Sub forums....
Last Post 05/15/2013 02:46 PM by Jack Pouchet. 22 Replies.
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billygoat

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05/09/2013 07:30 PM
If I'm remembering correctly, Steve (the owner of the site) asked for feedback on the sub-forums of the forum. I kinda liked how we had it at the VN forum where everything went in one place and there was no need for all the sub-forums. Any idea if the sub-forums will at least be trimmed a little? I think there are too many of them right now and it's kinda annoying to be jumping from one to another... I think a "cycling general" and an "off topic" sub forums would be enough....especially since so few of us are here. If a lot more people join in the future, I can see the use of a few more extra sub forums.
billygoat

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05/09/2013 07:38 PM
I think it should be one big forum and the first things to go should be the "cyclocross, commuting and mountain bike" sections. Then inside the road cycling (Which should be called just Cycling) we could get rid of the "professional racing, gear advice, road cycling, the dark side, new cyclists, training talk and the ride spot".

So I think it should just be a Cycling forum with two sub forums; general and off topic. That should be enough and it would make it way easier to navigate.
Orange Crush

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05/09/2013 08:06 PM
billygoat - it is easy to get that one-place feeling by clicking active topics right underneath the big velonation user forums banner.

You can then select how far back you want to look.
steve

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05/09/2013 09:08 PM
tx OC - billygoat, does that work for you billygoat?
sj
billygoat

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05/09/2013 10:51 PM
I would still like to see a more simplified version of the different forums since I might want to read a thread that isn't necessarily active.

This obviously is my suggestion. Maybe someone else might want to chime in also.

Thanks Steve for helping us out.
Cosmic Kid

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05/10/2013 09:23 AM
I would agree that fewer sub-forums would be better. But I do like having a separate doping forum, I have to admit.

Were I king of the world, I'd probably have a General forum, a doping forum and maybe an OT forum. More could always be added later.

Just my $.02....and likely worth less than that!!
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THE SKINNY

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05/10/2013 10:21 AM
i think it depends on how much traffic the forum gets. mtbr has lots of sub forums because they get lots of traffic.
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bobswire

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05/10/2013 11:46 AM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 05/10/2013 09:23 AM
I would agree that fewer sub-forums would be better. But I do like having a separate doping forum, I have to admit.

Were I king of the world, I'd probably have a General forum, a doping forum and maybe an OT forum. More could always be added later.

Just my $.02....and likely worth less than that!!

What about aero bike forum CK? 
Dave Stohler

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05/11/2013 07:21 PM
I'm with billy and CK re: a simplification, maybe a main forum and a couple subforums for really specific stuff.  No need for separate forums for training, gear advice, coffee shop, etc.  Looks sort of cool in the directory but makes it difficult to manage.  Plus, one forum always ends up getting the majority of posts after a few months of heavy traffic and everyone ends up going there.

Whatever you decide, thanks for the nice fourm, Steve.  I, too, am a velonews transplant.  Was on that forum since the early tech talk days.  Sad, but it just got overrun with spam.  Also, got a bit too nasty at times, lots of personal attacks, etc., which was tiresome.  This seems like a good new beginning.
winterale

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05/11/2013 07:58 PM
This is somewhat creepy to see all X-velonews forum users here..but am glad you are here. Winterale in all too warm So. Ore.
steve

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05/11/2013 08:15 PM
Thanks for the feedback winterale - I'm listening, but was just waiting to 1) get more feedback and 2) see which forums are (and aren't) used...then I think it will make more sense to decide.

sj
winterale

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05/11/2013 08:45 PM
couple of forums rather then whole gamut that exists now. The velonews forum was good in that respect. winterale
JRH2

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05/11/2013 10:44 PM
If you click the "active topics" tab near the top left you get a pretty similar view as we had at spamalot. You can adjust the view so that you can see what has been active in the lat few hours to the last few days or more. I'm liking this format, but must admit that the list of sub-forums is a bit dizzying. I just bookmark the "active topics" page and it reloads when I go to that bookmark. My 2c.

Thanks for taking on all the traffic, Steve. You have a great site here.
Habanero

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05/11/2013 11:05 PM
I agree with simplification if only because you get more people and ideas in one place.
I too am an VN transplant. Nice to be here!
steve

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05/11/2013 11:24 PM
Thanks for the comments @Habanero and @JRH2

@JRH2 - yes, that's exactly what the Active Topics view is for, and you can dial it down to the last time you visited the site with the dropdown on the right. You can also use the My Topics filter to see if anything new has been posted to a thread you're involved in. Each thread/forum also has a "Subscribe" checkbox at the top and when you post a message, so you can also get an email with a link whenever a new comment is added to the things you want to keep close track of - the one at the top says "Check this box to subscribe to this topic" If you decide to subscribe to the emails, you might want to be proactive about allowing the velonation.com domain in your email.

Thanks,
Steve

I also added the latest news (minus the race reports) to the right, so you can also see what's going on in the cycling world when you're here on the forums.
Keith Richards

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05/11/2013 11:37 PM
Steve, thanks for letting us squat at your slice of the interwebs. We appreciate it!
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
madvax

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05/12/2013 12:02 AM
I'm listening, but was just waiting to 1) get more feedback and 2) see which forums are (and aren't) used...then I think it will make more sense to decide.


I agree. I like some of the sub-forums. A couple could be collapsed, but overall I like the structure. Thanks Steve.
steve

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05/12/2013 06:24 AM
@Keith - no worries, stoked to have you guys -- it was setup for this, and it's great to see it actually happening! I just need to work out some things since it's been neglected! I'm looking into an upgrade right now which will bring a lot of options.

@madvax - i've heard that as well in other posts, so i think meeting in the middle might be good - see what's used after a week or two and remove everything else.

thanks for the feedback!
lochness

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05/12/2013 07:29 AM
Just chiming in to say how excellent it is to have moved to a forum platform where the caretaker actually actively looks into upgrades, and thinks through decisions like subfora. Thanks!

I'd also be interested to see if your main site sees more traffic due to the new influx of forumites. I hope so.

"aero" sub forum. heh.
vtguy

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05/12/2013 11:48 AM
I'd vote for fewer sections and would be fine with the three that bobswire suggested. Would make the site easier to navigate.
Bodynazi

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05/12/2013 10:30 PM
For the love of all you consider holy. Please please keep the separate 'dark side' open and mandatory for doping "discussions" as at VN threads were routinely overrun with people who could only talk @ doping & contributed nothing else

Keeping that separate was the best last decision VN ever did

.. and bonus points for people who never even looked at that thread
SideBySide

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05/15/2013 03:52 AM
I like the idea of the Gear section. We periodically get someone posting for recommendations on something. It gives one place for people to find already made recommendations.
jpouchet

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05/15/2013 02:46 PM
Fewer forums: I got lost looking around. Wonder why MTBrs don't hang out on forums? Sure I diid a killer MTB training ride this AM, I am on VACATION (Holiday) and taking advantage of my ride time. But I rarely see any postings that relate to MTB rides, bikes (well a few photos from PA Biker), and races.

Maybe Diesel will do that epic race again this time going North to South!


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