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SObszanski
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9/27/2012 10:26:17 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Hello, DDO!

According to our recent poll on future enhancements (http://www.debate.org...), the forums section of the site is one of the main areas where you would like to see improvement.

To start this process, we would like to garner your feedback on the forum categories.

Are there any new categories you would like to see added to the forums? Are there existing categories you want removed, or merged? Is there a new category structure that might work better altogether?

One new category to consider is "Products" or "Product Reviews," where members can discuss things such as the new iPhone or can debate about the worst product flops of all time (i.e. the "new Coke").

Some members have also suggested doing away with the "Funny" category, and merging the "Arts" and "Entertainment" categories as well as "Science" and "Technology."

Any ideas you have regarding forum categorization are greatly appreciated. Also, be sure to give us your thoughts on a new forum quoting structure here: http://www.debate.org...

Thanks!
Suzanne
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9/27/2012 10:28:33 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/27/2012 10:26:17 AM, SObszanski wrote:
Hello, DDO!

According to our recent poll on future enhancements (http://www.debate.org...), the forums section of the site is one of the main areas where you would like to see improvement.

To start this process, we would like to garner your feedback on the forum categories.

Are there any new categories you would like to see added to the forums? Are there existing categories you want removed, or merged? Is there a new category structure that might work better altogether?

One new category to consider is "Products" or "Product Reviews," where members can discuss things such as the new iPhone or can debate about the worst product flops of all time (i.e. the "new Coke").

Some members have also suggested doing away with the "Funny" category, and merging the "Arts" and "Entertainment" categories as well as "Science" and "Technology."

Any ideas you have regarding forum categorization are greatly appreciated. Also, be sure to give us your thoughts on a new forum quoting structure here: http://www.debate.org...

Thanks!
Suzanne

Definitely kill the Funny.
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9/27/2012 10:35:48 AM
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Remove "Funny." It sounds unprofessional and is unnecessary. We already have Games and Miscellaneous being suitable for any non-serious threads. Merge "Arts and Entertainment" and "Science and Technology." These forums are not used very much, and merging them would probably give more interest to people. (Who clicks on Arts?)

The "Games" category should be a sub-forum within Miscellaneous. I don't see the necessity of having such a forum on a debate site. Moreover, remove all friend feeds from your dashboard that stem from posts made in "Games." It's a complete waste of space.
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9/27/2012 10:55:53 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/27/2012 10:26:17 AM, SObszanski wrote:
Hello, DDO!

According to our recent poll on future enhancements (http://www.debate.org...), the forums section of the site is one of the main areas where you would like to see improvement.

To start this process, we would like to garner your feedback on the forum categories.

Are there any new categories you would like to see added to the forums? Are there existing categories you want removed, or merged? Is there a new category structure that might work better altogether?

One new category to consider is "Products" or "Product Reviews," where members can discuss things such as the new iPhone or can debate about the worst product flops of all time (i.e. the "new Coke").

Some members have also suggested doing away with the "Funny" category, and merging the "Arts" and "Entertainment" categories as well as "Science" and "Technology."

Any ideas you have regarding forum categorization are greatly appreciated. Also, be sure to give us your thoughts on a new forum quoting structure here: http://www.debate.org...

Thanks!
Suzanne

Get rid of funny, miscellaneous, and personal and combine them into one category called "Open Discussion."

Science and Technology can be combined as well.
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9/27/2012 11:19:52 AM
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Essentially, what everyone else has said. The product idea would and does just go into technology section, the most unpopular on the site.
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9/27/2012 1:03:52 PM
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I agree with what Mirza said except for making the Games forum a subforum. Its the most active forum on the site, so demoting it (which is basically what it is) seems unnecessary.
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9/27/2012 1:05:35 PM
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Remove everything except the Games and Philosophy forums. Everything else is net negative.
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9/27/2012 1:09:24 PM
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I agree with Miraz except I want to keep funny
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9/27/2012 1:10:30 PM
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At 9/27/2012 10:35:48 AM, Mirza wrote:
Remove "Funny." It sounds unprofessional and is unnecessary. We already have Games and Miscellaneous being suitable for any non-serious threads. Merge "Arts and Entertainment" and "Science and Technology." These forums are not used very much, and merging them would probably give more interest to people. (Who clicks on Arts?)

