Until that day, or instead of it, in the meantime you can concentrate on using meaningful subject lines. Examples of bad subject lines:
tricks and stuff
ultimate wheel help
Bedford for sale
Muni / Trials
Those are really lame. There is a better way. This can save you from reading stuff you don’t want to read. Here are some examples of more specific topics:
best trials pedal?
My Viscount airseat conversion!!
How did you get started?
California Mountain Unicycle Weekend, Sept. 17-19
Can’t find whitewall 24 x 1 3/4 tire
Filming: Natural Trials, Hamilton Oct 17, still on
When you look at those, you pretty much know what’s going to be talked about in there.
If we were to add a forum, I think my first choice would be to separate out how-to’s from other conversation. That’s the stuff people are more likely to want to save, and to be able to look up when they need help. Not just how to ride, but how to loctite your cranks, build an air seat, etc.
Another separation could be made for just the topics of Trials and Street. But don’t get the idea it would be for “serious” riders only; it would be for people who want to talk about Trials and Street. That’s a big chunk of the conversations here, so it might make a nice sub-category.
For a third, I’d really like to see a kid’s area. This would be great for the kids, to keep some of the more irrelevant conversation away from the useful stuff. But you can’t get people to post in the right forums, even with the ones we’ve got.
The reason why we’ve resisted breaking it down by category is the existence of the single newsgroup, rec.sport.unicycling. If we divide up, we lose the relevance of our gateway. I don’t know what the user ratio is (that would be interesting to find out), but a lot of people still use the newsgroup, and they would be cut off if we broke the forums down into categories.
Unless someone wants to work on the process of adding more newsgroups?