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I noticed that threads easily get lost as newer ones get posted really quickly. I am a member of PhysicsForums.com and vp6-board forums. I like the layout they both seem to mimic. If it's possible, break down the Linux Software branch into a Wine, Kernel, Games, etc. Then Break down Hardware into different sub categories like Drivers, Compatibility, etc.
There is a lot you could do since there are so many areas of Linux that could be addressed. If people don't want to take the time to scan or wait for each section to load you still have the List New Threads tab which would take care of all the latest threads covered over a certain period of time for the users choosing. I guess I'm just over organized. I just noticed that some posts that were posted yesterday are already on the second page. I know I can view threads over a duration of say 65 days but my suggestion just makes it easier.
sunday2, you could go into your member profile and then click on search for all posts by this member in the top right corner. I've suggested new forums and sub-forums in the past, too. However, yesterday I was browsing around the 'Distributions' sub-forums, and I noticed that some of them have practically no posts. What Lord-Rashid is saying definitely applies to 'Linux-Software' and 'Linux-Newbie', and maybe some others. I was wondering if there's really a point to having 'CaOS', 'Arch', and so on. I wonder if anybody even browses them regularly.
One other thing that I noticed. I am in Vancouver, which is in the US/Canada Pacific time zone. When I first come around this site (usually around 7AM) there is a whole bunch of recent posts. This continues until late afternooon or so. By the time it's 11PM here, there are practically no posts and very few members online. This makes me think that the vast majority of posting members are in fact from the US. I wonder how we could attract more foreign posters. I saw a coupe of members having an exchange in Dutch earlier today. Maybe a foreign language forum would be good. Gentoo forums has a fairly active one. This would also help people from other countries deal with specific issues that may not be familiar to us in North America. What do you guys think?
I for one don't like the regionalisation. I am a Dutch speaker myself, and I don't see what topics could be more interesting to discuss in Dutch. It may create a bond between those with the same language on a forum, and they could help fellow newbies maybe more willingly.
The main reason I don't like these regionalisation is that it leads to regionalisation of solutions. I've searched google a lot of times for information and I can't count the number of times the first search results seemed very promising, only to realise the forum/newsgroup/site was a foreign language one and I couldn't understand it.
I completely understand that reasoning, and I was kind of expecting a few replies to that effect. I also expect that Jeremy probably wouldn't like anything that makes a part of the site unaccessible to most. Still, I would think that given most members' fluency in English, people would likely still post their questions in English if they can. I was thinking of this forum as a sort of resort for those who don't have enough confidence to post in English. And, I'm not too keen on this myself, to be honest. Just throwing ideas around.
Gotta agree with my country-peer(is that a valid expression?);
On hte Opera-forums they have this "regional thing" in place since somewhere last year and as far as I can see it , it takes a lot of traffic from the "main" forums.
I think it's an inbred feature of most humans to "Stick with their own tribe".
No : regionalisation like this is NOT good.
Other point : This board would then need at least one moderator , natively speaking that language.
Given the number of different languages , that'd be like half the boards would be moderators....
The complicating factor with supporting foreign languages would be to find Moderators who natively speak that language, in order to make sure that the posts and the members conform to the LQ rules. It would put LQ into a difficult position if a forum existed that did not have direct Moderator oversight, and I'd be concerned that in that situation (no Moderator oversight) some people would be tempted to post warez, etc. "Internationalizing" the LQ forums is a totally cool idea but I think it would require a lot of work. Just my 2 cents. -- J.W.
Distribution: Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, Fedora, Ubuntu
I agree that the moderation issue alone really makes this unfeasible. To answer one other question above, the Distro forums are a special case. Any distro (no matter how small or large) that would like to participate here at LQ by having their own forum can (and are encouraged to).
OK. Honestly, I'm not too sure I would want something like this myself. I'm a native English speaker and wouldn't get much benefit from it. I was just wondering what people think about it. I didn't really think of the mod issue. In order for something like this to work then, we would basically need to have a complete translation for each language, which would be much too big. Thanks for the replies.