Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 22 September 2004, 09:06   #1
Administrator
 
John Kennett's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brighton
Length: 3m +
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 7,013
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?

John
__________________

__________________
John Kennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 09:12   #2
Member
 
Louise's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Reading
Make: None
Length: under 3m
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2,039
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!
__________________

__________________
MUM POWER!
www.biboa.com
Scorpion RIB Group on Facebook
Louise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 10:55   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Nutbourne
Boat name: Renegade
Make: Porter
Length: 6m +
Engine: 140 Tohatsu
MMSI: 235022904
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,195
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.
__________________
Mark H
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools" Douglas Adams
Mark Halliday is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 13:15   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Make: HumberOceanOffshore
Length: 8m +
Engine: Volvo KAD300/DPX
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 5,432
Quote:
Originally Posted by Louise
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/
__________________
JW.
jwalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 13:29   #5
Member
 
ashbypower's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Salisbury
Boat name: Blue C
Make: XS 600
Length: 6m +
Engine: 125hp Opti
MMSI: 235082826/235909566
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,439
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Halliday
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!!

Brian
__________________
Brian C
APS Marine Centre
ashbypower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 13:46   #6
Member
 
Hightower's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Fareham
Length: 6m +
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 7,855
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.
__________________
Hightower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 15:10   #7
Member
 
Louise's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Reading
Make: None
Length: under 3m
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2,039
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwalker
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.
__________________
MUM POWER!
www.biboa.com
Scorpion RIB Group on Facebook
Louise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 15:28   #8
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: SMH Rib / War Shot
Make: Ribtec / Scorpion
Length: 4m +
Engine: 100hp Yam/150hp opt
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 1,995
RIBase
Getting Started

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hightower
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.


Duncan
__________________
Searider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 15:50   #9
Administrator
 
John Kennett's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brighton
Length: 3m +
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 7,013
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 . . .

John
__________________
John Kennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 15:52   #10
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brittany/Portsmouth
Boat name: Merlin
Make: Solent 6.5
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200
MMSI: soon !
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 5,451
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?


missus
__________________
Happy New Resolutions!!! : RIBbing for the craic!!!
The Jackeens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 16:12   #11
Member
 
Jono's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Over here
Boat name: S.S. Nobstick
Make: Three Wise Monkeys
Length: 3m +
Engine: 44lbs of thrust....
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,127
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Kennett
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 . . .

John
Yer quite right there...those of us of an "easily confused persuasion" are not having fun here.. call me a Luddite if you will.. but...
__________________
Jono is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 16:18   #12
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Nutbourne
Boat name: Renegade
Make: Porter
Length: 6m +
Engine: 140 Tohatsu
MMSI: 235022904
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,195
Jono
You are a Luddite.
__________________
Mark H
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools" Douglas Adams
Mark Halliday is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 16:22   #13
Member
 
ashbypower's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Salisbury
Boat name: Blue C
Make: XS 600
Length: 6m +
Engine: 125hp Opti
MMSI: 235082826/235909566
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,439
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Jackeens
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?


missus
Top Idea Missus

Have a point!!!

Brian
__________________
Brian C
APS Marine Centre
ashbypower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 16:25   #14
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Southampton
Boat name: DynaMoHumm/ SRV/deja
Make: Avon8.4, 5.4 & 4.777
Length: 8m +
Engine: Cat3126 Yam 90 &70
MMSI: 42
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 6,562
I am not so sure Missus The disabled rib thread was very enlightening and informative and is the sort of thing that that should be in the general forum. By putting disabled ribbing in it's own section would give the less enlightened amongst us ( me at least) the opportunity to overlook the subject.
__________________
Here it comes again, I don't stand a chance
Soul possession, Got me in a trance
Pullin' me back to you - Deja Voodoo
Rogue Wave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 16:44   #15
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Torbay
Boat name: Marlin
Make: PBS humber 5.5
Length: 5m +
Engine: 115 optimax!!
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 351
a suggestion

not being a computer expert, would it be possible to give a choice of preloaded searches for the topics suggested by louise etc?

this way the results of the searches would bring up fresh info. with stuff like electronics they update so often, they will be discussed by the usual posters and the newbies can be steered onto the most current pages. it would also mean people post how they are used to and the newbies pick up the best info.

Also keep the general discussion as is i think, good to look at some stuff, especially as they ramble off topic!

cheers

colin
__________________
Colin F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 16:47   #16
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brittany/Portsmouth
Boat name: Merlin
Make: Solent 6.5
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200
MMSI: soon !
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 5,451
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rogue Wave
I am not so sure Missus The disabled rib thread was very enlightening and informative and is the sort of thing that that should be in the general forum. By putting disabled ribbing in it's own section would give the less enlightened amongst us ( me at least) the opportunity to overlook the subject.
I take your point Stu,
However I was trying to think of a way of keeping it always there as it were so forumites and vistors would think about boating for all peeps ...and would realise what an inclusive/welcoming forum RN is.

missus
__________________
Happy New Resolutions!!! : RIBbing for the craic!!!
The Jackeens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 16:49   #17
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Nutbourne
Boat name: Renegade
Make: Porter
Length: 6m +
Engine: 140 Tohatsu
MMSI: 235022904
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,195
Quote:
Originally Posted by ribnwheels
not being a computer expert, would it be possible to give a choice of preloaded searches for the topics suggested by louise etc?
Do you mean you would like the search loaded by the number of green blobs.

Otherwise a very good point.
__________________
Mark H
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools" Douglas Adams
Mark Halliday is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 16:54   #18
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Torbay
Boat name: Marlin
Make: PBS humber 5.5
Length: 5m +
Engine: 115 optimax!!
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 351
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Halliday
Do you mean you would like the search loaded by the number of green blobs.

Otherwise a very good point.
got to trust the greenies
__________________
Colin F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 September 2004, 17:00   #19
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brittany/Portsmouth
Boat name: Merlin
Make: Solent 6.5
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200
MMSI: soon !
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 5,451
Quote:
Originally Posted by ashbypower
Top Idea Missus

Have a point!!!

Brian
Cheers Brian...

(Have strong personal beliefs about boatin for all.) Think it's great that so many professionals in the business are so positive towards all ages, abilities etc.

missus

__________________
Happy New Resolutions!!! : RIBbing for the craic!!!
The Jackeens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 September 2004, 05:07   #20
Administrator
 
John Kennett's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Brighton
Length: 3m +
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 7,013
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jono
Yer quite right there...those of us of an "easily confused persuasion" are not having fun here.. call me a Luddite if you will.. but...
So that layout didn't last long!

As you'll see I have changed them from sub-forums to "proper" forums. I think it makes sense for Engines and Electronics to be split out, but we'll see. They can always be merged back if it doesn't work out!

John
__________________

__________________
John Kennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:44.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.