Such as a forum for off topic questions?
18 responses Add your response
I think it would be an excellent idea. It is sometimes called "Open Chat" on other forums, and sometimes "Off Topic" as you suggested. It is an idea that seems to work well in my experience on some computer-related forums, at least in cases where the forum as a whole has a culture of respectfulness and maturity.
I suppose the key question is whether the owners and admins would want to accommodate the additional traffic and message volume that it might generate.
I've seen this type of thing on other sites. Seems fine if that's what you want. But I look at it this way. When the offbeat topics appear in the general list of topics, I stumble across them randomly and find them an interesting diversion that I might comment on at that time. If I had to specifically go to a different location to read posts that are not really audiophile related, I probably wouldn't bother looking at them at all. So in my case, an off-topic forum would be ignored.
Thank you for your replies.
On reflection, yes, I agree that the administrator might take a view on traffic, and forum members might not tune in as closely to "off topic" questions as they might to the latest hot thread on a new component.
The idea, however, is that it would be a resource for members to help other members with other questions.
Therefore, we could make an effort to check it and contribute, in the spirit of the community?
In the meantime, I'll continue to ask questions like
"Which all season tires for a Volvo V70 R wagon best ensure the safe delivery of fragile audio components when there is Northeastern snow and ice on the roads?"
Hi CW, I've seen recommendations for ContiProContact as a sporty/quiet tire for the 850 series, which is of a similar size, and for Continentals, the Kumho Ecsta, and some more expensive Michelins on the VR 70. Never having had more contact with the VR70 R than a bad case of the drools, I would leave this in the hands of greater experts.
Thanks T Bone
In the tradition of off topic questions, I was just rambling another off the top of my head, while barely concealed in a nonsensical audio question.
I was just reflecting on my mistake to use the high performance stock tires last winter - even with the AWD it was really bad, much worse than I expected.
This year (2nd winter for the 2007 V 70 R)Pirelli "all season" tires seem to have been fine on all but the iciest of days and steep driveways.
The car is great - about as cool as it gets for a full blown "family" wagon.
Fun to drive and very comfortable too.
I have some relatives driving Volvos in the northeast. I'd put Michelins or Goodyears on them. Toss a coin. I find the winter Michelins wear down a little more quickly than the Goodyears when the road is bare, but perhaps have better grip on pack snow and glaze.
I drive a minivan. Maybe I could have a Volvo if I didn't have to spend my money on audio equipment.
An urgent appeal to the audiogon community, please:
Unfortunately I am writing to inquire about the best furnace to heat your listening room, without depositing soot all over your house and audio components.
On a cold day in NY, I have just been informed that a) the "heat exchanger" in our furnace must be broken which is why b) our ducts have spewed soot all over the house this morning and why therefore c) I need a new furnace.
They have offered to install either a "Hallmark or an Armstrong", have not yet specified the model but have quoted $4875.00 installed. Googling around, I have yet to see furnace for much over $1000 so I am little confused.
If anyone has any experience with these things, I would greatly appreciate it.
Unfortunately, we live in a landmarked community where it is not easy to get or install propane tanks, but perhaps with the appropriate permission that might also be a consideration?
Yes, an oil burning furnace, but not so sure there are any other complications beyond a distressed homeowner and NY area prices.
I am also looking into a gas replacement, but there may be issues in our area with that as most people seem to burn oil.
If I am stuck with a new oil furnace, was just wondering how out of line $5K might be....
Oil burners are more expensive. I did a quick google and saw prices between $1200 and $2500, depending on BTU and quality. You don't want to buy a cheap oil burner, it's a tough fuel to burn properly. They even have hi-eff, condensing oil burners but that looks like trouble to me. Add markup, $1000 to $1500 labour, taxes, warranty, duct and chimney cleaning ...
As far as converting, a propane furnace is much cleaner and less maintenance. Propane furnaces are usually much cheaper, offsetting part of the cost of conversion. It's getting harder to find technicians with any experience with oil. Oil is less expensive per BTU with current fuel costs but that savings gets eaten up by yearly service.
Swampwalker and ngjockey thank you so much...we are trying to clean up soot and figure this out...
It seems propane is not used much in our village and there is a lot of red tape involved in getting a permit for the tank.
We believe the furnace dates roughly to 1984, so perhaps not unreasonable that it was at the end of its life?
Re 5K is that is a reasonable price, I guess that is the deal, but obviously would rather spend that kind of cash on a pair of interconnects or something!