[DML] A bad idea: was Repeated Questions Solution: DeLorean Tech Wiki?
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[DML] A bad idea: was Repeated Questions Solution: DeLorean Tech Wiki?



Before we get too invested in the idea of a DeLorean "wiki" tech site, there's an important question we need to answer:

*** If WebMD was a wiki site, would you trust it? Would you want to rely on a wiki site for crucial medical information, if any dummy could edit or add their wacky ideas to it?

Probably not.

Given the fact that incorrect technical advice can cause serious physical injury or expensive damage to your DeLorean, why would you trust critical information from such a site? You shouldn't, unless there were no other alternatives. When someone posts a dumb or dangerous idea to the DML, it either gets trash canned by a moderator, or if less blatant, it's jumped all over by one or more knowledgeable readers setting the record straight. You don't have that safety net with a wiki. Garbage in stays in... if nobody notices. And why would they notice? It's not like hundreds of experienced DeLorean owner/mechanics get an email from the wiki in their box every time somebody adds or edits, do they?  Leave the wiki format to harmless opinions and trivia.

Here's a better alternative: A DeLorean tech-only site with a database for an extensive and exhaustive range of how-to's and topics; where individuals can post moderated messages for review and response by the group just like the DML;? links to other websites; newbie FAQ's; material from the out-of-print service materials by permission of John Z. DeLorean (which I obtained in writing several years ago,) newly created Service Bulletins which you can print out and take with you to your trusted non-DeLorean mechanic, if need be. And it's free, 24/7. That's what the DMCTech site was designed for. Can anybody tell me why this is a bad idea?
Other than it's going to be a lot of work to fill it in?

Wayne A. Ernst
vin 11174
DMCTech yahoo group



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