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Old 12-14-2014, 04:25 PM   #1
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This group is greatly diverse which is a real benefit and could be a great source of information. For example we learned that "brenko" is an insurance guy. So since he works in the insurance industry it would stand to reason we could see him as a resource to answer questions about insurance in an unbiased way.

If I'm not mistaken "hooserguy" is an electrical engineer. So in the past when questions were asked about electrical, I trusted his posts more than others.

If I'm not mistaken, Vaughan "piperguy" has a background in large pleasure boats and currently works with high end vinyl for lettering.

I'm in sales/publishing/marketing owning and producing magazines in the retirement and medical fields.

Please post your background so when a question is asked on the forum that might be in your area of expertise your opinions might be more heavily considered. Even if you don't feel like your background might contribute to questions on the forum, it's interesting to see all the backgrounds that we have on here.


"Brenko", "piperguy" and "hooserguy" please post a more accurate description of what you folks do so I don't misrepresent you
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:56 PM   #2
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I think if someone wants their background available it can be in their profile. Knowledge of backgrounds circulate well enough behind the scenes without have to call it out.

There are times when its appropriate, but routinely throwing out a "qualification card" sometimes is viewed as offensive to the others that took the time to answer the OPs question. Same thing happens when members try to push the question to the "resident experts" rather than listening to anyone one else. I know you are trying to make something good Dave - but it sometimes comes off as bad as I witnessed on a prior forum I was on when they picked a couple of "experts".

I don't think owning a Redwood is a career, so to me, if you own a Redwood you are already an expert on what it takes to keep it rolling and I value your input on a fix, whether you bake bread or fly rockets as your career.

Besides, I haven't found anything "industry standard" on an RV, so how can we have experts unless they work in the RV industry itself.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:49 PM   #3
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I guess this thread is going to die because AA is uncomfortable with someone being knowledgable in a certain field.

FTR, I'm pretty knowledgable in the piping and plumbing field, and have worked on most issues with RVs for the last 20 years
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I don't think it's so much a case of being uncomfortable, it's just that this is the Internet and anyone can claim to be anything from a bum to the President of the US and how do you prove or disprove if they're an expert or not.
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I don't think it's so much a case of being uncomfortable, it's just that this is the Internet and anyone can claim to be anything from a bum to the President of the US and how do you prove or disprove if they're an expert or not.
This is an Rv community, trying to help each other, not a group intending to take over the world. I like the idea of having resident experts in certain fields.
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Bernard Madoff was an Expert, now people that took his advise aren't so happy. That's all I'm trying to say.
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I don't think it's so much a case of being uncomfortable, it's just that this is the Internet and anyone can claim to be anything from a bum to the President of the US and how do you prove or disprove if they're an expert or not.
It's not like someone here is going to give false info to try to destroy your RV. We are an RV community, not RV terrorists. I'm almost 100% sure there isn't someone on here like Bernie, trying to mislead people in their RV fixes.
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As usual Jerry, you take my comment out of context and run with it (you are an expert in that)!

I'm just saying, if you put the focus on one person as the "expert" in a specific area, such as Dave's example of electrical, it kind of shuts down the enthusiasm of others that may want to express their own experience on the issue.

I would consider a Redwood Engineer or Redwood assembly person an expert! The rest of us, regardless of our background, are just owners and we all end up on the side of the road or scratching our heads because the lights don't work and somehow we get it figured out and have a story to tell that is useful to others.
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maybe i too misread the intent ...
are we saying no one else should post related to the topics of the experts ?

a forum can become a smaller and smaller forum of just those few elite members if not careful

so, if the experts are not online,
should the lessor members not try to offer any help ?
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maybe i too misread the intent ...
are we saying no one else should post related to the topics of the experts ?

a forum can become a smaller and smaller forum of just those few elite members if not careful

so, if the experts are not online,
should the lessor members not try to offer any help ?
That's exactly where I'm thinking John - if you create "elite" members, it discourages the rest. Happened to the last forum I was on, the Tire Expert and Mechanical expert dominated the space, and everyone else just stayed quiet or left.
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