forum reorganization

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by TimG, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    I have some interest in Wyandottes, Welsummers and Delawares, but I long ago stopped paying attention to the official threads for those breeds because there's too much traffic and lots of it is purely social. I'm sure, though, that there are some posts in each of those threads that I'd be interested in reading.

    I understand that one of the ideas behind the official breed threads is to reduce the number of threads by conducting all conversation about a particular breed in one place. But, if I were a relative newcomer with a question about one of those breeds, I would not be interested in wading through 257 pages of posts in hopes of finding an answer. Heck, I'm an experienced forum user and I'm not interested in wading though one of those threads looking for an answer.

    I don't have a specific solution in mind, but I think some sort of reorganization is in order. I know this forum has been of less interest and less use to me since the official breed threads started. No, I don't want all the posts in those threads split up into lots of threads (or maybe I do). But, the situation where all things XYZ are in the Official XYZ Thread does not seem to be working for me.

    Maybe it is working for most people and I am an anomaly. It would not be the first time that sort of thing has happened to me. But, I thought I would mention it in case others feel the same way and/or site administrators have some ideas for change.

    Tim




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  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I'm sorry, but if someone has a question about a breed, the simple thing to do is ask. [​IMG]
     
  3. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The polite thing to do is search for the answer before asking what has likely been asked and answered in the past.
     
  4. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I read a couple of pages of the thread and I find its conversation and I have a question , I ask. I don't mind interupting a conversation about something irrelevant if it is a question about the breed or subject at hand, and if I don't get it answered I just keep asking or PM someone until the question is answered. I'm annoying like that but I get my questions answered and I learn. You have to think bonds form on those threads because some post in their all the time. I don't personally form many bonds because of my age but bonds are formed non the less. So there is going to be some conversation you can't avoid it.

    I do think that some threads like the Delaware thread have gotten out of hand with the social aspect but its really apart of it. I have found there are other forums more of just information than social. I find that this is my favorite forum but it is the most social forum I visit.

    Sorry for your displeasure, maybe we can figure out a solution.
     
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for posting your thoughts and comments.

    First off, we definitely appreciate problems that are hard to find fixes and answers... which is why we'll need the community to help aid in the discussion and brainstorm ideas. The BYC Staff are here to listen and help where we can.

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    IMO, there's nothing wrong with having multiple threads on one breed. In fact, I don't think we ever asked members to start "official" threads... and the more I think about it, using that as a title may not be appropriate since BYC has no way to validate or police what is and isn't "official".

    Members should always be encouraged to use the wonderful search tools we have in place. With that said, members shouldn't be discouraged from starting new threads / topics with their breed specific questions.

    So, keep the ideas and suggestions coming. We'll be thinking of some ideas on our side too, but will rely on you, the members, to help us really come up with a win-win solution.

    Cheers!
     
  6. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree 100%! This has bothered me for some time as well. I especially despise the "official thread police". Whenever someone does start a new thread about a cetain breed they get to told to go the official thread.
     
  7. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    What about

    "Genetics, Breeds and Showing (Name of Breed here)" for the questions and answers on the breeds -chats highly discouraged.

    "(name of breed here) Chat" --can you go to chickenstock 2099? --so I said that that's not a rabbit its a silkie! --chat nearly only
     
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    The Hertitage breed thread is one you might be interested in, no social jibbering, no talk of cute, no touchy feely stuff, and house chickens with diapers. Good knowledgable folks with allot good info and several on there have intrest in your breed. Try it I am sure they would be glad to have you contribute.

    AL
     
  9. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Oh, this is a great thread .... add suggestions or ideas...

    What about a "Breed Club" area? Most breeds have clubs and are always looking for more members. This could benefit the club, benefit the breed, and promote the community. Maybe divide the "Breed Club," area into sections for each breed...... I am sure there are many questions pertaining to a specific breed. I think this could be big success.

    Maybe a "Breeders," area? One could go there to ask for advice or offer feedback specifically about breeding poultry.

    We have alot of great members here on BYC, and many of them are experts. Maybe an area specifically for them? What I mean is, maybe we could go there and ask questions on an advanced level. Maybe a "Judges Corner," to ask an APA judge a question, etc.

    I dunno .... maybe all the above could be combined into an area that (can I say this) kids were not apt to go to. YES, I know this site is a family friendly site, but it would be nice to have an area where serious topics are discussed without several posts like, "I'm going to get some Delawares next year," ( with 15 smilies), or "I had a Barred Rock chick once and it died, here is the picture (dead chick)." BYC is growing by leaps and bounds, and I really believe it could expand with an additional area like this. I guess, less social, and more serious talk area, is what I am saying.
     
  10. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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