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Paul

Board Restructuring: Dec 03, 2011

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Hey all,

This Saturday morning the boards will be going through some more restructuring. As I've mentioned before, we're a small community that has become bloated by too many off-topic boards. These thin out the conversations and make it confusing for new members to jump into a topic. As such, the changes below are made in the spirit of refocusing BC:

GAMING:

General Gaming

Microsoft

Sony

Nintendo

PC & Mac

Handheld

Gaming Communities

OFF-TOPIC:

General Insanity

Current Events

Entertainment

Sports

Life

Technology

Eye Candy

Please note, no old topics will be deleted, they will simply be moved to their new home.

The following forums will be moved here:

Gaming:

Mobile (to Handheld)

Retro (to General)

Off-Topic:

Music, Movies & TV, Comics, Books (all become Entertainment)

Cars, History, Philosophy, Sex, Relationships, Food & Drink (all become Life)

Technology & Science (become Technology)

Next up: New Modding rules. Those will be implemented near the end of next week. You will be notified ahead of time to the changes.

Finally, the T-Shirts have gone to the presses! Should be available in the next few weeks, just in time for the Holidays!

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Are you changing the names of the console specific boards in anticipation of the next generation of consoles?

Looks fine in my book.

That's the idea, yeah.

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Are you changing the names of the console specific boards in anticipation of the next generation of consoles?

Looks fine in my book.

TheLeon is a clever girl

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I guess it's ultimately not a big deal, but I can see Vita stuff being posting on the "Sony" board and 3DS stuff on the "Nintendo" board.

On the other hand, I'll soon have the perfect board to discuss the philosophical ramifications of eating super old Twinkies in my dad's car.

Oh, and the other thing I meant to ask - what T-shirt(s) did we go with? My guess would be the one with far and away the most votes (Grey Shirt - Black Text, Blue Highlight), but I'm still pulling for my vote (at a distant third).

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Oh, and the other thing I meant to ask - what T-shirt(s) did we go with? My guess would be the one with far and away the most votes (Grey Shirt - Black Text, Blue Highlight), but I'm still pulling for my vote (at a distant third).

Grey Tshirt - Black Text, Blue Highlight.

Black Tshirt - Blue Text, Blue Highlight.

We're still working on the laptop sticker.

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Well, looks like the Retro discussion on this board is going to get completely buried amongst the fast moving General board. I don't really understand why it needs to be moved...it has more topics than the Nintendo Wii board and that isn't being tinkered with at all.

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Well, looks like the Retro discussion on this board is going to get completely buried amongst the fast moving General board. I don't really understand why it needs to be moved...it has more topics than the Nintendo Wii board and that isn't being tinkered with at all.

That is literally the only board I have issue with in the restructuring.

The pace of Retro may be slow but it's good for the topics it has so that they can actually be seen and talked about.

But. Whatever happens happens. I won't lose sleep over any of it.

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I am really surprised you kept Eye Candy its own board.

It was made to pull that content off of GI. It works for the most part.

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That is literally the only board I have issue with in the restructuring.

The pace of Retro may be slow but it's good for the topics it has so that they can actually be seen and talked about.

But. Whatever happens happens. I won't lose sleep over any of it.

I think it could help get a few more eyes on some of the retro topics for the people who might want to post in one of those threads if they saw them, but wouldn't normally go to the board. I'm not necessarily sure that's true, but just trying to think of how it could work positively.

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ugh. don't want comics and books in movies and tv.

AND music? fuuuuck I hate those boards.

For once I'm in agreement. Movie & TV is the only one of those I regularly go into, and if it becomes too shitty, I'll just skip it.

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I don't like the entertainment or life boards. At the very least, movies and tv, and sex, health and relationships should be kept separate.

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That is literally the only board I have issue with in the restructuring.

The pace of Retro may be slow but it's good for the topics it has so that they can actually be seen and talked about.

But. Whatever happens happens. I won't lose sleep over any of it.

This.

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Well, looks like the Retro discussion on this board is going to get completely buried amongst the fast moving General board. I don't really understand why it needs to be moved...it has more topics than the Nintendo Wii board and that isn't being tinkered with at all.

That is literally the only board I have issue with in the restructuring.

The pace of Retro may be slow but it's good for the topics it has so that they can actually be seen and talked about.

But. Whatever happens happens. I won't lose sleep over any of it.

Sometimes you have to accept that some boards will be a little slower. Retro is one of those boards. Likewise if you throw TV/movies and music all into one board you're just going to degrade the quality of the discussion about both of them.

And Cars, History, Philosophy, Sex, Relationships, Food & Drink all as one board? Really? That's such a complete cluster-fuck of topics. History and Philosophy go naturally together IMO. Food and Drink should be kept separate, even if at its current pace, because let's say there's a recipe thread, or the beer recommendation thread, those threads lose their value if they get buried under posts about cars and whether you should see the doctor about that weird red sore on your dick. Furthermore if we experience future growth in our userbase it's going to get to the point where we're going to have to separate some of those boards back out anyhow, beyond the fact that those new users will probably initially be confused by such a catch-all board.

