Re: Unicycling Injury Forum
I think it’s a great idea but I do NOT think it warrants a whole forum of its own.
If it were a thread in Just Conversation, it could float around on the first page – like the jokes thread. But unfortunately, it is on-topic, and wouldn’t belong in Just Conversation. But we could put it there anyway.
Last year, I started a thread called Hey everyone, I just learned a new skill… in Just Conversation. I had hoped it would stay on page one and be a standard place where people could brag about new skills acquired – especially the people who don’t live near other unicyclists – and therefore don’t have people around to appreciate the difficulty of a new skill. (“I just have to tell somebody…”)
Anyway, my thread died (didn’t catch on as a “standard”), and was inappropriate for Just Conversation, but the jokes thread is alive and well. It’s always easy to find, and everybody knows about it. If you have a joke or want to read jokes, you know where to go. Same is true for the faces gallery. So couldn’t the same thing work for injuries? Without creating a whole new forum.
With a few posting guidelines, people could find things and post in the correct place. Here is my suggestion.
- make a Gallery of Unicycle Injuries (photo album)
- make a Gallery of Unicycle Injuries (thread in Just Conversation)
and encourage people to use them.
Otherwise, forums will proliferate and there will be too many to check. We already have two – one is on-topic and the other is off-topic (a perfect separation, and people still get it wrong). But a third is for product reviews. Already this causes some slight overlap. For example, if I want to post a comment about a KH saddle, where should I post it – rsu or Product Reviews? And if I want to read all comments about KH saddles, I should look in Product Reviews and also search rsu. If we end up with many forums, it will get even worse. And I do believe that it would open up the floodgates for new forums.
This is only my opinion. But to me, the forums work great for the most part, and any structural changes should be very, very carefully considered (not to say you haven’t).
I love the idea of standard places to go to discuss things like injuries, jokes, comments we’ve heard, etc. I just don’t know how to achieve it. Perhaps “posting guidelines” could direct people to the preferred place to post about certain topics. In addition, there are other ways of assigning structure where no structure exists. We could have a links page which has a bunch of links to standard threads. Like a table of contents – enabling people to find and post in standard threads. This warrants more thought. I’m sure there are better ideas. Anyone?
uni57 (Dave) $0.02
(I’ll post my injuries here soon…)