Wondering why....

Sumner Jan 21, 2020

  1. Sumner

    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    At times it would be nice if when you saw someone's post you knew right away what scale they are modeling in.

    For instance right now I'm looking for a structure to build in N scale and I just saw what I liked on a person's layout pictures they had posted in the Layout Design Discussion Forum. Problem was I didn't know for sure the scale they are modeling in and started looking for the structure using Google. After a bit I found out that it looked to be HO only and I'm N.

    I found out that I can go to my Personal Details and in the box that says Status Message put in N Scale and if someone clicks on my name in one of my posts it will then show that I model in N Scale. It would be nice though to possibly just see it under one's name in their post.

    Maybe not a big deal to others or maybe I'm missing being able to see what a person models in. I've been on here a while now and I'm starting to know what scales some of you are modeling in from your posts but it has taken time.

    Sumner
     
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  2. PAPPY1

    PAPPY1 TrainBoard Member

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    I agree with you that it would be a lot easier for someone to know that when looking at a post or picture what the scale is being shown.
     
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  3. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    What if some of us object to being labeled a HO?
     
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  4. Carolina Northern

    Carolina Northern TrainBoard Member

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    Then you should model in normal scale.
     
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  5. JimJ

    JimJ Staff Member

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    I used to think that a seasoned modeler would be able to tell the scale by looking for tell tale signs. That’s no longer true. We have some great modelers on this forum that take N and Z scale to the next level. I’ve been confused more than once while responding to a thread with my HO scale stuff posted to an N scale thread. Talk about embarrassing! My bad.
    The thread category should dictate the scale model photo that’s posted. If you knowingly post a different scale photo for whatever reason you should label it so. However there could be a good reason to post a photo of a different scale. Use your judgement. We’re all friends.
     
  6. Sumner

    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the input. Where I've had problems hasn't been in the scale specific forums but in the Inspection Pit forum and Layout Design Discussion forum where often people are posting pictures of their layout or another's layout. Also in the DCC and electronics where someone might be talking about a decoder install and you aren't sure of which scale the decoder is going into although this is a rarer situation.

    I realize that the software might not easily accommodate a change to show the scale by the name. As I posted above it only takes a second to add it to your profile where it is seen when someone clicks on your screen name. So if more people took a minute to do that it would help.

    Sumner
     
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  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I model in two scales. `

    I do agree there are times when seeing the scale indicated would be nice. But we can't force anyone to list it in their profile. Then there are folks here more for the prototype, (Fallen Flags, current activities/railfanning), who have no scale, but now and than do stop into a modeling forum.
     
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  8. Sumner

    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    I agree with that 100%. If there was a simple way for one to choose to add it where it would show that would be nice, but maybe software wise not easy to do,

    Sumner
     
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  9. Jacekts

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    Or in sections like this where its not a dedicated scale, give it the same function as the swap and let the poster tag it as whatever scale it is. Should be a pretty simple modification for the admin to do.
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  10. fitz

    fitz Staff Member

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    Some of us are in 12 inch to the foot scale.
     
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  11. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Might be possible. Unfortunately our site owner has a monstrous work load at present, so his time here for such projects is extremely limited.
     
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  12. bremner

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    And I am having a hard time figuring out why the search feature keeps failing
     
  13. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    :(:(:(
     
  14. bremner

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    I am trying to optimize the database, it is 1.8GiB....and getting bigger
     
  15. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Another aspect which has an effect, (when all else is functional), is spelling. If there is an error in the original topic title, or when entered into Search, this engine will NOT find what is sought.
     
  16. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    And that goes for those lazy typists who call it H"Zero" Scale, by the way.
     
  17. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    True. It is Aych-Oh scale. Not H-Zero. Which makes a BIG difference in what searching will turn up, if anything....

    I try to correct misspellings when I can catch them. Either in the topic title of message body, as the Search will look at either or both, depending upon how you launch it. But I simply do not have the time to look at every post deeply.

    AND, I have encountered a few members who were upset about "their" words being edited. Well, people, it is not being done for social correction, but to give the Search all the chances it could possibly have, to find what folks are seeking. The engine we have here is nowhere as capable as Google, etc! :(
     
  18. JimJ

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    I wondered why I couldn’t search any In-scale or Zee scale threads.
     

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