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Should all of the forums be collapsed into one?

Should all of the forums be collapsed into one?

One of the best things about the old forum was the richness and variety of the postings. We all got everything. 

I recommend collapsing all of the forums into one again so that we all get all the messages.  I hate the thought that some people might only subscribe to the ride change forum and miss all of the advocacy discussions.  People can make certain kinds of discussions invisible to them. I would take away that option. People can always delete a message on a subject they are interested in. They don't have to read it. But they would at least know that something is happening.

I think the multiple forums that now exist will contribute to a Balkanization of the club that is undesirable.  (I have long wanted to use that word in a sentence!)

Let's collapse the forums into one again so that we are again "on the same page" and members of the same community.  (What we read DOES determine what community we are a member of.)

Other thoughts on this?

Ed

Ed Hopkins
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Re: Should all of the forums be collapsed into one?

I believe in freedom of choice as I am sure most club members do as well.  The current forum division into categories and topics allows people to quickly go the areas they are interested in while also allowing an overview of all posts - the best of both worlds.

Will

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Re: Should all of the forums be collapsed into one?

Will
I believe in freedom of choice and motherhood and apple pie and all that good stuff too. On my scheme people are free to delete without reading any message they get they are not interested in. But they will at least know that discussions of certain things are taking place.  This "freedom to delete or not read" seems like plenty of freedom to me.

I am worried about the repercussions of people choosing, freely choosing, not to be informed of what is going on.  I am worried about the deliberate blinding of people--by themselves--to whole aspects of the life of the BBC.   For people who primarily "see" the forum via the emails they are subscribed to they will NOT have an overview of what is going on in any forums they are not subscribed to.  They will not have any idea that a "bubble bill" is even being debated if they are not subscribed to that forum. 

You seem to assume that most people "read" the forum by going to the web site and browsing. If that is true then people will be aware of other things going on. I assume, on the other hand, that most people get their form activity by e-mail by "subscribing" to certain forums and getting the activity on that forum emailed to them.

I really don't know if you are right or I am right. Can you tell by looking at how people are subscribed to forums whether most people are relying on their email to see the forums? 

Anyone else have any opinions on this?  (of course there may be thousands who agree with me but will not even know I am raising this issue because they are not subscribed to this particular rather esoteric forum on website improvements. And this is my worry.)

ed, watching the blizzard

Ed Hopkins
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