The "Games" category should be a sub-forum within Miscellaneous. I don't see the necessity of having such a forum on a debate site. Moreover, remove all friend feeds from your dashboard that stem from posts made in "Games." It's a complete waste of space.

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9/27/2012 1:14:09 PM
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http://www.debate.org...

^ Could be useful in finding which forums to delete
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9/27/2012 1:16:19 PM
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At 9/27/2012 1:05:35 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Remove everything except the Games and Philosophy forums. Everything else is net negative.

I would no doubt leave then because philosophy is boooooooring. :P
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9/27/2012 1:27:16 PM
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At 9/27/2012 1:16:19 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 9/27/2012 1:05:35 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Remove everything except the Games and Philosophy forums. Everything else is net negative.

I would no doubt leave then because philosophy is boooooooring. :P

Oh come now it's the best. Have you ever read Kierkegaard, unbelievable. I get that some of the more academic aspects of philosophy like free will or analysis of language are kind of boring but on the whole it's extremely interesting.
: At 9/29/2014 10:55:59 AM, imabench wrote:
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9/27/2012 3:41:22 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/27/2012 1:27:16 PM, socialpinko wrote:
At 9/27/2012 1:16:19 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 9/27/2012 1:05:35 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Remove everything except the Games and Philosophy forums. Everything else is net negative.

I would no doubt leave then because philosophy is boooooooring. :P

Oh come now it's the best. Have you ever read Kierkegaard, unbelievable. I get that some of the more academic aspects of philosophy like free will or analysis of language are kind of boring but on the whole it's extremely interesting.

If you wanna jump someone into philosophy, Kierkegaard is a bit like saying "I'll teach you how to fly fish with Jaws."
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9/27/2012 3:45:35 PM
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On a more serious note, if you are dead set on a "product reviews" bit it could be merged with technology. If you don't have a product reviews section, technology and science should be merged.

What do people think about merging News with Politics? They tend to cover the same things.

Finally, for space, consider merging Arts with Entertainment. Or, if you want product reviews, perhaps merge it with the Entertainment section.
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9/27/2012 4:23:18 PM
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At 9/27/2012 1:05:35 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Remove everything except the Games and Philosophy forums. Everything else is net negative.

Lol?

Every time I come to this site, I check the Science forum. That, imo, is one the site's most epic categories.

Removing a Politics forum from a debating website sounds silly.
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9/27/2012 4:24:24 PM
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At 9/27/2012 3:45:35 PM, Wnope wrote:
On a more serious note, if you are dead set on a "product reviews" bit it could be merged with technology. If you don't have a product reviews section, technology and science should be merged.

What do people think about merging News with Politics? They tend to cover the same things.

Finally, for space, consider merging Arts with Entertainment. Or, if you want product reviews, perhaps merge it with the Entertainment section.

Arts and Entertainment definitely belong together, as do News and Politics.
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9/27/2012 4:25:07 PM
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At 9/27/2012 4:24:24 PM, Ren wrote:
At 9/27/2012 3:45:35 PM, Wnope wrote:
On a more serious note, if you are dead set on a "product reviews" bit it could be merged with technology. If you don't have a product reviews section, technology and science should be merged.

What do people think about merging News with Politics? They tend to cover the same things.

Finally, for space, consider merging Arts with Entertainment. Or, if you want product reviews, perhaps merge it with the Entertainment section.

Arts and Entertainment definitely belong together, as do News and Politics.

Actually, no... I think News and Politics should stay distinct forums. Not every interesting headline is political, and Politics is a pretty strong forum by itself.
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9/27/2012 4:35:40 PM
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Please don't add any new forum topics, just merge funny & miscellaneous....then technology & science....then art & entertainment....then history & politics.
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9/27/2012 4:37:45 PM
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At 9/27/2012 4:35:40 PM, 000ike wrote:
Please don't add any new forum topics, just merge funny & miscellaneous....then technology & science....then art & entertainment....then history & politics.

Agree with everything but that last part
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9/27/2012 4:38:44 PM
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At 9/27/2012 4:23:18 PM, Ren wrote:
At 9/27/2012 1:05:35 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Remove everything except the Games and Philosophy forums. Everything else is net negative.

Lol?

Every time I come to this site, I check the Science forum. That, imo, is one the site's most epic categories.

