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Discussion in 'Forums' started by Dukie, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Dukie New Member

    Member Since:
    Jun 13, 2011
    So, what do you guys think of general forums?

    Personally, I think they are horrible forums, unless the admin is able to somehow show one category at a time. Because a forum with like 10 categories and 5 boards in each category, would look really big and basically horrible.

    So, what do you think about those forums that let you discuss about pretty much everything and has boards for everything?!
  2. ARG Guest

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    Too many categories and boards does indeed look messy and on many occasions will turn people away. That's why my site has only one main category. Other than the standard boards, we use the "Lobby" for general discussion and the "Abbys" for the crap or, useless jibberish.

    ;)
  3. Clara Listensprechen Member

    Member Since:
    Jul 14, 2011
    It depends on the focus of the forum, of course. Over time, one develops sections only as needed for a group that shows a focused interest in a particular subject, so that they don't have to wade through everybody else's posts just to get to their own lines of discussion.

    Political boards with a lot of categories don't daunt the political junkie, lemme tell ya. Example: people want to talk about the latest news du jour rather than chitchat about just anything, so you establish a chitchat section plus a current events section. And then you get invaded by the conspiracy theorists whose posts that the average political junkie doesn't want to wade thru...and so you set up a section for CTers....and so on, but you don't add them unless there's a need to add them. If you need to add them, then it's a good idea to add them.

    It's a community you're building, not just a mechanism for posting stuff--the idea for adding sections is to make your people happy.

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