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Do we have too many Categories?

Unread post by Scott Howey » Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:41 pm

I recently made a significant change to the site. I think it was a good change, however the MOD I did is turned off for now, not because the shock factor it caused but because it wasn't working correctly. The shock of it did make me realize that I'd like to get the opinions the major contributors here in any significant changes to be made. I wanted to PM the major contributors personally but there are too many of you. lol ::-): So I'll just let the entire member collectively have their say. :tu:

I have grand visions for our site, but for now, I'd like to try to address the one complaint I have heard a few times. It's an easy one to address/fix. The complaint is "There are too many categories on the site". I'd like your honest input on if we do have too many, and where we can do some consolidating if needed.
I can easily merge forums together without losing any posts, but after they are merged it would be ALLOT of work to go back though and re-create a category and fill it with pertinent existing posts. On the flip side if you see we could use a new topic somewhere let me know too. I did recently create a new topic (that should have been here from the start) which was the DIY section.

Take a look around and let me know what you think. Don't worry if your specific idea isn't put into effect right away...All input has influence and will shape the site.

Thanks for putting your time in and helping the site be as great as it is. It means allot! :tu:
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Re: Do we have too many Categories?

Unread post by flat6_musik » Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:56 pm

My humble opinion.....no. The only time I remotely thought so was when I created a thread and had to scratch my head as to under what category to put it under, and even then, big deal. As I look at the categories, I don't find them to look too frivolous or ultra-specific. I've seen other forums' to be way more overwhelming!

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Re: Do we have too many Categories?

Unread post by sam60 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:05 pm

I'm with flat6_ Categories are good IMHO.
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Re: Do we have too many Categories?

Unread post by bbodie52 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:20 pm

I personally find the Corvair Forum one of the easiest sites of its type to navigate and in which to locate information. Far-better than the others I've seen! The red flags make it easy to locate new, unread posts, and the search function also seems to work well. i have never been bothered by the number of categories of information. The titles make it easy to locate subject-specific posts.

Some new users sometimes seem confused as to where to place their question or comment -- or they just don't pay much attention and simply place a posting almost at random. But most users do a pretty-good job or sticking to category-specific topics and post where they think most appropriate. A few even have requested that a site administrator relocate their post to another area to try to make it "fit" better. I think that the current breakdown of category titles and topics, and sub-topics is just about right. Too few and it would be hard to dig out appropriate information, but the current catalog works well, in my opinion.
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Re: Do we have too many Categories?

Unread post by cad-kid » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:26 pm

As a frequent visiter to this site (a couple times a day). I find it most usefull to just read every new post title in unread messages. The topics that may not interest me I just jump in then out so they disappear from my unread message list. For me the multiple categories are usefull for posting a new topic. I use the search engine for finding something specific.

In response to the question - nope - the number of catorgies that we currently have is good for me. :02:
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Re: Do we have too many Categories?

Unread post by Scott Howey » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:41 pm

cad-kid wrote:As a frequent visiter to this site (a couple times a day). I find it most usefull to just read every new post title in unread messages. The topics that may not interest me I just jump in then out so they disappear from my unread message list. For me the multiple categories are usefull for posting a new topic. I use the search engine for finding something specific.

In response to the question - nope - the number of catorgies that we currently have is good for me. :02:
I too use the View unanswered posts • View unread posts • View new posts • View active topics options quite often. If you look to the far right in that same place you'll see another similar option Mark forums read so when you are done with the new topics you are interested in, you can click that instead of having to jump in and out of them to turn the red taillights off.
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Re: Do we have too many Categories?

Unread post by jennirw » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:51 pm

I use "View Unread Posts" and "Mark Forums Read" when finished. Only comment I have on the catagories is I think the Corvair of the Month" should be 1st and the others in the order of most used.
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Re: Do we have too many Categories?

Unread post by DemonPig » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:04 pm

It's not necessarily too many categories but I think they could be organized better. This is my suggestion:

Start Here

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New to Corvairs?
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Performance Mods
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Corvair of the Month
Corvair of the Year

Clubs/Events/Links

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Clubs/CORSA (sub forums - US East, US Central, US West, Canada, rest of the World, CORSA)
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Re: Do we have too many Categories?

Unread post by flat6_musik » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:43 am

I just go to newest posts, and it's a nice digestible trickle of posts, so the large number of categories don't bother me one bit. Aren't all forums sorta like this?

BTW, it took me a few seconds to realize that this thread was made on Jan 27, 2013! ::-):

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Re: Do we have too many Categories?

Unread post by UNSAFE » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:15 am

YES ! :oldtimer:
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