Why bother? The same people who are too lazy to use Google to find answers to basic questions are also likely to be too lazy to refer to a FAQ.
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You make a good point, but I'm not thinking of those people. I'm thinking of people like myself, who use Google and search engines extensively and yet there are searches where there are so many results that it's really hard to find that great thread or even post where someone has put a lot of time into a fairly encyclopedic answer.
@hilde45 - i think it is a good idea
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- how is wifi different from bluetooth
- what is speaker polarity?
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- should i leave my tube amp on 24-7?
- why are streamers so expensive... just a darned metal box with a few chips inside
@isochronism Oh, I thought there was some kind of special function. I have used the search at Audiogon extensively. It comes out with pages and pages of hits, and while it can sort by relevance, it comes out with too many thread hits, and then, even deep inside a thread there is often an answer that is especially compact and clear in it's explanation. Or there are some threads that have a really coherent set of explanations -- but it's really hard for the newbie to find these.
In other words, whatever the present search function tool does -- and if you're experienced, it can do a lot -- it does not prevent the same questions from being asked over and over again. And that's what a FAQ page would help with.
I don't suppose you've used a FAQ page before, but I recommend them. They save a lot of time and keep conversations directed toward new questions.
@testpilot Well, there are encyclopedias, with search. That's kind of the idea here. And people can still ask questions, of course, but it would be easier to refer them back to the FAQ's then to tell them -- "go search among the hundreds of posts on this topic and try to find the answer or two which clearly and concisely answers your question."