Recently, the Unicycle Chat Facebook group started annoying me so much, that I, after month of inactivity, logged into my good old Forum account again, and I saw that it was good. Facebook groups are just not designed for the job we try and use them for. So here are four reasons why I’d love to use the forum more: (feel free to add your own reasons to the list)
I. It’s lack of search functions makes topics just disappear. In a few days, if I had a question about Kris Holms 2015 lineup, the original post will have vanished, and I would have to start a new one. On which questions that were already answered in the first one will be asked again. Also, many questions are asked over and over again, like: “What is a good highjump tutorial?” Here, you use the search bar, and you will find highjump tutorials.
II.The lack of Sub-groups makes sorting into topics hard, and just gives us a big flood of information, that is hard to keep track of. I admit, since groups like “unicycle videos” and “unicycle photography” were introduced, it has improved, but still we find videos next to technical questions next to the new IUF rules.
III.Facebook text formatting isn’t really great for longer posts, I cannot really do things like this or this easily.
IV.Quite frankly, it makes posting maybe a bit too easy. Responding to a question that pops up on your news feed takes just seconds, and I feel like the forum encourages you more to take your time and think about your answer. And use somewhat proper grammar.
I am just throwing this out here, but I would really love to have the unicycle communities’ center of communication back here. But how could we achieve that? I find myself using the facebook groups regardless of all it’s flaws, since it has more activity, and many videos etc. aren’t even shared here anymore.