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Tweaking the descriptions of the different Forums

Discussion in 'Suggestions and questions' started by InterestedParty, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. InterestedParty

    InterestedParty New Member

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    Thanks for giving us this Forum to use to make suggestions.

    One suggestion I would like to make is labeling the different Forums with what issues pertain to that Forum. An example would be abortion. Under which Forum would you say that discussions about abortion would fit into? Same with issues like the death penalty. Social Security. Wouldn't it better to guide people to start new threads that discuss specific issues in a Forum that pertains to a specific issue? As it is now threads discussing different issues are scattered around the forums instead of being centralized. I am not saying to start a forum for Abortion. But labeling the Social Issues Forum (or whichever forum you feel is suitable) with Abortion in the description might lead everyone to start Abortion discussions there.

    You've done a fine job of giving enough different Forum categories to cover issues. Now it is just a matter of tweaking the descriptions of each forum to guide people on where to go. It will just make the forums flow more smoothly.
     
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    USMC the Almighty New Member

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    I agree 100%
     
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    How should I tweak the descriptions?

    Suggestions on the descriptions that I should use?
     
  4. InterestedParty

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    I don't know, I don't want to come in and appear as if I am trying to change things. You have done a good job of covering categories. It is just a matter of defining the categories. You have three major categories that this could effect, General Discussion, Social Discussion and House of Debates.

    First suggestion I would like to make is perhaps you could add a Law and Ethics Forum under the General Political Discussion category and a Budgets and Appropriations Forum under the Social Discussions Section.

    Then you have major issues such as Abortion, Military, Tax Reform, Welfare Reform, Social Security, Homeland Security, Death Penalty, Campaign Finance Reform, Foreign Policy and Immigration. There may be more but those are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head that *somewhat* deserve to have a section dedicated to discussion. If you look at your current list you can see that these issues can float in numerous locations right now. That means that discussions are hard to follow. Perhaps what you could have is Sub Forums like you have under the World Politics Section.

    All of these are debatable issues but could also be listed under Social Discussions. So I guess the first thing *you* need to decide is where you want them. General, Discussions or Debates.

    If you were to decide to go with Sub Forums you could list Abortion and Death Penalty under Social Issues Debates.

    You could list Tax Reform, Welfare Reform, Social Security under a Budgets and Appropriations Forum under the Social Discussions category.

    Campaign Finance Reform would fit in either the Elections and Campaigns Forum or a new Law and Ethics Forum. I just feel having Law and Ethics Forum is an important category to include.

    Military, Foreign Policy, Immigration and Homeland Security could go under the U.S. Politics section in the General Discussion category.

    Admin, I don't want to have this be an issue. Take any or none of my suggestions. I think you have a diamond in the rough with this set of Forums. I just believe that tweaking what you have now while the site is still relatively new will alleviate having to sort things out later.

    Just think about it. Sit back and look at the list you have with what I have mentioned here. You will probably come up with a much better idea. I'm new here and you have a much better idea of what you are trying to achieve. I guess I am just brainstorming a bit. I hope you don't mind.
     

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