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Old 07-13-2010, 08:59 AM   #16
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Not really, since "General" and "Other" are redundant IMHO. Technical and General should reside on the same (sub)-level in the tree of fora / forums.
 
Old 07-13-2010, 09:06 AM   #17
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:21 AM   #18
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Thanks for the consideration,
 
Old 07-13-2010, 09:25 AM   #19
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The problem with many threads in "General" is indeed that they are totally superfluous or bare nonsense. Sometimes there are some quite interesting threads about politics, ethical questions, the meaning of life and also technical questions.

Should we establish a forum for serious questions, divided in more subforums like mentioned above? Where do you draw the line whether something is interesting or useful for forum members, or indeed nonsense and just filling up the contents of this forum database?

Since this forum is focused somewhat towards the technical issues of Linux I would be in favor of establishing a technical non-Linux related subforum. I assume that many members of this forum have a technical background in one or another way, and such a sub forum can be both interesting and useful.

But the line should be drawn at technical. All other ethical, moral, politic and life style questions should be moved to General, no further sub forums, or directed to Yahoo.

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Old 07-13-2010, 10:28 AM   #20
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Based on member feedback, I'd potentially be open to splitting the current General forum into General - Technical and General - Nontechnical. Interested in feedback on this topic.

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Old 07-13-2010, 10:38 AM   #21
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Maybe the non technical should be factored out to a "Lounge" or "Lobby" forum?
 
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:01 AM   #22
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My view is that if we are to put together a forum for General-Technical stuff, that is separate from Other-*nix, it shouldn't be an off-shoot of General. Could we not put it with the Other-*nix forum, then rename it to be "Non-*nix: this forum is for technical questions not related to Linux" So we'd then have a "General" forum at the bottom of the existing forums.

This would prevent leakage/seepage from the current set up of General.
 
Old 07-13-2010, 11:10 AM   #23
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Maybe the non technical should be factored out to a "Lounge" or "Lobby" forum?
I like it!!

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My view is that if we are to put together a forum for General-Technical stuff, that is separate from Other-*nix, it shouldn't be an off-shoot of General.
I agree---"General" (or "Lounge") should keep it's current dominant theme---to wit: fluff and nonsense.
 
Old 07-13-2010, 11:38 AM   #24
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(1) General-Technical and Non-technical sounds good; what's the proposed definition of technical, ie. the forum description that people will read to decide where to post?

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Could we not put it with the Other-*nix forum, then rename it to be "Non-*nix: this forum is for technical questions not related to Linux"
That might be interpreted as an invitation for Windows questions.

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Old 07-13-2010, 11:48 AM   #25
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I agree that we need a split, and that the split should not be an offshoot of General, but a separate area for technical discussion, but it shouldn't necessarily be limited to "Non-*nix." I think the following would all be valid topics for such a forum:

1) Windows issues (particularly when pertaining to a *nix server, but it's a client-side issue).
2) Hardware discussion that is platform-independent (e.g, video card performance)
3) Network-level issues (configuration of routers/switches)
4) Non-*nix Embedded devices (Arduino, for ex.)

etc.
 
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:32 PM   #26
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I'd lean toward renaming the current General forum General - Nontechnical (or naming it something completely new) and then creating a new General - Technical forum at the same level as the current General forum, so Non-*NIX Forums would look like:

Programming
Linux User Groups (LUG)
General - Technical
General - Nontechnical

Still open to feedback and suggestions though.

--jeremy
 
Old 07-13-2010, 12:34 PM   #27
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Leaving General as-is and adding a "Non-*NIX Technical" forum is also an option.

--jeremy
 
Old 07-13-2010, 01:55 PM   #28
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My view is that if we are to put together a forum for General-Technical stuff, that is separate from Other-*nix, it shouldn't be an off-shoot of General. Could we not put it with the Other-*nix forum, then rename it to be "Non-*nix: this forum is for technical questions not related to Linux" So we'd then have a "General" forum at the bottom of the existing forums.

This would prevent leakage/seepage from the current set up of General.
Sounds like a good plan to me.
I don't think we really want technical questions mixed in with the brain dumps and rants that you will often but not exclusively find in General.
 
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:31 PM   #29
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I don't think we need any more "General" subforums.

I have always seen this site as Linux Questions ("LQ"). It's plain and simple and works. It has smart tools too

If a post is not a LQ then it does not belong here.

The Mods are probably used to me asking "Please move this thread to General", because it's just a thread of rants about windows, PCs in general or nothing to do with linux.

If users of LQ want a general discussion place or "lounge" maybe they'd be better served by facelook, AOL, or whatever.

I would say to Jeremy:

- Please don't change anything: The original idea for LQ was, and still is, excellent.

- Resist the temptation to cater to "social needs" because there are already many, many websites that deal with this sort of need, and no doubt do it very well.

Some of LQ's users recognise that some bright people contribute here, so having had one linux question well answered they feel they can confidently ask about what to do if their cat died (or whatever). I, for one, am not interested. That sort of stuff belongs on a "social website".

- Please focus on keeping LQ running as well as it does for the service it offers: Linux questions (and hopefully) answers.

- Please leave the "General" forum as it is, for the off-topic rants that we don't want to see cluttering up the useful and interesting forums that already exist, and seem to be functioning well.
 
Old 07-13-2010, 10:30 PM   #30
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As long as Windows questions still get shunted to General...

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