I want to make some changes, but I'd get input from all of you on how you think the structure of the forum works and how we could improve it.
I'm no fan of lots of subforums. I think it's distracting and not very inviting to new users. Plus I think it over-segregates the forum.
So here are my ideas
- Merge TV Movies, Books into General.
I think it's a little odd that a Green Day forum has a dedicated place just for those things. I think General (meaning the forum section, not the subforum this is posted in) isn't THAT active and could be livened up by adding in these topics about different media you guys enjoy. More people would see them.
If merging them all into General seems like too much, then maybe merging them all together into a forum called "Media" or something, where people could talk about any books ,movies, games, etc. I don't think those forums are active enough on their own, and I feel like they're a little too segregated.
- Remove the "Help" part of "Help & Advice"
'Help' has become a kind of awkward "make any thread about any question you want." Look over the first page of stuff there, more than 50% of those threads would fit in GD chat, with many others going to General or other parts of the forum. I don't think we need a specific forum just for people to ask questions. The only things without a home would be the tech help questions. But I think we could probabyl just have one thread in General for tech help since most tech related questions are solved pretty quickly.
The advice forum would then become it's own subforum where people can continue using it as a place for personal advice related to life, relationships, sex, all that stuff. It would remain hidden to new members and guests, just be moved under the 'Community' category on it's own rather than being a subforum to Help.
So those are my ideas. I think if we combine some forums it will help lead to making more interesting places and expose people to a wider group of content. It could also lead to more members seeing topics that would otherwise go unnoticed or have less traffic (like some book threads).
In my mind, these ideas are fantastic. Because everything I think of is amazing and always positive and never ever have any downsides, ever. But they might suck. I just want feedback and will do whatever you guys and the mod team think is the best approach.
love you long time,