plumber Wrote: I hope you're not talking about me.

I try to research but conflicting information is all over the place and things change rapidly so some times a fresh opinion on an old topic is appreciated.

No, you're not of that type. Your posts about the diode matrices and RV stuff I found interesting.  Wink
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#5
Where do you guys find the used laptop batteries? What should I discharge each cell too while I am testing them and what is the best current to use for the test? Please help! 

Haha, couldn't resist! ? 

I've only been here a month and muffed up once with the eBay Opus, otherwise the search engine here actually works well and returns usable data for any questions I have. 

Now can you tell me what is the best wire for fuses? Haha....love ya!
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#6
LOL Tongue The best fuse wire to use is the one you can't hold on to when putting a dead short across it Wink
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#7
If it is in the interest of the community to share knowledge, then that knowledge should be presented in a manner which is easy to, find for the beginner and, refer to for those with more experience.
Not everyone has the time, or the patience to trawl sites. For those people, some type of FAQ thread could be created, either containing, or linking to, well articulated answers.
If beginners are not catered for, then I expect they may not interact with the site and may continue to browse for other sites from which they can obtain the information they seek.
It may also be that Google will rate such a thread highly, which will in turn attract more people to the site. As with any specialist interest site, there is always a danger of becoming exclusive, which may deter the growth of the community.
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#8
There will always be questions being asked over and over again. thats normal even on forums. Some FAQ can always get some of the questions answered but at same time many of the questions are so dependant on information that a FAQ cant answer it.

Its a fine line and its always hard. It do cost time to answer every single persons questions Smile
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#9
@Power Up,

I understand your point of view, but not every successful site is "catered to beginners." I enjoy the EEV Blog Forum and there is extremely high level conversation of that site and they are extremely successful. Although, they do boast a "Beginners Tab" so maybe that's a good idea for Pete and the gang. 

I don't think the purpose of this site is to teach anyone.  It's a sharing site for hobbyists as they explain in the intro. Give it a read. Pete clearly lays out the what the users expectation should be.
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#10
The problem with the search feature is it does not easily filter results.I just searched capacity testing and came up with 6 pages of stuff. Lots of info but hard to digest. I think a newbie section with the "Basics" would be an excellent addition.
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