Joined: Dec. 2008
||Posted: June 06 2012,1:30 am
I am all for a forum. I like to use a forum. I like to read a forum. I like to write in a forum. However, the NC forum is a mess. A good forum needs to be somewhat concise, or anyone new to the forum will not know where to post. It can appear to much and too intimidating, and at best the cacher will become a lurker rather than a poster - and more likely, just not come back at all.
The one thing in NC's favour is that users of alternative caching sites are probably the sort of cacher more likely to use a forum, thereby somewhat artificially raising the activity of said forum. In my opinion though, to encourage a newly active NC community (now that there is new ownership), not only do we need to start placing new caches (not cross-listed), but we need to have a better forum.
There will be far better suggestions than mine, but for a starter here's my two cents:
- News and Announcements
- Using the Website
- Site Suggestions & Open Testing (Combined two threads)
- Getting Started / Q&A (Combined two threads)
- General Caching Discussion (Combined loads of threads!)
- Bug and Coin Discussion (Combined three threads)
- GPSr Discussion (No need for seperate area of forum with individual threads for each brand)
- Cachers meeting Cachers (not sure if this truly warrants its own distinct thread as it stands presently, but if it is to have its own, makes more sense here than in with the general discussion. I would think that an individual cachers meeting cachers thread in each of the following areas would probably make more sense, and be more useful?)
- US (links to subforum, listing individual states/regions as appropriate)
- Europe (links to subforum, listing individual countries/regions as appropriate)
- Other Countries/Regions
- General Discussion (as it presently is)
- Other Caching-Related Games and Activites (does not need its own section of the forum with individual sections)
I'm not suggesting the above is perfect. I am sure it is far from it. But anything is better than the mess that exists presently. More is not always better! With a forum, less is almost always more inviting to the eye, easier to understand, and more likely to generate active discussion in appropriate areas.