Break the forum up into sections?

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 02:00
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Just an idea...

A lot of forums I visit are broken up into logical groupings.
Would it be a good idea here? It would break it up into smaller chunks, might even make it easier to find things (such as previous posts). Might make it easier to target who you are communicating to.

eg. General Chat, Technical, Suppliers, advice, jokes, etc. (suggestins for what else?)
Then Stickie's for threads that cover a topic in detail already eg. whats in your first aid kit, sat phones etc.

Whadya reackon? If there's some interest maybe the powers that be could sort something like that out (not meaning to step on anyone's toes by suggesting this in the open forum, just canvassing opinion for the idea)

I haven't got a problem living with the forum as it is, though I sometimes find myself falling behind in keeping up with all the new posts. If they were classified in some way I could then pick the sections I wanted to keep tabs on.

Oh yeah, and we could have a Friday Funnies section we could post to any day of the week (yay!)

Tom
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 06:56

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 06:56
No I like it like it is.

All the best
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 07:56

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 07:56
Yep works for me. New search seems like a winner too.
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Reply By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:01

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:01
I prefer it the way it is. In this format - you get to see everything in one place. On other forums I belong to which are broken into sections - I rarely bother to cross into some of those other than general 4WD chat anyway.

Leave it alone please!!! :)
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Reply By: Member-Neil & Margie-Cairns - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:03

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:03
Nope , leave it as it is ,, site menu does the breaking up , forum search options does the rest !!
How easy do you need it !!

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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:09

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:09
This has been put forward before Tom...result......it stays as it it


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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:10

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:10
stays as it is
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 18:39

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 18:39
Mad Dog ,
That new photo of you is definitely not taken your best side .
Willie
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 19:26

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 19:26
You're so polite Willie but that is indeed the best side :)
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Follow Up By: Russ - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 23:29

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 23:29
Ray,
You certainly have change since we last saw you LOL.

Great to see you are flying the flag. Would like a copy, can you send one to me.

Hope you are all keeping well.

Russ
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 23:48

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 23:48
Hi Russ, Must be about 6 years as Liz is about to start her second year at school, guess I've just been working too hard.

Michelle and I became Aussies last year so we like to fly the flag on Australia Day.

Right click on the flag and save it to your puter.
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Follow Up By: Russ - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 00:24

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 00:24
Ray,
OK, have managed to do another way, saved will see what I can do with it.

Stay well

Russ
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:35

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:35
yes I too prefer it as it is, no confusion about which section to post in and no fiddling around to read all the posts either.

You should have searched this topic before you posted as its been done before (heheheh oops thats being rude), only kidding

Its worth asking this from time to time as the feeling of the membership may change, mine hasnt
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:52

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 08:52
If it ain't broke then don't fix it :))

Cheers
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Reply By: gramps - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 09:08

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 09:08
Yep, I don't have a problem with the current format. IMHO it's better than having to check in mutiple sections.
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Reply By: Sam from Weipa Auto Electrics - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 09:52

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 09:52
I agree its good like it is but It would be sorta nice to use the layout of another forum ie 4wdmonthly but only have the one general 4wddiscusion area to post everything I have a little trouble finding previous post it would be a bit clearer like that cheers my 2 cents worth.
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 10:33

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 10:33
I been to the others and find the subject sections a pain - David's "all-in-one forum" suits me just fine - he's such a whizz with web databases that we can find anything ever posted on any subject anyway..........
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 12:09

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 12:09
This forum works very well for me.

And it is different to other forums. It is easy to read and now even easier to research.

I would vote NO to your suggestion....:o)
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Reply By: Dave ....Adelaide - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 12:27

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 12:27
Leave it the way it is .....EXCELLENT........
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 12:40

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 12:40
Please leave it the way it is - think that's what's nice - you get to read everything (if you want). Search is great if you really want to be specific.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 14:27

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 14:27
And you get to meet wonderful people.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 15:09

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 15:09
Wonderful people is right Bonz, I'm still wondering :)
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 14:45

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 14:45
Tom, I suggested to David earlier in the day, before I saw this post that if there was a sort of "Sticky" section we could pull up that had the links to past advice sections not unlike Outer Limits Sticky Sticky. It may have some maintenance overheads but David would have a far better knowledge of drafting the information and setting it up for logical retrieval.

