What brought you here, what keeps you here

Matt Technician De Soto, Missouri Posted   Latest  

I'm in my "trial time" here on Diagnostic Network. I'm at the stage trying to decide do I stay and pay, or go and play. I realize the site is in it's infancy still. I realize that big things may be coming. Right now when I see what I see here, I'm trying to find "19.00 a month in value". As a guy who likes to see ROI, I'm trying to find what the ROI is.

What is missing for me.... Waveform library, a resource of known goods. I'm sure with time this will come. But for now, it's non existent. Low post count in areas that interest me or on vehicles within the field I currently work(Ford land). The "traffic" just doesn't seem to be there.

I have mad respect for Scott as we have interacted throughout the years on the other site. And many names I recognize and have also interacted with in the past. But right now, I'm not seeing what "I'll get" for my money. So I'm hoping maybe someone here can point me to what I am missing. I know all sites start small and grow into what they become in their hayday, but I still feel I need to see what value I'll get from my investment, not just what value I can add to grow something for someone else.

So to my question, what brought you here, what keeps you here. Don't take this post as a poke at what is here. I'm really trying to see if I'm missing things on this site that are here, and the value I'm looking for is right in front of my eyes.

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Darren Mechanic
West Allis, Wisconsin
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I enjoy relating to like minded people, more therapy then anything else.

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Chris Diagnostician
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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Matt, The resource library is growing, slowly but surely. There are other aspects that I find beneficial though. I was a long time lurker over on IATN, but never contributed. Too much noise, too much traffic, too much silver bullet. That is my opinion. I actually came over here through chance and Scott and his support team helped me out big time during the beginning of this year. Anyhow…

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Chris Diagnostician
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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Here are two resources I have compiled that I found well worth the $220 up front, as they are an abundance of value and at a price cheaper than a single training class. Network Diagnostics Testing Methods Like I said, if I can help you out, please let me know.

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Matt Technician
De Soto, Missouri
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Chris I appreciate your pointing out of these posts. I assure you I have read many of those. As someone who spent many years on iATN. I was a sponsoring member from 1999 until a few of years ago when the site really went downhill. I attended many get togethers with folks from iATN, and continue to chat daily with friends I have made in the industry through there. I have 30 years experience in

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Chris Diagnostician
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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Matt, No offense was meant, and I hope none taken. I was pointing out resources I had appreciated, even if it was a new take on known info, though I personally can never learn enough on 5 gas analysis. I know we have some Ford chatter on here. Including a recent 6.0 case, if I remember correctly. I know I learn more when I try to help others. There could be more, but that is part of building a

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Christopher Technician
San Antonio, Texas
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I find the case studies interesting and the discussions on diagnostic strategies & equipment enlightening, as they include things that are generally outside my scope of work. The site seems geared more towards sharing foundational, skill-building information than simply being another fix database, which I also appreciate. Besides, I can get mountains of technical data at work, but access

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Martin Instructor
Burnaby, British Columbia
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HI Matt. Good questions for sure. I believe that individually, we all have some unique needs that need to be satisfied, in order to identify value in any product that we purchase, whether it be physical, or in the case of professional networks, mental fulfillment. Prior stumbling upon iATN in August 1998, I'd been involved with a GM technician forum (Zone 1224 I think it was called), that gave

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Matt Technician
De Soto, Missouri
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Martin, it's always good to see your name we have conversed many times over the years and it's always insightful to talk to you. I think your post hit the nail on the head, and you understand exactly why I feel like I do. In my position at work, I don't have time to generate "case studies" on jobs that would probably make good ones. Simply because of the crunch to make money, roll the cars out

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Edwin Mobile Technician
Charleston, South Carolina
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Matt Diagnostic network is still a work in progress. For what i see 19.00$ a month for recieving information from the top technicians in the world is chump change. Dude..its only 67 cents a day!! Not to be a negative Nelly but you will only get out of it what you put into it. I would like to see you post some of your wealth of information from "fordland". Tell us whats new out there, what

