OK, we came into this with good intentions and what we agreed was a solid plan to help this forum transition to a new phase, reflecting the current state of the ex500. That is, a great, versatile little street bike that happens to have been out of production now for nearly ten years. These bikes, many of them being neglected or abused, are now being bought mostly by young people, who are trying to learn how to fix them up.
Although this site has an impressive knowledge base, mostly thanks to member fog, the reality is, a lot of these new owners could use some help with basic mechanical knowledge. That's become painfully obvious through a multitude of tortured troubleshooting threads.
Our plan basically consists of two parts ;
1) Clean up and solidify the knowledge base. We have (or HAD) a great wiki, but we also have a number of instructional stickies in various sections, that would have been better as a part of the wiki base. To make matters worse, those stickies were left open for comment, making it all one huge mess to sort through. Things would be much more cohesive if the comments were eliminated and that knowledge incorporated into the wiki.
2) Offer some instruction on the basics of mechanics, such as, tightening bolts (don't laugh, this causes a lot of problems for beginners), and what you need to have on hand and what you need to know in order to do basic troubleshooting of various systems; that sort of thing.
Unfortunately, we've been hugely distracted, by technical problems, other forum needs, and personal challenges. Part of our mission was to help make this a more welcoming place and get involved in the conversations. Honestly, I got a little burned out a while back, so I haven't been contributing as much as I planned.
Now our wiki is down again and I've sent a long message to admin, pleading for some help on the issue, so that we can get back on track. I'm hopeful that over the winter we can start accomplishing our goals.