By using that sort of arrangement we could have the best of both worlds. This chatty forum but the easy access to the grouped links - like performance under each ofToyota/Nissan/Jackaroo/Maserati whatever, economy, modifications, camper trailers or tray toppers, where there had been an indepth discussion.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 17:43

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 17:43
Honestly, JR, you've been spending too much time in the 'back room' in Flinders Street and now you want to interfere with the good job David does here. I'm not even sure if I'm speaking to you anyway - way I see you deserve that bloke. Ha ha.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 23:26

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 23:26
Hello RD. I am not sure what is in Flinders Street but you must be right of course. Heather and I caught a couple of trams there earlier this week but not in a back room. Was on the way to the tennis...... Go Baghdatis

If you are talking of what I think you may be talking. I am not sure where any enhancement would be seen of a transfer either. That would be the case with nearly all the mob though, but seems more want to change. {:-( Could keep them all in a caravan park near a desert but need a high fence round it ;-)

I don't want to interfere with David at all and I agree he does a great job. I do find that another method of grouping posts - not replacing this one, could be an enhancement
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Reply By: Tony Shaw - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 19:57

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 19:57
Hi there,

What about if when you made a post you selected the category it most suited, so this way you could either choose to view posts under one of these categories or click the "All" category and have all posts come up?

Cheers, ToNy!

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 21:43

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 21:43
I agree with Tom..

Makes it easier for people to search the hourly Tire/fridge/dieselVpetrol/patrolVpatrol etc etc question if there are sections.
1 for tires
1 for fridges
1 for cruiser
1 for patrol etc SOoooooooooooooooooo much easier to filter out the crap too..

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Reply By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 22:31

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 22:31
It is SO GOOD AS IT IS. I hate other forums where you have to jump here and there to find things. This forum is the best set up of any. All you do is scroll down the forum and pick on anything that catches your eye. If you need... do a search. It's all good!~
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 23:29

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 23:29
No body has said to change that Royce, it was suggested as an additional searching method
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 23:30

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 at 23:30
Sorry Tom did, but I think it would be good to have an additional grouping that was accessible through another menue item.
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Reply By: Member - Des - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:14

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 10:14
I agree with Tom. I think the forum is being crushed under the weight of all the new posts (30/day, 900/month). It is falling victim to its own success. The vast number of posts means that only a small proportion even of regulars (people who look at least every 7 or 14 days) see any given post. The number of new posts means that if you haven't got a satisfactory answer within a few days you are unlikely to get one; that tempts many people to re-post much the same question, and so the spiral goes on.

That also means that when you come to research a topic, you have to wade through lots and lots of posts that repeat the same thing. That also discourages people from searching: they find it easier just to ask "what fridge should I buy?" for the 500th time. Again, the spiral continues.

If the forum were split into useful categories (see e.g. Truckster's list above) it would work much better. People would be more likely to get a specific answer to a specific question. Posts would stay alive for longer, and there would be fewer threads and less repetition. The reason the split forums don't work so well on other 4WD sites (Austn 4WD Monthly, Overlander, etc) is that the chosen categories are too broad (e.g. "technical") or too narrow. That means too many people just post under "general" ("campfire"!). "Travel" works pretty well as a category (could be split by State or region if too unwieldy), but you need a reasonable split for questions re vehicles, mods, trailers, fridges, power sources (dual batteries, gennies, solar, batttery packs, etc), tents/camping gear, etc.
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 12:35

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 12:35
Okay... so maybe present as is, but have a side bar you can hit to get just a catogory area?
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Reply By: Member - t0me (WA) - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 12:40

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 12:40
Another suggestion, if not presented by category by default, then checkboxes for when you create a thread that allow you to tick for the categories it falls into. Then the option for the people who want to, to view all new threads from a particular category, or even when searching...

I'll keep chucking the idea's at ya :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - t0me (WA) - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 17:08

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 17:08
Damn, just re-read the thread, saw Tony already posted this idea. Great minds eh Tony ;-)
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Reply By: Member - t0me (WA) - Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 12:50

Friday, Jan 27, 2006 at 12:50
Got another one for ya,

How about a "Search within results" option...
eg. You perform a search, it comes up with 1000 responses, you can choose a new search, or to search within those results (and therefore narrow down the number of responses).

Is there already a forum suggestions thread? I didn't find one...
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Reply By: Taize - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 10:27

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 10:27
The great thing about this forum is that it does not have all the chatter that clutters up other forums. The information that is stored here is fantastic.

The difficult thing about this form is finding the information you require. The search function is good but it takes time to wake through all the threads - especially for popular topics such as fridges.

Another frustrating thing is keeping up with the new posts. I dont got past the threads on the first page. This means that I'm likely to miss interesting threads. It would be good have the ability to "view all posts since last visit".

Categorising the topics would be great and make this forum more usable - especially for those looking for information. One thing I would NOT like to see is a chat area. As I said above, what sets this forum apart from others is the way that most of the posts are on topic and not just general chatting. There are plenty of other forums where people can chat.

Kym
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Reply By: Taize - Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 10:31

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 at 10:31
Another thought;

there are two questions here

1) do people want to see the CONTENT of the forum changed
NO. The general concensus is that people dont want chat in this forum and like the technical nature of this forum

2) should the FORMAT of this forum change to make finding and posting information simpler

Kym
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