This board restructuring also fails to address which board is the phone board. Right now you have topics scattered across technology, mobile, the PC board, and GI and that's still going to be the case with this restructuring. Now obviously you can't say "don't talk about phones on GI" and there could be good reasons to post a phone thread on the PC board (like if you want to know something about hooking it up to your computer) but in general we really need to make it clear which board is the primary spot to talk about phones.

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I think the problem was/is Jason that a lot of these boards were(are) never needed. It has only hurt the site having all these boards and all the topics spread too thin. But instead of just removing and deleting all the topics they at least are some where on the boards. So things can change or get fixed as time goes.

I've been starting to fall on the side that we only need 4 to 5 total boards here and just have threads for whatever topics people want to talk about. Keeping the posting as high as we can = more fun. Not spreading out all the users(viewers) across 25+ (some of which are niche) boards.

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I think the problem was/is Jason that a lot of these boards were(are) never needed. It has only hurt the site having all these boards and all the topics spread too thin. But instead of just removing and deleting all the topics they at least are some where on the boards. So things can change or get fixed as time goes.

I've been starting to fall on the side that we only need 4 to 5 total boards here and just have threads for whatever topics people want to talk about. Keeping the posting as high as we can = more fun. Not spreading out all the users(viewers) across 25+ (some of which are niche) boards.

I agreed with the appropriateness of trimming certain boards but Sex, Health, Relationships + Cars is such an obviously bad idea. And if you want to talk "unnecessary" boards why do we even have a car board? Why not just axe that altogether and fold those topics into GI?

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I agreed with the appropriateness of trimming certain boards but Sex, Health, Relationships + Cars is such an obviously bad idea. And if you want to talk "unnecessary" boards why do we even have a car board? Why not just axe that altogether and fold those topics into GI?

Yeah I hear ya I never thought we needed a lot of these boards. Most of everything off topic can fall straight into GI I certainly agree. I wouldn't be against throwing everything there, however it's not really up to me I can only give my input. I'll go through the numbers again over the last couple months but there are very few boards here that can sustain by themselves.

I use to be heavily against the GAF way that lots of people have suggested but over the course of a year with BC, I personally think it might be the way to go. I also like subboards and as others don't. So it's trying to find something that works for everyone just any other of these issues. In the end we need to trim down a lot of BC having all these boards are hurting the site more than it's helping.

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I'm also going to add that a separate Philosophy Board is generally a good idea because yes they're going to be relatively slow, that means people are actually taking time to think about what they post which is exactly what you want for those sorts of boards. Imagine if Philosophy was folded into GI, half the threads would die from barksdale or jacoby making some moronic non-sequitur.

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I still like the idea of a "Life" board, but I see what your saying with that. That board does get alittle more traffic than say - Food/drink, Cars, Books, and Comics (those are the 4 slowest).

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I still like the idea of a "Life" board, but I see what your saying with that. That board does get alittle more traffic than say - Food/drink, Cars, Books, and Comics (those are the 4 slowest).

And like I said, you still need to exercise some judgment there. A whole boards for cars makes little sense especially for our small numbers and should be axed outright. Food/drink is fine being slow since people will want to easily go back to threads like the beer suggestion thread later on. Comics should have been folded into books to make Books and Comics. The Anime and Tabletop remainder could morph into a general "geek" board (I'd agree that this board might be marginal but like Retro there is a very good reason to have a separate place to discuss certain topics); alternatively you could make it clear that Anime belongs on the TV/Movies board, and I might agree with just cutting Tabletop for the time being in that case. And there's really not anything you can combine with Sex/health/relationships without causing a clusterfuck IMO.

I haven't been counting but I think my suggestion would result in essentially the same number of reduction in number of boards but in a more coherent fashion.

BTW I'm not really sure why P&D and Malfunction Central need to be separate boards. And combining Music and TV is really a horrible idea.

[edit]In addition to clarifying which board is "the phone board" I think it's a bad idea to drop the "science" from "science and technology" because what you're going to wind up with is a de-facto gear board which is simply going to bleed posts from other boards. This happened on IGN too, the Gear Board eventually died but every once in a while some poor soul would have a computer issue that he'd post about on the Gear Board, not realizing to post on the PC Board, and he'd be lucky to get a single response (or if he was really lucky it would be moved to the PC Board).

I think a more natural split is to send the sciencey threads to the CEB, and divide up the "tech = gear/gadgets" topics amongst the various appropriate boards. You also need to accept that the PC Board is going to be the MP3 player board as well.

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P&D and MalCentral were separate because one si about features or discussion about how the boards work and the other is listing issues and bugs. I've been working on replacing malcentral from being a board to being an issue tracking system, which makes more sense. I could see an argument for putting them together into one system.

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