I rarely look into it but if it really is that epic I could check it out.

Removing a Politics forum from a debating website sounds silly.

Well they should only remove it if they want productive dialogue. The only thing you find in the politics section is Imabench trolling Geo. Or is it the other way around? I can't even tell anymore.
: At 9/29/2014 10:55:59 AM, imabench wrote:
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9/27/2012 4:40:46 PM
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At 9/27/2012 4:38:44 PM, socialpinko wrote:
At 9/27/2012 4:23:18 PM, Ren wrote:
At 9/27/2012 1:05:35 PM, socialpinko wrote:
Remove everything except the Games and Philosophy forums. Everything else is net negative.

Lol?

Every time I come to this site, I check the Science forum. That, imo, is one the site's most epic categories.

I rarely look into it but if it really is that epic I could check it out.

Removing a Politics forum from a debating website sounds silly.

Well they should only remove it if they want productive dialogue. The only thing you find in the politics section is Imabench trolling Geo. Or is it the other way around? I can't even tell anymore.

SOMEONE NOTICED :D
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9/27/2012 4:47:39 PM
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Merge art and entertainment, science and technology, and misc and funny.

Also, just to be clear, this merging will not delete anything right? All they threads will still exist, but just in the combined forums?
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9/27/2012 4:50:42 PM
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At 9/27/2012 10:35:48 AM, Mirza wrote:
Remove "Funny." It sounds unprofessional and is unnecessary.

And, we're professional? :P

We already have Games and Miscellaneous being suitable for any non-serious threads.

I wil have you know, Games is almost completely serious. Lot more serious than half the satire threads on religion or politics.

Merge "Arts and Entertainment" and "Science and Technology." These forums are not used very much, and merging them would probably give more interest to people. (Who clicks on Arts?)

Agreed.
The "Games" category should be a sub-forum within Miscellaneous. I don't see the necessity of having such a forum on a debate site. Moreover, remove all friend feeds from your dashboard that stem from posts made in "Games." It's a complete waste of space.

Yeah...you can just ignore Mirza in this thread. He speaks for no one in DDO.

And, how about have an option to turn off notifications coming from certain areas?
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9/27/2012 6:45:19 PM
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At 9/27/2012 4:47:39 PM, OberHerr wrote:
Merge art and entertainment, science and technology, and misc and funny.

This. There's nothing really separating art and entertainment, or science and tech. Funny really wasn't wanted, and should be banished.
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9/27/2012 7:05:33 PM
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I have a crazy idea, could we just go ahead and get rid of the religious forum? Im pretty sure if we do that then we would have world peace
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9/27/2012 7:29:53 PM
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At 9/27/2012 1:14:09 PM, imabench wrote:
http://www.debate.org...

^ Could be useful in finding which forums to delete

This is GREAT! Thank you!

At 9/27/2012 4:47:39 PM, OberHerr wrote:

Also, just to be clear, this merging will not delete anything right? All they threads will still exist, but just in the combined forums?

Exactly. Everything would just be merged together. Even if we decided to delete a category completely, we would attempt to move its existing threads to other appropriate categories.

Thanks for your feedback, guys! There's a lot of consistency in the responses here, which is great. And all of your suggestions make perfect sense. We'll keep you updated!

Thanks!
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9/27/2012 7:33:43 PM
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Remove the Funny forum, merge the Arts and Entertainment forums as "Art & Entertainment" forum and Science and Technology forums as "Science & Technology". Merge News and Politics as "News & Politics".
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9/27/2012 7:34:52 PM
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At 9/27/2012 7:05:33 PM, imabench wrote:
I have a crazy idea, could we just go ahead and get rid of the religious forum? Im pretty sure if we do that then we would have world peace

NOOO! I like it there xD it makes for interesting conversation! :D
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9/27/2012 7:35:30 PM
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At 9/27/2012 7:33:43 PM, Viper-King wrote:
Remove the Funny forum, merge the Arts and Entertainment forums as "Art & Entertainment" forum and Science and Technology forums as "Science & Technology". Merge News and Politics as "News & Politics".

Why not just merge Funny and Misc? I mean, their basically the same.

And, for news....I would call it perhaps current events. Something politics and new...but I don't think we should have "Blank & Blank" forums.
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