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ottavio 08-20-2013 03:53 AM

[Rant] What's the point of Slackware-Installation sub forum
 
A couple of questions to myself:

1) Why does almost everybody (including senior posters) post installation related questions on the main Slackware forum and not on the Slackware - Installation? Is there some sort of taboo on this subforum?

2) Why does one get more feedback on the main forum and not on the subforum?

I remember the times when the Installation forum was as busy as the main if not more, now it's almost dead. In which better remove it.

GazL 08-20-2013 04:13 AM

The sub-forum suffers from visibility issues and has done so for a good while now.

I asked the question 4 years ago:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...eeping-740003/

jostber 08-20-2013 05:46 AM

Maybe merge it into the main forum?

XavierP 08-20-2013 08:33 AM

Moved: This thread is more suitable in LQ S&F and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

jeremy 08-20-2013 09:57 AM

Thanks for the feedback. As mentioned in the linked thread, the form was explicitly requested by Patrick.
Reporting install-related threads so they can be moved is still the best course of action.

--jeremy

cwizardone 08-20-2013 10:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by XavierP (Post 5012454)
Moved: This thread is more suitable in LQ S&F and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

With all due respect, I completely disagree! It belongs in the main Slackware forum.

jeremy 08-20-2013 10:11 AM

Any feedback about the site itself really does belong in the LQS&F forum.

--jeremy

GazL 08-20-2013 10:31 AM

I suspect that Pat originally requested that layout in order to be able to quickly identify requests for help with installing, without them getting lost in all the noise that goes on in the main slackware forum. Somewhat ironically, as few people remember to look in there the chances are that putting the posts in there actually decreases their visibility instead of increasing it.

IMO it would probably make more sense to have instead a slackware-current sub forum to separate all the development/testing talk from the requests for help with installing or using the stable releases; but as Jeremy says: it's the way it is because Pat wanted it that way.

corvid 08-20-2013 10:57 AM

A data point, fwiw: I don't think I've ever noticed that there was a subforum. (I probably have a quick skim of the Slackware forum every day or two to see whether anything important is happening.)

I think web forums in general have a problem with subforums fragmenting everything and giving you too many places that you have to check, too many places that you...fail to notice with any regularity.

ottavio 08-20-2013 03:24 PM

How can I make a formal request to merge the two forums?

sycamorex 08-20-2013 03:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GazL (Post 5012513)
IMO it would probably make more sense to have instead a slackware-current sub forum to separate all the development/testing talk from the requests for help with installing or using the stable releases; but as Jeremy says: it's the way it is because Pat wanted it that way.

+1

That would clearly separate problems someone might have with a stable release from the testing ones.

jeremy 08-21-2013 09:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GazL (Post 5012513)
IMO it would probably make more sense to have instead a slackware-current sub forum to separate all the development/testing talk from the requests for help with installing or using the stable releases; but as Jeremy says: it's the way it is because Pat wanted it that way.

If this is something Pat is interested in, we'd certainly be willing to consider it.

--jeremy

GazL 08-21-2013 10:32 AM

Thanks Jeremy. I don't know what Pat thinks one way or another on this one. I've given him a ping to make him aware of this thread so if he's interested in any of this I expect we'll hear from him.

cynwulf 08-22-2013 05:31 AM

I think a -current forum is a very good idea, because, at times, you get a spike in -current related threads (e.g. some new kernel update) and other threads get buried.

Also the installations forum is like a "back room" and many new users won't notice it and will just post in the main forum (meaning more needless reporting, moving, etc) and as already mentioned, people forget to check it. -current users will have no trouble finding their sub forum and if they can't there is always the classic answer "if you can't find the -current subforum then you probably shouldn't be running -current".

:hattip:

mlangdn 09-12-2013 05:59 AM

Well, rats. :(

I guess I haven't been paying attention and I don't know if I have ever visited the Installation Sub-Forum. However, that's my fault and I will start going there to look. If I can look at the Slackware Forum everyday, I can surely look at the Installation Forum as well.

That means, I don't think it needs to be merged back into the Slackware Forum. Now that I've payed attention, it makes perfect sense to have this sub-forum. Its up to us to use it for what is its intended purpose.


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