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Old 22 September 2004, 10:06   #1
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Should the General Discussion forum be split up?

At the moment the General Discussion forum contains a huge mix of different topics, and I was wondering whether it would be easier to use if we had sub forums for some of the common subject areas such as
  • getting started
  • engines
  • trailers
Anything that didn't fit into the sub forums would stay in the main General Discussion section

Possibly some of the other forums (for instance the commercial users section) could become a sub forum of General Discussion which would help declutter the main forum page.

Thoughts?

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Old 22 September 2004, 10:12   #2
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IMVHO this sounds like a good idea. I liked it when the whole forum front page fitted on the screen without a scroll bar. Splitting it into sub-groups should help people find the information/discussion they are interested in more quickly - especially those who, unlike me, do not enjoy browsing through but just want specific info fast!

I guess, if you ever went down the route of selling advertising space on the forum pages, it would enable advertisers to reach their target market more specifically, too!
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Old 22 September 2004, 11:55   #3
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Sounds good to me.
Other topics?:-
Instruments/electronics
Clothing
Safety & equipment
Oh yes, and one dedicated to the Pacific 22.

Would it be posible to change topics from the tree at the top of the page without having to go back through the main forum? I thought this could be done, but can't seem to make it work.
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I liked it when the whole forum front page fitted on the screen without a scroll bar.
Louise, if you're not using a laptop you may be interested in this software. I've used it for years and recon it's the only way to view.

http://personalcomputing.portrait.com/us/downloads/
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John

Sounds good to me.
Other topics?:-
Instruments/electronics
Clothing
Safety & equipment
Oh yes, and one dedicated to the Pacific 22.

Would it be posible to change topics from the tree at the top of the page without having to go back through the main forum? I thought this could be done, but can't seem to make it work.
John.
Topic specific seems a good ideat to me.
Go for it!!

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Not so sure!! If you were a novice Riber and posted on the "Getting started" thread how many experienced Ribers would surf that particular sub title! I like the idea of a "Technical" sub-division though that included trailers as well.

At least the existing way, you know that everyone will see your subject.
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if you're not using a laptop you may be interested in this software.
Thanks Jeff. I use a desktop during the day (while Richard's at work ) but then I get demoted to the laptop in the evenings!! I'll try to get Richard to install it on the desktop.
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Not so sure!! If you were a novice Riber and posted on the "Getting started" thread how many experienced Ribers would surf that particular sub title! I like the idea of a "Technical" sub-division though that included trailers as well.

At least the existing way, you know that everyone will see your subject.
I agree about not having a getting started bit, it just confuses things as it covers all topics - and means that you need to look in atleast two places for the information you want.


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Old 22 September 2004, 16:50   #9
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OK I've created a couple of sub forums, but I'm not sure you're going to like the way it looks on the main General Discussion page . . .

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Old 22 September 2004, 16:52   #10
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One great thread that appeared recently was Bruce's disabled ribbing thread. Any chance this could be singled out as a bit of a fixture as it may appeal to a whole sector of the boating world?


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