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Old 10-09-2006, 06:00 AM   #1
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So now the community is a couple years old I want to evaulate cleaning up the forums.

Wine making doesn't get much activity. Should I merge them all together?

Same with Regional Brew Discussion. Merge them?

Anyone other ideas on consolidation or even addition of new forums would be much appreciated.

I feel this is a community so please give me your input on any things you would like to see change or be added here.

I know RecipeDB is high up there, this Winter it is a goal of mine to get one online.

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Old 10-09-2006, 06:31 AM   #2
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I didn't even know we had a Regional Brew Discussion section! I say merge 'em.

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Old 10-10-2006, 03:45 AM   #3
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Merge them. I think we could also merge a few other things--I'll take a closer look. SwAMi and I talked about this a while back.

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Old 10-10-2006, 03:54 AM   #4
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There's definately some condensing that can be done. A lot of those forums deeper down the main page just don't get used much.

On a related note, one thing I think we should get rid of is the "beginner's brewing forum". Beginners post everything there, no matter what the topic is. You get posts about sanitation, equipment, and other things that fit perfectly into one of the topic-related forums.

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Old 10-10-2006, 12:03 PM   #5
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I like the changes so far, consolidating the wine, and sampling sections, and moving the Introductions to the top, and all.

I dont think you should 86 the beginners forum though. I think it pobably makes the place a little less intimidating for newcommers.

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Old 10-10-2006, 01:32 PM   #6
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When I first got here, the first place I went was beginners and I was glad to see it. Sometimes you have a wide variety of very basic questions and it's nice to lump them all together. I think it's more intimidating to post in a general forum than a beginner one.

I say leave it.

I think we can merge general chit-chat and drunken ramblings. Perhaps you can call it General Chit chat & Drunken Ramblings to keep the flavor.

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Old 10-10-2006, 01:51 PM   #7
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How about a separate forum for spammers?

What I like about having chit-chat distinguished from drunken ramblings is that the former is OK for work (as long as your employer doesn't mind a little surfing), while you know to be a little bit careful with the latter (and you know to stay the hell away from the S.F.). Consolidating the two, you lose that. Chit-chat about football or the World Series gets intertwined with whatever Cheesefood's stumbled upon, which might result in some dicey situations.

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I understand the position of those of you who want to keep the beginner's forum, but it can make things hard to search for.

For example, if you have a beginner's question about siphoning in general and don't know whether to use a pre-filled hose, an auto-siphon, carboy caps or some other device, where does it go:

Beginner's Forum?
General Techniques?
Equipment/Sanitation?

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I agree with the suggestions mentioned, and mightadd the addition of a complete projects/DIY area right off the root, FWIW.

I use "new posts" almost all the time, so I need to remind myself where everything is.

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I'll throw another vote out in favor of the beginners forum.

While it clearly didn't take me long to begin posting willy-nilly (way too much in all likelihood), it was a LOT easier to post initially in the beginner's forum, for the exact intimidation factor cited earlier. No one was going to yell at me for asking a basic question in there; it takes a little while to realize people around here aren't likely to yell regardless. It makes the site a lot more approachable; I knew to stay away from the AG/PM forum until I had somewhat of a clue what I was doing.

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