One of the main goals of TFW is to act as a repository for the collective wisdom of the Trek prop-building community. This requires a bit of work to keep our information organized. The admins and moderators will try our best to help with this, but here are some basic guidelines.
Use the search system and try not to duplicate threads
This forum software has an excellent search system. Click on the magnifying glass in the top-right and go to town! When you're creating new posts, the forum will also pop up a message letting you know if your posts sounds similar to an existing post.
Where possible, avoid creating multiple threads on the same prop, unless it is on some very specific details or aspect of that prop. It makes it easier to find all information relating to a particular prop for new users if most of the information is contained in a single thread.
For props where there are well-established best practices for scratch-building a replica, we maintain a series of wiki posts that captures the community consensus information containing best practices, materials sources, blueprints, etc. This list is always evolving, and feel free to PM or "at-mention" @norbauer if you would like one of your posts turned into a wiki and added to this list.
Just like on Wikipedia, anyone can edit the opening post of a wiki thread. Please only add or edit information in such a thread, however, if you believe you're adding information that represents the community consensus as discussed elsewhere on the forum.
Our current list of wiki how-to manuals
Where do I put my post?
Please always assign a category to a post. If your posting pertains to a particular prop, put it in the "Props" category in the subcategory corresponding to the series with which that prop is primarily associated. A TNG Mark VII tricorder would, for example, go in "Props - TNG."
For general prop-making techniques, put your post in the appropriate subcategory (such as "vacuum forming," "machining," etc.)
For general Star Trek discussion, post in "The Star Trek Canon" category.
For discussions relating to this site itself, the "Meta" category and its subcategories are appropriate.