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Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:24 pm
by Cilla
Its difficult to find the location of a particular thread that i responded to this morning. I want to see what the new respondents have to say. There are too many sections (in my humble opinion) in the forum. Its an issue i have with almost every forum i've been on. There's only one forum i've been on that gets right. Everybody else seems to be addicted to categories and classification. A general index to all threads would be handy for a quick reference so i could find the one i was looking for without having to open up all the forums. I just can't find that thread. And of course i don't remember what it was called. I would know if i saw it. But ideally, for me, i'd like to see almost of of them combined. I mean its all buddhism. Perhaps i'd keep the study section and the ordination section but combine everything else. I know this is not going to happen. But its what i would like to happen. Just letting you know that's its difficult to find the thread you want when you can't remember where it is. It would be easy with fewer sections. I"d only have to search through one list. Another reason why i like fewer sections is because more people would answer more threads. The conversations would have more talkers and give more views and aspects and so on. The threads would be richer reading.

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:27 pm
by Jhana4
Cilla wrote:Its difficult to find the location of a particular thread that i responded to this morning.
Try the View your posts link in the yellow band under the top banner.

I agree with you that the board is over organized. When I create a new thread it is hard to decide where to put it.

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:49 pm
by daverupa
I do not see any overlap in the sections, and I do not see any section which is duplicated through one or more other sections. Therefore, despite there being many different sections, it seems appropriate given the complexities of the subject matter.

$0.02

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:03 pm
by Jhana4
Nobody said the sections overlap, just that there were too many sections ( and with too many guidelines ).

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:44 pm
by David2
Jhana4 wrote: I agree with you that the board is over organized. When I create a new thread it is hard to decide where to put it.
Yeah, I agree, too.
Of course, it is also not good if there are too few subforums, you have to find a middle way.
But there could be 3 or 4 subforums less imo.
On the other hand, it's subjective how many subforums are the best middleway.
I still like this forum very much and more than all the other forums I know.

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:29 pm
by mikenz66
Jhana4 wrote: Try the View your posts link in the yellow band under the top banner.
And the forum is small enough to read using: view active topics, which effectively gets rid of the categories.

:anjali:
Mike

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:48 pm
by Modus.Ponens
I like the forum just the way it is. Maybe for newcomers it's a bit difficult but they can get used to it.

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:58 am
by retrofuturist
Greetings,

Just so people know, we are cognizant of the issue of "forum sprawl" and only create new forums or sub-forums where we feel there's a legitimate type of Dhamma conversation that is difficult to otherwise have without some established parameters. To be clear, the purpose for having sub-forums isn't just to create more sections, it's to establish optimized parameters for the various kinds of Dhamma discussion that members have expressed an interest in discussing.

Metta,
Retro. :)

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:07 pm
by Kim OHara
mikenz66 wrote:And the forum is small enough to read using: view active topics, which effectively gets rid of the categories.

:anjali:
Mike
:thumbsup:
That's what I do - my bookmark for DW takes me straight to that view.
I still find myself posting in some sections far more than others, just because some topics interest me more than others, but that's fine. The only problem that ever arises is that I can stray out of the sub-forum guidelines because I don't look at which one the topic was posted in.
I know ... I should be more mindful. :tongue:

:namaste:
Kim

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:26 pm
by Ben
Kim O'Hara wrote:I know ... I should be more mindful. :tongue:

:namaste:
Kim
You are the naughty one!

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:32 pm
by David2
And the forum is small enough to read using: view active topics, which effectively gets rid of the categories.
There comes an other suggestion into my mind:
It would be nice if the "Active topics"-link was always at the top, even after visiting a thread. (I mean at the top next to the "View your posts"- link.)

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:48 pm
by plwk
Or like what I do...
Bookmark a thread and then make a second backup by updating the link on another document list according to topics...
That's what I did for E-Sangha & one other forum ....until they went Image

Re: Too many sections - can't find the thread i want.

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:57 pm
by Ben
I think the suggestion has been noted.
Mike has offered a resolution so I think its time to close this topic.
kind regards

Ben