Thoughts about this page
Since g+ allows pages, i use this page to post some repair or DIY related things from time to time. And there are some posts with >100 comments meanwhile, discussions about repairs having to do with the original post.
Meanwhile, YouTube is also highly integrated with g+, i connected my YT channel with this page for obvious reasons.
Today, +Edward Lyman
posted a nice follow-up video for my Poly-61 repair session video. And since some days, i'm waiting for some gear i got from eBay that i need to fix and that might result in another video as the reactions for the Poly-61 video were mostly positive, which motivates me to do a bit more like this.
But i'm still not so happy with the way things work out currently. Having >100 comments on one post might be useful to keep things together, but some day, there might be 500 comments on problems of the Poly-61 (yes, indeed a problematic machine :). Nobody will read through them, so one might have a problem answered in the 200th post that needs to be handled again because it is hidden in the masses. There is not even a chance to link back to specific comments - finding them also isn't that easy.
Finding something isn't so great in g+ in general. A community would be a logical consequence as my goal is the interaction that already happened here and there. I try to find the time to help everybody, but i'm happy if my readers help each other on those pages - or a suitable community. But i'm still not so happy with g+ communities, don't know why but they don't really work for me. I'm pretty sure there already are half a million communities handling electronic repairs. Not that it would be better to have half a million pages about this :)
So how can we do this, how can the overall process be improved?
My idea i have in mind since quite a while - share a post directly with me (this page, not my personal g+ profile) to start some discussion. But share it publicly, please. This gives you the chance to attach photos or videos to better describe the problem and it gives me the chance to repost this question here on this page, with a hopefully good caption and as an opening for the discussion, likely adding my first response with the repost or first comment.
I'm aware about the problem having 2 posts then that might get comments, leading to confusion, as i would prefer having the comment thread on the re-post here for easier browsing through them. There are some ways to handle this, like disabling commenting on the original post after a redirection comment to my repost or so.
By the way - i stopped doing private consulting in the past and i will not do it in the future, i simply want to have a bit of time left for my own life. I want all this to be public to be there as help for others also. Some think it's a great idea to insult me if they ask for help on private channels or by posting their email address in YouTube comments and i tell them i don't do free private electronics consulting. Feel free do to so. Blocked. Done. So if you want me to help you, you have to accept this happens in the public.
I would be happy about some input on this and if there is no damn good reason to not do it this way, i would start disabling commenting on the old posts in favor of the new procedure, which hopefully results in some easier handling.