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Shock:
It's very little traffic, I think general technical chat is exactly where technology like space flight should be posted. The rule for new forums "should be" that it attracts about a page of active threads or will quickly grow to that.

Look at the computing section, immensely popular topic but still struggling, I forewarned this. But it would help a little if people actually posted all computer related stuff there instead of general technical chat for exposure.

But tidying up the forums is more important. I'd redesign the massive list of forums so that it could be easier to navigate, this is why some forums are so inactive there is literally pages of them.

Taking a quick look I would: Merge all the EDA forums into one. Merge FPGA and Microcontrollers forums. Merge the computing section into one hardware one software. Merge Eevblog Specific and child forums into Eevblog. Merge Suggestions and Help into a new News/Suggestions/Help forum. Audio and general radio could be piggybacked into the RF forum. It has a large following and is essentially a subset of that branch of knowledge.

I'd also change this:


--- Quote ---Beginners
A place for electronics newbies to ask questions. Include detail & what you have already done to find the answer. Short "How does X work" questions are not proper forum etiquette. Assignment questions are ok, but show existing work.

Projects, Designs, and Technical Stuff
Show off your projects or other stuff you are working on. Talk about designs or ideas, ask technical questions, and share technical information. This is the big catch-all thread for anything electronic.

--- End quote ---

To this (for the whole page):


--- Quote ---Beginners
Newbies ask electronics questions and advice here, include detail and research.
Projects/Designs/Technical
Show your projects or work. Discuss and share design or technical questions.

--- End quote ---

Lastly large threads with no topic like the TEA thread don't add much to the forum, we already have many show your gear and lab super threads. New threads are easier to follow and get better user participation and revenue due to page ranking. Obviously 1000 (insert model here) threads are the exception, as they are topic based they are the super threads you do want (they attract users). The Rigol DS1054Z thread 370:1 views to replies is an example of that.

The TEA thread has about 60:1 views to replies ratio and when you consider the same people are contributing it's probably worse (doing a deep analysis of it). The "New Type of Automated Electric Guitar" thread is doing better at 70:1 and it's new and not even posted in the correct forum :).

Anyway I've mentioned some of this before.

Ed.Kloonk:
Hashtags on topics is what you really need. Don't ask me how to implement that, tho..

beanflying:

--- Quote from: Ed.Kloonk on November 26, 2021, 08:04:45 am ---Hashtags on topics is what you really need. Don't ask me how to implement that, tho..

--- End quote ---

Their is a a few Tag Mods but we don't want it to load this place any more than it is I reckon. example https://custom.simplemachines.org/index.php?mod=579

Google as a site search picks up keywords fairly well without it.

tggzzz:

--- Quote from: Shock on November 26, 2021, 07:16:24 am ---But tidying up the forums is more important. I'd redesign the massive list of forums so that it could be easier to navigate, this is why some forums are so inactive there is literally pages of them.

Taking a quick look I would: Merge all the EDA forums into one. Merge FPGA and Microcontrollers forums. Merge the computing section into one hardware one software. Merge Eevblog Specific and child forums into Eevblog. Merge Suggestions and Help into a new News/Suggestions/Help forum. Audio and general radio could be piggybacked into the RF forum. It has a large following and is essentially a subset of that branch of knowledge.

--- End quote ---

Not all changes and new things are better.

There's a fundamental problem with all tree taxonomies like the Dewey Decimal system or forum topics: if you have an item that can reasonably be in more than one place, which place do you choose?  Simple example: a poorly performing voltage standard. Should that be in "repair" or "metrology"? Which do you ignore? Should you double post?

If you want to find an answer you search for it. You don't browse a hierarchy.
If you want to find new responses to topics that are already interesting, use "Show new replies to your posts".
If you want to find new responses to topics that might or might not be interesting, use "Show unread posts since last visit"

What cannot be done with the existing mechanisms and topics?
Why fragment hierarchies so that there's more cross-posting?

Why bother? What benefit would there be to having myriad finely divided topics?

Shock:
The correct answer is meteorology, ask and move it to repair if it's a fault.

I'm talking consolidate not fragment (aside from the TE forum later and done properly). I'm well versed in navigating forums (as well as designing them). I don't care, but Dave should be aware what impacts the forums ease of use, and you aim for active forums not inactive ones.

As I mentioned some forums like the EDA ones, 8 threads active across 8 forums in a week. Mechanical Engineering 1 post only. Cooking 3 threads active. Now theres a request for Aerospace. No offense to Ian.M but this is a good way to wreck your forums.

Visitors can't easily see new posts by topic without digging through the list. There is no unsubscribe button if you reply to a thread and it will keep showing up in your "replied threads". So the workable solution is to browse through "all new posts" as there is no "new threads" option. That is 3 strikes for usability before you tidy up the inactive forum topics :).

Anyway I've suggested half a dozen design fixes here and Daves only implemented a couple of them due to change management reasons. None of what I suggested impacts people negatively it's all minor tweaks and improvements, and if the forum is dependent on the tea thread for survival it has problems. I have a great solution for the tea thread but the other stuff is more important.

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