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Topic # 148629 25-Jun-2014 12:43
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I've noticed a few posts recently about tech in education/schools - wonder if it is worth adding a forum for posts specifically about Education?

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  Reply # 1074231 25-Jun-2014 13:10
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I'm generally against forum sprawl - I'd rather see the number of forums contract, not expand. The more forums there are, the less people will look in, which could limit forum growth. The forum isn't really set up to make it easy for people to discover threads they're interested in without opening 6-10 tabs. If there was a way to see new threads/posts in the set of forums you're interested in (ie for me not apple stuff, not network stuff usually) that could be interesting, especially if I could exclude threads I don't want to read in the forums I follow.




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  Reply # 1074235 25-Jun-2014 13:16
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Yeah good point :)

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  Reply # 1074413 25-Jun-2014 16:55
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I did suggest once that the forums be arranged into collapsible sub-categories.

I guess that freitasm gets hundreds of suggestions and can't look at them all.




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  Reply # 1074695 25-Jun-2014 22:48
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I read all suggestions. It's just that some are easier to implement, some aren't exactly what I'd like to see, and so on.

As for new forum suggestions I get a few every month. We have to strike a balance - as said above we shouldn't have a long list of forums - some people can't even post in the right forum and tuck things into Off Topic when we clearly have a forum for the topic. If we had more sub forums it would be harder for people.

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  Reply # 1074706 25-Jun-2014 22:53
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I withdraw my suggestion :) on the topic of sprawl the ISP list takes up most of the space but I guess the only way to engage ISPs is to have a place they can just look at posts relating to them. Almost need ISP tags for posts

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  Reply # 1074790 26-Jun-2014 09:06
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freitasm: I read all suggestions. It's just that some are easier to implement, some aren't exactly what I'd like to see, and so on.

As for new forum suggestions I get a few every month. We have to strike a balance - as said above we shouldn't have a long list of forums - some people can't even post in the right forum and tuck things into Off Topic when we clearly have a forum for the topic. If we had more sub forums it would be harder for people.

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No offense intended to you.

Do you think that GZ has reached the absolute limit of the number of separate forums you'd prefer to have now?




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  Reply # 1074843 26-Jun-2014 10:13
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It may not have reached the limit. It's just that a new subforum needs to be really worth it...

I actually look more at reducing the number of forums - every day.





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  Reply # 1074878 26-Jun-2014 10:57
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Replace  health & fitness with an 'online shopping' forum .  

Heath & fitness issues can go under off topic and there seems to be a ton of posts in the bargains & deals thread. 

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  Reply # 1074991 26-Jun-2014 13:31
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DarthKermit: I did suggest once that the forums be arranged into collapsible sub-categories.

I guess that freitasm gets hundreds of suggestions and can't look at them all.


This would be my preference, when i'm looking for ISP - expand that, Apple - expand...etc.

Not sure how much time/effort it would take though...

Thanks for the amazing work you do Freitasm, this wonderful community of 'geeks' and semi-geeks make so many things easier (and more fun?) for us all!

(edit) TBH... I mostly just go straight to the "live" page these days, look into anything that seems interesting, and check what my 'friends' are commenting on, so I only trawl the 'forums' when looking for something specific anyway...

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  Reply # 1075068 26-Jun-2014 15:28
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freitasm: It may not have reached the limit. It's just that a new subforum needs to be really worth it...

I actually look more at reducing the number of forums - every day.





Just had a quick look through some of the forums I normally don't bother looking in. The Telstra Clear forum should be merged with Vodafone one since the last time someone posted something there was 30th May 2013. And the sale to Vodafone is now very old news.

Also possibly merging the Flip and Slingshot forums as well.

And later on, maybe merging the Orcon and Slingshot forums due to the recent sale of Orcon to Callplus. But I guess that depends on if there is any kind of policy on what is required to have multiple forums for companies / brands that have the same owner. Since both of those forums seem to be busy.

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  Reply # 1075071 26-Jun-2014 15:34
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jnimmo: I withdraw my suggestion :) on the topic of sprawl the ISP list takes up most of the space but I guess the only way to engage ISPs is to have a place they can just look at posts relating to them. Almost need ISP tags for posts

 

I would prefer to see the smaller ISPs forums consolidated. It appears each time a new ISP brand is setup, they want their own forum, but some forums are hardly used at all. Perhaps a minimum number of customers is needed before they get one, or if it is a sub brand, they go under the parent companies one. 

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