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Old 07-15-2004, 08:16 PM   #1
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Split up the Linux - Software forum?


I think it might be a good idea if you split up the software forum, because it has the most posts of any other forum and someone can create a thread on there and easily have it bumped down to the second page within a day or less.

Maybe you can split it up creating a general software discussion forum for discussing applications, etc, and have a software technical questions forum for those who are having problems getting a piece of software to run.

Well that's just my anyway.
 
Old 07-16-2004, 06:45 AM   #2
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So have two Software forums? That would just cause others to double post, cause confusion where they should post their questions/threads, etc. I'm against this idea, as nice as it sounds, it most likely just wouldn't work the way it should.

We are a busy forum indeed, most will just have to learn that if they don't get answers right away, after 24 hours or longer, come back to bump it up, put more info in there, something that you might have found. That's how forums work. Just cause we get busy doesn't me we start splitting up forums.
 
Old 07-16-2004, 10:12 AM   #3
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Exactly. Greater number of forums means more confusion/chaos over which forum to post in. I believe the system is fine the way it, and if your post gets pushed down then bump it up after 24hours.
 
Old 07-16-2004, 06:41 PM   #4
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Along these lines, I'm not sure what divisions Software could be split into -- "Software - Applications" and "Software - Technical" at least to me don't seem to be distinct.

Either way, I would like to point out that it isn't necessary for a post to be listed on "Page 1" in order to get a response. Many threads are active for weeks at a time (or longer); there are any number of LQ members who regularly drill down pretty deep into a forum that they're interested in and frequently go back to followup on older posts; and above all, members who use the Search function to locate relevant posts to their current question will commonly post a reply, which promotes that post back to Page 1. My point is simply that where a post happens to appear in a list isn't really that important. What is important is the content.

Uust my 2 cents as well. -- J.W.
 
Old 07-19-2004, 12:06 PM   #5
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Why not split it in software-categories, like:

- internet
-- browsers
-- e-mail clients
-- mta's
- desktops
-- kde
-- gnome
- office applications
-- openoffice
-- koffice
-- abiword
- software development
-- qt
-- gtk

etc....

Cheers,

Jeroen
 
Old 07-19-2004, 12:40 PM   #6
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ummmm, something tells me such a thing will be hard on the moderators
 
Old 07-19-2004, 01:12 PM   #7
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ummmm, something tells me such a thing will be hard on the moderators
Yup and not only be very very confusing to others but there really isn't a need to get that specific. There are way too many applications out there to do something of such nature. And then we'll start getting too many requests for more specific forums. Very bad idea and won't work how we'd want it to, doesn't matter if you had 100 moderators.
 
Old 07-19-2004, 02:16 PM   #8
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Maybe only one level of subcategories.

Cheers,

J
 
Old 07-19-2004, 11:12 PM   #9
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Why not just the Software forum. Geez... please understand that it is fine and if your post gets dumped down to the second page all you need todo is to bump it back up after 24 hours.

The breakup of the Software forum into sub-categories would increase pressure on the moderators exponentially. And I can't explain this any further but I surely know that the break-up of Software forum is not a good recommendation and would not work.
 
Old 07-20-2004, 08:11 AM   #10
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Why would it give more pressure on the moderators?

Because it must check, let's say 10 smaller sub-forums, instead of an unworkable extremely large software-forum? I don' think so, if I was moderator I would like to split the monstrous software-forum in approx. 10 sub-forums, so I had more overview.

On the other-side, the side of the posters, it's a lot more easier. For instance: if I know a lot about e-mail applications, I like to jump in the e-mail sub-forum and I do not want to swim through irrelevant posts. Yes you can search, but:
1. Try to search on e-mail
2. People are more invited to click on a link (in this case the sub-forum e-mail) than to think about a search command.

Cheers,

Jeroen
 
Old 07-20-2004, 11:44 AM   #11
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Why would it give more pressure on the moderators?

Because it must check, let's say 10 smaller sub-forums, instead of an unworkable extremely large software-forum? I don' think so, if I was moderator I would like to split the monstrous software-forum in approx. 10 sub-forums, so I had more overview.

On the other-side, the side of the posters, it's a lot more easier. For instance: if I know a lot about e-mail applications, I like to jump in the e-mail sub-forum and I do not want to swim through irrelevant posts. Yes you can search, but:
1. Try to search on e-mail
2. People are more invited to click on a link (in this case the sub-forum e-mail) than to think about a search command.
To me, more sub-forums is more of a hassle. Its actually quite easier to moderate them from one forum rather than 10 or more forums. It would cause more double posts, more confusion to where they should ask and I'm sure they'd ask questions that aren't really related to the so-called forum they might ask it in, etc. Splitting up the forums would probably also cause us to have to try and get more moderators to track down threads, etc. Overall, I don't see this happening and the more forums we have, the messier it actually gets. Trust me, I started when we had less than a dozen forums, I liked moderating then rather than now with the dozen we have just in Distro's.
 
Old 08-04-2004, 07:29 PM   #12
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Ok I understand where you guys are coming from and I agree. I didn't know that intentional post bumping was allowed here.


But how about making a kernel forum? If you try to find a thread that deals with why your USB device didn't work when you upgraded your kernel to 2.6.x, the answer could be in software, or hardware, or general, or a distrobution forum. I know that you are going to say "well that's what the search function is for " and I do use the search function (religiously), but I still think it would be nice to see a kernel forum so its easier to find these answers, and also easier for people with the answers to find the people with the questions. That's my new suggestion
 
  


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