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    Default Way too many categories

    I'd suggest that you reduce the number of categories to a much more manageable number, like two. Right now there are so many categories that any given question could be posted in three or four or more areas. The poster might miss the person who could answer their question or the poster may post in all categories that he or she thinks might apply.

    Go to Cartalk,com and look at their bulletin board. It had only two categories, one to discuss the show and one for car questions. There are no sub categories for type, make, area of question or any of that. Everyone jumps in the same pool, and this is a very active board. I think this board would be a lot better if it was done the same way.

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    Default Re: Way too many categories

    I'm going to modify my suggestion a little, maybe you need three categories.

    One for comments and opinions on the show or magazine.

    One for questions about anything to do with a house.

    One for ongoing projects where someone can post a project they are doing and give frequent updates and others could join in with suggestions or tips they learned when they did a similar project.

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    Default Re: Way too many categories

    Under plumbing, there are 7 possible categories that one could post a question. A plumbing expert that comes here to help may not look in all of them and could miss the question.

    Car repair also requires some specialties, but at CarTalk, they all go to the same board, but only open the posts that they think they can offer something too.

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    Default Re: Way too many categories

    I have to agree with Keith.

    It is totally frivolous to have many categories.
    It is confusing for DIY or DIY wanna be to post because of multiple categories.

    example....look into yard and garden, there is no need for gardening section, lawn care section and yard section....just put everything in one yard and garden section.....same goes for HVAC section.
    "Life does not go by the book, we learn as we go along".

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    If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40.
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    Default Re: Way too many categories

    So if I'm getting the jist of this after reading a bit, I'm not seeing discussion so much as questions and answers. Seems like most people only pop in to ask their specific question and go. Are they really interested in looking around regardless of how many categories there are? One or 50 I'm not sure it would matter for those people. I think as a question and answer place it's a pretty good set up.

    By view counts vs # of posts per thread, there are those who like to read and learn but don't have a question to ask. There's really not a place here for open discussion for the average Joe or Jane to just shoot the home improvement breeze.

    To be honest, it's a little intimidating to put your neck out there in such exalted company. Don't get me wrong, I like it plenty and love reading through, I'm just saying I'm not sure if it's a place where people would come to shoot the breeze and feel comfortable as just an interested do it yourselfer. Even though when you read what it's all about, it sounds like it would be.
    Last edited by Hatsephsut; 10-31-2008 at 09:09 PM.

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    Default Re: Way too many categories

    I am a new member also, and yes, I understand what you mean. I would LOVE to discuss my problem, but I guess I will just start a new thread and put it out there and hope for the best.
    Good luck to you also.
    pjay999

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    Talking Re: Way too many categories

    that is as soon as I find the place to START a new thread...

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    Default Re: Way too many categories

    Well I see that you have added a few more categories since I last visited. Going the wrong direction here.

    Since you seem to want to keep adding, I have another suggestion. Have a folder at the top where a link to all new posts would go, regardless of which category they are posted in. They would stay there for a short period of time, say 24 hours or 3 days or one week. The duration would depend on how many new posts you get a day and how often the helpful members visit.

    You wouldn't want this folder to get too big so you may or may not want to put the link in when a post is answered. If you do this, an active or controversial post could spend a lot of time there. I'm kinda thinking that the time should be limited to the original post.

    If a post turns into a bashing contest, the link could be deleted so that the combatants can continue under the category that it was originally posted in, or could be dropped completely if the combatants violate the board rules.

    Check out fixya,com to see how they do it. They have as many or more categories as you, but they cover everything

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    Default Re: Way too many categories

    There is a button for new posts . Look in the blue toolbar . I agree there are too many categories , but there does need to be some kind of organization . Just not so much .

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    Default Re: Way too many categories

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatsephsut View Post
    So if I'm getting the jist of this after reading a bit, I'm not seeing discussion so much as questions and answers. Seems like most people only pop in to ask their specific question and go. Are they really interested in looking around regardless of how many categories there are? One or 50 I'm not sure it would matter for those people. I think as a question and answer place it's a pretty good set up.

    By view counts vs # of posts per thread, there are those who like to read and learn but don't have a question to ask. There's really not a place here for open discussion for the average Joe or Jane to just shoot the home improvement breeze.

    To be honest, it's a little intimidating to put your neck out there in such exalted company. Don't get me wrong, I like it plenty and love reading through, I'm just saying I'm not sure if it's a place where people would come to shoot the breeze and feel comfortable as just an interested do it yourselfer. Even though when you read what it's all about, it sounds like it would be.
    exactly. thing is a few grand pooh-bahs too many around here and they chase most people away really fast. it was a great board when it was first set up then the pooh-bahs and bah-humbugs showed up running up their post counts and being rude to many, destroyed the entire purpose and set up of this board.

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