Does ARRSE have too many forums

#1
Would be interested to hear others views of this, its a difficult dilemma of creating enough differentiation between posts to cater for everyone but I think there are too mant forums now, its makes things very difficult to keep track of and since the new design the latest forum posts has shrunk a bit I find it a little (only a little mind you) useable.

Would a bit of consolidation be appropriate?
 
#2
I think this subject should have its own forum. :wink:
 
#4
There seems to be an ever-increasing number, which can be a bit perplexing. I recently noticed that a LAW forum had been started, but there seemed to be little or no mention of portable anti-armour systems. Instead it was full (all five threads) of people discussing legal issues (and I don't mean heirs).
 
#5
It is an interesting point - which ones do you think should go? Picking on Law might be a little unfair as it is a relative newcomer .....
 
#6
meridian said:
Would be interested to hear others views of this, its a difficult dilemma of creating enough differentiation between posts to cater for everyone but I think there are too mant forums now, its makes things very difficult to keep track of and since the new design the latest forum posts has shrunk a bit I find it a little (only a little mind you) useable.

Would a bit of consolidation be appropriate?
Whatever gave you that idea?
It wouldn't have been ME, would it?

My post on another thread (about 10 minutes earlier)

bovvy said:
(There do seem to one hell of a lot of boards to keep tabs on these days. :roll: OK for the full-time professional Arrse members, but tricky for the more casual (and/or senile) users.) 8O
I recall the format of the Forum Index used to be a much more compressed table, which was easy to scan at a glance.
 
#8
This was mentioned somewhat when ARRSE got changed last last time.

It was something I was going start to look into when I did some work on the arrse deleopment but unfortunetly time ran away from me.


I have often wondered that some of the forums could be absorbed into other areas
 
#10
Does anyone have a "snapshot" (or whatever they call it?) of the OLD Forum Index, that they can post on here?

I'm not sure how helpful the categories .... i.e. "Serious Bit", "General", "Normal Life", etc. ...... are. :?

Didn't "Intelligence Cell" used to be next to "Current Affairs"?

Even accounting for the increase in forums, I'm sure the old format was easier.
 
#11
I'm not sure how "meaningful" consolidation can happen. I'd say nearly all the forums that are in play are ok (although I'm not sure about the latest young and old split up - don't see the point myself - thought the benefit of mixed boards was the difference of opinion and the education both can get from each other) but I do think we are should be pretty careful where else we expand to.
 
#12
I am not sure what the difference is between the Intelligence Cell and Current Affairs, the posts seem very similar to me. I would also say that if you need a description of what the forum is about its because the title is too ambiguous
 
#13
I don't see it as a problem to be honest. I have 'last 50 posts' as my Arrse home page. Unless you only come on once in a blue moon, it seems to do the job of giving you info of the latest topics over a day or two.

If I want to post a thread, I just find the relevant forum to post it in. I then go to 'My Stuff' and click on 'My posts' to keep track of threads I've added bollox to. I tend to be interested in the Aviation forum and regularly click on 'Forums' to see if there are new threads in there. Its as simple as a Para.

meridian, what is it your finding difficult or is there something specific?
 
#14
Nothing specific Flash, it just seems a bit overwhelming. One of my obervations from the stuff we do with HTO is that there is an awful lot of 'lack of awareness' amongst users and I wondered if this was because posts were scattered across loads of forums so some of the messages got lost in the background.
 
#15
meridian said:
I am not sure what the difference is between the Intelligence Cell and Current Affairs, the posts seem very similar to me. I would also say that if you need a description of what the forum is about its because the title is too ambiguous
"Current Affairs" is serious and educated analysis of political or military news.

"Intelligence Cell" is just discussing or "chatting about" the news (or anything one finds interesting) ..... which isn't humorous enough for the NAAFI Bar.
 
#16
The-Lord-Flasheart said:
meridian, what is it your finding difficult or is there something specific?
Hey Flasheart.

My problem is things like I was saying here:

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=107654.html

...... I was looking for Charity Auctions in Charities and Welfare ..... having forgotten there is a designated Charity Auctions forum in Badger's Arrse.
 
#18
I reckon the NAAFI should be scrapped. Obviously underused ;)

I see meridian's point, but then ARRSE is a huge entity, with 30,000 members (although many have never posted more than 10 times), and I don't tend to use the threads which aren't relevant to me. Admin seems to be under control (apart from the odd boomerang troll).

Granted, Int cell and Current affairs do seem to duplicate a bit. There are some forums I've never visited, some functions I've never used. The category names (The badger's ARRSE?? What's the story with that?) do seem slightly redundant. But I don't think any of this makes ARRSE any less usable; I seem to have managed another 100 posts since I last checked anyway.
 
#19
Agree with Flash - using combo of "Last 50" and "My Posts" it's generally easy to see what is current, and what a poster may wish to respond to, or follow-up from their own posts.

The forum index page is getting bigger, but the segmentation of topic areas seems okay - personally, I wouldn't drop any of the forums. If a forum is contributed to, then those posters, have taken the trouble to air their views. Dropping forums, is difficult once they are established, along with the "where do we put this stuff now?" problem.

As a suggestion though - rather than have the forum index displayed in a scroll down page, is it possible to produce an "alternative" page, that would allow a user to list just the forums that he or she is interested in? and then display this in a fixed window size (without having to scroll). Using tiles, or similar to allow "My Forums" again showing last topic / last poster, like, innit!

This (I think) is a clear indicator of the growth of ARRSE - not a bad thing then!
 

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