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Peter van Es

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How to make best use of this site... Read this first!
« on: July 20, 2013, 09:33:18 »
For all old hands, and new members, please have a look at the topics in this board:

About this Site

It contains lots of little tips and hints on how to most effectively keep up with this forum, how to search for stuff (and why it sometimes appears to fail), how to post pictures, and etiquette and good manners. Spend 20 minute reading some of those posts, and you'll easily save that time within a week.

Additionally, this site contains many other gems... such as:

  • Our infamous Technical Manual, which you are encouraged to add to or correct if you are a Full Member. And don't worry about making a mistake, we can always fix it or undo your changes
  • Information on the Membership renewal procedure...
  • A variety of Video links to video tutorials, and excerpts from films featuring Pagoda's
  • Our car Registry... is yours in there yet?
  • For full members only, all back issues of Pagoda Notes.

Did you find more hidden gems on this site? Post them here for others to find them too...

« Last Edit: May 26, 2016, 06:16:59 by Peter van Es »
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Richard Madison

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Re: How to make best use of this site... Read this first!
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2013, 11:23:29 »
Thank you Peter. We need a little reminder from time to time of all that is available here.

To add another comment or two:

Posts are most convenient when they are in the Forum that fits the content of the message.
All messages can be found by using Search no matter where they are but some users are more interested
in drive train messages, as an example, and will first go to that Forum. They may not see posts that are in the "wrong" forum.

The General Discussion Forum is for posts such as Pagoda history that do not fit in any other Forum.
If a message about the hardtop is posted in General Discussion, it will probably be moved to the more appropriate Forum.

As a convenience for viewers Subject of a post should indicate the content of the message.
This makes it easier to skip messages of no interest. A message will get a lot of viewers if the
Subject is "Important for all Pagoda Owners" but if its about what polish to use to prep for a car show,
many will be disappointed after opening the message. Moderators sometimes change a Subject to ensure
that viewers have some idea of the content.

When posting, especially in Events, nice if the Subject includes at least the year of the event and a country location
as we have members from around the world and "2013 Car show in Coney Island" may not mean much...
including the State, or "UK" or similar in the posting title will help.

Some new members sometimes use the Full Member Board for posting technical content messages.
This Board is not accessible to all members and is not intended for content related to the body, drive train, etc
which belong in other Forums.

Also, please post photos and attachments of moderate size. A large image can be posted
but viewers will have to move around the photo using a "hand" or sliders to see the entire image.
An image with the longest side of about 850 or 650 pixels can be seen in full view with good detail
(and the image will use less storage space.) Image reducing applications are available for free download...
or maybe easier, set the camera to take a smaller image.

Sorry, my 'comment or two' went beyond two    :o

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Re: How to make best use of this site... Read this first!
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2022, 23:39:27 »
One of our former Presidents and now Web Master provided me with some pointers when I was working on a welcoming E-mail that was to be a forerunner to our general welcoming package that is mailed to all New Members. I don't like Peter's affords to be lost and therfore share them here with you.

Unfortunately, Guests and Associate Members will not have access to some of the links shown below. However, once you do become a full member come back here and benefit from the excellent pointers Peter van Es has provided.

Below are Peter's pointers;-

Now that you have joined, here are some links you might like to check:
have a detailed look at the Technical Manual, where, now that you have joined, a whole world of information is now accessible to you:
such as all past issues of Pagoda Notes, our quarterly downloadable magazine:

You may have heard of the “Linkage Tour”, a guide to tuning your engine (either yourself or to share with your mechanic) which is considered the first step in troubleshooting:

Other “Go To” guides handle starting problems ( or the wiring diagrams in colour (

Then we recommend you regularly read, and post on the forum. We are a friendly bunch, and like answering questions. Some areas to visit and read are:
the topic where we invite you to post something about yourself and your car (preferably with a picture)
the area where you can find out how our site works, e.g. on posting pictures ( topic=30082.0) or how to set up the forum such that you can read new posts easily ( topic=18112.0)
read or post messages on how the site works here:
Just to browse photos:

Or learn about events we have:

Anyway, lots for you to get acquainted with, which will add value to your membership. Oh, and when there is a new issue of Pagoda Notes, or a board election, we will mail you using MailChimp. Please do not unsubscribe from these mailings, as we will be unable to contact you when there is important information for you. If you end your membership, we automatically stop mailing stuff to you.

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