Should the board have more sub-forums?

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Should the board have more sub-forums?

Unread postby Steve E. » Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:54 pm

Dear all,

I've always been resistant to creating more sub-sections on the board. Perhaps this suits my own sprawling ADD tendencies, and my resistance to change. The sections that do exist were hard-fought for by various members. I guess one of the things I worry about is giving people anxiety when, inevitably, topics might bridge several possible forums. It can go on forever. I fear as well topics being lost in the shuffle even more than they are.

Now, belatedly, I am reconsidering this a bit, and with no particular pressure or input from anyone.

I wonder, for example, whether there should be distinct sections for the most popular cutting systems: Neumann, Scully, Presto, and Souri's vinyl recorder. (The latter could be expanded to include the other current systems that are developed to the degree of being sold.) . This might decrease search times, and might reduce topic redundancy.

Another reason NOT to would be the need to retroactively reorganize the board for these systems. It could take a long time.

If anyone knows of well-organized boards that do things this way, that I might use as a template, please feel free to link to them in this thread.
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Re: Should the board have more sub-forums?

Unread postby markrob » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:28 pm

Hi Steve,

I think that what we are missing most is either a good wiki (which never seemed to catch on) or a simple FAQ with answers to the main newbie questions we get over and over. From within the FAQ, there can be links to in depth topics that are relevant. This could be something organic that grows over time as questions get asked. The only issue is how to coordinate the edits to the FAQ. Maybe an FAQ discussion topic should be added to allow a consensus answer to be developed prior to updating the actual FAQ.

Adding a few new sub forums is a good idea, but I can see going down a rabbit hole and ending up with too many. I also think you are correct that going back over so much material would be quite a task.

Just my two cents.

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Re: Should the board have more sub-forums?

Unread postby Steve E. » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:22 pm

FAQ is a great project idea. If anyone starts a thread on it, alert me and I'll sticky it.
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Re: Should the board have more sub-forums?

Unread postby petermontg » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:11 am

I think the wiki is a great idea. Just a shame it lacks contributions and tends to get overlook.

I think the search function does a pretty comprehensive job when searching for particulars of Presto, Scully and Neumann's.

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Re: Should the board have more sub-forums?

Unread postby Steve E. » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:37 pm

ok! good counter-argument.
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Re: Should the board have more sub-forums?

Unread postby Tremdall » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:20 am

I'll welcome more subsections like you suggest; Neumann, Scully, Presto, and Souri's vinyl recorder.

I personally like the site Muffwiggler (modular synthesizers) which is divided in several sections covering different type of systems. With each system covering several brands.
It also has a marketplace
https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/index.php
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Re: Should the board have more sub-forums?

Unread postby tragwag » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:12 pm

I think in all the current setup is sufficient, any further categorization would help people with specific issues, but decrease the general browsing/connecting interest I think.
Part of what's cool on the forum is using it two ways, when you have an issue you search for it, and if you're just trying to dig in and learn something new, you can browse the "secrets" section. I do 100% think an FAQ (with references), and perhaps a store or link area for tested pieces of random needs (chip tubing, chip jars, heat lamps, stylus heating, turntables, blanks, stylus, etc)
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