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John Milliman #1496382 Thu Apr 13 2023 11:36 AM
Joined: Oct 2021
Posts: 3,146
There is no such thing as frivolous questions.

If you don't want to answer a question because you've seen and answered the same question dozens of times before, don't answer the question and scroll to the next question. Something old and common to one member is brand new to another member.

1939 Packard Standard Eight Coupe (The Phantom)
1950 Chevrolet 3100 (Ol' Roy)
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (The Bismarck)
1956 Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood (The Godfather)
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Purple Knif)
1966 Ford Mustang (Little Red)
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150 (Big Red)
1995 Ford F-150 (Newt)
John Milliman #1496385 Thu Apr 13 2023 12:10 PM
Joined: Feb 2019
Posts: 3,595
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I think Rich’sToys idea of a “Sticky Thread” or two is a good one. A link to that thread would answer most of those type questions and any additional questions, could be posted. I’ve heard many times, on this forum, “there are no stupid questions”. Like many other repetitive questions were turned into “Tech Tips” or “Sticky Threads”, these could reside there to be referenced for many years to come.

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1952 Chevrolet 3100
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‘59 235 w/hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
Updated to: 12v w/alternator, HEI & PCV
John Milliman #1496395 Thu Apr 13 2023 01:54 PM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 6,204
Unrepentant VW Lover
Originally Posted by buoymaker
The moderator can regulate discussion by chastisement or removal. A membership fee may be a good way to discourage newbie frivolous questions.

You miss the point *entirely.* This has absolutely nothing to do with newbie frivolous questions and *everything* to do with old guy frivolous answers. As Bart says -- what I am asking is for all of longer term users to quit dragging some of these discussions out with useless, pointless and ultimately unhelpful anecdotes. (Love the PenPal analogy, Bart!!)

I wasn't asking for a lot of discussion on this, but to sum up ... There are no dumb (or frivolous) questions. But there sure are dumb answers. Try not to give any of those.

And while we're on the subject, I do not want to see "Use the search function" as a snippy answer to a perfectly valid newbie question. I don't care how many times we've answered it in the past, ANSWER IT AGAIN! Help the guy! Especially if it is a simple answer to a simple question (which they usually are.) Few things turn a new user off faster than getting flogged on his first post for simply asking a simple (to him) question. Like Otto says, if you don't like the question, leave it to someone else with more patience.

We have tech tips on the Insurance and truck value questions (which I will be updating soon). The one about titling and registering shouldn't need one. But if you all feel the need to have me do a "How to boil water" tech tip on that, it shouldn't be too difficult. It probably goes about like this:

"Call your state DMV office and talk to *them*.

The End."

These three questions are perfectly legitimate. And the best help we can give these knowledge seekers is to direct them to the best knowledge sources quickly.

If you all want to trade stories, take it to the 'Spoon.

Carry on.


"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Will Rogers

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John Milliman #1496423 Thu Apr 13 2023 08:34 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,968
John, "Y'all stop that" isn't going to do it.
It has to be enforced (censored). Start by deleting me as a member.
One less senile babbler to deal with.

"Adding CFM to a truck will only help at engine speeds you don't want to use."
"I found there was nothing to gain beyond 400 CFM."
John Milliman #1496425 Thu Apr 13 2023 08:39 PM
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 7,883
You go down we all go down, BTW John is creeping on the mark and not so slowly.

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John Milliman #1496439 Thu Apr 13 2023 09:54 PM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 9,584
Sir Searchalot
OK now you crazy boys are actually violating rules. You have turned a simple internal memo into insulting the owners of the free site you are on.

"4. Flaming/personal attacks
5. Bullying"

"Please, no flaming, advertising or anything else not directly related to the care, restoration, preservation or use of old GM trucks! Off-Topic discussions go in the Greasy Spoon Forum!".... (as in registration, insurance and worth issues not covered in a tip)

Are you fighting and insulting and threatening to be allowed to go on and on about insurance? Give legal advice about titles? Tell how you did it in your state which has no relevance? Appraise a truck and cause a buyer or seller to lose money? When you still can do it by Referral, Spoon or PM? Really?
Take the Joe Biden Cognative test and get back to us with your score.

Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it. - William Penn
John Milliman #1496448 Thu Apr 13 2023 10:36 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,602
Gearhead, Moderator for The Swap Meet and General Truck Talk
A NOTE to all respondents/readers: What John posted above was clearly meant to be his shared "Head Honcho" wisdom and is "instructional" in nature. (Do I really need to say more - nope.)

Clearly the point has been missed that this is not meant to be a discussion, nor an opening salvo for arguments, verbal jousting, or other such nonsense and griping/grousing.

Extra attention needs to be paid to John's "The End" point.

I have not taken any action to this point as this being "John's" thread, I respect his prerogative to manage his post his way and will leave any actions on replies above this one to his discretion.

That being said, any further replies need to be expressed in "The Spoon" or be left unsaid here.


Dan (GTT Mod)


1951 Chevy 3 window 3100 (My Grandpa's hunting truck)
1966 Chevelle (Wife's Hot Rod)
2013 Chevy Silverado (Current daily driver)
US Army MSG Retired (1977-1998)
Com Fac Maint Lead Tech Retired (1998-2021)

Finally time to get to work on my Grandpa's (now mine) truck!
John Milliman #1496464 Fri Apr 14 2023 12:50 AM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 10,720
Renaissance Man
Thank you John for what you do.
Peace out.

John Milliman #1496471 Fri Apr 14 2023 02:05 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 6,204
Unrepentant VW Lover
Thanks Carl, Bart and (especially) Dan.

I think we're done here.




"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Will Rogers

1927 Chevrolet Capitol 1-Ton Express -- A work in progress
In Project Journals
1949 Chevrolet 3804
In Gallery Forum
1973 IH 1310 Dump
2014 Ford E-350 4x4 (Quigley)
In Daily Driver Gallery

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