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Board usageKerry
Mar 23, 2003 7:02 PM
I know I've raised this issue before (and got mixed comments) but wanted to post it again. I perceive a problem with lots of racing, fitness, and equipment posts on the GENERAL board. The reason I see this as a problem is that these posts just make the other posts drop off the bottom all that much faster. Often, the first post of the day is at the bottom of the list by evening, so good topics don't get much discussion because they only hang around one day. Moving equipment discussions to the COMPONENTS list, racing discussions to the RACING list, and fitness and food discussions to the FITNESS & NUTRITION list will not only allow a bit better discussion on the GENERAL list, but it will also insure that the posts are visible for several days on those lists and therefore get a good discussion. I know people want to post on the GENERAL list because it gets more traffic, but the other lists get that traffic over many days. IMO that is the way to use the RBR board.
re: Board usageSkip
Mar 23, 2003 7:15 PM
Here, here; I'm all for it!
re: Board usagerussw19
Mar 23, 2003 8:26 PM
Kerry, I agree with what you are saying, but it's kinda hard to tell someone their post is off-topic in a forum marked "General" I think people should post to appropriate forums simply for getting the best replies to their questions, but what exactly would qualify a General question as off-topic, unless it could simply be answered in another forum?

I think another way might be to have posts moved up as they recieve replies. I don't know if that is possible with this type of board, or even if it has been discussed here before, but it might be worth looking into if it's possible.

That way active threads stay to the top and if ignored, off-topic threads eventually vanish.

Just my opinion...

You can have posts show as they get replysScot_Gore
Mar 24, 2003 4:44 AM
Choose the "sort by" choice of "Latest Response". Messages post in date time order by the last message.

However, I think Kerry's point is that messages that clearly belong to other topics would still be in the mix and cluttering the "General" forum. He's not targeting low volume posts, he's targeting posts that land solidly in a specific forum class.


I think this should be the defaultRay Sachs
Mar 24, 2003 5:00 AM
I know you can configure it this way, but most people don't and so good, active discussions drop off of the front page as quickly as those that get no replies or only one or two. That's my biggest problem with this board. Having the most recent replies always move to the top keeps the active ones going and the inactive ones fall off the page.

Just my $.02.

shouldn't this message be on the non-cycling board ?Frith
Mar 23, 2003 8:27 PM
Just kidding of course. But right now you are technically doing what you propose we put an end to. That said, I agree that topics for the most part can be better directed to the more specific boards but I've never had a problem keeping up with all the posts...maybe I just spend too much time here.
Perhaps it would helprdbkr
Mar 23, 2003 10:54 PM
if the forums were listed in a sidebar on every page in the discussions section. Just my 2¢.
All forums are shown on every pageScot_Gore
Mar 24, 2003 4:47 AM
It's in the form of a drop down box in the top right that's on almost every forum page you visit. Take a look.

My point exactlyrdbkr
Mar 24, 2003 8:34 AM
Perhaps they can be displayed more *visibly* somewhere on the page.
re: Board usageScot_Gore
Mar 24, 2003 5:23 AM
I think there are alot of RBR visitors that never visit another forum area besides General. If you don't post in General they don't see it. As an example, last fall I put together an RBR ride for the local posters in town. If I'd used Rides & Clubs exclusively I bet most would have no idea there was a planned ride.

I've got a post on Rides & Clubs now that's had 17 visits since October. It's a very specific message so I don't expect alot, but, sometimes I feel anything I post off the General forum will get largely ignored by the larger community.

It would be nice to get more cross forum browsing, but I bet alot of folks don't feel they have the time or energy to shop the forum boards.

my 2 cents

Two possible reasonsFez
Mar 24, 2003 8:11 AM
1) The general board gets probably has the highest number of posters and the most varied opinions.

2) Lots of people don't check all the discussion boards. A good number of people on probably only read and post on the GENERAL board. Therefore, the original poster will choose GENERAL, even if it is about a component or a race, because more people are likely to respond and also because its the only board the original poster logs into.