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why a dumping ground for all topics ??

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ok before people freak out and think that Ian is starting to get excited about something on the forum... i have had a nice breakfast.... there is a beautiful blue sky outside and the birds are singing... so IM GOOD :-)

so to my question.. what is the benafit to having this whole DUMP EVERYTHING section on the top of the ultimaker forum ???

It takes users about 5 seconds to quickly scan the page and select the most relavent section of the forum to post, then other users also pick and choose specific topics to read.... so allowing a HAY HOO LETS GOOO section, basically trashed the organisation of the forum....

I have not the biggest problem is sitting down for a few hours and organise all the treads in this section, but then can this section be removed...

its just going to confuse the hell out of a lot of people....

Ok big hugs and happiness.

Ian :-)

 

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Hi Ian,

Personally - and again good breakfast, sky blue etc.- I hate the categories. They restrict cross flow of ideas and slow down the whole reading of the forum. I would be getting rid of - or seriously reducing the number of - the categories. The use of this dumping ground I think shows there are many who feel the same way.

I think it is good to see what the others on the forum are chatting about and what is the hot topic, which if I just flicked through the one or two categories that I think are most likely, I could well miss. If the forum has 1000 posts a day, then sure, you have to divide it up, but it doesn't.

Cheers

Andrew

 

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I also have to agree with others who disagree with Ian's original post ;)... the structured topics are too structured.. I think we just need a handful (5 or less) major topic sections... I always just read the latest posts and if the title are not interesting I don't read them... This allows me to completely ignore the topical groups.. When posting something it's rather a pain to figure out the best place to post it, especially since I believe most people just look at the latests posts list as well and ignore the sections. I would be strongly in favour of reducing the number of sections and lumping things together.

Cheers,

Troy.

 

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I also much prefer a single bucket, although I only ever use the 'View New Content' mode, which gives me that anyway, irrespective of where the items are originally posted. Since most posts/problems end up touching on some mixture of hardware/software/firmware/materials I'm not sure that artificially dividing up posts on the front end is particularly helpful.

The only division I would see as useful is having separate areas for posting in other languages. Since the only non-english language I can even begin to try and speak is French, I like being able to filter out posts from my 'View New Content' feed that I simply can't hope to contribute to.

 

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So you're talking about the Current / Google Groups section. I thought it was an aggregation of a real newsgroup, then an aggregation of the latest posts, but it's just a place to post anything uncategorised. The point of using a forum is that you can organize content, if you don't want to do that, don't use a forum, use a newsgroup. Recently there was a migration from one forum software to another, this should indicate that Ultimaking Ltd wants a forum, otherwise somebody doesn't know what he's doing.

Makerbot for example has a newsgroup and it gives me the feeling that I can't know what was published, I can't browse content, I can't get an overview, it's pretty frustrating.

 

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I use both newsgroups, mailing lists and forums... And all formats work fine for me, but I personally prefer lightly structured forums. I.e. Forums like this one, but with only a small number of general topic sections like "Printer Help", "Newcomers", "Ideas", "General Discussion", etc. I don't like layers upon layers of sections...

However, I am not a fan of Google Groups... Basically because it is not accessible here from work. All I can get to at work is Google Search, Maps, and News. All other services are blocked by our proxy including groups, Google+, Gmail, GApps, etc... Since I do 99% of my forum surfing and posting while I'm working I am not able to contribute regularly to any group on Google Groups. Occasionally I check the Ultimaker Google Groups on my phone using 3g data... But it's not fun.

Cheers,

Troy.

 

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