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Kirkwood, Pennsylvania
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Hi Matt: I trust that things have been going as well as possible. Without attempting to take anything away from Marty's eloquent post, the simple answer to your questions, for me, is that Scott asked. When I joined iATN, it was a listserve. The only webpage was the signup page. I had gotten a computer in January, 1996. I had sandbagged an article by Karl Seyfert mentioning iATN. (I signed up in

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Matthew Mobile Technician
Bartlett, Illinois
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To me time is money. DN offers higher quality content than others out there, and the rating system helps bring the best content up top. If I have limited time to read during my down time DN makes it easy. No sorting through silver bullet stuff and bad posts. Also, the environment here is much more relaxed and not hostile. Professional discussion instead of constant pissing match...

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Chris Technician
Bryans Road, Maryland
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Hello I figured I would chime in and share my experience with DN. First I will say you are not the only one. I told a few of my friends about DN and they all feel the way you do and decided not to sign up. I really enjoy DN it does a few things for me that it seems to also do for others. I used it as some therapy of some sort when I get home and I start to settle down I can come here to do some

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Maynard Technician
Elmira, Ontario
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Matt I am not sure what your long term outlook is as far as staying in the trade. But here futuretechauto​.​com/store/p78/swbo… If you at all take the notion, sign up for the July class! I did with one of my co workers, but Dr Mark Quarto told me they need at least 12 guys to run the class. So I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will run, if you sign up with one of your friends we are

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Allan Instructor
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Hello Matt, let me try to address your questions. " I'm in my "trial time" here on Diagnostic Network. I'm at the stage trying to decide do I stay and pay, or go and play. I realize the site is in it's infancy still. I realize that big things may be coming. Right now when I see what I see here, I'm trying to find "19.00 a month in value". As a guy who likes to see ROI, I'm trying to find what

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
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diag​.​net/msg/m2310vp7c0… The waveform library is here and being built. It takes time to build original content, including a library. I urge you to put some of yours in to build this to what it can be. The more we all contribute, the better this place will become. Hope to keep seeing you here

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Matt Technician
De Soto, Missouri
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How do you get to it? How do you search it for known goods?

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
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type in what you are looking for. keep in mind that this is still building.

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Dmitriy Analyst
Toronto, Ontario
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diag​.​net/file/f5u148f3b… ​

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Matt Technician
De Soto, Missouri
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So in order to add waveforms to a “library” you have to create a discussion? There is no direct link to add files to a library without creating or adding to a thread?

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
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There is no discussion. post as a resource. Give the info. It won’t populate in the main feed, but it will be there.

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Matt Technician
De Soto, Missouri
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Thank you, I was able to figure that part out. And uploaded a quick waveform I had saved today.

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Dmitriy Analyst
Toronto, Ontario
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diag​.​net/file/f78ervpy4… ​

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Chris Diagnostician
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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Dmitriy, If anyone has a known good for that car it would be you.

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Bob Owner/Technician
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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What brought me here? The prospect of networking with the best of the best in the industry. I knew Scott was involved at the beginning of iATN and that turned out be one of the best resources I have had over the years. When Scott announced the creation of this new network for professional diagnosticians, I immediately became a founding member. I figured the investment would be well worth it in

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Rudy Technician
Montebello, California
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Scott brought me here. When I learned he was starting this Network,I plopped down my $200 in wholehearted support. I know who he is,what hes done,and how he feels about the industry. I believe in the man. So far things are progressing nicely. There is already a ton of information here(like about ADAS) that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Sure our resource library is scarce, but

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Sam Mobile Technician
Flint, Michigan
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I will be honest Matt, I came kicking and screaming. I was asked by many people and just couldn't see another $19 a month towards a growing website. I purchased an autologic Drive pro and it included a DN subscription. I did not even sign up for that at first. I am different than you though I am a mobile guy that does a lot of carlines. Mostly programming but a fair amount of diagnosis. I was

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Bob Engineer
Auburn Hills, Michigan
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Brought me here - Bob Augustine :-) Thanks Bob! Keeps me here - hopefully the chance to provide education on subjects that I may know a thing or two about Cheers, Bob

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