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    Organizing threads into book?

    Basil,
    For some time now I have been gathering books on restoration of vintage vehicles mostly to learn exactly how to work on my two MKIII Sprites. I get great help from members of the Spridigits forum if I ask the right question or make the right search. It seems to me that it would be possible to create a detailed "how to" book or wiki from these pieces of wisdom organized by tasks or subsystems. Is there a way to do this? Is any one other than I interested it such a project....or is that bad form?
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    Re: Organizing threads into book?

    I would be an interesting undertaking but I suspect would required a good amount of work on someone's part.
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    Re: Organizing threads into book?

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil View Post
    I would be an interesting undertaking but I suspect would required a good amount of work on someone's part.
    Not necessarily - already you have a "show printable Version" as one of the thread tools - would only take a cut and paste to throw it in Word and format it.
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    Re: Organizing threads into book?

    Looks like it still might take a good bit of time but cutting and pasting is far better than re-typing. Working from the premise that you put things in sections/piles then edit a few times... that might work but it is still a lot of hours staring at the screen....uggggh!
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    Re: Organizing threads into book?

    Quote Originally Posted by JimLaney View Post
    Looks like it still might take a good bit of time but cutting and pasting is far better than re-typing. Working from the premise that you put things in sections/piles then edit a few times... that might work but it is still a lot of hours staring at the screen....uggggh!
    There are over 186 thousand posts. The time consuming part would be reading through all of them and deciding which to clip out and past and also how to organize. Not as simple as just cutting and pasting - some thought has to go into it.
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    Re: Organizing threads into book?

    I tried JP's suggestion of "show printable version" - and discovered that photos aren't included. So downloading and fitting the photos would add even more time to the process.

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    Hmmm - now that JP is all rested up after his seven week vacation, I nominate JP for the job!
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    Re: Organizing threads into book?

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    I tried JP's suggestion of "show printable version" - and discovered that photos aren't included. So downloading and fitting the photos would add even more time to the process.

    eek

    Hmmm - now that JP is all rested up after his seven week vacation, I nominate JP for the job!
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    Re: Organizing threads into book?

    I searched for "organizing restoration". got a substantial thread, hit printable version and realized that the hardest part would be editing to condense... so much good stuff.
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    Re: Organizing threads into book?

    Quote Originally Posted by JimLaney View Post
    I searched for "organizing restoration". got a substantial thread, hit printable version and realized that the hardest part would be editing to condense... so much good stuff.
    With over 186 thousand posts in the Spridgets forum alone, it would be the editing, condensing and organizing that would be monumentally time-consuming I think.
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    Re: Organizing threads into book?

    For a nube like me, it would be a great resource but it is more than I can take on or ask anyone else to do. I wonder if the Wiki software would be if any help? That is the way I have seen similar "guides" written up.
    Does anyone on the BCF have any experience with Wiki?
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    Re: Organizing threads into book?

    Quote Originally Posted by JimLaney View Post
    For a nube like me, it would be a great resource but it is more than I can take on or ask anyone else to do. I wonder if the Wiki software would be if any help? That is the way I have seen similar "guides" written up.
    Does anyone on the BCF have any experience with Wiki?
    Once upon a time, we had a Wiki installed but the problem was not enough people took the time to contribute to it to make it really viable.
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