Took me a few minutes to figure out who/what/whyfore. You're the one that had trouble with VW providing an interior light on a Eurovan and then later found the generic replacement, right? I get sometimes a dozen a day so it's a little hard to keep track. It was NOT deleted, just moved to where I thought it would receive the most attention.
It is reposted in its entirety (both posts) in the BASIC VAN WIRING INCL. LIGHTS, INSTRUMENTS forum in the topic "Lights -- interior, incl. instrument & dash lights." I suppose you could argue it's SPECIAL WESTY WIRING if it's only in the camper version, but I figure most members having a similar problem will check both forums and that's the closest fit.
Although most of the Westy site seems dedicated to the older models, I think that's more a function of (1) the older ones have more mileage, thus breakdowns & problems and (2) the Eurovan Westy just plain isn't selling too well so there aren't many around. I think it's also a cultural thing in that the older model owners are more likely to spend time doing their own work & working the internet and the newer model owners taking them to dealer & shops. Not scientific proof, mind you, but my gut feeling. Eurovan Westies/Winnies are still mighty rare. I think that's also reflected in the general dealer apathy towards them. Go to VW direct and tell them of bad dealers. They become a disservice to the good ones -- and there are some good ones left.
Some of the policies & protocol on the site as you see them are really the result of failures of the old site. The old Archives became a disaster. There were 3,500+ posts but in >1,300 topics. Nobody could find anything and thus quit trying, just adding yet another new topic and compounding the problem. Thus when site owner John Babiak (near Montreal) went to the new server and software, he chose a tightly moderated site along the VW grouping system. Of necessity, it meant we would try to do certain things well and eliminate others.
Some were eliminated because they strayed so far from the core purpose they didn't add meaningful content to the majority of members. Others were eliminated because the size of the undertaking was far beyond the capability of the few unpaid volunteers that do most of the work.
Parts location was one of the later. Although I have parts info sources for most VWs through the Vanagons, I don't have them for the Eurovan (thus why I didn't respond to the original post). It also was apparent from the lessons we learned on the old site that many people look for parts on the site because the don't like the dealer, prices or VW policies. Others are, to but it bluntly, just too damn lazy to try. You don't see them because they usually get cut early, but we still get a lot of "where can I get" posts for common, everyday items. We also get a lot that are abusive about VW's prices and demanding we provide them some 'cheap' source. We elected to avoid the parts location topic because it would have been too subjective and result in too many disappointments. If I recommended Bus Depot and then someone had the type of experiences I see posted in the PARTS forum, the site advice would be blamed no matter how many disclaimers. Sorry, that's a reality; it's happened too often before.
I don't own the site and don't control policies. John listens to my input and has asked me to moderate the tech boards to help achieve the goals we think are achievable. John is the computer whiz guy but not as technically oriented -- I'm more the opposite. I'm not even sure I can claim technical expertise but I do have a lot of experiences, some tech documentation not in general circulation, and most importantly, a few really knowledgeable people I can go to.
As above, one of the site goals is a few large chapters instead of many small topics. It requires more reading within a topic by members, but a much smaller index to start with. Ideally, I suppose we'd have 10 topics only -- to match the 10 parts groups or the 10 topics in the Eurovan manual. In reality, we have expanded to what we think is a compromise but still manageable. And even so, it's not static. We still change and rearrange topics & forums as they develop. But the ultimate goal is what will best serve the MOST members? For every one that complains their post was so special it deserves a private topic, we get dozens that compliment being able to find almost everything. Almost every 'bad' post is a new member in his first or at least first Â½ dozen posts. Many post a new topic because they didn't find the answer in the existing topic on the exact same subject. No answer doesn't mean it's a bad topic, just that it's never come up before or nobody has the answer. Thus building on the original topic is preferred. I suppose there are some that think it will get a quicker answer. (Won't; just the opposite as many of us refuse to answer a post that doesn't follow site guidelines.) A few just flat refuse to read the guidelines or try -- they are stuck in a chat-room mode that thinks everything starts fresh with their question of the day. When all else fails, read the directions?! About half of my moderator time is spent housekeeping and that drastically cuts into my true love, researching out some obscure or odd problem.
The site is NOT limited to questions. We actively seek input of things tried and worked. As an example, look under FRONT SUSPENSIONS at my post on overhauling and modifying a Vanagon front suspension. An endemic problem (lack of adjustment range) and my outside-the-box solution. These are the type of posts that provide support to owners not available in the manuals. You'll find others under COOLANTS about changing antifreeze in Eurovan & Vanagon models. Many posts are generic across models so segregating posts into Eurovan/Vanagon/Type II topics is not practical. Eurovan posts are welcome in their applicable and respective topics. The Eurovan owner will probably have to wade through a lot more Vanagon & Type II info in any particular topic, but that is better than everybody having to wade through more topics to find the ones that apply to their model. I suppose someday, members will have to wade through Eurovan info reaching some Next Generation model.
I'm not sure what policy you want John to change, but your post met all requirements -- except it was a new post on a topic already well established, 'Interior lights'., thus the move. It passed muster on 'where can I get' because you established that it was not -- or at least not regularly -- available through VW and asked for a solution. Adding the generic substitute you found is greatly appreciated and we rarely limit that type of information. You'll see a similar approach on using the generic OÂ² sensors in that topic. We even discuss the differences between generic, OEM and OE oil filters. So, though you're welcome to approach the site owner about policies, I'm sure he'll ask for 1st, what's your better solution, and 2nd, will the volunteers that do the actual site work accept it?
Again, thanks for the light info -- you did find your posts this time, right? And best of Westying with your Eurovan. I'm afraid it will be up to the Eurovan owners to accumulate that knowledge base. I'm probably on my last Westy. "No diesel, no 4WD = no sale!" But VW doesn't listen to me either.