[xj] Better List Use

John Tompane <@John_Tompane>

Jeb & Doug,

I have no objection to Trey’s post

Me either, and as stated, I wasn’t picking on a Trey, and I enjoy all his posts.
Now you two guy’s posts are another matter entirely :slight_smile:

John. I agree with Jeb when he remarked about the difficulty of searching
the archives. Why ? Subject lines.

I think we all need to be more specific on the subject lines. Most entries
are just too generic. It would save hours of searching if just 2 or 3 more
words were added to the subject line of the original post.

Great point, this would make the archives much faster to peruse and use.

Remember, also, that there is a certain entertainment and camaraderie
aspect to all of this…at least for me. I enjoy a posting from Jeb,
Trey, Alex, Gregory, Charlie and many others regardless of it being a new
topic or old .

Totally agree. I’ve often argued the same point - just search the archives ;-}
It’s also why I keep reading this list even though I no longer have an XJ, it’s
like being hooked to a soap opera.

However, I’ve found nearly every technical question answered in the archives,
plus there is often a bonus from searching the archives. For example, I went
to the archives to see if I could answer Trey’s question since I’d never heard
of fault codes on the XJ-S. In reading the posts I discovered that the reason
I’d never see one on either of my cars was that the engine management
system wasn’t installed until '92 - a neat little fact that I didn’t know, as well as
other little tidbits from the search.

I am a little surprised that you’ve had trouble with the search feature because
it is one of the best online database search functions I’ve seen. Whomever set
it up should be proud. On further thought though, I could see that if you’d not
had a great deal of experience searching databases it might seem difficult at
first, but hey practice makes perfect. For newbies particularly, they will find
better and often more complete answers than if they ask the question on list.

So I was just trying to be helpful to not only the current list subscribers, but
also the great folks who will someday join the jag-lover family.

Cheers,

JT===================================================
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“DOUGLAS DWYER” <@Doug_Dwyer>

John wrote

I am a little surprised that you’ve had trouble with the search feature
because
it is one of the best online database search functions I’ve seen. Whomever
set
it up should be proud. On further thought though, I could see that if
you’d not
had a great deal of experience searching databases it might seem difficult
at
first, but hey practice makes perfect. For newbies particularly, they will
find
better and often more complete answers than if they ask the question on
list.

JOHN, I agree that it is easy to use and very well arranged. The problem
and grouse I have is the overwhelming number of postings one has to wade
thru do to the lack of specificity in the subject lines, as previously
discussed. You are quite right about the little pearls and sniglets that
are a pleasure to stumble across. I’ve learned many things quite by accident
as you described !

So I was just trying to be helpful to not only the current list
subscribers, but
also the great folks who will someday join the jag-lover family.

JOHN, You ARE being helpful, AFAIK. Hope you haven’t misunderstood my prior
post as being argumentative or taken it in a negative light !

Best possible regards,

Doug===================================================
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