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"How-To"-section anyone?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by transexl, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. unstable load

    unstable load Well-Known Member

    That is one of the main issues with such a library of information.
    If I manage to achieve a particularly difficult task with a very lucky but suspect "method" and publish it here and then, Roger the Bodger tries it one sunny Sunday and destroys his engine or wraps his car around the village fountain...........who is legally responsible for the fall-out?
    Me for posting it or the site for hosting it?
     
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  2. rockdemon

    rockdemon Administrator Staff Member

    Yes we'd definitely need a disclaimer or two...
     
  3. So Cal V8

    So Cal V8 Member

    Why would either you or the forum be legally responsible if someone else followed said questionable advice? This inherent need to assign blame to others isn't a basis for establishing liability...
     
  4. colnerov

    colnerov Well-Known Member

    Yes, Roger needs to be responsible for his own actions.
     
  5. quattro

    quattro Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the UK :rolleyes:
     
  6. rockdemon

    rockdemon Administrator Staff Member

    Nope but making it clear doesn't hurt...
     
  7. cobraboy

    cobraboy Active Member

    I just read the title to this thread in the recent posts list and thought to myself......... why would you want to know how to protect anyone from harm and put them in an institution, and why ask on a car forum ?

    On the other hand perhaps admin might need this kind of help soon o_O
     
  8. colnerov

    colnerov Well-Known Member

    I think he should be all right with counselling.
     
  9. unstable load

    unstable load Well-Known Member

    It seems to me that there is an increasing need in society in general to reallocate and deflect blame and responsibility away from one's own actions in the event of things going pear shaped, for whatever reason.
    All I was trying to do was to voice this observation.
     
  10. So Cal V8

    So Cal V8 Member

    Not a dig at you John - merely an observation on my part. ;)

    No matter how much people would like to be able to blame others for their mistakes it isn't grounds for liability absent some specific relationship. Getting bad advice from some fella on the internet and then looking to sue him and/or the forum because everyone's "entitled" to compensation just isn't an accurate reflection of the concept of liability. If we buy into that theory then we should probably close the whole forum down as there are plenty of threads on here that contain an element of "I wouldn't try this at home if I were you but, I did and I survived."
     
  11. Quagmire

    Quagmire Active Member

    Take the job of front spring removal for example - if we all followed the workshop manual and used the screw in retainer things then many of us would have probably snuffed it!

    In this case we are deliberately not following Rover recommended practice for a specific reason, people have various methods of removal and a lot of us have successfully used these with the caveat that "just because it worked for me it may not be safe/practicable for you" in the back of our minds. It's down to the reader to assess the shown method for safety in line with their skills and availability of equipment.

    I think an appropriate disclaimer at the top of any forum subsection and making the "How to" section visible only to registered users is a good way to cover things.
     
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  12. transexl

    transexl Member

    :D
    Funny that you should pick up on this, Harvey, because there is one area of expertise AT LEAST that has only one undefeated "judge"! ;)

    In all other cases it might just be a question of quantity, work and patience, as we MIGHT add anything and mark it with any disclaimer, as the items should be generally of course. "Guarantee" or "thruth" of all current content is under the same conditions already anyways, is it not?

    edit:
    SORRY!
    When I typed this I could only see Harveys comment, do not ask why!
     
  13. colnerov

    colnerov Well-Known Member

    You mean you was a page behind.:D
     
  14. transexl

    transexl Member

    :p









    As we tend to get metric pages when they have crossed the channel ....;)
     
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  15. So Cal V8

    So Cal V8 Member

    I can't find my workshop manual at the moment but, I'm curious, what, if any, disclaimer does it contain?
     
  16. rockdemon

    rockdemon Administrator Staff Member

    I am beyond help :)
     
  17. Quagmire

    Quagmire Active Member

    I had a look last night and all it really says is something like "the operations described should be performed by an experienced mechanic"
     
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  18. transexl

    transexl Member

    Isn´t the point of a "How-To"-section to expand the manual?
    There is new information? (Fans)
    Or to make an end to "wrong" information that has been passed on too long? (ATF-level)
     
  19. Quagmire

    Quagmire Active Member

    That was my point when talking about working on the front springs :)
     
  20. transexl

    transexl Member

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